Canada

Kilometre 3,284 (Lloydminster) to Kilometre 3,770 (Whitecourt)

May 29, 2014

The LAST leg of the journey.

We finally found the Welcome to Alberta sign outside of Lloydminster.

We finally found the Welcome to Alberta sign outside of Lloydminster.

Today is kind of a sad day. Today, I drop my dad off at the airport and continue on to Whitecourt, my new home. I don’t think it has hit me that everything has changed.  JKKKKKKKKKOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII (That was my grandma’s cat jumping on my keyboard I just have to keep that also look how cute they are!)

Sputnik

Sputnik

Couscous

Couscous

We left Lloydminster early, hoping to sight see on the way to Edmonton Airport. We’d be passing through Elk Island National Park, and we wanted some extra time in case we spotted some wild life.

Our first stop was at the giant egg, also known at the Vegreville Pysanka. It was one of the many centenary projects that happened in Alberta in 1974.

Vegreville Pysanka. So BIG. Look how tiny I am next to it!

Vegreville Pysanka. So BIG. Look how tiny I am next to it!

This part of the province has a large Ukrainian population, so we stopped at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to see the rich history of the county.

Play actor and his truck at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Play actor and his truck at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Here we learned about the history of the Ukrainians that came to Canada in search for a life. The Village is a recreation of the different time periods from small, crude huts, to the rich towns built by the people. All the workers were in period garb and play acted. All of the building you could go into and explore. (I also spotted a bust of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Go Golden Hawks!) My dad was almost attacked by a pair of Canada Geese, but don’t give him sympathy, he provoked them.

LAURIER!  Represent!

LAURIER! Represent!

These are the geese that hissed at dad.

These are the geese that hissed at dad.

Our next stop was in Elk Island National Park. Here you can see bison, deer, bears, wolves, beavers and more. What did we see? Nothing. Not a single animal. I am thinking I would like to go back when the weather is a little nicer and do some hiking on the trails they have.

Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park

The only wildlife we saw in Elk Island. She was unimpressed.

The only wildlife we saw in Elk Island. She was unimpressed.

We pulled into the airport much earlier than we thought we would. Saying goodbye sucked, but I know they are only a phone call away.

They rest of the trip was to Whitecourt. Whitecourt is in the Woodland County. There are trees and trails everywhere. I can’t wait to start my new job and get to know this little town.

Here ends my road trip across Canada.

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