This summer my husband and I went on a road trip from BC to Manitoba. Why Manitoba you ask? Well that is where I was born (moved to BC as a tot) and where a lot of my family still live. My husband had never driven across the prairies before so this was a new experience for him. It was fun to show him a different side of Canada that I am familiar with but that was completely new to him
Seeing as we are newlyweds we thought it would be fun to drive halfway across the country together! It was the perfect opportunity to finally introduce him to friends and family in Manitoba who weren’t able to make it to our wedding last Fall. One thing that made our trip extra special is that is aligned with the 3 month point of my pregnancy which is when doctors recommend is a safe time to finally share your happy news. It was a total coincidence that it lined up exactly when we were headed to Manitoba. It made our road trip out there all the more exciting to be able to tell people we were expecting in person!
The trip took us about 3 days. We planned on camping along the way and brought along the roof top tent but soon realized that camping spots across Canada were virtually all booked up along the way. We were lucky enough to squeeze in two nights of camping along the way which was fun. Lesson learned for our next camping trip, reserve a spot ahead! Anyways, here are a few photos from our trip.
After a day and half of driving we finally made it to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.
The family farm in Manitoba
It’s incredible to see all of the buildings that were built by hand by my Great-Great Grandparents who immigrated to Canada from Poland
With my Grandpa’s assistance we did some picking for antique pieces in the old barns. We even found something for the nursery!
Arborg Bakery was a must visit place on our trip. They have been around forever and make the freshest home style, pastries, bread and even some hard to find Ukrainian baked treats!
One of my favourite places to go in the Interlake is the Arborg Heritage Village. They have collected and restored old homes, buildings and artifacts. It’s all set up as a little village where visitors to explore and learn about Manitoba’s history. This Ukrainian Catholic church was donated to them and most of the artifacts are original.
A tee-pee set up inside Arborg Heritage Village
The Interlake region and much of Manitoba had a lot of Ukrainian and Polish settlers (including my family). This is a traditional outdoor Ukrainian oven that is still used for special events at the village.
In Winnipeg we went to another one of my favourite places to visit in Manitoba, The Forks Market. It’s like Winnipeg’s version of Granville Island. Situated beside the Red River it’s a place to go enjoy a variety of foods, shops and bustlers.
Inside The Forks Market
On our way home to BC we drove through the beautiful, Banff National Park. We stopped in Banff and Lake Louise. These incredible mountain peaks were on the way into Banff.
The striking Chateau Lake Louise
Finally and one of my favourite photos from our trip is my husband checking out the sights in Lake Louise.