FUN-photos: Canada – Dinosaurs & Polar Bears

October 30, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

  • Quick 3 day Getaway!

1st AdventureDrumheller for Dinosaurs – in search of the world’s best-preserved armoured dinosaur at the Royal Tyrrell Museum – located in Canada’s Badlands & a 90 minute drive from Calgary.

  • Actually it’s a nodosaur – likely resembling a cross between a lizard & a lion – but covered in scales – petrified from the snout to the hips – originally 18 ft long & weighing in at about 3000 lbs – this armored plant eater is 110 million years old!

Polar Bear @1:30

2nd Adventure“Up Close & Personal” Polar Bear Safari – long day starting at 0’dark:30 – with 2 hr 15 min private charter jet to Churchill – for 6 + hrs in a tundra buggy – in search of polar bears migrating toward the coast – awaiting the deep freeze-up – to get access to their favorite diet of ringed seals. YUMMY!

  • Saw 12 bears of varying ages & lots of activity – & our “Big Bonus” was seeing young males spar on the icy rocky terrain just in front of us! Some just sat lazing in the balmy 30 degree fall day under cloudy skies – & the forecast for snow flurries never happened!
  • Our day ended with a short stop in town before boarding our flight & arriving back in Calgary at 20:30.

FUN-fact – In 2014, we spent 2 weeks on an arctic cruise and didn’t see anywhere near as many polar bears let alone get as close as we did here!

More FFPolar Bears International live streams the polar bears from the shores of Hudson Bay every fall!

FUN-photos: Seabourn St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise – 10 days

October 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Seabourn St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise – 10 days 

We boarded our ship in Boston for the 10 day cruise to the St. Lawrence Seaway just as the remnants of Hurricane Jose hit the east coast.

  • 1st stop – Beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine & Commanding Cadillac Mountain in the Acadia National Park with its awesome views.
  • 2nd stop – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada & picturesque Peggy’s Cove with its brightly painted wooden buildings & famous red & white lighthouse.
  • 3rd stop – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island & the central coastal loop with its rolling farm fields, white sand beaches & grassy dunes on the north, & the south that leads to red clay cliffs.
  • 4th stop – Baie-Comeau with its balmy 54 degrees & strong wind gusts made for a very short stroll.
  • 5th stop – Saguenay Fjord ranked among the 16 must-see world attractions by National Geographic & stops at 2 of the “most beautiful villages” in Québec.
  • 6th stop – Quaint Québec with its walled city & narrow cobblestone streets to magnificent Montmorency Falls with its cliff top footpath to the suspended bridge.

Last stop – Amazing Montréal where we spent 2 days exploring the Old City & enjoying the eye-popping art work that adorned the downtown.

FUN-travel: Boston to Montreal Cruise – 7th Port – Montréal, Canada – Day 2

October 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Boston to Montreal Cruise – 7th Port – Montréal, Canada – Day 2 

  • And New Montréal…

…with the Museum of Modern Art…

…& its multitude of sculptures…

…that dot the downtown…

…makes for…

…an eye-popping experience.

FUN-fact: Québec is only 169 miles from Montréal.

 

FUN-travel: Boston to Montreal Cruise – 7th Port – Montréal, Canada

October 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Boston to Montreal Cruise – 7th Port – Montréal, Canada 

  • Situated on an island…

…in the St. Lawrence Seaway…

…Montréal is a blend of old & new…

Notre-Dame Basilica

…dating from the 14th century…

…& considered the cultural capital of Canada.

  • Strolling St-Paul Street…

…in Old Montréal…

…with its cobble stoned streets…

…quaint cafes…

…upscale art galleries…

…trendy boutiques…

…makes for a delightful day.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal

 

FUN-travel: Boston to Montreal Cruise – 6th Port – Québec, Canada – Day 2

October 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Boston to Montreal Cruise – 6th Port – Québec, Canada – Day 2 

…only 15 minutes…

…from downtown Québec City…

…cable car up cliff to…

…panoramic walking tour…

…footpath along top of cliff…

…to suspended bridge.

  • Keep walking…

…& you get to…

…487-step staircase…

…down the side of the cliff…

…that brings you to…

…the foot of the falls.

FUN-fact: The waterfalls are 272′ tall, a full 99′ higher than Niagara Falls.

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