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True North Nomad 2018 Year In Review

Hello from the land of maple syrup!  I know, I know…. this post is at least one day late!  Oops!  Well, who said that “years in review” have to be done before the stroke of midnight on December 31st?  Who wrote that rule?  Whoever did I say “pooh-pooh to you Sir” cause I’m breaking the rules!  Actually, I’ve been too busy and/or sick hence the tardiness but you can go ahead and think I’m some rebellious badass!  

Anywhooo, this past year saw some great adventures for True North Nomad which as I’ve already alluded to, were only overshadowed by my health issues.  Intermingled among eating, travelling, hiking there were vomiting and pain.  But life is what you make it and never letting my “issues” get in the way Q and I crisscrossed this great country more times than my body could actually stand.  

So as our farewell to a tumultuous albeit wonderful year, here are True North Nomad’s travel highlights of 2018!  

In January we shared with our readers a crazy, bent forest called the Crooked Bush found near Hafford, Saskatchewan.  This little patch of Aspen will have you guessing from the scientific to the other-worldly explanations as to why they grow so weird.  You can read about this gnarly forest here.  

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

As the second largest waterfall in Ontario, Kakabeka Falls is impressive, but it is the legend surrounding these falls found near Thunder Bay, Ontario that makes it most intriguing.  Read about a young girl’s bravery and self-sacrifice and choose your owning ending here.  

Kaministiquia River, kakabeka Falls, Ontario, waterfall, travel, adventure, hiking, nature, wanderlust, legend, sacrifice

Kaministiquia River, kakabeka Falls, Ontario, waterfall, travel, adventure, hiking, nature, wanderlust, legend, sacrifice

Kaministiquia River, kakabeka Falls, Ontario, waterfall, travel, adventure, hiking, nature, wanderlust, legend, sacrifice

Somehow, we next found ourselves on the west coast in the middle of the wet season, when we visited Capilano Bridge outside Vancouver city.  This wildly popular and equally expensive suspension bridge lures tourists from all over the world to engage in the forest lights and tree top walking bridges.  Take in the adventure without the need for an umbrella here.  

capilano suspension bridge, vancouver, british columbia, treetop adventure, cliff walk, canyon lights, travel, wanderlust

capilano suspension bridge, vancouver, british columbia, treetop adventure, cliff walk, canyon lights, travel, wanderlust

capilano suspension bridge, vancouver, british columbia, treetop adventure, cliff walk, canyon lights, travel, wanderlust

Swinging to the opposite side of British Columbia, Q and I just had to show and tell about the Sparwood Titan.  A gargantuan truck of its day and still pretty impressive by today’s standards.  We stuffed all 6’ of Lee in a wheel well just to prove that “hey – this truck really is that big”!  Take a look at the pics here.

While wandering, aimlessly it seems at times, Q and I are always excited when we come across something grand in nature and with a historical significance. Well, imagine our shock when our wandering through the Crowsnest Pass near the Alberta/B.C. border revealed a relic of yesteryear, still magnificent and shadowing its surroundings except for the mountains themselves.
Q, Lee, Calumazoo, Winston and Meka dwarfed by the Titan

While wandering, aimlessly it seems at times, Q and I are always excited when we come across something grand in nature and with a historical significance. Well, imagine our shock when our wandering through the Crowsnest Pass near the Alberta/B.C. border revealed a relic of yesteryear, still magnificent and shadowing its surroundings except for the mountains themselves.

While wandering, aimlessly it seems at times, Q and I are always excited when we come across something grand in nature and with a historical significance. Well, imagine our shock when our wandering through the Crowsnest Pass near the Alberta/B.C. border revealed a relic of yesteryear, still magnificent and shadowing its surroundings except for the mountains themselves.
Lee hanging out in the wheel well

Our last trip of the year and honestly one of the most unforgettable adventures of our lifetime was our quest to conquer the Arctic!  After one other failed attempt, we finally made it to Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories.  You can live the experience through our lens here.

Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Arctic Ocean sign and one cool truck from Europe
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Lone tree trying to grow in the short Arctic summer
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
White mountains that line the Dempster highway

We say goodbye to 2018 a little worn and battered but so much better for the adventures we were able to live.  Again, we thank all of you for joining us on this journey and we wish you health, happiness and prosperity in 2019!  Happy New Year. 

~ True North Nomad 

How did 2018 pan out for you?  Tell us about your greatest adventures and happiest moments of the past year in the comments below.

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