RoseAnna Schick is an avid traveller and music lover who seeks inspiration wherever she goes. Email her at email@example.com
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Walking the Camino de Santiago4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022
It’s been a decade since watching a movie called The Way (2011), starring Martin Sheen. It was through this film that I first learned about the fascinating network of pilgrimage trails that stretch across Europe, all converging at a sacred site in northwestern Spain.
Virtual travel is still our safest bet3 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 8, 2021
Now that Manitoba is starting to slowly loosen some of the tough COVID-related restrictions, it’s inevitable that thoughts will start turning to travel.
While it’s still anyone’s guess what this is going to look like for the rest of 2021, one thing is for certain - virtual travel is still the safest bet. Which got me thinking about taking a real-time look at some alluring locations.
Traditionally used for monitoring weather and water conditions, webcams have also become an extension of tourism - particularly during the past year. The more I searched the more I discovered an abundance of live cameras offering voyeuristic views of destinations worldwide. Even though we can’t go anywhere at the moment, getting a glimpse of our world has never been more accessible than it is right now. Starting right here in Canada.
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, is the town of Tofino. Known as the best year-round surfing spot in Canada, it is also a place to experience rustic nature, old-growth rainforests, and awesome coastal storms. There are at least six webcams showing Tofino’s famed shorelines, such as the one streaming from the top of Wickaninnish Inn that features relentlessly rolling of waves at Chesterman Beach. Visit: https://bit.ly/2MPfJEE
Historic Philadelphia is inspirational4 minute read Preview Monday, Nov. 16, 2020
There’s been a lot of talk about Pennsylvania these past few weeks, as it was one of the critical ‘swing states’ of the recent U.S. election. The state’s largest city has a long and proud history dating back to 1682, when a grid pattern was laid out between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers by English Quaker William Penn. From this humble origin of five public squares, Philadelphia would grow into the sixth-largest city in present-day America.
One of the most historically significant centres in the entire country, Philadelphia is known as ‘The birthplace of the nation’. It was here that the signing of the Declaration of Independence took place on July 4, 1776, and the constitution of the United States was written in 1787. Philadelphia was even the U.S. federal capital from 1791 to 1800, before the title transferred over to Washington, D.C.
Accordingly, Philadelphia is home to many significant items and places of American historical significance, including the actual Liberty Bell, which is on display in a transparent encasement in Independence National Historic Park.
Beyond history, Philly offers a hip arts scene, multicultural locales, trendy foodie joints and another cool nickname — The City of Brotherly Love — derived from the literal meaning of two ancient Greek terms that make up the city’s name – philos and adelphos. Earlier this year, Philadelphia’s city council passed a resolution to ceremoniously change the moniker to The City of Sisterly Love to honour the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote.
It’s Manitoba’s 150th and you can still explore the province3 minute read Preview Tuesday, May. 19, 2020
Hoping we can all soon travel safely3 minute read Preview Monday, May. 4, 2020
This is the final instalment of a three-part series.
Having the chance to participate in ‘living history’ television series Quest for the Bay in 2001 changed my life in many ways, significantly so in the stream of creativity. It was a profound journey that I was deeply inspired by and I felt compelled to share it the best way I knew.
Throughout the excursion I kept a written journal, documenting in detail each one of those 61 days as we toiled in our quest to reach York Factory. After returning home and reflecting upon it all, those sentiments sparked a feature-length article that was picked up by multiple magazines and newspapers over the next few years, re-instilling in me the thrill of the print byline. The entire experience ignited what would become and remain a passionate pursuit of publishing.In 2005, through an editor who had run a Quest for the Bay, I was given the chance to combine travel and writing — what a concept!
There’s no place like home3 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
This issue of Travelations marks a major milestone for me: I’m proud to say it’s the 200th travel column I have written for Canstar Community News! Being such a special occasion, it seemed fitting to write this story about my most favourite place on earth — Manitoba.
Born and raised here, I spent my childhood in the little hamlet of Marquette before relocating to the ‘big city’ of Winnipeg. Being a kid free to roam the wide open prairies and chasing infinite horizons made a lifelong impact on me, that’s for certain.
It made me appreciate big skies, lingering sunsets, and the feeling of wind on my face. Living beside the railroad tracks that stretched far beyond what my young eyes could see, undoubtedly opened my curious mind to the fact there was a great big world that existed outside my tiny town. Ultimately, it instilled in me the ongoing desire to explore new places, while knowing that my heart would always return to where it felt most at home.
At the geographic heart of Canada and near the centre of North America, Manitoba unites east and west, while tying north to the south. It was 1870 when the then-tiny but powerful Manitoba joined Canada and became its fifth province — the only province to join under Indigenous leadership. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary and the many voices belonging to Manitoba, it’s the perfect time to come together, share connections, and build stronger ties with each other.
Celebrating Christmas in the city3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019
It’s hard to believe the most wonderful time of year has rolled around again.
As families prepare to break out annual traditions and revel in festivities, the scrapbook beckons for another chapter. You don’t have to venture far away to try something new, either. Here are a few ideas of things to do with your loved ones that are close to home, and heartwarming, too.
A Christmas Story has long been one of my favourite movies, and one of my holiday traditions each year is to revel in the fun of newbie eyes by watching it with someone who has never seen it. So you can imagine my excitement to learn that faithful fans can now experience it in a whole new way family-friendly way. A Christmas Story Escape returns for its second year at Grant Park Shopping Centre, where teams are tasked to solve clues, perform puzzles, and crack codes in order to make it through the interactive adventure in one hour or less.
The north meets south at the magically illuminated Polar Town at the Zoo Lights Festival. The winter village is home to a town hall with nightly offerings of entertainment, an icy forest and tundra trail depicting Arctic sights and sounds through art installations and musical artistry, and a mini market hosting works from rotating Canadian artisans. There’s a mayor’s office, blacksmith shop, pop-up ice bar, and lovers’ lane. Even Santa’s house, too, so be sure to be nice.
Where to find a good scare3 minute read Preview Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
All over Manitoba, people are gearing up to the scare the daylights out of you this Halloween season. If being frightened is your thing, October is definitely for you.
The Trolley of Terror Ghost Tour introduces some of Winnipeg’s most haunted places, with ghostly stories about séances, psychics, and shadow-lurking spirits. Winnipeg’s longest running supernatural-themed walking tour, Winnipeg Ghost Walk, connects haunted history with current downtown sites. After this tour, you’ll never see places like Old Market Square and Burton Cummings Theatre the same way again.
Fitness fanatics will have fun trying to outrun things that go bump in the night. The Frightening Fiver on Oct. 24 is a five/10-kilometre race at FortWhyte Alive, through the woods, in the dark. Every participant will be given an LED headlamp to light the way, and those that make it to the finish line will be rewarded with hotdogs and s’mores around the campfire.
Mountain Equipment Co-op’s 2019 Winnipeg Race Series wraps up Oct. 27 with a spooky sanctioned run in Assiniboine Park. Costumes are encouraged, and if you run with a goodie bag you’ll get to trick-or-treat at every marshal station. Kids five and under who have a parent registered in the three-kilometre distance can run — and collect candy — for free.
Get a little culture around Manitoba3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
Culture Days has become one of the most anticipated benefits to the approach of autumn.
Since 2010, at the end of each September (Sept. 27 to 29 this year), a growing network of arts and heritage organizations across Canada have united efforts in offering a weekend of free cultural events and interactive activities. It’s the chance for Canadians of all walks of life to engage in the exploration of arts and culture, and the perfect reason for Manitobans to set out on a fall-coloured drive around the province.
Gallery in the Park is a heritage house in Altona that has been transformed into a home of fine art, and open for tours during Culture Days. Indoors, the gallery spans two floors with works by local, national and international artists, while the outdoor space is always expanding with new permanent pieces. With 22 sculptures set among the trees and flower gardens, and waters gently flowing from the pond at one end of these idyllic grounds to the fountain at the other, it’s a picture-perfect place for seasonal solitude and fall reflection.
Virden’s Costume Closet — home to an exceptional collection of wardrobe rentals for drama groups, schools, films and festivals — hosts a fashion show on the catwalk featuring a trip down the memory lane, and starring decades of styles in all shapes and sizes. For those who love discovering unique items, the Artisans Flea Market offers one-of-a-kind creations from regional craftspeople.
Plenty to do on the May long weekend3 minute read Preview Monday, May. 6, 2019
It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner… but we’ll take it!
We’ll also take the long weekends that come hand-in-hand with the season — kicking off in May with Victoria Day weekend. While the temperatures at this time might not be ideal yet for outdoor camping, there are plenty of activities and attractions going on right here in Winnipeg that will make you want to staycation.
The Manitoba Museum is looking back at a monumental event from 100 years ago that undoubtedly shaped our city and country. On May 15, 1919, the Winnipeg General Strike shut down the city for 40 days, beginning with marches, and eventually escalating into brawls and riots. It unintentionally became a major event in the history of Winnipeg and the entire nation. Strike 1919: Divided City at the Manitoba Museum’s Urban Gallery rolls back time to this pivotal year and point in history, placing visitors at the epicentre of a city divided, and giving guided tours of strike events as they unfolded.
The Manitoba Museum is also the place to be for mysterious history. In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set forth on an Arctic expedition in search of the Northwest Passage. Outfitted with two ships and a crew of 134 men, the Franklin expedition was the best-equipped mission to venture into Arctic waters at that time. Three years later, when the two ships still hadn’t returned home, it prompted massive search efforts, growing into a mystery of epic proportion, and earning international attention.
Wonderful works at the WAG3 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 25, 2019
One of my favourite things to do when travelling is exploring art galleries and special exhibitions. Besides simply enjoying the work of different artists and differing artistic sensibilities, taking in art also provides a glimpse into cultural influences, current events, and historic happenings on the global stage. Here are some galleries and exhibits currently going on at our own Winnipeg Art Gallery that you might want to check out this spring, which offer a look at other places in the world — and other spaces in time.
Those of us who lived through it know that the 1980s was a prolific decade of pop culture, and the start of a rapidly expanding media landscape. The 80s Image explores the resiliency of still photography and artistic painting despite the ever-changing media world of television, video, cinema, computer imagery, and display advertising.
View 50 works by Canadian artists whose artistic expression helped to define the era, along with a 1980s playlist specially curated by Winnipeg’s CKUW radio available on the free Winnipeg Art Gallery mobile app. (On until April 14).
Born on Newfoundland’s eastern coast, David Blackwood is a celebrated printmaker and painter. Ocean + Outport is his first solo exhibition on at the WAG, featuring images that render his coastal region’s architecture, tools, historical events, important figures, and enduring social practices.
Camping out in Manitoba3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018
Manitoba is home to an abundance of choice camping spots and resort locations.
No matter which direction you roam, there are dozens of destinations to pitch a tent, hook up the RV, or rent a cabin, and nestle in for the night.
Roughing it never looked so good at Steep Rock Beach Park — a must-see place with rugged limestone cliffs, shimmering turquoise water, and 160 acres of picturesque parkland on the shores of Lake Manitoba. Tennis and basketball courts beg some friendly competition, while spacious game fields provide the setting for frisbee, football or baseball. If you forgot your bat, there are plenty of winged-ones to be found in the outcroppings. Venture inside the caves for a first-hand look at those creepy little creatures in their natural habitat. If you dare.
One hour north of Brandon, Onanole RV Resort & Cabin Rentals is etched into the thick boreal forest of Riding Mountain National Park. From here, visitors can access the sandy beaches of Clear Lake, explore winding wilderness trails, traverse rolling hills on horseback with trail guides, or cast a line for some of the best pike in the west. Golfers will love teeing off at the magnificent Clear Lake Golf Course, where the Clubhouse — now a designated Heritage Building — was built in 1933, while shoppers will revel in the one-of-a-kind finds at Wasagaming resort village.
Overseas memorials to the fallen3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Remembrance Day marks the end of the First World War — 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Today, memorials, museums and military cemeteries frequently visited by tourists from around the world remain a somber reminder of the sacrifices and losses. The battlefields of the ‘Western Front’ are located in a line that winds for nearly 650 kilometres through southern Belgium and northeastern France, and are home to a wide variety of events and commemorative ceremonies taking place during the four years that mark the centenary of the First World War, from 1914 to 1918.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele — also known as the Third Battle of Ypres – which saw more than 100 days of fighting in the summer and autumn of 1917, starting on July 31. Allied forces banded together to break the German line, and it became the scene of one of the fiercest and bloodiest battles of the First World War. Over half a million soldiers from both sides were killed or injured, and the Belgian landscape was forever altered.
There are several war cemeteries within a few miles of Ypres, including the largest Commonwealth burial ground in the world. Close to 12,000 servicemen are buried or remembered at Tyne Cot Cemetery – with only 8,373 having been identified. The nearby Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is dedicated to Commonwealth soldiers, and inscribed with 54,391 names of those who have no known grave. The Last Post has been played here every evening since the monument was inaugurated in 1927 (except during Nazi occupation).
Make the most of fall2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014
While many lament the end of summer, I actually love fall. The days are shorter, yes, but that just means beautiful sunrises arise later, and spectacular sunsets arrive earlier.
All around, brilliantly-coloured foliage brightens up the landscape. The temperature is still relatively warm. Yet, as days get cooler, the air feels fresher and crisper. In the evenings, the smell of wood smoke wafts from backyard fire pits and in-home fireplaces. On top of all this, there are no mosquitoes or wood ticks. What’s not to love about all of this?
Fall is one of the best times to get out and explore what your own region has to offer. Here are a few ideas to get you out of the home, and into all kinds of fun. And maybe some mud, too.
In towns large and small, people come together for the tradition known as fall suppers. Using treasured family recipes, home cooks lay out bountiful spreads inside community halls and church basements. For the cost of $10 per person (usually), you can feast on fixings like roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cabbage rolls, perogies, veggies, and scrumptious pies bursting with locally-grown berries, rhubarb, and pumpkin. If you’ve never experienced a fall supper, the warmth of the gathering is well worth the trip.