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Friday, 5 April 2013

The Canada 'Bucket List'

So I haven't posted anything Canada related in awhile. Mostly because all this waiting around for the damn CIC to sort out themselves out (where's my visa?) means that not much has changed.

Therefore, instead of worrying about visas, money, insurance, flight prices going up and quitting work and finding a new job and a place to live, today I'm going to focus on the fun bits.

So I give you, in no particular order, the stuff I want to do while I'm away! (No doubt this list will grow and change considerably as time goes by!)
  • Make a gazillion new friends and acquaintances.
  • See some ice hockey.
  • See something at/take part in an event at Vancouver's Film Festival.
  • Go to the beach!! I can't remember the last time I went to a beach, and I will quite frankly behave like a 5 year old.
  • Join a Canadian gym - at home I've been weight training with Kettlebells for a few years now. Obviously I'm not going to take my bells over with me (it would take up my entire weight allocation for a start) so a gym is a must. I've never set foot in any gym ever, so this in itself will be an experience. My new goal - pullups!
  • Go mountain biking, cycle in Stanley Park and on the sea wall.
  • Go hiking.
  • Visit Capilan Suspension Bridge Park.
  • Grouse Mountain - I'm considering paragliding!
  • Visit Victoria/Vancouver Island
  • Bard on the Beach - Yes you read it correctly, Vancouver has its own Shakespeare festival *squeee* I simply must attend, hurry up visa, I want to book early bird tickets!
  • Toronto - I have family on the East Coast USA, so hopefully will be able to head to the east side and see them again and show Ian Niagara Falls (I went back in 2004 with my family.)
    Niagra Falls - Boxing Day 2004
  • Seattle - I've watched way too much Grey's Anatomy to not make a trip here at least once. (Could also be combined with the next point)
  • Visit Pacific Raceway - Kent, WA. As a massive drag racing fan, (and seeing as I'm missing the European Main Event and Finals AND our families 10 year drag racing anniversary :( *epic sad face*) it would be an amazing experience to see some NHRA racing, if I can afford it and figure out how to get to the track!
  • Snowboarding. I've got to try my hand at winter sports, its in the mountains for crying out loud, I can't not! I'm pretty sure I'll end up looking like Bambi, but it's something I've got to attempt.
  • Banff - just look at it!
  •  Visit Harrison Hot Springs! Potentially try my hand at kayaking, canoeing, parasailing or windsurfing!
As you can tell I've got the adventure bug! No doubt this list will get huge as Canada gets closer. The more research I do, the more I find! I'll try and keep on top of the list and keep you up to date with additions. Also, if anyone has any recommendations of other things to include, get in touch!


  1. Ah, a fellow IECer! I love your bucket list idea, it's given me some much-needed inspiration. I'm going to Vancouver in September, and as of yet have no plans. I hope you're a bit more organised!


  2. The words Rachel and organised don't generally appear in the same sentence, but traveling is definitely the exception, I'm so excited I cant stop researching! We haven't made any set plans yet, we're aiming for May, but not booking anything until our visas arrive!