My Canada 150 Bucket List

This year Canada is celebrating it’s 150th birthday!  Happy Birthday Canada!  My Grandma is also celebrating her 80th birthday.  Happy Birthday Grandma!  Of course, 80 means a big party is in order, and since my family lives in Ottawa, that means we are taking a trip.  We haven’t been home since Fox and Bear came to live with us, and now that their adoption is officially official, we thought it would be a good idea to combine all these celebrations together by taking an EPIC Canadian roadtrip!!!  We’ll be driving right across the country, visiting family and friends, and doing as many Canadian things as possible.  We spent some time coming up with the ultimate family friendly Canada 150 Bucket List with 150 things to do this year.  We chose things we know we will be able to do on our roadtrip, things we have always wanted to do near us but haven’t done yet, and a few things that will really challenge us to accomplish.  We asked friends and family for ideas of what would be on their bucket lists, and we now actually have MORE than 150 things (which just means we’ll have to do this again another year!!!).  We had to leave off anything to do with the northern Territories because I just knew we wouldn’t make it there, but we have been gathering ideas for a “Northern Canada Bucket List” so that will make for a fun future road trip.

We have had a lot of people ask us about our bucket list, so I thought I’d share it here, as a monthly (and probably weekly/daily once we hit the road) blog entry.  We will also be doing a few vlogs so I will make sure you share the links with you for those as well.  Please feel free to share your lists with me, and tag me in your photos so we can see what your up to for Canada 150.  We’d love to hear about your Canada 150 adventures 🙂  To follow along with us on Instagram, use the hashtag #GCCanada150BucketList .  I’ve posted my list for you, if you need some inspiration for your own. (I will update this list as we complete the items)

1. Eat a Beavertail
2.Visit a Canadian Castle *
3.Go to a hockey game
4.Watch fireworks on Canada Day
5.Visit all 10 provinces
6.Visit the capital city of all 10 provinces
7. Visit the Nations capital
8.Visit Parliment Hill
9.Visit the Rocky Mountains *
10.Go to Stampede
11.Read 10 books by Canadian authors **
12. Watch a Canadian tv series *
13. Watch a Canadian movie
14.Go to a community fair
15.Go the a Santa Claus parade
16.Visit the Terry Fox Memorial
17.Visit the Rideau Canal
18.Go see a Canadian band in concert *
19.Build a snowman
20. Build a fort/igloo
21.Try 50 new restaurants******
22. Swim in a lake
23. Spend a day at the river
24.Swim in the ocean
25.Visit a zoo
26.Visit an aquarium
27.Read a book about First Nations*
28. Read a book by a First Nations author
29.Go to a pow wow
30.Create a meal with maple syrup in every course
31.Hunt for dinosaurs
32.Visit West Edmonton Mall *
33.Visit 10 National parks
34.Visit 10 waterfalls
35. Support at least 10 local companies***
36.Take a roadtrip across at least 2 provinces
37.Ride a train
38.Buy a piece of Canadian art
39.Create a piece of Canadian art
40.Visit a comic expo*
41.Attend 10 festivals
42.Go camping
43.Have a bonfire *
44.Go to a baseball game
45.Go to the Bay of Fundy
46.Get smoked meat at Schwartz’s in Montreal
47.Visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de Beaupre in Quebec City
48.Visit Anne of Green Gables
49. Have lobster on the East Coast
50.Walk the Cabot Trail
51. Have ice cream at Cows in PEI
52. Visit the red sand dunes in Cavendish beach
53.Go whale watching
54. See puffins in Newfoundland
55. Visit Iceberg alley in Newfoundland
56.Listen to the audio book Anne of Green Gables while driving through PEI
57.Go to the Hopewell Rocks
58.Swim in a hot springs in the Rocky Mountains
59.Visit the Okotoks erratic
60. Buy some fresh fruit from a fruit stand in BC
62.Visit Upper Canada Village
63.Go to the By-ward market
64.Visit Kingston (Canada’s first capital)
65.Visit Fort Henry
66.Visit the CN tower
67.Visit Fort Macleod
68.Visit the Calgary tower*
69.Pick our own fruit
70.Try some local wine
71.Visit a local distillery
72. Visit a local brewery
73.Visit a local honey farm
74.Take a picture in a sunflower field
75.Visit a corn maze
76.Go to the Stampede parade
77.Go to Drumheller
78. Go to 150 small towns******
79.Visit 5 of Canada’s “biggest_____”
80.Feed the ducks
81.Feed the swans by Billings Bridge
82. Have a Tim Hortons in every province*
83.Go tobogganing
84.Go skating
85. Visit 3 local parks and have a picnic
86. Do 2 hikes out of our local hiking book
87.Find the Aurora Borealis
88.Eat 150 poutines**
89.Go to Portage and Main in Winnipeg (center of Canad)
90.Swim in a Great Lake
91.Spot 5 iconic Canadian animals
92.Eat St. Albert’s cheese curds
93.Find a mountie
94.Have a Canadian snacks day (mmm ketchup chips!)
95.Go to a drive-in
96.Jump in a pile of leaves
97. Have a classic Thanksgiving dinner
98.Have a snowball fight
99. Catch snowflakes on your tongue
100.Go apple picking
101. Go to a pumpkin patch
102. Go to Blackfoot Crossing Trail *
103 Visit the Enterprise in Vulcan *
104.Go to Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
105.Go horseback riding
106.Go on a wagon ride
107.Buy a Hudson’s Bay blanket
109. Help paint a mural in your community
110. Find 150 maple leaves in unique places***
111. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site
112. Visit the War memorial in Ottawa
113. Walk down Sparks St.
114. Do a ghost walk tour
115.Go shopping on Boxing Day
116. Have a beer on May 24 weekend
117.Have a Caesar in every province*
118.Go to Peggy’s Cove
119. World’s longest covered bridge in New Brunswick
120.Go to Drumheller’s Little Church
121.Visit Frank Slide
122.Donate to local charities*
123. Volunteer for a local organization/charity
124.Clean up your neighbourhood
125. Host/participate in a block party
126.Get to know your neighbours
127.Find a new playground in your community
128. Go to Rothney Astrophysical Observatory to see the stars
129. Frequent local farmer’s markets*
130. Take a class to learn something new *
131.Watch a sunrise
132.Watch a sunset
133.Bake a Canadian dessert
134.Learn a new Canadian recipe
135.Visit Studio Bell National Music Centre *
136. Visit an Art Museum
137. Visit a Military Museum
138. Visit the Museum of Civilization
139. Sing Happy 375th Birthday to Montreal in Montreal!
140. Make bannock *
141. Have a multicultural meal
142.Welcome a new Canadian citizen to Canada
143.Bring the family together from across the country for a family reunion
144. Be awed by beautiful Canadian dancers *
145. Learn about the Famous 5 *
146. Visit some Olympic venues*
147.Visit Fire engine 23 at the Central Library in Calgary *
148. Participate in as many “National” days as possible**
149. Find as many wall murals as you can*
150.Build an Inukshuk

Happy Canada 150!!!

Jenn

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