Canada 150 Bucket List Update (Jan-April)

Today is May 1st, so I think I’m long overdue for an update on our family’s Canada 150 Bucket List!  Just to recap, this year is Canada’s 150th birthday and to celebrate my family came up with 150 things to do this year, our Canada 150 Bucket List.  I have to give the credit for the idea to my Mum and a huge shout out to many of my family and friends for helping us come up with 150 ideas.  Most of the items on our bucket list are things that we know we will be able to do over the course of the year.  They are local places we love to go to but haven’t been in a while, or they are places we know we will make it to on our road trip across Canada this summer.  We also picked a lot of things that interest us, like reading and eating!  My aim for the list was to have a good combination of fun, silly, easy to attain items, mixed with a few more challenging ones, just to keep us on our toes.

I’ve been so touched by everyone who has shown interest in our little family project and wants to know more, so I thought I would give an update on how we’re doing so far 🙂  January was a little slow going.  The weather was crappy and cold, and I was very sick for most of the month. Plus, we were still in the process of working on the details for our bucket list, but we did make it to a new restaurant (#21) that just opened in our area, and The Hubs and I had a fabulous anniversary supper.  It was a great way to get us started on our adventure.  If you are ever in southern Alberta, be sure to check out Westwood by Treeline Outdoors in Black Diamond.  Delicious, locally sourced food, live music, wonderful staff, and a heartwarming cause to keep them going so please check them out.  We also started watching the tv show Cardinal (#12), which is a Canadian crime show based on Giles Blunt’s novel Forty Words for Sorrow.  It takes place in the fictitious town of Algonquin Bay, which is based on the actual town of North Bay (where my Dad went to Highschool) in Northern Ontario.  We loved the series and are excited to hear that it has been pickedup for another season!  I’ve also added the book to my tbr for this year!

In February things picked up a little bit with a concert, a family trip to Edmonton, and a good book!!!  The Hubs surprised me with concert tickets to see Frank Turner (not Canadian but one of his faves) and The Arkells (#18), who are Canadian and who I love.  It was a great night.  We also took a quick trip to Edmonton while the kiddos were off school for family week.  Edmonton is the capital of Alberta (#6) and we visited the West Edmonton Mall (#32).  Lastly, I read Station Eleven, a post-epidemic story that follows a few survivors as they adapt to their new world, written by Emily St.John Mandel. (#11).

March brough a busy birthday month in this house, but we still managed to make it to the local Farmer’s market (#129) to indulge in some delicious food (notice a bit of a trend?) and buy our favourite, locally made kombucha, which the kids love because they can pour it themselves from a tap, and taste test all the flavours.  I was also fortunate enough to be a guest designer for a local scrapbooking company (go check out the amazing collections and products at Wild Whisper Designs ), and love that I can support two amazing, local ladies, in their business venture (#35) 🙂

April brought the most adventure!  We started with a trip to Lake Louise for a dance competition.  This helped us to check off quite a few items on the list, including #’s 2, 9, 21, 33, 43, 78, 88, and #144.  Before heading off on our road trip into the mountains, we grabbed some Italian soda from a cute little store across the street from The Hubs restaurant (#35).  We visited another small town called Balzac at Easter, to meet the Easter Bunny (#78).  We also managed to visit a few other small towns(#78) while the turkeys were off for Easter break, Milo, Vulcan (home of the Enterprise!!! (#103) ), the Siksika Nation (where we visited Blackfoot Crossing (#102)) , High River, and Nanton.  We spent a day in Calgary, and visited the Calgary Tower (#68), and Studio Bell National Music Centre (#135).  Oh, and let’s not forget that we took the train downtown, and visited Engine 23 at the library (#147) 🙂  Phew!  Anything else?  Let’s see… we played at Olympic Plaza (#147), learned about the Famous 5 at their statues downtown Calgary (#145), I took a class (#130) to learn some new scrapbooking skills from one of the lovely co-owners of Wild Whisper Designs, and bought some goodies from them to (#35)Dressed up like a superhero for National Superhero Day (#148) and spent the weekend 100 000 other geeks at the Calgary Comic Expo (#40).  Sprinkle in a few poutines and some random maple leaves that we’ve spotted, and I’d say we are well on our way to finishing our bucket list 🙂

That wraps it up for now!  Thanks so much for following our adventure 🙂  See you next month!!!