Category Archives: Small trips

Trip to Winnipeg

Last year I fell in love in Canada. This year I couldn’t go bike touring as I was focused on more serious things like job searching and taking care of my permanent status in Canada…I am so excited to become Canadian ūüôā Anyways, I didn’t stop exploring. I flew to Winnipeg for one week. I have heard that it is a pretty boring city. I checked this out and in my opinion is a fantastic place. A small city with a nostalgic character must be charming for the living. Warehouses converted to shops and restaurants as well as post-industrial, hand painted ghost signs create a unique climate of this place. Museum of Human Rights with unparallel architecture is one of the most significant sightseeing. The most interesting exhibition concerns Canadian history and is shocking for many people – worth to see. I am not a big fun of ZOO, but in Winnipeg, you can admire fluffy polar bears while walking in the glass tunnel – definitely worth to do it!

Wolf trial in Gatineau Park

04.09.2017

I am lucky living close to Gatineau Park (http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park). It is a big¬†advantage of Ottawa or Gatineau in comparison¬†e.g to Toronto ¬†Gatineau Park is a ¬†huge, 361 square km area. ¬†The main entrance is situated around¬†5 min of walk from my home ūüôā It is a great place for outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and many others. Became a home for black bears, white-tailed¬†deer, beavers, wolves and countless kinds of birds like turkey vulture or hawks. ¬†I wish to see a bear…but still nothing ūüė¶ I decided to explore this place more. For instance, during the winter I tried fat biking, the latest novelty in the Park. I hope I will repeat this experience in December! Anyway, the end of the summer seems to be a right time for hiking. Gatineau Park includes many delineated trials both for summer¬†and winter hiking! I choose the Wolf Trial. It is 8.4 km long and loop shaped path located 25 km from my apartment. I got there by my commuter¬†bike (hybrid Giant). I left it safely for a few hours attached to a bike rack at a neighboring beach and started walking. The trial was admirable. Deep green trees and path made from huge stones…were impressive. I met a few people on the way, teenagers, families with a little baby, what surprised me. Two view points worked well as a break and snack time spots. Luckily, it was raining only while I was biking, especially on the way back…hmm it was an actual storm. My hiking shoes became so heavy of water that pedaling was difficult. ¬†The water just poured out when I took them off¬† ūüôā That was fun!

Park Gatineau to ogromny, obejmujacy 361 km kwadratowych teren, a jego glowne wejscie usytuowane jest cale 5 min od mojego domu! Niewatpliewie stanowi on dom dla wielu zwierzat jak czarnych niedzwiedzi, wilkow, bobrow, a takze niezliczonej liczby ptakow. Zdarza sie, ze niedzwiadki wychodza z lasu i pojawiaja sie w okolicy gdzie mieszkam, ale jeszcze zadnego nie spotkalam. Park Gaineau to miejsce z wytyczonymi sciezkami do pieszych wedrowek zarowno zima jak i latem. Przygototwywane sa sciezki do nart biegowych, a w ostatnich latach popularnoscia cieszy sie kolarstwo gorskie i tzw. fat biking, ktorego probowalam zeszlej zimy. Wrzesien wydaje sie idealnym czasem na piesze wedrowki dlatego wybralam jeden z dostepnych szlakow, Wolf Trial. Jest to 8,5 km sciezka w ksztalcie  petli, polozona 25 km od mojego domu. Zadna komunikacja komunikajca miejska tam nie dociera, a ja nie posiadam jeszcza auta. Zabralam wiec na przejazdzke moj rower miejski (Giant hybrid). Powinnam wspomniec, ze przy kazdym szlaku znajduje sie parking samochodowy, a przy Wolf Trial byl nawet stojak rowerowy nalezacy do pobliskiej plazy (a przy kazdej plazy sa prysznice i toalety…). Przypielam rower do stojaka i zaczelam wedrowke. Po drodze spotkalam kilka osob, nastolatki i rodziny z dziecmi, a nawet z niemowlakiem w nosidelku co mnie zaskoszylo. Szlak byl urokliwy, soczyste kolory drzew i roslin oraz kamieniste podloze, czasem przypominajace Goloborze Swietokrzyskie. Dwa punkty widokowe stanowily swietne miejsce na odpoczynek i przekaske. Szczesliwie deszcz padl tylko w czasie jazdy na rowerze…szczegolnie w drodze powrotnej. Moje buty wspinaczkowe byly tak nasiakniete woda, ze ciezko bylo pedalowac. Nigdy w zyciu nie mialam tak przemoczonych butow…ale I tak bylo super!