Races and Thrills at Old Home Week
The Charlottetown Old Home Week is one of the most looked forward to events of the year! It is filled with everything from prize winning farm animals to thrilling horse racing with a carnival touch. It was great to be back in Charlottetown once again, we have been looking forward to it since we left in July. We were excited to be at Old Home Week just from all the enthusiastic people we have met along the way. With four beautiful days of sunshine, we couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop to the week.
Nautical Adventures in Halifax
We arrived in Halifax with no real expectations of what it would be like. None of us had ever been before. But boy, were we impressed with what Halifax has to offer. First off, the WestJet Zone was directly on the water, with a spectacular view of the Halifax Harbour. The waterfront was alive with buskers, tourists and locals alike for the Halifax International Buskers Festival. During the festival, we got to see Silver Elvis dance atop a giant concrete wave, a huge balloon monster roam around and many other zany acts.
Back To The Maritimes
As our time in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach came to an end it was time to shift our attention to the biggest drive of our whole tour! We needed to get from Wasaga Beach, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia in two days. After giving "Biggie" (our caravan) a bath to look good for the trip, we headed out on the road. Along the way we drove past many of the places and attractions that we had previously experienced on the tour. We saluted the "Big Apple", drove through Montreal where Rachelle called her sister just to tell her how close she was, and we then ended off the day in Quebec City.
East Team Meets "The King" in Collingwood!
The East team was most recently in Collingwood, Ontario for the Collingwood Elvis Festival! This festival brought together thousands of Elvis fans from all over Canada to celebrate everything Elvis Presley. The crowd was an incredibly enthusiastic mix of people all very eager to show their Elvis fandom. Fans wore all sorts of Elvis inspired things including Elvis wigs, gold sunglasses with sideburns, and the greatest fans wore sequined jumpsuits.The main attractions for the festival were the Elvis impersonators.
West Coast Team Visits K-Days and Jasper
The West Coast Team touched down in Edmonton to celebrate the K-Days festival. It was great to see all the Edmontonians come together for 10 days and enjoy all the food, rides, shows and concerts. We had so much fun with all our guests and WestJetters that helped us and want to congratulate everyone on winning their discounts! Ian had the opportunity to be a judge for the Food Contest held at the festival where Deep Fried Pies took home first place with their winning Caramel Apple Pie. We also had the opportunity to play a friendly match of beach volleyball with the Dodge Ram Team.
WestJet Fest Takes Over Toronto
Unity Festival has brought us to Toronto, and one of the busiest parts of the city – Yonge Dundas Square. The idea of Unity Festival is to empower youth to become better role models and leaders in their communities by giving them opportunities to express themselves. Since it was our first time hearing about this festival, we had no idea what to expect but was it ever eventful! We had the pleasure of seeing a lot of talented performers from dancers, singers, beat boxers, graffiti artists, spoken word poets and much much more.
West Festival Crew visits the Calgary Stampede
Stampede celebrates its 101st year in style! We all were hoping that the floods wouldn’t affect the event and sure enough, the city came together and showed Canada a little water couldn’t stop them. Thanks to the City of Calgary, and all the amazing volunteers for coming together and keeping the spirit alive. The show must go on - and it did! For many of us it was our first time seeing and experiencing the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, we got to see some amazing concerts and meet lots of wonderful people.
Bakin' at Ottawa Bluesfest 2013
Our most recent festival was the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. This was the first time attending Bluesfest for each of us, so we were all tremendously excited to see what it had to offer! The Ottawa Bluesfest has been around since 1994 and this year it certainly lived up to the reputation that it has built. The lineup had some great Canadian talent, such as Serena Ryder, Rush, and the Tragically Hip, but also included many international superstars, such as B.B. King, Weezer and Bjork. It was no surprise that all the performers we had the pleasure of watching were absolutely amazing!
Cavendish: Red Sand and Cowboy Boots
After a rain-soaked weekend in Charlottetown, the sun came out just in time for Canada Day in the ‘birthplace of Canada”. The East team celebrated our favourite day of the year in Victoria Park, which is right by the water in Charlottetown. We saw the biggest fireworks show east of Montreal. It was a superb day that made us genuinely proud to be Canadian! The next day, it was time to head off to Cavendish, PEI to get ready for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, a three-day country music extravaganza.
West Festival Crew experiences Grande Prairie
We left Moose Jaw after experiencing a great festival down there! Eight hours on the road and we made it to our first stop on our way to Grande Prairie, stopping off in Edmonton. The team thought it was only appropriate for dinner to have our first taste of Alberta meat at CHOP Steak house, then to cap off the night due to our mutual love for cartoons went to see the new Monsters University in 3D at West Edmonton Mall. Great night, rib eye steak, plus 3D cartoon, how can you go wrong?