Camping in Jasper was surprisingly a lot more pleasant than I thought it would be! Considering my last camping experience was at Oxygen years and years ago, I thought that camping with bears would be much worse, but it turns out, camping at Oxygen was!
I am by no means an expert on camping but I have compiled a short list of tips that may help any first time visitors camping in Jasper. I definitely recommend it, it is lots of fun and made all the more pleasant by having clean bathrooms and hot showers on the campgrounds!
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As we knew we wouldn’t be settling in Toronto, we decided we would take a trip to Niagara Falls before we left for Edmonton. We are soooo glad we did. It is so beautiful and definitely worth a trip to see. We rented a car for 3 days and made the short hour and twenty minute journey to the Falls. Buses also run regular from Toronto or Richmond Hill and are about a two hour journey if renting a car is not an option for you.
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We arrived in Edmonton on 21st December 2013 to -23° C temperatures. Never felt cold like it, until the day it hit -40° C. An apartment had been arranged for us through Simon’s work so we lucky to have a nice place to call home for Christmas. It was a pretty different Christmas for us, and our first ever away from our families and unfortunately we had no internet to Skype and no TV, it was just me, Simon, a 10lb turkey and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy DVD!
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6 Months of Toronto
We were very fortunate when we first moved to Canada as a wonderful wee woman called Mrs Little, opened her home to us. There is always someone who knows someone who knows someone! It was such a big help to have someone tell you where you need to go to get your SIN card (basically your PPSN number), recommend a bank, tell you about the bus/subway system etc.
If you are thinking of moving abroad, but are a bit weary of the unknown, don’t be afraid to reach out to people. If you happen to know that the person you work with has a second cousin in the town or city you are going to move to, then ask them for their contact info. Most people don’t mind giving advice/meeting you when you first arrive or introducing you to people and places. This is the best way to make friends and even find a job!
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Do We Stay or Do We Go?
We talked, literally, for years about moving abroad. We had always been keen to do a bit of travelling so when the opportunity came for us to move to Canada, well sure why wouldn’t we give it a go? And I won’t lie, our want to travel was not the only reason for upping sticks, we were in the midst of recession. So with no mortgage – frankly because the bank wouldn’t give us one – and no kids, there was no better time for us to make the move.
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