A holiday at home

So as we still cannot really travel out of Canada many of us are looking at taking a holiday in our own country and using this opportunity to explore the many delights of Canada that have enticed thousands of foreign visitors from all over the world. RV sales are booming and the highway out to Banff and beyond is very busy.

As a child growing up in England we did not have the opportunity to travel “abroad” as they called it. We were stuck with having holidays at home and most of the time we were lucky to grow up in beautiful parts of the UK such as Cornwall, Somerset, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There was always something to see on a day’s trip. No suggestion of staying in a hotel. That was just for rich people and travelling salesmen. So we would pile into the car with a biscuit tin filled with sandwiches and hard boiled eggs. What is it about the English and hard boiled eggs? Goodness me!

So us kids were very surprised when Mom and Dad announced that we were gong on holiday – “a proper holiday”. It was to one of those holiday camps run by Butlins. Very organised – like a week in the army. I blogged about this a few years ago and for those who missed it here is the link


It was an experience that taught me that I do not like “organised fun”.
Needless to say after that experience we stuck closer to home for our fun. Now that we find ourselves unable to travel – at least out the country – I find myself looking at what is out there to discover in Canada so that I can satisfy this travel craving that keeps welling up inside me at unexpected moments. A weekend in Canmore just recently was a good start to escaping my Calgary bubble as I discussed with Sue Deyell and Andrew Schultz.

I realised how much I had missed the very real treat of having someone else cook a meal for me. Bliss! The simple things in life. Now I am looking further afield and realise that I have actually done fairly well in exploring Canada but obviously there is so much more to do.

I checked off my list recently –

  • Tofino – loved it – favourite beaches there
  • Vancouver and Victoria – fabulous food
  • Niagara – great wine tasting
  • Montreal and Quebec City – beautiful – Quebec City is like a little bit of Europe in Canada
  • Yellowknife – spectacular but too cold for me
  • Halifax and surrounds – loved the music and the people
  • St John’s Nfld – my favourite place in Canada

Now I am looking for inspiration – any ideas?

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. We never went far from my home town, Redcliff. The cypress hills where it. We played outdoors all day in streams & hills. My Father fisht, my mum read her books. As a child I loved the holidays. Never wanted for anything except to stay in a real campground (my Father loved making our own camp spot) behind bushes. I think when I look back it was wonderful ❤️ I wouldn’t change a thing.


  2. Try Waterton or Jasper for 2 nights / 3 days. The drive to either is very scenic and you should stop along the way to eat your sandwiches and eggs. Both on the way and once there you will find nice hikes / walks for all levels and restaurants to cater to all appetites.


  3. In a year or so I would like to do a trip to Newfoundland to see Puffins. Are there any organized tours for this?


    1. There are some tours companies who specialise in this but many have closed all tours for this year. We hope that they will be offering these tours in 2021 and 2022.


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