The past 2 years have brought some amazing Canadian travel adventures. Of the 7 provinces visited so far, 3 of them have been new in the last 2 years (Alberta, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island).
2013 also brought a renewal to how wonderful Vancouver can truly be. And the Maritimes trip was breathtaking.
So what will 2014 bring?
The Vancouver trip reminded me that I need to spend time at familiar places, too. Toronto is long overdue for a trip. This year's surprise destination may be Ottawa.
I had an extremely brief layover in 2009 on the way back from Halifax. I want to explore the Byward Market, see Hull and Gatineau up close. Check out a few neighborhoods, some museums, and, well, a RedBlacks game.
The ease of renting a car in New Brunwsick and Prince Edward Island reminds me that certain destinations are easier to find by car. I still have dreams of getting to a sugar shack in Quebec, but not likely in 2014.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is a focal point. Being in St. Mary's is a bit out of the way, but could explore London as well.
I have not forgotten Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador: the 3 provinces I still have not hit yet. And the CFL is calling to go to Blue Bombers and Roughriders games. And I will love the half-hour difference in Newfoundland's time zone.
Windsor will not be ignored, whether it's a day trip for my birthday in 2013 or in November for the international film festival. I get a truly warm reception every year and my appreciation is beyond words.
Perhaps you have a cool Canadian place, big or small, for me to try out in 2014 and beyond. Feel free to leave any ideas and suggestions for me and other people to travel to Canada.