VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 11: Vancouver, BC

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 11: Vancouver, BC

Remember when I said that Cape Breton Island in one of the easternmost provinces in Canada is all about the rare exposure of the mountain meeting the sea? Well, apparently, living in the western side of the continent doesn’t mean such grandeur is far too out of reach. We don’t necessarily need to travel across the continent to spot such majestic scene, because, apparently Vancouver has it too! It’s a different type of mountain-and-sea kind of scenery, obviously, because Vancouver is the next level of a metropolitan city while Cape Breton Island and its composing small towns are the exact…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 10: Ottawa, ON

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 10: Ottawa, ON

Despite the major tourist attractions such as magnificent classic buildings that surround the majestic and historical Parliament Hill and around, I must say that the most remarkable thing I did back in Ottawa was watching The Bad Batch in an old, hippie cinema of Mayfair Theatre with a new friend I met through Couchsurfing. That was my third attempts on CS, and legitimately convinced me that the next time I travel to someplace new, I won’t bother checking out other accommodation-booking websites without trying the best out of CS first. Being a capital city that is actually smaller than other…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 9: Montréal, QC

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 9: Montréal, QC

Montréal is just a heaven for street photographers. I myself am not one, and I never thought I would be interested in becoming one as well, but once I made my first visit to Montréal I just knew right away that I wouldn’t actually mind to give it a shot for the upcoming three days. Cause, frickin’ Montréal! Every corner in every neighbourhood just got their own artsy–and sometimes slightly edgy–vibes. From the Old Montréal, to the Port of Montréal, all the way to the effin’ colourfully aesthetic Gay Village and basically everywhere else in the city, they’re all just gems the way they…

Au Revoir, Chéticamp

Au Revoir, Chéticamp

The day I said farewell to Cape Breton Island, it was all gloomy and misty. I had made up my mind about the appalling hostel and second-thought that it was actually a comforting space to come home after the past five sunsets. I had tried to deal with the thought of never seeing Nate and Brianna again, the two people that helped me envision my best days in Cheticamp, and I had prepared myself for not crying on the train while reminiscing all the good, nice things happened in Cheticamp and around. I had even forgiven Zac for not being…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 8: Chéticamp, NS

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 8: Chéticamp, NS

Out of all places I travelled to within this nearly one month trip, Chéticamp offers the most unexpected journey indeed. Many things didn’t actually go as I planned, but at the end of the day, I realized that those are all the facts that made this journey very remarkable. And still, that shifting plans do not change the fact that this small town located just outside the entrance of the Cape Breton National Park is such a charm worth uncovering; with its bluish scene of the limitless Atlantic Ocean and the sparkling drops of goldish sun rays touching it, wildflowers…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 7: Cape Breton National Park (ii)

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 7: Cape Breton National Park (ii)

Does a single hike suffice for representing the entire and infinite grandeur of the Cape Breton National Park? Heck no. Which is why after I did the hike with Nate, I signed up for a program offered by the Cape Breton National Park; the Sunset Skyline Hike. It is basically a hike around the dusk time to the most famous trail in the entire Cape Breton, the Skyline Trail, so that we can see glimpses of sunset from the top of the mountain. The thought of sitting on top of the highland plateau overlooking the fine shades of sunset submerging…