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Daily life in my corner of Canada

on 6 March 2015

I’m excited to take part in the Opionated Man from Harsh Reality’s challenge to showcase where I live.  I’m a Canadian who stumbled across his blog from another fellow talented Canadian writer. My corner of the world is a very interesting one and I’m happy to share it with you today. I was born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of British Columbia Canada. 

Where I grew up in the East Kootneays of BC

Where I lived before in the Fraser Valley in BC
I’ve lived in many different places throughout the province. When I was sixteen I wanted to explore city life once so I moved to Ontario. I lived there for a year and was desperate to get back to my beloved mountains. Due to my husband’s career we move a lot. This is our fourth transfer and our children’s third. Now we currently reside in our new province of Alberta. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when we first moved here, as it’s very flat compared to what I’m used to. In my last town in the Fraser Valley of BC I had mountains in my back yard. Now I reside where I can see clouds stretched out for miles.

Where I live now in Alberta, Canada

When I take walks in my neighbourhood I’m treated to the most amazing gifts of God’s creation. I see brilliant colors woven into the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises. It’s my favourite time of day to take in all this natural beauty. I’ve discovered without mountains I can really see each extraordinary colour in these natural paintings. 

When I take my son to hockey practice we have a 30 minute drive out to the country. It’s my favourite time of the week as my kids and are rocking out to the tunes playing. A little Fleetwood Mac, Three Dog Night, and Motley Crüe. My kids grew up with nursery rhymes and knowing the classics as well. The scenery on our drive has been so breathtaking I’ve had to pull over to take pictures. I’ve never seen such spectactcular cloud porn in all my life!

Our favorite thing to do is take a walk along the river. My husband and I teach our son’s the fine art of skipping stones. The peace and tranquility of listening to the flowing water, feeling the crispness in the air, and taking in the sheer beauty of our surroundings is a wonderful gift. 

It can get cold really fast too, where it will go from +6 to -16 overnight. It’s been cold enough since November to build an outdoor rink in our backyard. And our first welcome to Alberta blizzard happened in September! There’s also this amazing phenomenon that occurs called a chinook. It’s when a wave of of warm current air mixes with cold air and the temperature can change from -16 to +16 in a matter of hours. It’s the most spectacular weather pattern I’ve ever witnessed! And now that the temperatures dropped I look forward to the next one. 

And the hockey road trips I’ve taken throughout my province have exposed me to some amazing landscapes. I’ve enjoyed each one, and have been grateful to get to know little towns I wouldn’t have known otherwise. 

And I can’t leave out the views I have from my deck that move me me to tears and cause me to write poetry. It’s a gift to live here and I’m glad that I’ve been able to connect to nature and not feel so lost and alone in this new adventure. And just like the picture says this is my own little slice of heaven.


Thank you for taking this scenic tour with me. And thank you to Jason at Harsh Reality for suggesting this wonderful idea. ?

23 Responses to “Daily life in my corner of Canada”

  1. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    I love the nature in these photos! Thanks for sharing some of Canada for the HR Challenge! -OM
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  2. Ellen Hawley says:

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for the tour.

  3. 80smetalman says:

    Truly great photos Jeanine. There is some great scenery in Canada.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much Mike for saying so! This was a great project to get me out into nature and away from my sadness. Onward and upward my friend. ?

  4. karenung77 says:

    Beautiful! You captured our corner of Canada perfectly. : )

  5. Cindy Koszegi says:

    Your new home in Alberta has such incredibly diverse scenery than here where you came from! I’ve lived here twelve years and still have moments that leave me breathless- may you continue to experience the same for as long as you make Alberta your home!

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much for reading Cindy!!! Yes I’ve been treated to some amazing scenery. I’ve never taken so many pictures of cloud porn or wrote so much poetry. And one thing I’ve discovered is my joy of driving again. I can drive for miles and see so much beautiful landscape. My heart has always belonged to the mountains of my home. So I understand perfectly that moment where your taken breathless by its natural phenomenon. I look forward to my next trip to Banff in the spring and taking many more pics of that diverse landscape. ?❤️?

  6. swo8 says:

    No doubt BC is a lovely part of Canada. I hear your winter wasn’t so bad. We’re in the GTA, of Canada.

    • jsackmom says:

      Yes it most certainly is beautiful. Some parts of BC were very warm and seasonal. Now it looks like an early spring. I spent time in TO and in Ajax. My favourite place was Wasaga beach.

  7. lorieb says:

    great scenery! I live in Ontario, hopefully you will see my contribution to this challenge soon

    • jsackmom says:

      I hope so too Lori. I lived in Southern On for awhile. My favourite place was the Rideau canal in Ottawa and the beautiful fall colours in Quebec. It was a wonderful scenic experience. ?

      • lorieb says:

        the Rideau Canal is wonderful for sure, I actually did not get there yet this winter as it has been too darned cold. This weekend is looking promising though

        • jsackmom says:

          Yes I’ve spent time skating there. Rideau and poutine are forever etched in my mind as happy memories. Enjoy your time there Lori. ?

  8. jmsabbagh says:

    Impressive about and stunning nature where you live ,the Rock Mountains.,one place my wife and l want to visit.Last year we visited Alaska and took the train to Canada .Thank you so much for following my blog.Best regards.

    • jsackmom says:

      Yes it’s very beautiful I never knew how much of the sky I could see when the land is flat. A train ride sounds so lovely throughout Alaska into Canada. I can only imagine what breath taking scenery you would see then. All the best and you’re welcome, and thank you to you too. ?

  9. nmwords says:

    That’s so beautiful, it must be wonderful to be surrounded by mountains like those!

    • jsackmom says:

      It has been a wonderful gift to be seeing those mountains daily. Although Canada is so vast and diverse my perception of beauty has grown. Thank you for reading and commenting. ?

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