I don’t know what it is about the holidays but it makes me a little crazy. Not in the mad/angry way but I tend to shed inhibitions and plan atypical travel.
Remember last year I decided that I would voluntarily live in Canada for the winter, I went to a restaurant on a frozen lake for dinner in -49C weather and my only trip outside was to Finland so I could jump in a frozen lake?
I am a bit crazy.
But again this year I have renewed hope that I am not a pansy.
I’m staying in Canada again for winter and my first trip will be to Jasper, Alberta. I haven’t spent much time in Western Canada other than to drink wine in Kelowna and eat at the night market in Richmond. This time I’m heading to Jasper to visit during the 25th Anniversary of Jasper in January. The whole month there will be lots of music and winter events like polar bear dips – don’t think I’ll be doing that again after Finland!
Jasper seems like an interesting town, it’s not a luxury resort place like Banff. I’ve heard people are more laid back and it’s down to earth. I’m staying at the Tonquin Inn and I hope my room has a fireplace too because Jasper is in Northern Canada and it will be cold!
But the cold doesn’t entirely scare me as I’m attending events like Hops and Scotch, visiting the Jasper Brewing Company and looking to eat lots of game. But I’m also doing something scary…
I’ll be snowboarding for the first time!
I have wanted to learn to snowboard for years and while I’m a great ice skater and I can ski but I feel like I’m the only Canadian that’s never been snowboarding. I’m not petrified, I’ve always thought I would be good at snowboarding, maybe because I’m so low to the ground? And as much as I make fun of how lazy I am (and really I am) I was once quite a coordinated person, played soccer and volleyball for years and considered myself sporty.
How things have changed!
But seriously. I am actually looking forward to learning at Marmot Basin and I’m hoping it won’t be too cold so I can strap a camera to my body so you can see.
But the adventure is likely going to stop there, so I need to know folks – where should I eat??
Disclosure: I will be a guest of Jasper Tourism through a project with the Navigate Media Group but they did not request I write a favourable review or insist I snowboard at all. It was my, potentially foolish, idea.