Thursday, May 23, 2013

Canada travel tips: Clear Lake & Boissevain

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Clear Lake (the beach)
This chapter of the journey will continue its way from Winnipeg and describe two small towns, which are very beautiful and amazing in its nature and history. Wasagaming, situated by the lake, Clear Lake, and Boissevan, both towns are located in the province of Manitoba.












Where: Clear Lake and Boissevan, Canada.
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Tourists as well as many Winnipegers prefer to travel to the most popular destinations; when it comes to small resorts, the same rule applies. Therefore, the small town of Kenora, which is in the province of Ontario, is very popular especially in summer. Yes, Kenora is a very beautiful place, resort, and it attracts lots of people annually. However, there are more destinations worth visiting, which I would like to cover in this chapter.

Clear Lake, Canada
Clear Lake

The first stop of the journey is Wasagaming, a small town, north-west of Manitoba, where you find lots of resorts around the Clear Lake. The resort I would like to speak about is Buffalo Resort

Buffalo Resort Canada
Buffalo Resort 

It is a very charming, quiet place with friendly citizens and lovely nature. It takes just 5 minutes to walk to the lake. The beauty of the place makes you feel the thin connection with the nature, makes you feel the spirit of the country.

Obviously, the best season to be there is summer, or, maybe, late spring and early fall. If you travel with children or on your own, it does not make any difference; the trip is promising to be enjoyable and highly remarkable. 

Clear Lake Canada
Clear Lake

The way there is approximately 3 hours of drive. For that purpose you will need to rent a car, because this is the best possible option since you plan your trip, you do not depend on the schedule too much and you are not limited by your route only. Renting a car in Canada is simple, just Google “rent a car in Winnipeg” and you see so many options; the rest is up to you.

On the official website of the Clear Lake you can find some useful information.

Riding Mountain: National Park of Canada (Visitor Centre)
Riding Mountain: National Park of Canada (visitor centre)

When you get to the place, do not forget about national parks; try to visit as many places as possible. National parks are magnificent, glorious and just amazing. By the way, your trip to the lake will give you an opportunity to drive on the Trans-Canada Highway, at least that part of the way which shares that famous “road”.

Boissevain Canada
Boissevain

Moving on to the second stop of the journey, we get to Boissevain, the town located in the south-west of Manitoba. 

Boissevain Canada
Boissevain
 
Boissevain (the church) Canada
Boissevain (the church)

Basically you can get there from the Clear Lake if you just go down to Brandon and keep moving to the south. Or, definitely, there is a way from Winnipeg to Boissevain, which will take you approximately 3 hours of drive. And you also have a chance to drive on a small part of the Trans-Canada Highway, but different part of this “road”. 

Boissevain Canada
Boissevain

If you decide to visit Boissevain, find time to go to the Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, which is 40 minute drive away from the town to the south-west. That is a historical and very famous park having two major exits, one in Canada, another one in the United States.

But let’s get back to Boissevain. Here is the link to explore it. The town was named after the banker, who helped finance the Canadian Pacific Railway. You can always find something which interests you online. But here is the reason I chose it. When I got there I felt some kind of a history being hidden under the cover of “here and now”. If you walk on the streets of Boissevain, you feel the spirit of the history, see those buildings and even make assumptions about the previous look of the town. 

Boissevain Canada
Boissevain

Boissevain Canada
  
If you want to stay in the town, you can find a lovely motel with the speaking name. I would recommend one of those two: either Canadian Wilderness Inn or Red Coat Inn

Boissevain Canada
Boissevain

Walk on the streets any time of the day, during the night as well. You can find some breath-taking views and take lots of pictures, you can visit local shops and go to the local bar, where you are able to drink anything, play the pool, watch TV, and talk, talk and talk.  When you are in the central part of it, you can see the old buildings by the railroad. And the most logical question you might ask: is there a railroad station? And the answer would be “Yes”, but… it used to be... nowadays the railroad is used to carry different stuff but not as the passenger line. But you can see pictures on the wall of those building portraying the history, everything reminding of those times.  

Boissevain railway station (not in service)
Boissevain railway station (not in service)

I would say that even a small town is able to attract people with its unique history and terrific charm. Boissevain is a proof to those words. Find time to visit it and to enjoy the town.

This chapter has opened a door to some unexplored, small destinations, which are required during a long ride. The following chapters of the journey will get us directly to the largest and one of the most important cities of Canada (and in North America), Toronto, and the journey is going to be complemented by the Niagara-Falls. 

Boissevain Canada
Boissevain

Therefore, keep traveling, exploring and enjoying every single day!

Kirill “Traveler” Malyutin


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“Travel Smart” is a section, narrating about different countries and good travel tips, advised by the author, Kirill Malyutin. The series contains recommendations, including selected places to visit, character accommodation, and reasonable shopping. Simply get inspiration!
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«Travel Smart» – раздел, в котором автор Кирилл Малютин рассказывает о разных странах и дает необходимые в путешествии советы. Серия включает в себя рекомендации по посещенным автором местам, характерным средствам размещения, а также разумному шопингу. Вдохновитесь приключением! 
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