10. New Year’s Eve

We have been and are being in such amazing places. The more remote we are the more friendlier (if it’s at all possible) the people are. We came across the wonderful Native people up north. It was very exciting however somewhat a bit sad to see how they live (although some say it’s an improvement) but first of all it was very humbling when they let us in to their lives and shared some stories with us. Up north we also had a chance to see the wild life which is still very much part of the Cree and the Inuit’s lives. Our number one spot was a grey wolf! We couldn’t believe our eyes and felt very lucky to have this unbelievable chance to see one in the wild. We love animals and this really was the highlight. Besides one morning when a couple of pretty-looking little birds joined us for breakfast and ended up eating out from our hands. (we were inside sticking our hands out the window in minus 16 but was worth it)

We’ll be spending New Year’s Eve in a town called Hearst, Ontario. Simple little logging and foresting town but got a funky retro Motel (we’re staying at their rare car park) This is the only place at this part of the Province where you can have a few beers (pretty pricey but gotta have a couple of beers at New Year’s Eve)
Alcohol is government controlled pretty much all over Canada (except Quebec) and it’s rare to find a place with booze license so we decided to stick this motel for the night besides, they are very friendly and let us use their guest facilities.

We’ll be heading South West from now on in more populated areas and will be crossing the border to the US in a few days.

Once again, wishing you all a very very happy New Year.

9. Arriving in Halifax

After saying good bye to friends and family. We left England and arrived in Halifax on the 3rd of December.

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Heathrow Airport
London, December 2012

We checked into our hotel in downtown Halifax, spent a few days enjoying the mild winter and the Christmas atmosphere before we picked up Burt from the port -who arrived right on time.

After we went through the quick and painless process of the handover our first journey was to the petrol station to fill the tanks with diesel then headed to Walmart to buy all the necessary pieces we couldn’t smuggle in such as pillows and duvets and some kitchen equipments.

Johnny also decided to get an extra diesel tank for storage so off we went to find an engineering company who would build and fit one on the under of the truck for us.

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In these few days of scooting around and do quick shopping we discovered that we draw a lot of attention with Burt so had to start learning the etiquette of parking lot chats.

At one of these chats we came across a very friendly local guy David who invited us to spend our first ever camp nights at his house by the beach, north of Halifax before we head off. He was wonderful and generously offered to fill up our fresh water tank from his house. ¬†We found out that David and his wife were at the doorstep of their new life -he’s got a new job in British Columbia so were about to move from one end of Canada to the other. He was very excited hearing about our plans.

North of Halifax Camp 1
North of Halifax
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North of Halifax
Camp 1

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After spending our first ever night in Burt -or some sort of camping in general, we said our goodbyes to David and left to the wilderness!

Here we come Canada.