Unlike yesterday’s journey day, today was a destination day. We left Yorkton at 10 am for the 7 hour drive to Winnipeg. We crossed the Saskatchewan – Manitoba border at noon and arrived in Winnipeg at 6:30 local time; which is an hour ahead of SK.
Today was a long drive through flat fields interspersed with trees and small communities. We made a few stops along the way to check out things we saw on the tourist information bill boards. I took a photograph of many of the “Welcome to…” signs we passed. It may have been a good cross-Canada assignment to give myself before we left, but I didn’t think of it. It was fun to try capture them as we drove. The big bull was outside Russell.
One of our first stops was in Churchbridge. A local artist, Rita Swanson had won the Canadian Mint contest to design a $1 coin for Canada’s 125th anniversary. There was a large representation of her design and a commemorative plaque beside the tourist booth.We stopped at a lovely little park, North Shore Park, at Shoal Lake for a peanut butter on a bun lunch and then motored our way along to Winnipeg. Our hotel is right down town and we are staying for three days. There are quite a few things I want to see here, foremost being the graves of my maternal grandparents who had both died within six years after immigrating from Scotland in 1930.