Your Story: My Canadian Dream

As far as I remember I’ve always loved travelling. I guess you can say I’m a traveler. My adventures began when I was 19. I spent 3 months by myself in India where I was helping at an elementary school.

But what I am about to tell you is about my “Canadian Dream”.

In 2015 I decided to explore the Western Canadian wilderness, from BC and Vancouver Island to Alberta and the Rocky Mountains. I did quite a bit of couchsurfing there because to me, meeting local people is the best way to explore a country.

When I reached Jasper for the very first time I was supposed to stay at my couchsurfer’s place for 3 or 4 nights and then move to another town. But the magic operated and I fell in love with this very particular part of the world. Everybody says that Jasper is a vortex : once you’re there you never leave. And indeed it is! Surrounded by mountains, rivers, stunning blue lakes, and forests, Jasper is a small town where everybody seems to live happily. Set in the outstanding Jasper National Park in the Rockies, it is the most majestic part of the world I’ve ever seen. There is no other place like it in the world.

I love the way people in Jasper live, enjoy, share and respect everything they are surrounded by. I love the way people in Jasper are. Friendly, welcoming, and true.

In the end I spent a month moving from couch to couch and making new friends. They brought me on tons of incredible adventures such as kayaking, rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, and partying a lot of course!

I’ve made some of the strongest friendships of my life. My house will always be theirs as well as I know I’ll always be welcome at theirs.

Jasper, Canada
Jasper National Park

 

Mi casa es tu casa.

A year and a half after all this, I’m back in Canada! I’ve been terribly lucky to be invited by one of my best buds to Churchill, Manitoba, where he lives and works during the polar bear season… Yes, polar bears!

It was unreal to be there! Seeing these animals in their natural environment waiting for the ice to come has been the most breathtaking adventure I’ve ever had. I know how lucky I am. For lots of people this is on their Buckets List.

But I wouldn’t have gone there without my Jasperite couchsurfer. Our friendship means a lot to me.

Today, I’m heading back to Jasper for 6 weeks and I’m looking forward to having some new exciting adventures with my friends! Ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, road tripping… This is going to be awesome!

I will spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve not in France with my family, but here in Jasper. It is a choice I’ve made but I really feel like I’m a part of their family now.
And as long as I live my heart will remain between France & Canada.

Polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba
Polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba

 

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About Camille de Farcy:

27 year old Camille grew up and studied international trade in Toulouse, Southern France. After graduating she headed for a small  town in Southern India where she worked at a rural school, It was there that she realized a business career was not for her, she wanted to do something more exciting and meaningful with her life so she went back home and started her studies in tourism. Camille has been traveling and working on and off for six years and when she turned 25 the urge to do something meaningful grew even stronger. She now works for an organisation planning holiday trips for intellectually disabled people and giving them the chance to explore and have fun in a safe environment.

Camille de Farcy

 

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7 thoughts on “Your Story: My Canadian Dream

  1. Kathi

    Canada is amazing! I went to BC & Alberta for my first big solo trip in 2012 and have dreamed of going back ever since! This year I managed to visit Ontario for three weeks, did some canoe-camping, road tripping and spent lots of time in Toronto – it was amazing, but I missed the Rockies 🙂

    My Canadian Dream includes the Yukon and going as far north as possible to learn more about life in the north of Canada!

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  2. Karin

    Canada must be such a great place to travel! This article is a true inspiration 😉 The polar bears are amazing!

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  3. Natalie

    Such an amazing story! I can relate so much. I used to live in Canada when I was 16 (Montreal) and went back in 2015 to travel the country. I traveled the East, the West, everwhere basically, but I got stuck in Jasper as well. I spent the whole winter season there and ended up staying until May 2016. I have great friends there now and can’t wait to return to visit them. Jasper is such a special place and living there has taught me so much about myself and my surroundings.

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    1. wowtravelersworld

      Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂 We really want to bring Jasper to light, it deserves to become a popular destination for conscious TravelHers.

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  4. Maria

    Canada looks fantastic! I have a friend who spent a whole year over there and she also came home with so many fond memories of that wonderful country.

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  5. Emily Bitz

    Hey that makes me happy to hear that you love my country so much! I have never been to Jasper believe it or not, but it’s on the list.

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  6. Doreen Pendgracs

    Love this post and the resulting comments, as I am Canadian and love our great country. Jasper is indeed a special place, but I didn’t realize it is considered a vortex! I knew about Sedona being one and it is indeed one of those places you never want to leave. And Churchill seems to have that drawing quality as well. I’ve been there 6x and cant’ wait to go back and see what’s new. they’ve had a VERY difficult winter, with 2 really tough blizzards that left the town’s food supply very short. I hope all is OK there now.
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