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.
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.
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.