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Old 08-04-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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OK, wife lives in constant pain from her spinal problems. The other day we were daydreaming about possible trips we could take while she can still walk, should we ever have the money to make such trips. One of the places mentioned was Canada. First words out her mouth was "oh no, way too cold". Told her that's in the winter. Summer in the southern half is just fine. So if we could ever afford such a trip, I have some questions. First off, we're in Lafayette, Louisiana. That's a LONG way from Canada so we're no where near as familiar with Canada compared to your American neighbors to the south. To fly from here to Canada, would we need a US Passport/VISA? What months of the year are generally the warm months? About what time of the year does snow begin to fall? We've never been in snow,...unless you count about an inch or less sticking to our cars from overnight flurries. Neither of us are physically capable of skiing. Already told you about my wife's problem, I have a right foot that turns outward pretty bad. Though we're from south Louisiana and have French heritage and family names, we at best only speak a few words and phrases of French. Our family and relatives names include Bordelon, Chiasson, Benoit, Prejean, and Babineaux. Our parents and grandparents spoke French, but they used it like a secret language when wanting to talk about things they didn't want the children to hear. Is there any festivals or events that are pretty popular? My wife is a very social person. She loves meeting new people. I have Aspergers and PTSD so I have trouble with large crowds. But for her, I'd tough it out. We went to Disney World for our 5th anniversary which, thankfully, was in February, the off peak time. Plenty enough people but still had enough elbow room and could see the exits so I wouldn't panic. When you're short, it's hard to see over the crowds. I'm 5 feet 5 inches while my wife is lucky if she's 4 feet 11 inches if she could ever straighten her spine.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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June through September you wont be seeing any snow in Canada,
As for Languages Canada is all English except for Quebec where many people speak French but as a tourist you wouldnt have a problem as most tourist venues have bi lingual staff.
Where to Go? Canada is a big country,you'll have to do the lions share of the research to answer that question, some areas to consider would be
Canadas maritime provinces.
Quebec=Montreal and Quebec City
Toronto and related areas
The Prairies, (not much there)
The Rockies,from Calgary to Vancouver,
Vancouver and Vancouver island,
There is also the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavit however thers not much there and its really far north..
If you get a more specific place you want to go much more info will be forth coming.
Sites like this abound on Google.
http://gocanada.about.com/od/thebest..._in_canada.htm
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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June through September you wont be seeing any snow in Canada,
As for Languages Canada is all English except for Quebec where many people speak French but as a tourist you wouldnt have a problem as most tourist venues have bi lingual staff.
Where to Go? Canada is a big country,you'll have to do the lions share of the research to answer that question, some areas to consider would be
Canadas maritime provinces.
Quebec=Montreal and Quebec City
Toronto and related areas
The Prairies, (not much there)
The Rockies,from Calgary to Vancouver,
Vancouver and Vancouver island,
There is also the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavit however thers not much there and its really far north..
If you get a more specific place you want to go much more info will be forth coming.
Sites like this abound on Google.
Scenic Drives in Canada - Best Scenic Drives in Canada
Thanks, we were thinking about visiting the land where our ancestors once called home which is in or around Nova Scotia.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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You should check out this event:

2014 World Acadian Congress - Home

Not happening in Nova Scotia but as you know Acadians are spread out all over the place - this event has been held in Nova Scotia before as well as other places.

If you are looking at getting in touch with your Acadian roots it would really be worthwhile. Really really.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Thanks, we were thinking about visiting the land where our ancestors once called home which is in or around Nova Scotia.
You wouldnt have a bad time in Nova Scotia, beautiful scenery, friendly people,great food much historical venues. My favorite province,just wish i could get there more often.

https://www.google.ca/search?safe=ac...w=1024&bih=618
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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You wouldnt have a bad time in Nova Scotia, beautiful scenery, friendly people,great food much historical venues. My favorite province,just wish i could get there more often.

https://www.google.ca/search?safe=ac...w=1024&bih=618
I just hope to someday be able to afford to go there while my wife is still able to walk. She's talking about asking the neighbor's son to walk our dog when I'm at work or sleeping in the daytime. What's holding her back is the medical bills are making us stretch our dollars right now. It'll get easier money wise in about 2 1/2 months but by then, the son will be in school. She only walks the dog in the yard and even that much is becoming too much of a pain for her even with her Oxycodone. Good thing we have a 6 lb chihuahua instead of a big boxer.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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You should check out this event:

2014 World Acadian Congress - Home

Not happening in Nova Scotia but as you know Acadians are spread out all over the place - this event has been held in Nova Scotia before as well as other places.

If you are looking at getting in touch with your Acadian roots it would really be worthwhile. Really really.
Thanks, I put it in my favorites.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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Visiting Nova Scotia from Alabama is hardly fantasy. Buy a ticket and book some hotel nights and you are there.
I am sure you won't encounter any cultural shock there, and nothing will take your breath away either.

If airfare is the concern here, apply for a couple of credit cards with welcoming mileages and you will be able to fly for almost free. Virgin America used to give 75000 miles for new cards, which is enough for 3 people to fly from anywhere in the continental US to Canada round trip. You just need to do some research. Take advantage of those generous mileage programs, which do not exist in Canada.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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OK, wife lives in constant pain from her spinal problems. The other day we were daydreaming about possible trips we could take while she can still walk, should we ever have the money to make such trips. One of the places mentioned was Canada. First words out her mouth was "oh no, way too cold". Told her that's in the winter. Summer in the southern half is just fine. So if we could ever afford such a trip, I have some questions. First off, we're in Lafayette, Louisiana. That's a LONG way from Canada so we're no where near as familiar with Canada compared to your American neighbors to the south. To fly from here to Canada, would we need a US Passport/VISA? What months of the year are generally the warm months? About what time of the year does snow begin to fall? We've never been in snow,...unless you count about an inch or less sticking to our cars from overnight flurries. Neither of us are physically capable of skiing. Already told you about my wife's problem, I have a right foot that turns outward pretty bad. Though we're from south Louisiana and have French heritage and family names, we at best only speak a few words and phrases of French. Our family and relatives names include Bordelon, Chiasson, Benoit, Prejean, and Babineaux. Our parents and grandparents spoke French, but they used it like a secret language when wanting to talk about things they didn't want the children to hear. Is there any festivals or events that are pretty popular? My wife is a very social person. She loves meeting new people. I have Aspergers and PTSD so I have trouble with large crowds. But for her, I'd tough it out. We went to Disney World for our 5th anniversary which, thankfully, was in February, the off peak time. Plenty enough people but still had enough elbow room and could see the exits so I wouldn't panic. When you're short, it's hard to see over the crowds. I'm 5 feet 5 inches while my wife is lucky if she's 4 feet 11 inches if she could ever straighten her spine.
You absolutely need a passport. Especially if you ever want to be allowed back into the US.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:06 PM
 
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Visiting Nova Scotia from Alabama is hardly fantasy. Buy a ticket and book some hotel nights and you are there.
I am sure you won't encounter any cultural shock there, and nothing will take your breath away either.

If airfare is the concern here, apply for a couple of credit cards with welcoming mileages and you will be able to fly for almost free. Virgin America used to give 75000 miles for new cards, which is enough for 3 people to fly from anywhere in the continental US to Canada round trip. You just need to do some research. Take advantage of those generous mileage programs, which do not exist in Canada.
We're in south Louisiana. Reason it's fantasy is money. Her last doctor visit revealed her spine (held together with screws and rods) has shifted badly and he recommended she see a specialist in Dallas. Even with insurance, this may become very expensive. We're 2 1/2 months away from paying off the last creditor and our home. We were hoping to use that extra money to help us finally move out the mobile home and into a home on concrete. We could save more money by dropping certain luxuries (like satellite tv, cell phones, and internet) but those are her sources of entertainment and connection to the world when she's spending days in the house laid up in pain. A trip to the store for her means a day or two off her feet in pain. In 2011 we went to Disney World for our 5th anniversary. She scraped and saved for the trip since the wedding and even then we still had to borrow some money to cover some cost. She had to use one of those motorized chairs. She's much worse now.
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