Homeschooling on the road is nothing new to us. In fact, as my regular readers know, that is how we started homeschooling in the first place. In a nutshell, I retired from my office job, decided to travel and start a travel blog, our daughter went back to work, and we decided as a family that EJ would travel with me while I homeschooled him and the rest of the family would join us when they were able.
This has worked well for us, especially since we decided to go out on our own and follow a more eclectic way of homeschooling. We still use programs and curriculums but we choose how we follow them plus we supplement and with and take advantage of learning opportunities that we find at home and away.
So what is new for this year. Well, we have done a lot of traveling around Alberta and in the United States but we have not yet tackled a Cross Canada journey. It isn’t that we haven’t traveled across Canada in bits and pieces and at various times, it’s that we have planned from our first day of homeschooling to drive across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador and haven’t managed to get there yet.
Between weddings and new baby brothers, things have been pretty busy in our family for the past couple of years so this year marks the spot. 2018 – 19 will be the time for our Cross Canada road trip. Beginning in Victoria at the Mile Zero Marker this fall, we hope to make it across the country to the Mile Zero Marker in St. John’s and then on to the ferry dock in Fortune where we will board a ferry and head for France.
A ferry to France you ask? Mais oui! C’est ça! (That’s right!) There is a little bit of France right off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada where you can enjoy wine, cheese, French pastries, and French perfume (one of my weaknesses).
St. Pierre et Miquelon is the last remaining piece of New France that is still under French control. In the years since Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain, this area of New France bounced between Englis and French rule a number of times (or so I’ve read) and at one time was a base for rum runners, the likes of Al Capone, during prohibition in the U.S. (Note to self, be sure to visit the tunnels under Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for more Al Capone and prohibition era history).
So you see, what is new is that we have decided to add a trip to France onto our Cross Canada road trip. The birth country of my great-grandfather, it will be fun to have a visit (and a stamp in our passport) without having to leave North America. There is even talk of the ferry dock at Fortune being upgraded to allow for vehicles to load and offload there so it may soon be possible to “drive” to France from Canada. Now that would make a fun headline.
Looks like we’ll be able to add some world history into our journey!
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