An Epic Cross-Canada Flying Adventure in a Cessna 172
In June of 2023, Janine and David took to the skies on an incredible cross-continent journey in a Cessna 172. From the West Coast, they flew through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, across the vast expanse of the prairies, and into the US at Eastern Saskatchewan. They few through the mid-western USA to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a special event and continued from there through upstate New York back into Canada and explored charming towns and breath-taking landscapes through Quebec and New Brunswick to the stunning Red-Sands of Prince Edward Island. After exploring PEI, they set back out on the trip home to the West Coast, flying the entire route through Canada - from Sea to Shining Sea.
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Here are the Video and Blog/Photo posts for the entire adventure.
Planning the Trip
We Hate Turbulence
May 6, 2023
A little insign into preparations for a trip like this and our cunning plan for avoiding turbulence in the Rockies.

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Flying Day 1
The Adventure Begins
June 2, 2023
The goal on this day was to fly from Pitt Meadows to Oliver BC to Cranbrook BC. Things didn't go as planned.

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Flying Day 2
Mountains to Cranbrook
June 3, 2023
Castlegar BC to Cranbrook BC. Spectacular scenery flying around and over some breath-taking mountains.

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Flying Day 3
Through the Rockies
June 4, 2023
Today was the day we crossed the Rocky Mountains - the highest mountains in all of BC. A beautiful flight with spectacular scenery.

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Flying Day 4
Best Laid Plans
June 5, 2023
Our plan to cross Southern Saskatchewan got .. complicated .. when we learned of a hail storm ahead on our path. We adapted.

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Flying Day 5
Across the Border
June 6, 2023
We simultaneously crossed both a border and timezone when going from Weyburn SK to Jamestown ND

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Flying Day 6
A Hop over Montana
June 7, 2023
Prairie du Chien (French for Prairie Dog) is a charming little town on the shores of the Mississippi with a beautiful historic district.

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Flying Day 7
The First Finish Line
June 8, 2023
Through Kankakee Illinois to Lima Ohio to Marion Ohio and finally to Allegheny County Airport in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

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Sights from
Pittsburgh PA
June 14, 2023
Some photos from the few days spent in Pittsburgh - which has turned out to be much more beautiful than we through it would be.

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Planning the
Voyage Forward
June 17, 2023
We've worked out a plan for getting from Pittsburgh, across the border, around Maine, and to Prince Edward Island.

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Flying Day 8
We leave Pittsburgh
June 19, 2023
We leave Pittsburgh and make our way to Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.

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Flying Day 9
Back Across the Border
June 20, 2023
We cross the Canadian border to land at Bromont Quebec. After clearing customs it's off to Riviere Du-Loup in Quebec.

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Flying Day 10
We Reach PEI!
June 8, 2023
This last leg was made extra special when we sighted a pod of Beluga Whales in the Saquenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park.

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Photos from
Prince Edward Island
June 22, 2023
Our reward for flying all the way across the country was a day frolicking in the sun in one of the most beautiful places on earth. .

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Flying Day 11
Leaving Charlottetown
June 23, 2023
We reached PEI, we frolicked on the beach, and now ... we must begin the trip back home to Vancouver. We have jobs to return to.

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Flying Day 12
Sudbury Smoke
June 24, 2023
An interesting flight through Quebec City and Gatineau to a "Special VFR" arrival in smoke-filled Sudbury Ontario.

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Stuck in
Sudbury Ontario
June 25, 2023
A short clip explaining how we're stuck in Sudbury - and showing off a fun Fridge at the FBO

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Flight Day 13
Escape from Sudbury
June 28, 2023
We finally make our escape from Sudbury Ontario and make our way along Lake Superior to Thundary Bay

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Stuck in
Thunder Bay Ontario
June 29, 2023
Our escape from Sudbury was short lived. Now we're stuck in Thunder Bay instead - due Smoke from Sudbury, and Thunder from Manitoba.

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Escape from
Thunder Bay Ontario
June 30, 2023
We were so happy when we escaped from Sudbury ... then we found ourselves trapped in Thunder Bay instead. Now we've escaped again!

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Flight Day 15
Murphy's Law
July 1, 2023
The gods were working against on on this one, but lady luck was fighting on our side. So, despite the setbacks, we made great progress.

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Flight Day 16
Back Across the Rockies
July 2, 2023
We broke our own rule and crossed the Rockies later in the day. And boy, did we ever learne our lesson!

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Flight Day 17
The Triumphant Return
July 3, 2023
Our incredible coast-to-coast-to-coast trip comes to an end. This is the final leg, from Cranbrook to Pitt Meadows.

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