The Place You Call Home

What’s special about the community you live in? What’s beautiful about it? What’s great about living there? And, yes: what sucks too?! Let me know what you love (and hate) about the place you call home by using the comments box below – but don’t forget to tell me which place you’re talking about!



  1. I live in Prince George, B.C. Most people around my age (19) usually say they hate it here but when it comes down to it it’s really not that bad. The air quality is often pretty bad and our crime rate had quite the rating also it’s sometimes hard to find something to go out and do. Other than those things though, I would say it’s a good place to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors. We have a lot of trails around our city and lots of opportunities to do outdoor activities. Skiiing(cross country and downhill), snowboading, snowshoeing, skating, hockey, swimming, hiking, bike riding and more that I can’t think of are examples of things easily accessible. We are close enough to lakes and camping and are just a short drive to places like the Ancient Forest to go exploring. Our winter lasts forever though which is also on the bad list and isn’t very friendly most the time. Compared to a city like Vancouver it’s not great here but against the smaller northern cities in B.C. I would say it’s a pretty good one. So all in all it really depends on the mood you are in when someone asks what it’s like here.

    • Hey Brandy!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and share such a fascinating view of the place you call home! And congratulations on being the first person to make use of this new page I’ve just added!! Look forward to maybe meeting you when I get to PG next week.

    • Hello Silver

      I want to know if/or what I should name my trike…any ideas? How bout Freedom because it gives me freedom..or something?Needs ideas!

      • Hi Carla,

        You should *definitely* give your trike a name, and I think ‘Freedom’ sounds like an excellent choice; or, if you want to be a bit more subtle about it, how about ‘Freda’?! πŸ˜‰ Either way, keep on trikin’, girl!

  2. Hi…I am a memeber of Rotary West In Kamloops. I have a spare bedroom, garage for bike and I am a road rider. If you are interested you would be welcome to stay here. Usually good food and tunes. Would have to put up with hockey on the tv. my cell 250-574 2921

    • Hi Steve,
      That’s incredibly kind of you – thank you! However, I’m afraid one of your fellow Rotarians has already beaten you to it! I hope I will still have the chance to meet with you when I arrive in Kamloops though: I’m looking forward to my visit.

  3. HulloTana!

    I just read about you in the Airdrie City View, WOW! We chose Airdrie to live in for practical reasons; my husband Keith (he is a new Canadian from the UK, too!) got a job in Calgary and Airdrie was a less expensive, smaller community that looked good in many ways. Really, we lucked out. We love the community feel, the many paths and good people. Airdrie has grown fast, which means many people here are relatively new, and that makes them especially friendly, they know what it’s like to have recently moved and are open to new friendships. There are heaps of ways to get involved here, and on top of all that, Calgary is just down the road, with all the big city trappings. Calgary itself is a fantastic city. I like best that is is down to earth at the same time as it is very progressive. In fact I’d sum up most of Southern Alberta that way!

    I don’t know what your plan is coming through Airdrie, or how big your entourage is! But I would love to b part of it somehow. We only have a single spare bed, but use it if you have need!

    I’m going to send some emails to people I know who might be interested in hosting a talk about SOS Children’s Villages here.

    All the best, Nicole

  4. I also live in Airdrie, Alberta. My mum came to Canada from England when she was 16 (a long time ago).
    I have been riding a trike for the last 3 years because it is the only bike I can safely ride on since my accident and brain injury over 5 years ago, but I love it. Even my grandma rode it and she can barely walk.
    I would love to hear your presentation if I know where it is being held. The only problem with Alberta for bike riders is the long winter and cold. Thankyou.

  5. It was Nice to meet you Tana,I wish you good luck spreading the word there must be courses that the highschools are offering to grade 11 and up grades ,right?

  6. Hello Tana,
    I am originally from a small town near Quebec city named Pintendre. I left when I was about 16 to learn English and then two years later moved to Toronto, for eight years, then this year I finally moved back to my home town! So in my heart, I must say my home is divided between the big city of Toronto which I adore, and the peaceful small town of Pintendre.
    From an artist point of view, I found the city of Toronto fun and exciting. It has the AGO, the Art Gallery of Ontario, which has one of the most fantastic art display for canadian artists and I used to go once a month I liked it so much. In the Annex area, the sort of hippie/artist corner where on sundays they block the street and you can see street performers, buy organic food , latte, taste cheeses, it’s a blast. I love that Toronto is so multicultural and you can find any kind of food, there’s of course, Chinatown, little Italy, and then the Japenese/Korean part of Bloor street, the Indian street, Greektown on Danforth, Portuguese, Thai, Jamaican restaurants I’ve even eaten Ethiopian! I loved that Toronto has a place for everyone, and you can easily found anybody that has a common interest.
    Pintendre is a whole different life. The pace of life is different, and definitely less expensive for better living arrangement. And we have the pleasure to be surrounded by nature and be so close to Old Quebec. Old Quebec is the kind of city you can just walk around for hours just for fun. And in the summer it comes to life. (the winter is pretty good too with carnaval, ice sculpture, ice castle and hotel). But the summers everyone is out! Festivals back to back, street performers filling the streets, concerts, and really Old Quebec resonates the French Canadian Culture. Which, i must say, I missed it sometimes.

    • Hello Gabie!
      Thank you for offering such a wonderful taste of both Toronto & Pintendre: I’m looking forward to seeing both of them now! I’m intrigued though: how did you find out about my journey for SOS Children’s Villages please? I won’t be getting to Quebec for quite a while yet!

  7. Wow. You are an incredible person. I really enjoyed meeting you and promise I will give you the recipe for spinach/goat cheese pizza – also the goat cheese salad recipe I was given by a friend – I am so excited about making your cause/journey a topic for discussion, study and promotion in our family and community! May the road rise to meet you, as the old Irish saying goes. Fair winds, smooth cycling! The Moyles
    Oh, yes, the things we like about Whitecourt: Rotary Park, the friendly people, Sweet Things Cafe, The Allan and Jean Millar Centre and the schools!

  8. I love your photos of your journey. Keep up the good work Silver. I miss you… from your Kamloops BC Rotary host, Sherry.
    To all Rotarians, please support Silver’s efforts any way you can, she is doing an awesome service for SOS and for Canada!

  9. Hello Tana!
    My name is Noreen, and I made the lasagne that you had for supper in EVANSBURG! It was a pleasure to meet you and I must say what a inspiration you are. Thank you for all your hard work for such a fantastic cause! Keep up the great work!

    • Hello Noreen!
      The lasagne was DELICIOUS!!!!! Thank you so much for that, and for your incredibly kind donation to SOS Children’s Villages: you have nourished me in both body and spirit this evening πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Tana,

    It was good meeting you briefly this morning. I have some great pics of the trike and I am going to share them with the crew at atomiczombie dot com. Don’t be surprised if folks on homemade bikes and trikes ride with you periodically. Take care and have a good ride.

    Your Guide,


  11. Greetings: I live in Brantford Ontario, a river runs through it, and I guess that’s what I love about it the most. Brantford is home to Bell Homestead and it was from here the first telephone call was made. We are also home to Wayne Gretzy’s Dad, Walter. We are within an easy drive of the Peoples of the Six Nations and many of the battles and other historical happenings, happened here. I hear from a friend that you a looking for a place to stay in Brantford, and would like to offer our spare room for your stay. It is nothing fancy, but you are very welcome to it. I have no disposable income at present so this is the only way I can help such a worthy cause, that and prayer.
    Deb Thiffault

  12. Hi Tana, It was wonderful to have you in Windsor and Essex County recently. Great to talk to you. I found our interview fascinating. I think maybe we get a bad rap in Windor because people think we are a ‘lunch bucket’ town. I think if we we’re given the proper chance folks would come to see what a unique and caring area this is. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Canada’s Sun Parlour.

    matt Weingarden

    • Hi Matt!
      It was good to meet you too, and yes, I very much enjoyed my time in the Windsor area: the ‘car capital’ of Canada and yet still there were more bike paths than I’ve come across in a long time! πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Tana: Just wanted to post what a wonderful guest you are, and to encourage anyone who might be considering hosting your stay in their city, to go ahead and enjoy the opportunity to get to know you and help the cause. Tana is lovely in person and really too gratefull for what ever you do for her. She will take the time to answer all your questions about SOS Children’s Villages, even one’s like mine, With all the other children’s charity’s why support this one? She has a really good answer and after she explained, I was sold on the idea too. Check out the site for yourself, it’s worth the time to understand what makes them different and why they should be supported. May God bless you with great weather for the duration of this years trip and have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Thank you for your incredibly kind words, Deb: it was a real pleasure meeting you and your family, and I truly am very grateful to you for your kind hospitality. πŸ™‚
      And to anyone else who may be reading your comment: I promise, I did not pay Deb to say this! πŸ˜‰

  14. Hi Tana, I passed you on my bike on a bridge over the 401 in Kitchener on Thursday evening. My first thoughts were “cool, a recumbent. don’t see many of those”. my next thought. “that’s a lot of baggage for a commuter”. Then I saw some coverage of your journey in our local paper. Good luck in your journey. If there is anything my wife and I can do for you please ask.

    • Hello Terry!
      Yes, I remember you! My first thought was, “cool, I’m not the only one insane enough to still be cycling at this time of year!” πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your support πŸ™‚ The most wonderful thing you could possibly do is to please spread the word about SOS Children’s Villages: they are the most amazing charity, but almost no-one in Canada has ever heard of them, so please tell everyone you can to come and check out the links to their websites over on the right hand side of every page of my blog, and perhaps even the donation link too if they feel suitably moved! πŸ˜‰

    • Hi again Tana,

      After passing you and your trike on the bridge, I started to build my own. Just rode it yesterday. Here’s a link to a video and log. Thanks for the inspiration a best of luck on your continuing journey.

      • Looks good, Terry! Happy riding πŸ™‚

  15. Dear Silver- so nice, reading yOur posts, and also those of your new friends and fans, as you travel across the country in this inspiring journey for SOS Children’s Villages Canada! Thank you for your beautiful heart!

    When it comes to home, I have a difficult time answering, as I have moved more than 40 times. Having been adopted, myself, I count myself doubly blessed to work for SOS. To me, home is all about having those people dearest to your heart near- it’s not a physical place.

    And family is often those you are fortunate enough to come to know along the journey…. those, with whom you share a special kinship, friendship and shared vision- like you.

    Thinking of you, and hope to talk to you again soon. We are so grateful for your heart for the children of the world. Heartfelt thanks, dear Silver. xoxo Layla

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