In 1967, I travelled west from Ontario for the first time. The memories last a lifetime.
'This country and her people are among the best in the world.'
Fifty years ago, a group of young Canadians got to explore new corners of their country. For Bruce Howard, it was an adventure he'll never forget.
Throughout 2017, we're asking Canadians, "What's your story?" Howard, of Peterborough, Ont., shares his:
In 1967, the federal government had a program called The Young Voyageurs. Twenty-four Grade 11 students were chosen from each province, sent by CN Rail to another province and there stayed with a host family for a week.
I was fortunate enough to be chosen, coming from the small town of Havelock, Ont.
From Ontario we went by train to Edmonton, then by bus to Calgary to meet our host families and interact with our counterparts and life in and around "the West."
Having never been further than one or two hundred miles from home, this small town boy was greatly impressed by the expanse of our country and the diversity of the folks we stayed with. Private compartments on the train were impressive, let alone all the sights.
Fifty years have passed ... memories last a lifetime and this country and her people are among the best in the world.