miCkzilla & keonadot travel - 2008

Vancouver to Halifax (via Canada): miCkzilla & keonadot
Halifax to Vancouver (Via USA): Ma, mickzilla & keonadot

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Thursday, July 25

The Slurpee Capital of the World - 9 Years Running!

Look through the bug guts to a great city!
Originally uploaded by mickzilla

We're driven just under 2600K total and have setup shop tonight in the great city of Winnipeg Manitoba! Per capita, they sell more Slurpee's here than anywhere else in the world - and they are very proud of that - it's the 9th year that they have won this honour - and 7-11 has invested a lot in bill boards around the city for the Winnipegonions to look upon with pride.

Thanks to Kelly, we got a deal via expedia for the Historic Marlborough Hotel on Portage Ave. (est. 1914, and I don't think much has changed since). I do feel like a fur trader staying here, making my way back east after a successful Fire Water for Fur trading binge - I guess that could be expected in a place named after cheap American cigarettes.

Winnipeg was a big stop on the tour - I've always wanted to see this city - The corner or Portage and Main (which we'll check out, and take pictures of tomorrow) is supposedly the windiest and in the winter, the coldest intersection in all of Canada.

Speaking of Portage and Main - 50 below - Winnipeg is also the birthplace of Neil Young - everyone's favorite Classic Rocker. I almost feel closer to his music just being here... Unfortunately, I haven't found the Neil Young tribute site yet. Our waiter tonight don't think it exists, but it must. I find it hard to believe that Winnipeg celebrates Slurpee's more than Neil Young!

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  • At July 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM , Blogger mrrob said...

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  • At July 26, 2008 at 12:30 AM , Blogger mrrob said...

    the neil young pyramid is just down from the burton "cocaine" cummings statue. never ask for information from someone that works for a living. the ones drinking lunch from brown paper bags are a fountain.......

  • At July 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Freeking said...

    ahh i get it now... drink a slurpee to cool off your body temperature so the freezing cold doesn't seem so bad... that's genius! BTW, why don't they make a new hockey team and call themselves the Winnepeg Onions?

    Don't drink from the fountains.

  • At July 28, 2008 at 7:09 AM , Anonymous John Perrin said...

    Dear Keona and Mick,

    Thank you very much for choosing The Marlborough Hotel on your stop in Winnipeg. Hope you've had a great visit here in Winnipeg. We wish you all the best on your Cross Canada Tour.

    We just wanted to mention that the hotel is not named after cheap American cigarettes! That's spelled Marlboro.

    In the era when Canada was still a part of the British Empire, the hotel was named after the brilliant English military leader, John Churchill, who was made Duke of Marlborough in reward for his 18th century military victories in Europe.

    Sir Winston Churchill, the famous WWII leader was a grandson of the 7th Duke, and visited this hotel in 1925. At the time, Winnipeg was the third largest city in Canada after Montreal and Toronto and was considered to be the centre of the world grain trade.

    Thank you again for staying with us. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

    Have a safe trip!

    John Perrin
    Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing
    The Marlborough Hotel

  • At July 28, 2008 at 7:43 AM , Blogger mrrob said...

    "....brilliant English military leader" I have never seen so many compounded oxymorons

  • At July 29, 2008 at 8:03 AM , Anonymous John Perrin said...

    Dear Keona and Mick,

    Thank you very much for your kind comments about your stay here at The Marlborough. I gather from your photos the waterslide was a bit of a hit.
    With regard to your comment about the parking pass, the weekend rate of $2.00 does not come into effect until 6:00AM Saturday. It also must be paid each time a vehicle leaves the parkade. This is in keeping with parking practices throughout the downtown. Like many hotels offering multi-level parkades, we do not actually own the structure and it is managed for the owner by IMPARK, the largest parkade manager in Western Canada. The weekend and daily rates are by far the lowest for any parkade in the downtown area.
    We do apologize, however, for our failure to explain the parkade charges clearly to you. We should also have let you know that if you were entering the parkade after 6:00 PM on the Friday evening and not leaving again until you checked out on Saturday after 6:00 AM, the combination of the $2.00 evening rate and flat $2.00 weekend rate would have totaled $4.00. If you wish to send your contact information to me at sales@themarlborough.ca, we would be pleased to refund the difference.
    Thank you again for choosing The Marlborough Hotel.
    We hope the rest of your Cross Canada Tour is enjoyable.
    Yours sincerely,
    John Perrin

  • At August 5, 2008 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Mark said...

    MMmmmmm......damage control before it becomes a PR issue. I'd collect on the refund Mick! You could then go and buy a slurpee!


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