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  • The train journey from Jasper to Vancouver overnight was great. Our cabin was compact and bijou although we did have our own toilet and washbasin and Serge (our car attendant) did a fantastic job in transforming it into snug bunk beds.

    The evening meal in the restaurant car was like the Orient Express!

    Arrived in Vancouver at 10:45, checked into hotel and walked to Granville Island where is a public market similar to Borough Market in London.

    Our first stop however was the recommended Granville Island Brewing Company Taprooms......a tasting map of their craft ales ensued with Poutine to help soak up the beer (not for the feint hearted or the weight watcher!).
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  • Today our last day in Vancouver. Showery at times......
    Visited Granville island for the last time. Had a good look around all the small galleries showing art work, jewellery and wood carvings to name a few with the artists working in full view of all the shoppers.
    The food market bustling all day. Street food stalls selling freshly prepared goodies. Chinese, Indian even fish and chips.
    All this nestled beside false Creek, mored yachts and water taxis bobbing about there business. Its certainly a place we will never forget.....
    Heading out of Vancouver at approximately 8 pm tonight. Aboard the Canadian.
    Destination Toronto in 4 days time. Wi fi minimal on this journey. Updates may be sporadic.
    We will be in touch as and when we are able along the way......if not you'll hear from us next when we arrive. Love to all xxxxx
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  • We woke up on day 2 to a winter wonderland. The scenery has changed dramatically as we have left the mountains behind us, and we are in the Canadian prairies.

    The train stopped at Saskatoon and we had the opportunity to walk in the snow.... Very cold!

    Got back on the train and had brunch. Now in our room watching the snow filled landscape pass by.

  • After ahem lunch on Granville Island we took the water taxi to downtown Vancouver..... It was raining this afternoon but we were well equipped with our cagoules.

    Hotel is nice and we have a balcony looking across the river to downtown. There are some really nice walks along the river estuary.

    On the advice of the hotel receptionist we stayed on our side of the river tonight and visited what was the Olympic Village which has now been largely transformed into a centre for micro breweries and craft ales..... They have their own version of Oktoberfest......great night!Read more

  • Back in town we ventured round Gastown, but wandered away from the tourist traps and stumbled upon a less salubrious area that we beat a hasty retreat from.

    Normal service however was resumed when we popped into the Steamworks brewery for lunch.

    We then walked to Canada Place where there was yet another ocean liner in dock. We carried on along the harbour to Stanley Park, which is a 400 acre public park overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    We then hired bikes to ride along the coastal path which formed the perimeter of the park. This took us one hour fifteen minutes to complete, but this included several photo stops.

    Then onto Mahoney & Sons for tea watching the sun go down over Vancouver.
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  • Once aboard and given our room and safety briefing we sauntered to the bullet car at the rear of the train .we met our fellow passengers and enjoyed canapés and a glass of champagne ☺ we sat for a short time in the panorama car ans then retired to our cabin.very comfortable double bed with a view to die for xxxx

    We missed breakfast due to us not getting up till 10, but Peter (our concierge) sorted us out with coffee and croissants.

    We then sat in the Panorama Car and took in the beauty of the Rockies, passing Moose Lake, Mount Robson and the Pyramid Falls.

    Following a stop in Jasper, where we were able to stretch our legs, we finally said goodbye to the Rockies and had dinner.....
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  • After four nights on the train and having crossed the continent, we have arrived.
    Hotel upgrade with treats xxx Thank-you Rich xxx
    Open top bus tour of the city. To help get our bearings. Chilly!
    One stop for lunch in the historic distillery area.
    Returned to the intercontinental hotel to have a warming glass of brandy 😉

  • Breakfast at the Overlander hotel this morning.
    Scraped the ice off the car -2 degree's, before we set off!
    We took highway 16 then 93 to the Athabasca Falls.
    Not as roaring as Niagra will be, but impressive nonetheless.
    We ventured off the beaten track a little way, and walked along the exposed river bed. This was challenging. Very rocky. No ankle injuries required!

  • Got up early and did our washing in the hotel laundrette 😏!

    Following breakfast we got the skytrain and a shuttle bus to the Capilano Forest Canopy.

    Glad that we didn't do this yesterday when it was raining as it would have been slippery.

    If you have seen Toy Story 3, I feel like Buzz Lightyear (in his Spanish setting) as I picked up the Spanish guide.....Mapa del Parque y Passaporte.....

    Anyway moving on.....the forest had a suspension bridge that is three quarters of the height of the Statue of Liberty. It also had tree top board walk and cliff platform (acclimatisation for the Toronto CNN Tower edge walk).
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  • After the snow cleared yesterday afternoon, we woke up on day three to yet more of the white stuff. Today has been extremely lazy.... It is a hard job but someone has to do it. Our fellow passengers are keeping us entertained.....

    During today the seasons appear to be changing as we head east to the warmer climate of Toronto.... Winter has become Autumn again.

    We have had some delays due to the never ending freight trains. So we will be arriving later than anticipated, but not to worry as it is all about the Canadian train experienceRead more