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  • Day3

    City Sights Tour -Vancouver

    September 1, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wow, what a busy morning. Slight mix ups with the times but we all made it on the coach. Driving through the streets of Vancouver having all the City buildings and places of interest pointed out, whilst interesting, was not really our cup of tea. Look left, look right and only slowing down enough to take a quick photo all felt a bit rushed. We did disembark at Stanley Park to see the totem poles and Vancouver Sky line then back on the coach to see Queen Elizabeth gardens. Gardens were beautiful but the ice cream whilst sitting in the shade was lovely. Back on the coach and we had the opportunity to be dropped at the Granville Public Market - YES PLEASE.
    Quick stroll around then we located a little burger place “Popina” .... converted shipping containers on the pier.
    The burgers were amazing, freshly brewed Ginger Ale and a view to die for - kinda reminded me of Brisbane. It was so nice to sit and watch the world go by. Cheers everybody.
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  • Day4

    Rocky Mountaineer

    September 2, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer, destination Kamloops.
    Oh my god, this train is amazing, and the all round views of the scenery is .... I can’t even find the words.
    We were in the Gold Leaf glass roof car number 8. Today’s train had 14 cars of people 25 cars in total- it was a site to see. 815 guests onboard, the largest group of the season. The staff are like a well oiled machine, military precision is in understatement. Moving & organising that amount of people so precisely is a credit to the company.

    There is always something to see, commentary when places of interest are coming up - allows people to get there cameras out... but nothing will ever take the place of simply watching the world unravel before your eyes. The food was 6 star and the hosts amazingly accommodating. Bar opens @ 10:31am so celebratory Baileys were the order of the day.... it was 12 noon somewhere in the world. 🥃🍸🍹🍻

    DepartIng Vancouver, lush rainforest environment & moving towards Kamloops which is dry almost desert like ... through mountains that have been touch by fires, through to mountains that constantly have mud slides. Following the Fraser River through calm waters & rapids, then being lucky enough to see two rivers meet with 2 very distinctive colours merging.

    One place I was desperate to capture an image of was “Hells Gate” this was a destination that dad took his tour group too 42 years ago. Back then it was a tour via coach not the beautiful Rocky Mountaineer. What an amazing display of mother nature’s artistic flare.

    Scones, Breakfast, cheese & fruit platters, lunch and drinks never stopped coming. Tonight to say we’re full as a goog is an understatement.

    We’ve disembarked and been bussed to our hotel - Delta, with full intention of going for a walk. (A better description would be waddle)... let’s see if this comes to fruition 🥴

    Day one done, roll on day 2 and on to Banff.

    No photo will ever show the truly amazing countryside in its pure form. But we’ll do our best.
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  • Day6


    September 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Yet another surprise for mum. A guided tour through the Fairmont Banff Springs kitchen by head chef Alexandre LaFleur.
    He walked us through both front and back of house, his team are friendly and hard working. Alexandre and mum are exchanging war stories and Lachlan and I are taken along for this magical experience.

    We get to the end and at this point we thought we’d be escorted out but no, there’s a task mum needs to do, fill profiteroles.

    What an experience. This then turns into our afternoon tea, Alexandre then seats us at the best table in the house, tea & coffee arrives followed by a little present and another birthday card. Mum is almost bought to tears from shear joy.

    Now that’s how you make memories 💕
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  • Day7

    Castle to Chateau

    September 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    What a way to spend a Birthday, waking up in a Castle - the beautiful Banff Springs. We start the morning leisurely making our way from Banff to Lake Moraine. But not before everyone on the tour song happy Birthday 🥳.

    The surroundings are beautiful at the Lake so we sit and just take it all in. A few people are in canoes but we just sit on the bank in complete awe of Mother Nature - GORGEOUS

    Back on the coach and we head into the village of Bow River - and no, Ian Moss is not there singing.
    We take the time to get some lunch and wander through the handful of shops.

    Back on the coach and it’s the long 8 minute drive to Lake Louise. Beautiful surroundings and the Chateau is very grand. Standing in the foyer we see the lake through the window - WOW 😲

    We head outside and sit in the gardens to take it all in. Photos will never do justice to the magnificent place.

    Dinner is booked in the Fairview restaurant..... but before we’re able to relax and think about dinner we’re told there’s something organised for the Birthday girl.

    Executive Chef Jean-Francois gave mum (and Lachlan & I) the tour of his kitchens & banquet rooms. What a massive operation. Anywhere between 5,000 & 10,000 covers per day, plus 700 staff - now that’s a lot of mouths to feed.
    It’s an old Chateau which has fabulous old world charm. Magnificent

    What a day so far.... making memories.
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  • Day8

    Birthday surprises continue

    September 6, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We arrive at Jasper Park Lodge, room keys are issued & we’re dying to get settled. I’m a little confused because there’s two different room numbers. Maybe we have adjoining rooms???? Not quite, we’ve been upgraded to a two bedroom, 3 bathroom, lounge with lake views villa..... OMG 😲
    Then I spy a fruit & cheese platter and a couple of bottles of wine. Pity we’re not here longer, we could really go a nice quite sit at the lake. Watch the world go by.....
    While I’m dreaming of all things peaceful the phone rings, it’s the front desk - Mrs Sloan, executive chef Christopher (didn’t catch the surname) is waiting for you in the lobby, he wishes for you to tour the facility...... um - ok....

    These kitchens that were like rabbit warren’s all through the building. And they service 72 acres of facilities, today there were 5 weddings & a golf tournament on, Chris took time out of his day for mum.... I personally believe he was just tickled pink that someone was wanting to see into his world.

    No sooner was the tour over that we only had enough time to change and head off for dinner at Moose’s Nook - steak house. Wow the food was delicious.

    Back to the room for a nice cuppa with our dinner guests from the tour - Maria & Adina. Two Italian ladies that had us in hysterics all night.

    What a sensational day, travelling miles & making memories. 💕
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  • Day12


    September 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    After a well deserved sleep in we head down for a late breakfast. So peaceful & the view across the water is perfect.

    We cab it up to China town and then wander down Government street. We head towards a shop named Camoflage, Lachlan’s in his element. We’re in there for a while before he decides to purchase new compass.
    We continue down the street and stumble across the very appropriately named “Rogers’ Chocolates” the store is amazing with all its original cabinets oh and chocolate of course.
    Notice the local enforcement agency, first one we’ve seen.

    There’s beautiful flower boxes & hanging baskets all down the street, the gardens are lush and beautiful.
    We make it to the Legislature Building (but stop for sneaky ice- cream first) where Mum hands over a letter of introduction from her local council Mayor and asks them for a reply. They were very accommodating.

    Back to the hotel to change & We’re off to Butchart Gardens & farewell dinner. This part of the tour is over tomorrow we’re on our cruise through Alaska.
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  • Day9

    Fun filled day ahead

    September 7, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Up early to see the sun break over the mountains - stunning

    Head out to Maligne Overlook, a little brisk but the scenery is also stunning.

    Back on the coach and off to Jasper - first stop, Whistlers Inn. It’s had a tissy up but not much has changed - still that very 70’s feel. Speaking to our coach driver Heather this is where she & other drivers stay when they’re on tour. The tradition lives on.

    Secret Naval Base in Jasper - 1940’s

    Little bit of souvenir shopping (another fridge magnet for me). Back on the coach for our trip to Mt Robson. (3,954 mt) highest peak in the Rockies.

    OMG - there’s an Elk on the side of the road..

    Lunch is at Blue River, then we’re straight onto a “catamaran” - it just looks like 2 boats strapped together. It was sea worthy enough 😳. So out onto the lake we go, the whole time scouring the bank for wildlife. We had a brilliant sunny day so our day of wildlife discovery turned in to a lovely cruise around the lake.... bit of natural vitamin D was the order of the afternoon.

    Back on the bus for the next leg of our journey- afternoon tea @ Painted Turtle. It was an RV park @ Dutch Lake.

    Last leg before we settle in at Sun Peaks.

    Very big day on the coach - we did some miles today.
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  • Day8

    John Cooper Number plate man!

    August 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Real nice guy old John Cooper. 84 years old & been married for 60. Lived here for 30. Wife now has dementia so he says sometimes she hates him sometimes not. We know about dementia. His son helps him run what's left of the business now. Really nice old guy, we bought 2 Alberta plates to add to our collection (which we'll send home soon). He asked would we pay $5 - we gave him $10, & made his day, then we left him a little Kiwi fridge magnet from our $2 shop & he could've cried. Beautiful stop & we'll never see old John Cooper again 😢Read more

  • Day20

    Last Day

    September 18, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Well we disembarked the ship without incident, we even made it to breakfast today.

    The transfer to the airport was uneventful. But we’re 6 hours early for check in and 9 hours early for our flight. 😳

    So what are the young ones of the tour group to do???
    Lachlan & I jumped on the Skyrail and headed back into Vancouver.
    To say it’s weird on a train again is an understatement...... BUT ...... for the train to not have a driver 😳

    Once we got over that we just enjoyed the ride.

    We wander around in the sunshine through Gastown & Waterfront, we spot Roger’s Chocolates & the Steam Clock. We’re a little over walking so head back to the airport - let the waiting game begin.
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  • Day3

    Vancouver: West and North

    September 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    On our first day on the bikes, we decided to take it easy and discover the Northern parts of Vancouver. We took a scenic road through Stanley Park and along the coastline to Horseshoe Bay and Whytecliff Park where we enjoyed the view to some nearby islands.
    Afterwards, we cycled to Deep Cove, a beautiful little village Northeast of downtown. Our warmshower host Jessica made a yummy lasagne, so we had dinner together with a first row view of the sound.
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