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  • Day54

    We arrived at The Rundlestone Lodge for a 2 night stay. Today we visited the Alabaska Falls first before going onto the Columbia Icefields, where we experienced a ride in a 4wheel drive all terrain vehicle across a glacier. We were able to get out and walk on the ice. It was VERY cold out there, we didn't stay on the ice long.
    After that we had some lunch of a Hot Dog, with cheese and bacon and a hot chocolate, also shared a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie. Next stop was Lake Peyto to see the most amazing colour of water I have ever seen, then onto famous Lake Louise for more photos. Arrived at our hotel in Banff about 5pm.Read more

  • Day9

    That's right. I'm not in Igloolik right now. That's because last Friday I got a call from someone I did not yet know wondering if I was headed down to help with the field crew. Ummm, nope. I kinda knew that wasn't the end of it and sure enough, yesterday, on Monday, I got the call to come to Iqaluit and be prepared to go anywhere for anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. The person watching Dubby said as he dropped me off at the airport, "See you in 45 days." And, I think that sums it up.
    I arrived here and man, oh man, did this town of about 8000-9000 seem HUGE! Bustling. Busy. Whoa! So many stores. There is even a chiropractic store. I'm staying in a B&B for goodness sakes (albeit, a B&B where you make your own breakfast and I'm pretty sure I'm sharing the same bathroom as the people that live there...). There are multiple RESTAURANTS and PAVED roads. I'm tellin ya, this place is big time.
    I arrived and got some lunch and then went about to try and find the department I'd been directed to. Mind you, I did not get an address and could not find an address online. I just figured if I asked around, eventually I could find it. When I actually arrived, at HQ, actually, they thought I was a bit crazy to just have wandered around until I found it. But, oddly enough, they all knew me (well, the front desk didn't--they thought I was crazy), but the HR and travel staff did. Pretty funny. I wasn't able to tell them anything about what I needed or what my plans were because I actually do not know. Literally just told to get down here and go to HR. Hilarious. The HR manager drives me over to where I'm actually supposed to be and there is a couple people in there that exclaim when I am escorted in, "Oh Jasmine! We've been looking for you! We went down to your B&B and you weren't there!" Lol. That's because I was wandering around Iqaluit trying to figure out where I was supposed to be.
    Tomorrow I get an orientation AND maybe even a tour. Then, off to get kitted out for the field. No idea folks. No idea.

    Lesson: flexibility is the only ability...especially in my current situation.
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  • Day48

    Last night we did an after dinner drink tasting with one of our favorite bartenders. As we are crossing the Atlantic Ocean it was quite bumpy. This bar is in the front of the ship so it was totally empty except for us. Interestingly our favorite drink was called The Stabilizer🥃.

  • Day52

    After long delays today we finally arrived into Jasper 8 hrs late....The train staff get so frustrated with it all, but we were well looked after, supplying us dinner to keep us going. We finally got to the hotel at 11.30pm. It was into bed as quick as we could as we had to depart today for Maligne Lake at 8am as we were booked on the 9.20am cruise. We had a good trip up to the lake and the sun was out. The cruise is for 1.5hrs. We got to Spirit Island , did a walk to view, then departed back. The clouds came in quickly, so lucky we had taken photos on the way up. By the time we got back onshore it was snowing. Just enough to say snowing as it turned to slush once it hit the ground. We travelled back down to Maligne Canyon and did a small walk to the first bridge....Great ....We came back into town, did a bit of a tour, then stopped off for some lunch and a walk around town. We walked back to our hotel...The Lobstick Lodge, a walk of about 20mins.Read more

  • Day54

    We have had a great day out first touring with Don and Lyla who we met on our UK tour. They live in Calgary, so the met us and took us sightseeing, they are a lively couple. We saw a huge Elk with his herd n the golf course in Banff. They also drove us up to Minniwanka Lake, which is man made when they flooded an old mining town. We drove up to a great lookout of the town. Then it was down to Bow Falls, which is quite near the centre of town. We had a lovely morning with them. They then dropped us off back at our hotel as we had booked the Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. More views of the town, but not for long as it started to snow again and visibility was getting quite low. We had some lunch up top, then came back down and more sightseeing in the bus, where we come across a baby doe alongside the road.Read more

  • Day11

    The Arctic is tough. Tough to build on with the permafrost. Tough to get equipment and resources. Tough to work within the weather constraints. But, what remains the same is a little scenario called "supply and demand". It turns out that when things are in very low supply but there is a big demand, weird things happen. I know, I know, shocking to all. The story I'd like to share today begins with an itinerary that got bumped up a day for two travelers. Two travelers that were racing against impending bad weather that had the potential to trap them in a place they didn't want to be trapped in for many days. So, they raced to Iqaluit and figured they'd sort the accommodations when they arrived----or the folks helping arrange their travel would have it sorted. Unfortunately for them, Iqaluit recently lost on of its big hotels to renovations into residences and this week has the annual trade show in town. There was not a hotel room, b&b, airbnb, or anything to be found. These guys ended up bunking in a private house, one on an air mattress and the other on a couch. The best part is that during the night, the resident male cat visited the person on the air mattress and delivered a special treat of cat piss on the mattress while he was on it (though, as I understand it, it was on the corner of the mattress and so only 'marginally' affected the person's personal sleeping bag and bedroll). The other person, sleeping on the couch, felt certain that the couch was the regular site of the cat's 'special deliveries' based on the overwhelming aroma of kitty-specific smell. I lied, the best part was that these accommodations cost them......$400. So, the next time you feel like complaining about your Super8 or Holiday Inn's scratchy linens at $159 per night....just remember about supply and demand. (For me, I would like to retract my statements about my b&b---it was AWESOME--not one cat peed on me, not once).

    Tonight, I have made it to the big leagues and am in the main, serious hotel. When I walked in my room, there was satellite classical music playing on the flat screen and chocolates awaiting me on the bed! That's right...and the rate for this? A quite reasonable $210/night. I'm so excited to go eat in the hotel restaurant tonight!! They even serve alcohol!! Iqauit is the only city that serves booze in public places such as a restaurant. This week they opened their first beer and wine store. It grossed 10% of its yearly predicted revenue in 4 days. I think it's going to do well---though, you can only buy a 12pack and 2 bottles of wine per day.

    For those wanting a bit more history, Iqaluit (formerly known as Frobisher Bay) was apparently the very first European settlement (excluding Vikings) in North America---sometime around mid-1500's....but I'd like someone to fact check that for me. The bay is very beautiful with interesting rocks and sunsets. Additionally, this area boasts the 2nd highest tide in Canada (Bay of Fundy has the highest). There you go--fun facts for the day. :)
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  • Day55

    Today we travelled over 3 mountain ranges...we visited a Natural Arch in the Yoho National Park and quite spectacular landscapes going over Kicking Horse Pass, Eagle Pass and Rogers Pass, where we stopped for lunch at 3 valley gap. We then stopped at the place where the last spike was driven in on the Trans continent railway. We also had our group photo taken then.
    We are having a one night stopover in Kamloops....what a change of landscape it is here, very large hills, but so dry, like a dessert.Read more

  • Day50

    Today we toured St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, whose harbor was the center of cod fishing and trading. We drove to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America, with magnificent views of the city and coastline.
    Along the way we stopped at Petty Harbor, one of the oldest fishing harbors in North America.
    Signal Hill was our next stop and is referred to as “The Lookout”. It was also where Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal in 1901.
    Now we have been on the most westerly point in Europe and the most easterly point in North America.
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  • Day56

    After a cloudy start, we had the perfect day for a ferry crossing. It took 1.5hrs to get across, which beautiful scenery along the way. First we stopped at a town called Hope at a cafe, which served real coffee and we also could get a flat white...6/10 though. It was strong enough but it's the flavour, it's not smooth like ours. We then travelled through farming areas, saw lots of blueberry farms, also corn. We didn't go right into Vancouver as they have a ring road now to the ferry terminal.Read more

  • Day58

    We have had the perfect weather to explore this beautiful town...After having a leisurely breakfast we headed to the Beacon Hills garden, a lovely park not far from our hotel, there was a lake with lots of bird life. After that we walked to the other end of town to a Wool Shop...I was amazed at the different amounts of skeins available. We saw a fellow winding the wool on a machine. Better than the old days when I would have to hold my hands up while my mother would wind it into balls.
    We then walked to a market to get some ham and tomatoes to make a sandwich.
    In the afternoon we decided to look at the museum, but there was a considerable charge to get in, so we decided we would do a harbour tour on a little water taxi, it was good as we got to see quite a few sea planes landing, also the cruise terminal, where the Emerald Princess was berthed and another 2 expected later in the night.
    We got off the little taxi at Fishermans wharf to look around and have an early dinner of fish and chips...yum!
    At the wharf there were "float homes" houses on water...very was for sale, I looked up the website, it was $339,000, but the mouring fees were $812 per month, plus taxes...
    We got the water taxi back to downtown and walked back to the hotel....
    We will need new shoes when we get home with all the walking and a foot massage to go with it.....
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