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  • Day6

    Banff

    September 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Yet another day of sightseeing, starting with breakfast then a wander around The Castle. On the coach and off to see Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain & Surprise Corner. This is where the designer of The Castle meditated to get a sense of where The Castle should be built. What a magical place.
    Off to see the HOODOO’s. Once again another beautiful location.
    Police and Parks personnel were there, so mum got a picture with them. We didn’t know an old man was missing-poor thing had dementia. It wasn’t until we were leaving we were told I asked to look at a photo - Lachlan & I had walked passed him & his dog... what a nice feeling being able to give the location so a family could be reunited 💕

    We headed in to town and were dropped off - guess what for? To do the washing 🤣
    While that was happening we wandered around town, it’s very pretty and very touristy, with lots of photo opportunities (by the way mum got on the saddle all by herself 😂). Found the Mounted Police shop and mum picked up a couple of patches.
    More walking and beautiful sunshine, such a pleasant place.
    Washing’s all done so now we jumped on a local bus and headed out of town to find the Swiss Village Hotel. This was where dad stayed in 1977. The place is pretty tired but clean, yet another crossing of paths 42 years apart. We take a few photos and we hopped back on the bus and headed back into town. Feeling a bit peckish we let Lachlan pick the location for lunch.... Macca’s it is 😁
    The burgers taste the same but the drinks are quite floury. Back on the public bus and up the hill to the castle... time to relax a little..... or is something else on the cards?????

    Yet another fabulous day making memories
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  • Day6

    Surprise

    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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  • 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

  • Day8

    On the road again

    September 6, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    We’re spending the day making our way to Jasper. Via the National Parks. As normal there’s rocks & trees and trees & rocks, sorry, the tour guide played a song and they were the only words - apart from the chorus “and water”.

    First stop of the morning was Bow Summit. Beautiful gorgeous blue lake, fed by Bow River.... didn’t see Ian Moss here either 😂.

    Next stop was Athabasca Glacier - Wow, what an experience. Photos just don’t do justice to this magnificent place. Wasn’t as cold as expected - that was until the wind picked up 🥶

    Athabasca Falls was next on the agenda, the falls are only 23 metres high but still quite stunning. Mum enjoyed the bench and rays while Lachlan and I wandered down to the falls.

    There was a few slow down points fir roads works but other wise it was s dress free day.

    We did a quick drive through Jasper on our way to our accommodation and drove right past “whistler inn” this is were dad stayed on his tour, we’ll be back in the morning for a better look.

    Off to our accommodation to see what surprises await us today.
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  • Day5

    Rocky Miuntaineer - Day 2

    September 3, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Up bright and early for our next (and final) exciting day on the gorgeous Rocky Mountaineer. Heading up through the wilderness and seeing amazing mountain ranges, lakes and river systems.

    The bridges and tunnel systems are an engineering feat. One tunnel system had us twisting as we climbed up the mountain- think of the letter “L” written in cursive. Thats how the train travelled. It’s said that the big freight train can be coming out the top of the tunnel and the end is still waiting to start coming through the tunnel.

    This was one story dad told mum when he returned from his tour in 1977. Obviously dad and his tour group we’re watching the freight trains from the highway. Yet another cross over of tours 42 years apart.
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  • Day22

    Banff - Arrival and Day 1

    May 29, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We arrived in paradise!
    Banff National Park is exactly what you imagine it - but much better!

    The first night wie stayed at the Samesun Hostel wich was .. short (6 person dorm with 1 snoring and one talking in his sleep). However, we were rewarded with pancakes and muffins for breakfast. 😋

    We were lucky to reserve the last spot on Tunnel Mountain campground for the next three days, where we’ll sleep in our lovely 🚐 (we named him Bagel).

    In the afternoon of day 1, we did a shorter (but intense) hike up Tunnel Mountain which offers a wonderful view of Banff city and the surrounding mountains.
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  • Day24

    Banff - Day 2

    May 31, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The first night in our new „hotel“ was not us comfortable as we hoped. Ohh but when we woke up the view was definitely worth it!

    As none of us has travelled and slept in a car for a longer time before, these first days are all about learning and improving. So we decided to step up our game and buy an inflatable mattress.

    Our hike for the day was up AND down Sulphur Mountain, a 5.5km trail, 700m total elevation gain to 2281m!!
    My face looked a tiny bit as if I would faint any minute but we made it all the way up and it was sooooo worth it 😍

    Oh and the perfect end of the day was a visit at Banff Hot Springs!
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