British Columbia

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  • Day21

    "No, it's only $9," said the caretaker as he counted out the $18 Sheree had put in the envelope. Our stay at Boundary Creek Provincial Park was as far off grid as Sheree was happy to do. No electricity or power it was really OK - the site was next to a flowing stream in the Canadian bush, you couldn't ask for more... right?

    It was the next words I never expected to hear. "Yes sir, you are correct," replied the caretaker, "but for seniors," he said with a pause looking straight into my eyes, "it's half price." The knowing smiling on his face didn't match the blank look on mine as he handed back a note and some coin.

    Did he just say senior? Do I look that old already?

    Before I could think of words in reply, he'd moved on. "So you're from Australia?" He queried. "What part?" The conversation left money and age behind, I was still without comprehension of his thought.

    It's finally happened. I've been considered a senior. If it means 50% discounts, I suppose I'll take it!
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  • Day1

    Arrived in Vancouver

    May 18 in Canada

    Easy flight. Great views of Northolt on takeoff, north of Iceland and the Rockies coming in. Electronic border, very smooth. Taxi zipped us to our hotel in time for complementary wine and to watch cruise ship departing.
    We have an anniversary card, chocs and bottle of red too! Enjoying this...
    We’re really in the centre of things in Downtown. We wandered along Robson and decided on Cactus House Cafe for green salad with chargrilled chicken avocado spiced pecan washed down with local beers: Cactus House ale and Granville Island Summer Ale. The sun had come out and we got a second wind, strolling down to the quayside and Harbour Air seaplane service. Back to base via whole food supermarket for some breakfast supplies. Beautiful, if long, day.Read more

  • Day23

    Myra Canyon Rail Trail

    May 16 in Canada

    Getting out of the cities and towns and into the mountains gives me energy and insight. I followed a hunch that the Rail Trail reformed from an old line from Vancouver to Grand Forks would be intriguing. I was not disappointed.

    At 1400m overlooking Kelowna, this Rail Trail was a 12 kilometre section built around a very deep canyon. Though not having much change in elevation, the construction of this line provided plenty of engineering challenges - 18 bridges [all wood trestles], 2 tunnels and who knows how many cuttings and filled valleys.

    Wonderful views of rushing snow melt, the distant city and lake below, hints of the remaining snow, avenues of fir trees creating dark alleys, jagged rock cliffs above and below, dark tunnels and clear skies all made for happy cycling.

    The 24km return trip was completed within 2 hours. But it was the fresh air, the pauses for breath and photos, the exhilarating views and amazing feats of engineering was like icing on the cake.

    A well invested two hours... and Sheree got to continue reading her book!
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  • Day22

    Too hot... we're off

    May 15 in Canada

    The Okanagan valley fulfills its claim - the warmer, dryer and fruitier part of Canada. We arrived to lakes, girded by orchards and vineyards, and a myriad of rocks. It's an amazingly productive area, despite being steep and rocky in many parts on both sides of a long lake.

    The farmers of past generations have been resilient in harnessing the soil they have been given, adding water [of which there is plenty] and away they go. The bonus is a milder climate, spring comes earlier and summer is longer, thus a more productive growing season.

    If you are into wine, fruits or golf, you would love Osoyoos to Vernon along the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna is the capital, where we spent one night in an apple orchard RV park.

    BUT for us 31 degrees was too hot. We didn't come here for that, so our two night stay was shortened and off we went to greener, cooler pastures. A half hour's drive saw us back in snow at 1700m.

    Our new town for the night, Princeton, a small country town on Highway 3, famous for.... [I'll get back to you on that one!] Another day well spent!! Happy campers
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  • Day24

    As we look back over our travels we begin to see a few patterns. Always heading to colder climates; liking independent travel; searching for the quirky and unusual [especially in coffee shops and gift stores]; often drawn to smaller towns.

    I'm not going to explore all those patterns, just the magnetism to smaller towns. A few immediately spring to mind on this trip around British Columbia and Alberta. Fernie, Princeton, Revelstoke, Waterton, Hope - all seemed to fit the criteria of acceptability in our minds.

    We found communities that believed in and were proud of themselves. They had enough uniqueness that was noticeable and enjoyable to experience. They weren't shy of speaking about their qualities. They did things well and/or different with a degree of excellence we admired. They were friendly and wanting to serve, knowing that part of their existence comes from the visiting tourists.

    I don't know what things you use to judge how you travel, but we find ourselves being much happier when we recognise things we do or don't like, and trusting that what we gravitate to is just how it is!

    Vacationing is about the experience... living every moment, enjoying and learning as you go!
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  • Day2

    The day dawned calm and a little grey, with all the Windsor royal wedding action on TV. We decided to walk the sea wall walk round the edge of Stanley Park starting at the lost lagoon ( it lost its seawater around 100 years ago). There were two large cruise ships in and our first stop, totems, was a little overwhelmed by Singaporeans with scarves on. There was a good spot to watch the float planes takeoffs. We found a cafe opening a little further on then climbed up under the suspension bridge to Prospect Point. Here it brightened up.
    From there we walked down through the woods with giant redwoods and woodpeckers in the distance. Wild flowers were in abundance and blue butterfly. The path emerged at the lost lagoon which was a mass of flag irises with some evidence of beavers and a charming black squirrel.
    Now we wondered how we would get to Granville Island our next port of call. Standing at the bus stop and puzzling over when one might come a taxi popped up - result! In no time were in the bustling market cum craft scene. First call ‘Off the Tracks’ for excellent Avo Toast with scrambled eggs accompanied by tasty tea or Granville Island IPA. Strolling round we found the most amazing art supplies shop and the public market was full of delicious fare including artisan granola squares by which we were tempted.
    The little aqua bus took us back across the water for $3 where we sat by Sunset Beach for the rest of the afternoon sketching or listening to pod casts and watching the world go by on cycles, roller blades or foot.
    Back at base we enjoyed a complementary Narrative Rose before heading up to open our bottle of Narrative Cabernet Franc/ Merlot from Okanangan which is rather delicious After 21717 steps we are not contemplating too many more to find something to eat later.
    A few steps more found us in Timber, the downmarket bar attached to the hotel, for fine fish and chips with local beers, a lager and Off the Rails pale ale. All excellent!
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  • Day24

    A whole new world

    May 17 in Canada

    Thick moss covering branches, only a hint of sunlight, fern-covered ground and thick moisten laden cool air - now you begin to step into this world of west coast forests.

    We'd been 'out east' exploring the Rockies and other mountain ranges for well over two weeks when time and reality of work pulled us back to Vancouver. The drive from Princeton to Hope, through EC Manning Park was spectacular. Over several passes in snow region and then this huge descent into a narrow valley surrounded by vertical shards of forest. We couldn't see the tops from our windows... too tall!

    We'd entered a world of mist, cloud-covered monoliths surrounding Hope, a town we'd already visited, but the final stop at Bridal Falls revealed what this country is really like. Right on the edge of Highway One, heading into Vancouver, is a delightful stream plummeting from the mountains above and we wanted to experience the falls.

    Out of the sunlight we entered a mysterious dimly-lit enclave called a forest. It was enchanting, filled with sounds, sights, smells that just don't live in the Rockies. This is more subtle. Precious little flowers, breaking down logs, unfurling green ferns, tall thick trees ascending what seemed like forever creating this illusion of a mystery most captivating.

    The Falls were delightful - a photographer's paradise - and in the late afternoon sun was showing itself off proudly to us and several other families. This whole new world was a delight in which to pause and become snap happy.

    Enjoy the pics... let me assure you, we shot many many more!
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  • Day3

    MOA and Gastown

    Today in Canada

    Mass at nine a few blocks along Broughton began our Sunday.
    Then we hopped on a 5 trolley bus towards Downtown then a short walk to Granville where we boarded a 4 to UBC a fair ride for $1.85 each. At the end it was a short walk through the campus to the Museum of Anthropology.
    Coffee first then a look round the indigenous peoples exhibits of carved and painted wooden totems, boats, masks and animals, all displayed in a fine purpose designed building. Some were recovered from sites, others created in the traditional styles, notably by Bill Reid whose works followed First nations’ traditions, his mother being from the Haida clan.
    There were examples of other First Nations languages and crafts such as decorated fine baskets, clothing textiles, wood and metal work.
    After lunch of tasty salmon or tomato and Brie sandwich (Janet’s was pinched by an over eager fellow diner) we went outside to see a reconstructed village and more totems.
    Taking a different route through the university we caught the 14 bus back and on to Gastown. Here we caught the steam clock whistling 3.30 and wandered along Water St, though at the end it turned somewhat seedy so we hopped back on a bus and headed back to our comfortable Listel Hotel for tea and feet up prior to the complementary bar opening at five.
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  • Day55


    February 19 in Canada

    Zum Abschluss hat uns Vancouver noch mal herrliches Wetter geschenkt. Sonne und knackte -2 Grad. War ein ganz schöner Schock für die Kids und uns. Aber dennoch eine tolle Stadt vor sagenhafter Kulisse. Und jetzt freuen wir uns aber auch wieder auf zu Hause.

  • Day2


    June 8, 2017 in Canada

    Celebrated Alan's 60th Birthday here - visited wineries in the Okanagan Wine Region. Had a picnic lunch prepared by Caitlin and Calum at The Vibrant Vine Winery at Kelowna. The winery also had an amazing art gallery. We didn't want to leave but there were many more wineries to visit. The birthday celebrations continued with a delicious dinner at the Greymonk Winery. Sadly we only had 2 full days with the family but it was a great way to start our trip.Read more

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