Photo Call!

I finally managed to find some time to sort through the photos I’d taken during the trip. So many … it was hard choosing which ones to put in the album to accompany this blog.

You’ll find a brief description with each photo. Here’s the link

Journey Through The Rockies

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Vancouver Finale

We are almost at the end of our stay in Canada. A final weekend with our son Chris, who has flown up from New York to join us in Vancouver.

Chris, lives and works in New York. His visits to the UK are fairly infrequent and so the opportunity to meet up in Vancouver is a great end to our trip. Unfortunately, his wife Katie, is unable to join us because of work commitments.

Aside from eating (which seems to be a major theme on this trip!), we manage to fit in visits to Stanley Park Including the Aquarium), Granville Island (again!) and China town. The China town area is somewhat of a disappointment, the streets seem full of beggars, the homeless and drug addicts! Police presence was scarce to say the least!

The Granville Island trip gives us the chance to sample some of the local beers at the local micro brewery. Very good, as far as I recall!!

Here’s a few photos from the weekend.

A nice finish to the trip. We are now back in the UK and Chris has flown back to New York.

I will post a link to a selection of photos from the trip when I get time to organise and sort through a 1000+ photos!

Vancouver Bound

We are nearly at the end of our journey and our time on the Rocky Mountaineer. Both the journey and the people we have met along the way have been memorable. An experience we will never forget!

On our outward journey from Vancouver we met Bonnie and Dewey, a couple of Americans. They got off the train at Banff but by chance we bumped into them again a few days later. It was like a meeting of long lost friends!

There were so many other people we met along the way. Most of the Australians we met were from Melbourne – maybe everyone in that city is on holiday? We were really disappointed not to have said our goodbyes to Pam (from Melboune) but the following day we met her whilst walking around Vancouver. A special moment!

Hamish, we will remember who was from Singapore but now lives in Thailand with his wife Leena. We will remember him for his infectious laughter and his constant chatter about food.

There were two Davids aboard our train. One an American attorney, the other a white-capped Brummie who constantly had a quip for every situation in between double Bailey’s drinks.

Lively Judy will be remembered for her singing and limbering up in her seat. We later found out she was a singer and inspirational speaker. Her companion, Elizabeth, was a former diplomat.

Janet was from Victoria, BC and had a fine sense of humour. Janet and Pam became “meal” buddies on our hotel stops.

We met Warren and his wife Rosie (two New Zealanders). They were on a long trip and Warren told me he was really keen to spend time with his wife. Warren was up and about most of the time out of his seat taking photographs and sharing his sense of fun with everyone on the train!

Paul (a farmer) and his wife Renee, from East Riding, kept us amused at meal times with their gentle humour and chatter … a lovely couple. There were also two Canadian cousins from Italian descent. A truly international set of passengers and new friends!

On that last journey into Vancouver, I had my final sighting of another bald eagle perched on a branch overlooking a bay, on the lookout for some unsuspecting fish.

A brilliant end to a brilliant trip!

A final shot of the Rocky Mountaineer …

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Whistling through Whistler

Just an overnight stay here and probably a place I’d want to come back to.

There are lots of walking trails, and cycling is really popular, with lots of people whizzing along the cycle paths. You need to be on the lookout for bears especially at this time of year. They are just waking up from the winter hibernation and on the prowl for food, whether it be berries or dandelions, which they seem to have a liking for.

The town centre is pedestrianised and has plenty shops to explore. Food shops and cafes are here in good numbers also. We had just enough time after a quick tour of the town centre to walk through to the “Lost Lake” before heading back to our hotel to embark on the last leg of our journey back to Vancouver.

The hotel (above) was located within a short walk of the town centre. The room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler was superb, the best so far on the trip. Shame it was just a short stay!

The Fabulous Fraser River

Today was an early start, but an early night meant we were both refreshed and raring to go.

Early rain dampened our spirits somewhat and the views early on were not as dramatic as we had experienced on the Vancouver to Banff rail trip. All that changed during lunch when we entered the Fraser River canyon. We saw this vast canyon, with the mighty Fraser River, weaving it’s way through it. The photos really do not do it justice …

The buzz in the carriage was electric and the rear vestibule was well used as travellers took time out to capture the scenery on camera.

The food as usual was up to it’s usual high standard – I promise no more food pictures after these ones!

So tomorrow we have a few hours to explore Whistler before travelling onto Vancouver where we will meet up with our son Christopher before the journey home after the weekend.

Let’s hope we can get some sleep tonight after the excitement of today’s trip!

Quietly into Quesnel

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The Rocky Mountaineer quietly rolled into the town of Quesnel, following the Fraser River for much of the journey from Jasper. Once again we were treated an abundance of food and wine for the trip. Some of the highlights follow …

The stay in Quesnel is just an overnight stop before travelling on to Whistler. A walk around town revealed some interesting little people (fire hydrants), a riverboat building and a dollar seat!

Columbia Icefield

 

I’m beginning to lose track of time as the days merge into one another. Yesterday(Tuesday) we made our way to the Columbia Icefield which is the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains. The Icefield feeds 8 major glaciers and is approx 125 square miles in size with ice as deep as 1200 feet in places.

Once we arrive at the Glacier Discovery Centre we take an Icefield Explorer onto the ice. Our driver, Patrick, keeps us all well entertained with his Canadian humour on the outward and inward journeys. The path across the ice is clearly defined, any deviation from the path, is risky as there are enormous crevasses potentially below the ice.

Our overnight stop is in Jasper. Just outside the town, elk and a bear are spotted by the side of the road – another of many photo opportunities!

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Another early start this morning – it is 5 am as I update this blog entry, but I feel quite awake … for now! Today we are back on our rail journey leaving Jasper and bound for Quesnel.