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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Castle in the Rockies – Banff

We arrived at our hotel last night – the Fairmont Banff Springs. This luxury hotel was originally built in the 19th century in Scottish Baronial style. Very impressive and ideally located just outside Banff.

Today was spent exploring Banff and the surrounding area. This included a trip to Bow Falls, not far from the hotel. Afterwards it was a trip up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. The views from the top were outstanding. On the way back to Banff we stopped at Two Jacks Lake – you guessed, named after two men called Jack!

Wildlife seen today include elk (seen on the edge of Banff), a chipmunk, ground squirrel and a bald eagle! I managed to take a photo of the eagle, not brilliant but nevertheless I got him (or her!).

No food pictures today. I thought I’d give you a break from them but don’t worry there’ll be plenty more to come.

Beavering along to Banff

An early start today, 5 am – what on earth am I doing up at this unearthly hour! More so, how did Susan manage to stir from her comatose-like sleep!

Day two, and it’s the rail journey from Kamloops to Banff. Our coach serving team are in mischievous mood this morning.

“On our left we are coming up to some award winning cows,” one of the team announces. Passenger faces gape out the window expectantly. What manner of beasts have won such an honour?

“They are outstanding in their own field,” she continues. The penny drops, we have been duped! Groans resound all around  the carriage.

We leave Kamloops and the arid scenery gradually becomes greener, with thick mixed forests hugging the mountain scenery, broken up by fast flowing rivers. The train passes through marshland – beaver country, the evidence all too apparent from the number of dams scattered around.

Finally we reach the Rockies and are now in bear country. By the time we reach Banff we manage to see bears on two separate occasions as well as big horn sheep. Once again the food is excellent – I am really going to have to get on my bike when I get back home!

Trip of a Lifetime!

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to visit Canada and particularly the Rocky Mountains. I never got around to organising a trip it but I finally made the effort this year. And what a trip it should be!

I’m taking my wife, Susan, along with me (naturally) and we will travelling on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer through the Rocky Mountains. Rocky Mountaineer, is a Canadian tour company, they offer various rail trips aboard their luxury coaches through Western Canada. The trip starts and ends in Vancouver.

We spend a total of five days on the train stopping off at various locations and will have the opportunity of visiting natural sights in those areas. Our stop-off points will be Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper. Quesnel and Whistler.

Some of the sights we will visit en route include Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, Yoho, Banff and Jasper National Parks. Aside from those there will be the breathtaking scenery to take in as we wind our way through the Rocky Mountains.

The whole trip will last a fortnight and we also get to spend a few days in Vancouver, exploring all that city has to offer. To say we are looking forward to it is an understatement and it certainly is one to tick off our bucket list!

We start our journey in May and if you want to follow us on our Journey through the Rockies, I will posting a day-by-day blog update, together with photos. Whilst, I’ll endeavour to post updates en route, some of the postings will probably be when we return to the UK.