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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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.

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.