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Sites and Sights in the Canadian Rockies

View from Banff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Marilyn Baron

The hotels we stayed at on our trip to Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies made our trip memorable. They were:

  • The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
  • Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria
  • Overnight on the Canadian Rockies by Rail, “The Canadian”
  • The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Chateau Lake Louise
  • The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

IMG_7176 (2)The Fairmont Banff Springs

Some of the sights we saw included the highlights of Vancouver, including a stop in Stanley Park, Granville Island and historic Gastown before taking a ferry for a cruise across the Straight of Georgia to Vancouver Island and Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

In Victoria, we visited the Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of flowers and show gardens and the Royal B.C. Museum and experienced the time honored tradition of High Tea at the Empress Hotel.

 

Then we took a 35-minute scenic flight to via float plane over the Gulf Islands back to downtown Vancouver before it was all aboard the “Canadian,” for our overnight rail excursion to the national parks of the Canadian Rockies. We enjoyed a relaxing ride in a private domed observation car.

Then we arrived for a two-night stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park, where my husband went horseback riding and I had high tea at the lodge. Another highlight was a Snocoach ride on Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefields. Our next destination was the world famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise inside Banff National Park. We traveled through the Bow River Valley to view glacial Moraine Lake then into Yoho National Park. Our last stop was the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, styled after a Scottish baronial castle. The next morning we took a raft trip along the Bow River and explored the town of Banff.

One of the highlights of the trip came on the last night when we got to meet a real Canadian Mounties and learn about his life. All in all, I would highly recommend this trip.

 

IMG_6613 (2)A perfect rose at Butchart gardens

 

 

IMG_7171 (2)View of Banff

Canadian Mountie

 

 

photo (2)Sunrise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise from our window

sandra Elzie - July 25, 2014 - 5:38 am

Hi Marilyn,
Fabulous pictures. Hey, what travel agency did you use? I’d love to find out more about the trip, like how long it was and costs and ….well, who the agent was so I can check out the possibly of a trip like this in the future.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Marilyn Baron - July 25, 2014 - 6:35 am

Sandra,

We didn’t use a travel agent. It was a Tauck Tour. I took a Tauck Tour to Spain and loved it and was very happy with this trip.

Walt Mussell - July 25, 2014 - 7:43 am

Marilyn,

You’ve made me want to return to the Canadian Rockies. My wife used to live in Canada, but she lived in Toronto and wants to take the boys to eastern Canada first.

What is a Tauck Tour?

Marilyn Baron - July 25, 2014 - 8:03 am

Walt,
Tauck is a company that has tours all over the world. They stay at the best hotels and always have really neat, extra experiences. They also have special family trips. I like them because they take care of your bags and almost everything is included. My sister took a Tauck tour last month to Paris and Normandy and the year before to Italy.

RebeccaG - July 25, 2014 - 9:42 am

Marilyn — Vancouver and Victoria are among my all time favorite places to visit. The train trip through the Canadian Rockies sounds fabulous. It’s definitely going on my bucket list!

sandra Elzie - July 25, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Thanks, Marilyn, I’ll check them out.

Marilyn Baron - July 26, 2014 - 8:39 am

Rebecca,
Those cities are gems, I agree. I think I could live in Victoria. The train ride was unique. I had always wanted to do that and that was one of the reasons we took the trip.

Piper - July 28, 2014 - 6:43 am

So beautiful Marilyn! I love the picture with the Mountie. Did he think you guys were nutty Americans for wanting a pic with him? I don’t care-even when I’m at Niagara, I’ve got to get a pic with a Mountie. Love those uniforms!

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 7:49 am

Thank you, Piper. No I don’t think he thought we were nuts. He was a retired Mountie and really not supposed to wear the Mountie uniform except on special Canadian holidays but our tour operator arranged it. He gave an amazing talk about his life as a Mountie and it was so interesting and then he posed for pictures. We all loved it and I think he did too. That’s an experience I never thought I would have.

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