Road trip diary | Canada

After a few days in Vancouver with my friend D (also from Luxembourg) and Tiffany (my blogger friend who I had previously met in Paris, Capri and Toronto), we took a seaplane to visit Victoria for a day.

View from the seaplane

The seaplane took us straight to downtown Victoria.

After lunch we went on a whale watching boat trip. I saw about three whales but it was very difficult to catch them on camera, especially since I didn't have a zoom lens with me.

We thought that we could conveniently leave Victoria by ferry from where we had landed with the seaplane - only to realise that we had to take a bus to get to the ferry, sit on the ferry, then travel by taxi to downtown Vancouver. The entire journey back took more than three hours!

The next morning we had to pick up our car (no GPS included as Hertz had run out) to drive to Whistler (view from our hotel room at The Westin).

The Peak 2 Peak gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb is an absolute must do.

On the Peak 2 Peak gondola

Heading back down to the Village

A well-deserved gelato after our ride

We would have liked to spend more time in Whistler, especially since we were only there for one night. Because the ironman event was on, we had to check out and leave at 7 am, or else we would have been stuck in the Village until late afternoon with the roads being blocked. On our way to Kelowna we were briefly caught in a traffic jam due to ongoing construction work.

This drive was one of the toughest as there were many winding roads. We got off track twice, Tiffany was car sick and we wondered if we'd ever make it to Kelowna.

We were very relieved to finally arrive in Kelowna. In the evening we had dinner at Earls from where we had this lovely view.

The next day we were back on the road and our next destination was Banff National Park.

Lake Louise

Moraine Lake

It was a bit difficult to find our hotel (Copperstone Resort) in Dead Man's Flat where we were going to stay for three nights. Our room had two separate bedrooms and one sofa bed in the living room. No one wanted to sleep on the sofa bed and so we had a raffle drawing. Fortunately I got a bedroom! The next day we just rested and only went to Canmore for lunch. None of us was feeling well. I suffered from altitude sickness throughout our entire stay in Banff National Park.

After our rest day we went out to Banff and visited the Cave and Basin.

View from Sulfur Mountain

We were looking for mountain goats but we couldn't see any. 

We had lunch in downtown Banff before setting off for a boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka.

Lake Minnewanka

Back in Banff we had dinner at Earls.

At the Copperstone Resort (Dead Man's Flat)

Our next stop was Calgary, which was only an hour's drive away.

It was nice to back in a big city. We had a lovely room at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire as we had decided to upgrade, in order to have separate beds and to have access to the Club Level.

Lunch at The Metropolitan

Calgary was great for people watching and I wish we could have explored some of the nightlife there but the next day we had to drive a very long way to McBride.

Calgary to Banff

Bow Lake

Peyto Lake

The Crossing where I had the worst lunch of the entire trip.

We drove past Columbia Icefield which we were going to visit the following day.

At North Country Lodge Motel in McBride.

Sunset in McBride

Initially we had wanted to stay in Jasper but at the time we looked for a hotel there, they were all fully booked. The only available place was 166 km away. So every day we had to make that long return drive to Jasper. 

Fraser River

Moose Lake

After a lunch stop in Jasper we completely forgot to get gas. On our way to Columbia Icefield we were already planning who would hitch hike to the next gas station and who would stay behind with the car. We wondered if anyone would stop for us... Luckily we made it to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre. It was a miracle that there was a hotel there that could sell us gas. And we even made it on time to our time slot for the icefield visit.

Columbia Icefield bus

Kyle, our very charming tour guide

We only got 15 minutes on the icefield.

I collected some glacier water - so nice and fresh!

The second part of the tour was a visit of the Skywalk. By far not as impressive as the Grand Canyon Skywalk I experienced a few years ago.

After a long day we had a dinner at Syrah in Jasper.

Next day's breakfast at Sandman Inn (McBride).

 Maligne Canyon

Medicine Lake

Maligne Lake

We didn't go on a boat cruise this time. We just enjoyed the view, an ice cream and had some very funny moments.

The next day was our longest drive (eight hours) from McBride to Vancouver. On our way we stopped in Kamloops for lunch. The air was so bad due to the surrounding wildfires. We had a quick lunch at the first place we came across, DQ, a fast food restaurant. Not really the place to go to when you're a vegetarian but they were kind enough to make me a burger with lettuce, tomato and a slice of cheese. The healthiest fast food burger I've ever eaten.

Back in Vancouver we stayed at the River Rock Casino Resort, which was very close to the airport. 

We headed out downtown for a last time to have dinner at Cactus Club Cafe.

It was a fantastic trip and I'm glad I got to share unforgettable moments with D and Tiffany. We laughed a lot and we were very lucky with everything. It's crazy how fast time went by. Now all we have left are the good memories! Check out Tiffany's blog to see the trip from her point of view.



  1. Amazing pics once again! So nice to relive the trip through your post..so many things I want to comment.

    - I can't believe this is our fourth "trip" together! Can't wait for more upcoming adventures..
    - I really love your pics from Victoria. Looks so beautiful and peaceful yet that was the most stressful day hahah
    - The gelato shot...minutes before the huge mess :p
    - So unfortunate we didn't see any mountain goats anywhere..
    - I didn't know The Crossing was the worst lunch for you lol. At least we had something nice to look at. I think my least favourite was DQ

    Definitely one of the funniest and most unforgettable trips!!

  2. Violette12.8.17

    It looks like a great trip! I hope you had fun!


  3. WOW! Such a great pictures!

  4. Isn't Canada nature so stunning!?!?! I was in Whistler a few years ago for a ski trip and loved it there. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in the summer!


  5. Wow! What an amazing journey you shared through these amazing images. I have always wanted to see some of those lakes in Canada. And you brought back fond memories of going to Whistler as a teenager. Thanks for sharing, Anouk!
    xo, janea

  6. Eda Semana13.8.17

    These photos are so gorgeous. I love how you captured the essence of the country. I'd love to visit Canada one day <3
    xo, Eda

  7. Oh my gosh, you saw so much amazing scenery! It looks like it was definitely worth all that driving.

  8. Im so stunning Anouk, I wish I was there right now, Canada is such a gorgeous place to visit, one of my fave in the world. Taking a seaplane must have been very thrilling, the view is amazing. And the nature all you caught is breathtaking! Happy Sunday dear! xo

  9. such a beautifull and amazing photo! I wish I was there. it looks nice and I really like the view. Gorgeous <3


  10. lifestyle- tale13.8.17

    Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing your experience. The pictures are totally awesome.
    Have a nice Sunday.

    Love, Esther

  11. Great photos! The place looks amazing. I suddenly want to go to Canada :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  12. Alina Corona13.8.17

    Wow, amazing photography! Just stunning <3

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  13. The aerial shots are spectacular! Vancouver is quickly moving up my travel wish list thanks to you :)

  14. Allie Mackin13.8.17

    Beautiful photos as always. Your trip looked amazing from the detail shots to the aerial shots, bet you didn't use a drone for those! Looks like you are having a great summer.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  15. Yara Mel Rozaay14.8.17

    So many pretty photos!!
    Hope you had a good time :D

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  16. Didier Young14.8.17

    OMG your trip looks so fun! I have yet to explore the western regions but they sure do look beautiful!


  17. Vanessa14.8.17

    I definitely need to check Canada out! These pictures are beautiful! This looks like such an amazing trip!


  18. Jane Fitfabfun14.8.17

    These photos are so amazing! It looks you had so much fun in Canada!
    xo, Jane

  19. Such a beautiful place and photos!

  20. Dunja Mutavdzija14.8.17

    Beautiful Canada. Love your photos, which camera do you use?


  21. Thanks. I used a Canon 5D Mark IV on this trip.

  22. JulietF14.8.17

    Fotazas! Artista!

  23. Canadian landscapes are breathtaking! I've only been to the Niagara Falls (quite a few times actually)! But need to make it out to all the different areas. Looks so beautiful :)


  24. Beautiful photos! It looks like you had an amazing time! :) xx


  25. Whoa! Canada looks absolutely spectacular! Love how you capture the pictures, as if they themselves are telling a story :)

  26. Wow!! This is absolutely amazing! Now I definitely want to visit this beautiful country!! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

  27. Carmen Jny (carmitive)15.8.17

    I could look at your pictures for ages Anouk! I love your style and the edits are always so beautifully made :)
    Have a great day!
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

  28. What an amazing trip! As always, you've captured so many beautiful shots!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  29. VIctoria is beautiful. Your photos capture Canada very well. We used to snowboard in Whistler so it's nice to see that one in the bunch. <3

  30. Wow, this is an epic trip! You visited so many beautiful places in Canada! I love all the amazing photos!


  31. Road trips are amazing! Love you photos especially the shots out of the seaplane!

    Miriam x

  32. The views from the seaplane are spectacular, especially of the boats bobbing around in the water below! Also, kind of drooling over that popcorn, haha...

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  33. Oh I love it all your photos because first the place is amazing and the photos are wonderful and second because all te photos are super relaxing~ Thanks for share your trip with us


  34. Zorica18.8.17

    Lovely photo selection.
    Love the post.

  35. Denise19.8.17

    It's really so beautiful, each photo more beautiful than the other! From nature to city, sea and ice cream - all so beautiful! Sorry I have been absent, but I have been so horribly busy at uni! I am glad you are having such a great trip with your friends, and sharing it with us! Hope you have a great weekend!

  36. All these pictures are so beautiful, Anouk! Canada looks like a wonderful place to visit! I am glad you had a great time overall! I might be going to Canada next month too. But it will be a much shorter trip than yours :) Now I ought to add British Columbia to my bucket list :D

  37. I love Canada! The pictures look so amazing and lovely!

    Have an awesome day!

    xx Kris


  38. Anouk,
    Wow! Wow! This trip looks like the trip of a lifetime. You covered some major ground and love how you captured so many special details of Canada! Some of these photos should be entered into a Canadian photo contest, I think!




  39. All your trips look so magical and those landscapes were magnificent. Wishing you a great week! xx


  40. I've never been to Canada, but have heard the nature there is incredible and your photos totally prove that.
    Glad you had a fun visit with friends.


  41. Wow...these photos are amazing! What a beautiful trip!
    xx Elisa

  42. Amanda26.8.17

    Beautiful photos, I love traveling so much! I went to Canada years ago and loved it!


  43. This is such a beautiful post - loving all the photos, they're absolutely beautiful!!! Definitely on my Wishlist of places to visit! :)

    Layla xx



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