Saturday, 12 August 2017

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.

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  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!!

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

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  3. WOW! Such a great pictures!
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  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!

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  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!
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  6. These photos are so gorgeous. I love how you captured the essence of the country. I'd love to visit Canada one day <3
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  7. Oh my gosh, you saw so much amazing scenery! It looks like it was definitely worth all that driving.

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  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

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

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  10. lifestyle- tale8/13/2017 2:11 pm

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

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

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  12. Alina Corona8/13/2017 8:18 pm

    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 :)

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  14. Allie Mackin8/13/2017 11:53 pm

    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.

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  15. Yara Mel Rozaay8/14/2017 2:22 am

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



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  16. Didier Young8/14/2017 5:31 am

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

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

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  18. Jane Fitfabfun8/14/2017 8:57 am

    These photos are so amazing! It looks you had so much fun in Canada!
    xo, Jane
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  19. Dunja Mutavdzija8/14/2017 1:39 pm

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

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

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  21. Fotazas! Artista!

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  22. 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 :)

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

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  24. Whoa! Canada looks absolutely spectacular! Love how you capture the pictures, as if they themselves are telling a story :)
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  25. Wow!! This is absolutely amazing! Now I definitely want to visit this beautiful country!! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  26. Carmen Jny (carmitive)8/15/2017 9:41 am

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

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  28. 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
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  29. Wow, this is an epic trip! You visited so many beautiful places in Canada! I love all the amazing photos!

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

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  31. 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...


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  32. 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
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  33. Lovely photo selection.
    Love the post.
    xx
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