S: The Rockies and Eastern Canada 2011
FC: The Rockies and Eastern Canada | 2011
1: Gayle and Will's Canadian Adventure 2011
2: Evergreen Tours | Day 1 Melbourne - Auckland - San Francisco Day 2-3 San Francisco sightseeing Day 4 San Francisco - Vancouver - Horseshoe Bay Day 5-6 Horseshoe Bay Day 7 Horseshoe Bay - Vancouver - Victoria Day 8 Victoria sightseeing - Butchart Gardens Day 9 Howe Sound - Sea to Sky Highway - Whistler Day 10 Whistler sightseeing / Ski-dooing Day 11 Lillooet - Hat Creek Ranch - Sun Peaks Day 12 Sun Peaks - Mt. Robson - Jasper Day 13 Maligne Canyon - Icefields Parkway - Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Glacier - Lake Louise Day 14 Lake Louise - Natural Bridge - Yoho National Park - Emerald Lake - Banff National Park Bow River - Sulphur Mountain Day 15 Banff sightseeing - Float trip, Bow River Day 16 Banff - Rocky Mountaineer - Kicking Horse Pass - Rogers Pass - Kamloops Day 17 Rocky Mountaineer - Thompson River - Fraser Valley - Vancouver Day 18 Vancouver sightseeing - Stanley Park - Capilano Suspension Bridge - Grouse Mountain | Rockies Explorer
3: Day 19 Vancouver - Toronto Day 20 Toronto sightseeing - Casa Loma - Niagara Falls - Niagara on the Lake Day 21 CN Tower - Kingston - Ottawa - Canoe to Turtle Island Day 22 Ottawa sightseeing - Museum of Civilization Day 23 Ottawa - Quebec City Day 24 Quebec City - St Anne du Beaupre Basilica - Montmorency Falls Day 25 Quebec City - Montreal sightseeing Day 26 Montreal - VIA Rail - Toronto Day 27 Toronto - New York | and Eastern Canada
5: Horseshoe Bay
8: Butchart Gardens
9: A perfect day
10: The Sunken Garden | The world famous Butchart Gardens cover 22 hectares and showcase the spectacular sunken garden, planted in an old quarry. We were lucky to be there on a beautiful calm, sunny day to see this amazing variety of plants and colour.
13: spring at the Butchart Gardens
14: Butchart Gardens Victoria
15: Feng Shui
16: and second oldest only to San Francisco's Chinatown in North America. | Chinatown in Victoria, British Columbia is the oldest in Canada | It was established in 1858 with a mass influx of miners from California
17: We walked down the famously narrow, and extremely popular, Fan Tan Alley. | By 1911 Chinatown housed 3,158 people which was almost | Chinatown, Victoria | more than the entire population of downtown Victoria.
18: Shannon Falls Squamish Village | Shannon Falls is British Columbia's 3rd largest waterfall, cascading 335 metres.
19: Chemainus Artisan mural town | The world's largest outdoor art gallery.
23: Whistler Village
24: Duffy Lake | We travelled through the historic farming village of Pemberton, along the very scenic Duffy Lake Road, stopping at Duffy Lake to admire its beautiful glossy waters and snow capped Mt. Rohr in the background, before continuing on to the town of Lillooet.
26: We learned about the early trade route, ate Buffalo burgers for lunch, and watched the the Jingle dance performed by First Nations people, joining in to do the Friendship dance. | Hat Creek Ranch Lillooet
27: The Jingle Dress dance (Healing Dance) is originally a sacred dance of the Ojibwa people from North Canada that was given to the people by the creater as a healing gift. It is said that the dress and the dance are performed to help bring good feelings and a sense of wellbeing to the people.
28: Sun Peaks
29: Ski Resort
30: Boarding the old school bus we had no idea what was in store for us. As we bumped and rattled our way along the gravel road we came to a stop at this beautiful spot where we prepared to board our voyager canoe. The lake was cold having only unfrozen the week before and most of our fellow crew were on their maiden voyage! Our slightly scary experience concluded with a fantastic fur traders feast back at the Sun Peaks resort. | Voyager Canoes
31: Fur Traders Feast
32: Mount Robson | Jasper National Park
33: Jasper National Park, the Canadian Rockies Three British Columbia provincial parks, including Mount Robson, are included on the World Heritage List. Mt. Robson is the most prominent Rocky Mountain range standing at 3,954 meters, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies.
34: Jasper | Caribou Country | Jasper National Park
35: Sawridge Inn Jasper | A Spectacular Highlight Dinner
36: Jasper National Park | Waterfalls, fossils, underground stream outlets, raven's nests and plant life - these are just a few of the wonders of Maligne Canyon. Swirling, churning water has warn the canyon, only 2 metres across at some points, to a depth of more than 50 metres. Maligne Canyon is carved into the Palliser Formation, a layer of limestone deposited in a shallow tropical sea by lime-secreting plankton about 365 million years ago. Some Geologists speculate that parts of the canyon were originally deep caves that have since been uncovered by glacial scraping and water erosion.
37: Maligne Canyon
39: Athabasca Glacier | North America's largest sub-polar ice pack is 300 metres thick.
40: Bow Glacier
41: Icefields Parkway Banff National Park | Travelling along the Icefields Parkway is acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world and stopping to view this beautiful frozen lake and the glacier nestled between the mountains was definitely a highlight.
42: Lake Louise
43: Stunning Lake Louise is 70 metres deep and is fed by meltwaters from six glaciers. The lake can be frozen for five months of the year, and in mid Winter the ice can be more than a metre thick. The water is always cold and is less than 10 degrees in Summer. The lake takes on its beautiful colour by the glaciers grinding the rock beneath them into a fine powder called rock flour and melting water washes this powder into the lake. The silty water absorbs all colours of incoming light, except the striking turquoise and vivid blue that reflects back to our eyes.
45: The Jingle Dress dance (Healing Dance) is originally a sacred dance of the Ojibwa people from North Canada that was given to the people by the creater as a healing gift. It is said that the dress and the dance are performed to help bring good feelings and a sense of wellbeing to the people. | Chateau Lake Louise Built at the end of the 19th century overlooking this magnificent emerald green lake and surrounded by the Rocky Mountain peaks.
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49: Lake Emerald Yoho National Park A magnificent semi frozen green glacial lake surrounded by mountains.
52: Natural Bridge | Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park The river used to flow over the top of the rock, but over time carved a path through it, leaving a natural bridge.
54: Sulphur Mountain Alberta, Banff National Park
56: Sulphur Mountain, Canadian Rockies Eight minutes to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a 4 person gondola with breathtaking, bird's eye views of the 6 surrounding mountain ranges was truly an experience. We climbed 2,292 feet to an elevation of 7,486 feet at the summit upper terminal. The weather was clear and sunny as we climbed the Banff Skywalk one kilometre along the summit ridge.
59: Sulphur Mountain
60: We enjoyed the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies whilst we leisurely floated down the Bow River where we got a close up view of the Three Sisters and the Hoodoos. | Bow River Float Trip | Banff
62: The Rocky Mountaineer The most spectacular train journey in the world | Crossing the Kicking Horse Pass we saw the glaciers and snow-capped mountains of Rogers Pass before arriving at Kamloops where we spent the night. The next morning we re-boarded the Rocky Mountaineer and continued our journey west following the Thompson River and passed through the magnificent Fraser Valley, before arriving at Vancouver.
63: Totem Poles | Stanley Park Vancouver | The totem was the British Columbia Indians Coat of Arms. Totem poles are unique to the North West coast of B.C. and Lower Alaska and they were carved from western red cedar and each carving tells of a real or mythical event. The eagle represents the kingdom of the air, the whale the lordship of the sea, the wolf the genius of the land and the frog the transitional link between land and sea.
64: We walked above the treetops over a series of seven suspension bridges 30 metres above the rainforest floor. The rainforest certainly lived up to its name when the heavens broke and we were all soaked to the skin. | Capilano | Treetops Adventure
65: Suspension Bridge Set in a magnificant North American rainforest, the Capilano Suspension Bridge spans 137 metres across and 70 metres above the Capilano River.
66: Grouse Mountain, Vancouver
69: These orphaned grizzly bears are now 10 years old. We saw Grinda and Coola in their compound at the research, education and conservation centre on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver. | Grouse Mountain
71: Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 | Olympic Cauldron | Vancouver
72: Niagara | Falls | The most powerful waterfalls in North America. The American Falls, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls.
74: Prince of Wales Hotel
75: Niagara on the Lake
76: We experienced breakfast in the clouds at the world's tallest tower. In 1995 the CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. | 114 building stories | 553 metres
77: CN Tower Toronto
78: Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House)
79: In the heart of Toronto, this castle certainly has a majestic presence. The home was constructed in 1911 and was originally the residence of financier, Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. We explored some of the 98 decorated rooms and secret passages and climbed the narrow and steep spiral staircase to one of the highest turrets. | Casa Loma
82: Museum of Civilization Ottawa
84: These canoes were our transport from Ottawa to Turtle Island. | Turtle Island, Ottawa | Turtle Island is the national name for North America. | We got stuck on some rocks in the middle of the river and were lucky not to overturn, unlike the
85: We learned about the fur trade and the first nations people. | people lived. We were treated to a native feast | American Indians - first people of America and Canada | followed by a display of traditional music and dancing. | group following us who ditched in the freezing water.
86: The Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Troise-Rivieres, Montreal, Quebec. A Catholic sanctuary visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. Originally built as a church in 1720, the first pilgrimage was made in 1883. | Sanctuarie (Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape) | Notre-Dam-du-Cap
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90: The French City of Quebec
91: Our hotel in Quebec was the renowned Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a magnificent hotel in the heart of the old town of Quebec.
92: Old Quebec is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Treasure and is the only fortified city north of Mexico City. At night time the city lights up like a Christmas wonderland.
94: Quebec Fortified city
95: This expansive boardwalk follows the St. Lawrence River and sits high on a bluff at the rear of the famous Le Chateau Frontenac.
96: The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre | About half a million pilgrims each year visit this shrine to honour Saint Anne, the Patron Saint of Quebec. Set along the St Lawrence River It has been credited by the Roman Catholic Church with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled. Pillars in the front entrance are covered in crutches from people who have been said to have been miraculously cured.
99: The French City of Montreal is the largest city in the Province of Quebec, the second largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America. | Cost of polar bear a bargain at $32,000