S: Our Trip to the West Coast - Oct. 22nd-29th 2012
BC: John & Linda Donkers
FC: Our Trip to the West Coast Oct. 22nd-29th 2012
1: Our Trip to the West Coast | After landing in Calgary on Monday morning, we picked up our rental Ford Fusion car and made our way to Banff.
3: In Banff we enjoyed the Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain.
8: On to Bow Falls
9: and the Banff Springs Hotel
10: Spent the night downtown Banff, before heading to Lake Louise on Tues.
11: Very scenic as we traveled, including the many deer crossings over the highways!
12: Lake Louise
14: Revelstoke Railway Museum was our next stop.
16: Short stop at Crazy Creek before pulling over for the night in Vernon BC. | It's the moments I spend with you that build the memories which last a lifetime. -M Gutierrez
17: Wed. we spent driving around the scenic back roads of Kelowna.
20: Along our travels we came across Scenic Canyon Park.
21: We took a hike through the ravine.
22: Through the mountains along #3 highway, on our way towards Vancouver.
24: Took a quick peek at the Hope Slide even though it was closed for the season! Rested in Chilliwack for the evening before going further West.
25: On Thurs. we made our way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver.
28: After getting lost in the city of Vancouver we found our way to Stanley Park.
29: From Horseshoe Bay onto the ferry to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island. Stayed in Nanaimo where we checked out the local casino.
30: MacMillan Park | Cathedral Grove | Friday was a wet and rainy day, but we still chose to check out Cathedral Grove!
31: MacMillan Park | That afternoon we drove through the rain to Victoria.
32: Still raining so we toured the beautiful castle in Victoria. | Coal baron Robert Dunsmuir was the wealthiest man in BC. He died in 1889, just months before Craigdarroch Castle was completed. He left his entire estate to his wife Joan, who lived in the castle till her death in 1908 | Since Joan`s death the castle has been used as; Craigdarroch Military Hospital; Victoria College; offices for the Victoria School Board; the Victoria Conservatory of Music: and finally today as the Craigdarroch Castle House Museum.
34: Weather wasn't so nice so we headed right to Sidney Fri. night. Sat. morning off to Swartz Bay to catch the ferry for Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island.
35: On the Island, a short drive and we were at the door step of Harry & Gerry Van Roessel, where we were warmly welcomed by our friends!
36: Sat. morning, Gerry took us to see the town, visited the market and seen the harbour.
37: The afternoon, Van Roessels were busy with customers so we set out ourselves to tour the island, seen lots of deer!
39: We visited the oldest farm on the island- Ruckle homestead. Stopped for tea at Lisa Duttmann's (John N's cousin) and then back to Harry & Gerry's where we wined and dined. Visited with Peter as well but Arnold wasn't home. They also showed us around in their wine cellar business, and Gerry's spa room.
40: On Sunday morning we went out for breakfast with Harry & Gerry then toured the Island!
41: Checked out the goat farm and bought some goat cheese.
42: Fabulous view on Mt. Maxwell
44: Mt Maxwell: at the top is where we took in the scenic views!
46: On Sunday afternoon we took the 3:30 pm ferry at Long Harbour. It made two stops, Village Bay and Sturdies Bay before reaching Tsawwassen back in Vancouver. Monday we returned our rental car and boarded our flight from Vancouver back to Calgary and then to London, Ont. Home in Monkton about 10 pm. that evening. Wonderful trip1