Trip to British Columbia, Canada 2010
Below is an outline of our vacation which we will be adding to as time
Day 1, Boarding the Train
Ross missed the GO train in Oshawa to Toronto as he left his Iphone in
the car. Lionel come back to the train station and drives Ross to Union
Station to meet up with Carmen and the luggage. A couple hour wait in Union
Station and we board the train around 10 pm. Carmen introduces Ross to some
of the Via staff she sees on a daily basis. We have a nice room even for a
big guy like me. Carmen took the upper bunk as I think she thought it was
the safer of the two or just being kind to the old guy and not having him
climb the ladder. Train didn't get moving too fast then around Mississauga
had to back up a fair bit. Lots of tea and coffee and snacks available all
Day 2, Still in Ontario
Met some nice people for breakfast. The meals throughout the journey were
excellent as were the staff serving them. We met a lot of very nice and
interesting people at meal time and in the observation cars. People from
Great Britain, USA, and other parts of Canada, all very interesting and
friendly to talk with. I think there were at least 4 observation cars not
including the bullet shaped one at the back of the train. Ontario was
basically lakes, trees and small villages.
Day 3, Manitoba and the tour of Winnipeg
The day started off with a nice breakfast as we rolled through
Manitoba to Winnipeg. The a four hour stop over in Winnipeg until 11:30 am.
We took a tour of the city and the Legislature. Then back on the train for
lunch as we pulled out of town. Passing through the prairies I saw what
looked to be a funnel cloud forming and sure enough on the news the next day
we heard a tornado set down. As evening approached we entered Saskatchewan.
We slept through that province and woke in Alberta.
Day 4, Jasper and the Rockies
Had a short stop to stretch our legs and some old cars were in a compound
near the railway line to look at. Then another stop in Jasper where we were
able to purchase a few souvenirs and take a few pictures. As we pulled out
we entered the Rockies. Had another nice dinner with a guitar player to
serenade us and some games and prizes. We later met up with some friends in
one of the dome cars to cat a bit as one couple from Montreal would be
getting off the train at 11 pm before reaching Vancouver. Had some nice
conversation about gardening. The mountains were amazingly beautiful. It was
so nice to sit back and enjoy them pass by.
Day 5, Fraser Valley and Vancouver
Woke up to the Fraser Valley and the river winding along beside the
railway tracks as we approached Vancouver. Took a cab from the station to La
Quinta in Richmond where we were staying. The drive said it was the best day
they had all year for weather. We had a nice Japanese lunch at a restaurant
close to the hotel. The hotel was nice and I took a soak in the hot tub and
a swim while Carmen enjoy some shopping. They dinner call was earlier than
we had been informed and the meal was not very good. We walked back from the
restaurant as it was only a block from our hotel and stopped off for some
frozen yogurt and strawberries. Got back to our room and took some clothes
to the Laundromat across the street for an hour or so. There were lots of
restaurants near the hotel and I think they said 18 bubble tea places. A
mall was about 2 blocks away with a Winners in it. Guess who (Carmen)
was very happy. lol
Time for me to take a break. More probably next week as
we have a busy weekend ahead of us.
Day 6, Bus tour begins
Day 7, Banff
Day 8, Columbia Glacier
Day 9, Kamloops ginseng factory and back to Vancouver.
Day 10, Victoria, Ferry Ride and Butchart Gardens
Day 11, Tour of Downtown Vancouver and then to the Airport
Day 12 Back Home
Pictures: Will post pictures as soon as we can
sort out the few thousand we took. We will not post pictures of other people as
to respect their privacy. We will forward pictures on request.