We have returned home, back to normality which is a bit of a challenge after such an amazing few weeks. Canada is so beautiful, I have always wanted to go and so has mum and I had built it up in my mind to be such an amazing place that I thought there is no way it can be what I am thinking, and then we finally went and guess what, it was all I imagined and so much more, our expectations were totally exceeded. It was like being in a postcard, I didn't realize how beautiful everywhere would be, I knew there would be beautiful places but I didn't expect them to be everywhere!
We loved Banff and the hotel had such a lovely feel to it, we felt so relaxed and at home there. It was the perfect place to get us started, Banff remains one of our favourite place, we took drives out after dinner and found beautiful lakes and scenery that really took our breath away. We quickly realized how much we were going to love Canada. The town was lovely too and we ate lunch at a place called Eddies a couple of times which was great.
Next onto Moraine Lake and wow, what a view! Such a special place and we were treated like royalty. We couldn't believe we were waking up to such a stunning blue lake, with mountains surrounding it, framed in lush green pine trees and clear blue skies, we took so many photos but it's somewhere people need to see to fully appreciate. On our first evening we went in a canoe on the lake and it was magical. We visited Lake Louise which was gorgeous and we hiked up to Lake Agnes but I have to admit, I prefer Moraine Lake, it is just so beautiful. We did however get our first, all be it fleeting, glimpse of a grizzly at Lake Louise when we went up on the Gondola, as soon as we spotted it we were past it but it was a great moment.
Onto Jasper, and what a drive that was! It was a great experience to go onto a glacier and fill up a bottle with pure water to drink. Jasper will be remembered mainly for one thing, our first proper grizzly experience! We went for a drive after dinner as we knew evening/dusk was the best time to try and see wildlife and low and behold, as we drove over a bridge we saw a few stopped cars and quickly saw a grizzly right next to the roadside. We got photos and were elated to have seen a grizzly bear especially in such close proximity, we were lucky! The Alpine Village accommodation was so lovely, our lodge was just what we'd imagined Canada accommodation to be like.
Next came Clearwater, when we finally found this place we could see how lovely it was, mum in particular found it so serene and peaceful. We managed to see Helmecken Falls which was amazing. The lodge was lovely too.
And so onto SunPeaks, we were glad to have seen this little place, it was very cute, not a lot going on so glad it was just a stopover but another place to add to our list of where we've been. We could imagine what a great atmosphere there would be in the ski season.
Onto Tofino, which we were excited about as it seemed different to everywhere else. When we walked into the hotel, we couldn't believe it, we were right on the beach looking out onto the sand and the ocean. It was beautiful. A very cool, relaxing, quirky little place and so beautiful. Sitting on the balcony seeing an Eagle in the tree in-front was awesome.
Then onto Vancouver, obviously you know about the problems we had initially here but Sarah you were a complete star and sorted it out with no drama and our last day was lovely, in a fantastic hotel so thank you so much for that. We saw what a beautiful city it is and we watched the sunset over the coast and city as they merged together which was a great finish to an incredible holiday.
The service from you guys has been fantastic, from checking in on us when were in Whistler to sorting everything out so seamlessly in Vancouver. Our itinerary was perfect for us, we feel like we've seen so much and not just been bystanders but actually got involved and made such special, unforgettable memories, from the cowboy horse riding in Banff to the Zip lining in Whistler, we feel like we got everything out of it that we possibly could. The drives were out of this world and the stops you recommended were really great to see. We are so grateful for making it such a hassle free experience and one that was instilled with such excitement and adventure whilst feeling safe and looked after, that is a hard balance but one you guys achieve. We had the best time ever,
Will be recommending you for sure and would definitely love to come back and see more of your gorgeous country, thank you.