Travel to the East and West Coast of Canada through the Rockies

I was in Canada. I know, I'm super lucky to have been able to travel this year too. And more when we stop to think about the situation of many people, here and there. When I returned from the trip, I thought that the route I had taken was highly recommended for travelers and travelers like me who have about 15 days and who want to go to that country that we often leave for later because it is so big, ( the second largest in the world behind Russia), which we see as incomprehensible.

Canada is expensive, but it is not a disproportionate amount at the budget level. In addition, paying by card is even better price because you do not pay commission. For example, a purchase of 100 Canadian dollars with a card is about € 75. It seems silly but psychologically helps when, on your return, you see that you have spent less than you thought.

The recipe for the success of this great country lies in the wealth that can be enjoyed at its borders. Nature lovers have in Canada an essential place to visit where the green spaces, or ocher if the vegetable glasses are dyed with the colors of autumn, are a constant. The best way to get around is by rental car or motorhome. It is a perfect option given the good quality of the state roads and the enormous security that can be felt. The 'own' vehicle allows you to get to know Canada at your own pace, without being aware of schedules.

My route through Canada

My flight land in the middle of the afternoon that helps me to cruise through the city well. I landed in Montreal and I spent three days.


Montreal seemed to me a well-organized business city. As a visitor, I had the opportunity to walk around interesting places. I'm not closed museums, I like outdoor museums like parks, squares or even charming train stations. It is worth strolling through the old port and letting yourself be taken along a quiet walk to the clock tower. It will seem curious to you, at least it seemed to me, that Canadians love to have a beach, so where there is a river or a channel they plant sand and umbrellas. Right in the Clock Tower, there is a beach and it made me think. How lucky we are here not to have to invent this kind of thing. I guess we will have to invent others.

As I am a lover of good views, I asked a local person where I could get a global overview of the city and he told me that, without a doubt, my next stop was Mont-Royal. I discovered a hill in the center and full of people who disconnected from their routine reading or practicing sports.


From Montreal to Quebec by highway is about 250 km, but the pleasant landscape makes you want to stop in many corners. Do not worry if you want to stop, since there are magnificent service stations as in all of North America. Quebec, the capital of the province is a city that has nothing to do with a Canadian city. It's as if you will be transported to a city in the North of France. The center of Quebec is spectacular, with its streets, shops, and restaurants with a lot of life in summer and above all thanks to cruise tourism.

One day I dedicated myself to driving to Quebec and I loved the city. Did you know that it is a World Heritage Site? It was brief but intense. I had a thorn in Quebec because people around me had visited it and they always envied me. Not for anything in particular, just for the fact of being able to see it with my own eyes. It is a city charm but it is true that at some point it seemed too much of a story.

It is very perfect. It is super clean, the people are friendly and all are shops oriented to get the ideal memory. 45 minutes from the center of Quebec we have the Montmorency Falls. I completed the day very well with a visit to Montmorency Falls. It is very close to Quebec. At the same time, you can cross it on a suspension bridge, with beautiful views and photo opportunity. It was spectacular to be able to walk on the bridge just above.

The spectacular waterfall can be seen from the base or climb. There is a small cable car that gives access to the upper part of the waterfall. Right at the arrival of the cable car, there is an interesting restaurant. In winter these waterfalls are completely frozen. So you can do all kinds of excursions and activities related to snow and ice.


A few days later I was in Ottawa. The two cities are a couple of hours from each other. Since I really wanted to be, at last, in contact with nature, it was from here that I was able to visit parks such as Gatineau (in the same city) or Algonquin Provincial Park (a little bit longer).

Also in Ottawa, I did something that I loved and there is a spectacular outdoor spa. It is at the entrance of Gatineau Park. It is beautiful, with its very hot pools (some cold too but I did not even look at it). That day it rained so the experience of being in the warm water and the rain falling. Even today it relaxes me to remember it. There are also all kinds of saunas and treatments. It is not a spa.

From Ottawa, I headed to Toronto. There are about four and a half hours of a car and, although the roads are good and very straight, the limitation of speed to 80 km makes the routes lengthen a bit more than what we are used to here.


Toronto is already another world. You hit squarely with a big American city. Unlike the rest that maintain a more European line, with large spaces, gardens, canals and nature available to everyone, Toronto is the great cosmopolitan city that every country has. Still, of all the cities I visited in eastern Canada, I stay with Toronto.

What did I do in Toronto

Book tickets for a hockey game. No need to like hockey, just to see the stadium and live the atmosphere is worth it.

Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands and bathe on its artificial beaches but very appealing in summer.

Go, go and keep going. For its streets but also for its underground walks that connect important buildings of the center and the metro and that both shelter from snow and cold in winter.

Go up to the CN Tower to see Toronto as a whole. Spectacular views of the entire city and beyond. If you are one of those who risk it, there is an activity where you are hung up from the top, but notice, only if you are someone who does not know fear.

There are all kinds of restaurants because Toronto has mini-cities like China Town, Little Italy or Little Portugal. So decide which country you want to eat every day. It is a great experience.

I was in the beautiful Bruce Peninsula, about three hours north by car. The national park of the same name has the type of nature that comes to mind when we think of Canada. Leafy pine forests that take you to the shores of Lake Huron. Indescribable trails that you never want to leave unless you find a bear, of course.

Niagara Falls is impressive although you have to go first thing because it is getting busier and it is not what will mark you the most, or at least it is my feeling.

The Thousand Islands is about three hours east of Toronto. It is a beautiful archipelago where water, earth, and air mix to create landscapes in perfect harmony.

Take advantage of Toronto's perfect location to see the Great Lakes of Canada. The city itself is bathed by Lake Ontario. To the south is Lake Erie and to the north Lake Huron. Most of them are shared with America. It is a privilege to be in this place.

Escape to Lake Simcoe is just over an hour north of Toronto. The locals love to fish there, bathe on the beaches or practice water activities. In winter, they practice ice fishing and skating.

We then embarked on our trip to the West Coast of Canada.

Pour incredible blue tones, a large number of glaciers and tons of green trees. Mix with pure air. Shake everything well while sprinkling the mixture with a wide variety of wildlife including bears and elk. Then, knead the resulting content with a unique landscape and a good pinch of urban modernity until everything is integrated homogeneously. Voila! Your trip to the west coast of Canada is ready.

A good plan is to visit three national parks of the Rockies, the most known mountain system in the country. This mountain range surrounded by Mount Elbert hosts the parks of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper. Each of them is more beautiful and more hypnotizing than the previous. In the first one, it will be hard not to fall in love with Lake Louise. In the heart of the Rockies, this reservoir of glacial origin gives stunning views in its indigo waters.

We spent three weeks touring the states of British Columbia and Alberta and visited the highlights of both. But three weeks is very little time for the vastness and possibilities of Canada. We had to settle for making the most usual route for the first contact with those two states.

British Columbia

We started our trip to West Coast by landing in Vancouver where we spent the first night. The next day we boarded the rental car to Vancouver Island to stay in Victoria, capital of British Columbia, and spend two days touring a part of the island.

Victoria is a piece of Canadian 'cake' with a tea flavor. In its streets, we can breathe British essence, which is intuited in the gardens of the Parliament of British Columbia and in other singularities of establishments such as the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. In this building located next to the port, we enjoy, at five o'clock in the afternoon, a good cup of tea accompanied by some delicious pastries.

From there, we returned to Vancouver where we would spend 2 nights visiting the city and its surroundings. Vancouver holds the record for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. It is called Capilano Suspension Bridge and is no less than 137 meters of travel between leafy treetops. The city was at our feet, not only to overcome the aforementioned bridge but also when we climb to the top of the Grouse Mountain by cable car to see its popular ski slopes and access one of the national grizzly bear shelters. Then we begin our approach to the Rockies that we wanted to see so much.

The Rockies Festival begins

Our first stop is the Natural Bridge, very close to Field. The river, with the passage of time, has been "eating" a wall of rock, and now the water passes through the bottom of that rocky wall instead of over, creating then a natural bridge to cross this river. Another lake awaits us on our arrival to Yoho, as the Emerald Lake was eager to meet us. As its name already indicates it is emerald green. It with the green of the vegetation, and with the gray and white tones of the mountains, create an impressive picture. After passing through the souvenir shop, we take a short walk around the lake.

Even though its tranquil and calm surface gives us the feeling that it remains unchanged. As if it were a mirror, its turquoise waters reflect the horizon giving it a dreamlike view. Leaving Emerald Lake we continue towards Banff, and stop at the Takakkaw waterfall. We approach by the road that leads to the waterfall, full of fir trees. We take advantage and already take the photo of the next Christmas with these perfect Christmas trees. The road is full of squirrels, who approach without fear to see if something falls. A lot of water that falls from very high, and we get wet when we approach the fall.

Following the main road in the direction of our next destination, Banff, we stop at a viewpoint of the train tracks. Here we can see the route of the tunnel through the interior of the mountains in a spiral. It is a solution they took to reduce the slope of the tracks, after many train accidents. It is an 8-shaped spiral with two tunnels. In all the sites there are explanations of the history of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. Nothing else, we took the highway and arrived at our destination, Banff.

First day in Banff

The day is great, and we decide to climb the gondola to the top of Mount Sulfur. We had an exceptional guide, so we take advantage of it. Once we got off the gondola, there was a wooden walkway, with stairs, that led to the top of Mount Sulfur. From the top the views are impressive. Before going down, we take a little ice cream (and coffee) taking advantage of the fact that it was not cold.

We go to Lake Minnewanka and eat sandwiches by Lake Two Jack. We then pick up and go to Lake Minnewanka, which is much larger than the previous lake. We take a walk around the lake. Our next destination was the waterfall of the Bow River, which is within the town of Banff. It is not a big jump, but since we were going to the restaurant, we stopped to see it. From there we could see the viewpoint from the top of Mount Sulfur that we had visited in the morning.

We take some refreshments on the inside terrace. We go back to our caravans at the campsite. After dinner, we stayed in our beautiful caravans.

From Banff to Lake Louise

As every morning we had a good breakfast. On the way to Lake Louise, we stop at Johnston Canyon, where some travel a mile to the lower waterfalls and others the three miles to the upper ones. We lack eyes to be able to look everywhere! The route passes, in some sections, on footbridges over the river that are stuck in the rocks. On the way down we see a bear up there.

We continue to the famous Lake Louise stopping to eat at Castle Mountain, which has stunning views of the mountain of the same name. We reached our destination. The lake is impressive, its color, the green of the mountains, and the glacier in the background. We decided to climb to the tea house, on Lake Agnes. After an hour of the ascent of the road with endless slope, impressive views of Lake Louise, and passing next to the Mirror Lake, we finally reached our goal. But, the teahouse had just closed.

We are left without being able to take anything, although we are left with the image of lake Agnes, the taste of its waters (that there is thirst), of being able to enjoy it alone (there is no one else), and of the wonderful landscape that we can observe from up here . Well, we started the descent. We see that we still had light but there was not much left. When we again reach Lake Louise we see that there are very few people, the sun is setting, a full moon has come out, and we take pictures of the lake and the hotel that is on its shore: the famous Fairmont Chateau on Lake Louise.

The day is over, so we go to the campsite to have dinner. A good dinner washed down with a good Canadian wine from Okanagan Valley.

From Lake Louise to Jasper

We got up to visit Lake Moraine, before leaving the area of Lake Louise. It was scheduled for visit yesterday, but, we were late. It is another impressive lake to add to the list of lakes we visited. Without artificial colorants, the recipe to enjoy the blue of Moraine Lake is so simple that we were impressed by its views. Nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, its name refers to the 'moraine' of stones and mud accumulated by its glacier.

We climb the Rockpile, which is located just at the end of the lake, through a path that climbs this mountain of rocks, where we can still see the spectacular lake, with the valley of the 10 peaks in the background. We see the exit of the road that leads to Lake Consolation, and we were surprised to see the poster announcing that by law it should be done in groups of at least 4 people, because of the presence of bears on this route.

This lake is one of the most popular in the area of Icefields Parkway, a region of the province of Alberta connected by the Highway 93. Then we start the route that will take us to Jasper, and we make a stop to see Bow Lake, with the Crowfoot glacier in the background. No comment. We continue to the next lake on the route, Lake Peyto. A small path through the forest leads us to a viewpoint at the top of the mountain, over the lake. It impresses to arrive, lean out, and see both the lake itself and the whole valley through which we follow until Jasper.

We left Banff Park and now enter Jasper Park. Just after entering we found the Athabasca glacier, the Columbia Icefield, where we made an excursion on the ice surface of the glacier on a giant wheeled bus, the Ice Explorer. Before starting the tour it was a bit cold, but when we reached the top of the glacier the cold was tremendous, and also, to make matters worse, it started to rain (or snow). We got off the super bus to take some pictures. We filled a bottle of water from the glacier (the purest). We got a little wet, and we went back with the Ice Explorer, to the visitor center, to take some photos with bears and reindeer.

We followed our route and stopped later in the Sunwapta falls, some waterfalls inside the Sunwapta river canyon. A tour allows us to observe the waterfalls of this river. Shortly after we stopped to see the Athabasca falls, a series of waterfalls of water from the Athabasca River, passing into a canyon. Another well-marked route allows us to observe all these waterfalls.

After entering Jasper, we found a herd of reindeer without horns (females), grazing along the road. We stop to buy food in Jasper and enter into our campsite where we sleep for the next three nights.

First day in Jasper

We take advantage of the more or less clear day and climb the Jasper Sky Tram, which climbs to Mount Whistlers. Above the views are impressive. It is cold and snowflakes begin to fall. So we take photos. We enter to take shelter in the store, and we go back down. Afterwards, we go to the Maligne lake route, and we stop at the Maligne Canyon, a small trekking around the Maligne river where the canyon reaches 51 meters deep.

Following our route, we achieve one of our objectives. We observe from the road a bear with her babies. They walk along the road without fear of any of those who have stopped to take photos. Some of us also got off the car without fear, because next to the tourists, there was a guard of the park armed with a rifle (as always, everything very well organized). The bears pass about 10 meters away from us. They eat for a while, and then they go up the mountain.

We arrived at Lake Medicine, which at this time of year appears as any lake that is around here. The curiosity of this lake is that as of October it disappears since it receives less water from the glaciers than it loses because of the cracks it has in the bottom.

After lunch, we reached the end of the road, to Maligne Lake. It is cold. The blue waters seem no end in its depth. We take a walk around the lake, looking for the boat rental. On its shore, we get on board a boat that takes a cruise of about 90 minutes to enjoy unhurriedly the idyllic surroundings near Spirit Island. We overcome six bridges to cross the homonymous canyon and its waterfalls of up to 50 meters. We also spot bears, moose, wolves and more native fauna.

Afterwards, an aquatic safari becomes the perfect attraction for us as we see bears in their natural habitat. The magnificent specimens of Grizzly Ursids also become part of our travel photographs. We stopped at Jasper to take a walk through the town, and we traveled through its two main streets in a minute and a half. The town is small, but it is magnified by the spectacular nature of its surroundings.

From Jasper to Clearwater, to Wells Gray Provincial Park

Today we leave Jasper, and also then the rocky mountains. We go to Wells Gray Provincial Park, near Clearwater. Just before leaving the campsite, surprise. We crossed paths with a wolf just outside the campsite. Now we only have to see the moose and the caribou. This morning we made our last stop in Jasper, some shopping, visiting a liquor store (they are the only establishments where alcoholic beverages are allowed to be sold), sending postcards, etc.

As we left Jasper National Park, it has started to rain, and it has not stopped until we reached our final destination. Along the way, we passed through Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, between the rain and the fog we see practically nothing, so we do not stop. The time does not seem like it will get better right away, and we get to the next campsite today.

After leaving the information post of the provincial park, and on the way to our campsite, we found another bear on the road, and they are already 5. We all go down from the caravans (this is what we do not have to do), and the Bear has made us run back to the caravans.

Today we arrived earlier than usual at the campsite, so we had time to light a fire outside to make the typical marshmallows. Very American. It has lasted little. Then we take out the bread and the sausages.

From Wells Gray to Green Lake

We went to visit the Wells Gray Provincial Park and stopped to see the Helmcken waterfall. A large waterfall in a large cave, volcanic formation, like all we will see later. Next stop at the Dawson waterfall, a fall of the entire river flow, according to the explanations is the Little Niagara. Lots of water, lots of noise, and a cloud of water dust that gets wet.

Finally, we visit Spahats waterfall, another great waterfall, to finally leave the park and take the route to Green Lake. We stop in the town of Clearwater, in the visitor's house, where we can connect to the internet and send the odd email. Since we are a little bit of time, we take the opportunity to eat in the picnic area. We are going to Green Lake, and we have some kilometers to go.

From Green Lake to Whistler

In the morning, after breakfast, we take a walk around the campsite to see the Green Lake. As there is a playground right next to the water, some of the Ocho go from the lake and go directly to play. Finally, they are all those who enter the park to play. We leave for Whistler, which is a few kilometers, and we stop in the town of Clinton, typically North American (come on, from the movies of the far west). It has its church, little houses with a porch, roadside motel, antique shop (with all kinds of gadgets from the American West).

We continue our way, and stop to eat right next to the river Fraser. From where we eat we observe how there are different sheds next to the river. Surely they are from the modern gold prospectors since this river was famous for the gold rush, which attracted many to try their luck.

On the way to Whistler, we stopped at Lake Seton and Lake Duffey, and continue on a road that brings them, with slopes of 13%, and with very long stretches under construction. Climbing the slopes with the caravans costs us a lot (these dishes are not much), but lowering them is also difficult, although they are equipped with an electric brake.

Finally, we arrived at Whistler, which was the venue of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and we took a walk through the town. In short, it is a very "cuckoo" town, you see pretty cool people, many shops, apartments, etc. Come on, it's a town dedicated to the ski resorts around. And finally, we pick up and go to bed soon. Tomorrow we have a ferry at the very first hour of the morning so we will have to give ourselves a super-stunt.

From Whistler to Tofino

Today we cross to the island of Vancouver. As we have a ferry at 10, we have to arrive one hour in advance to the pier, and we are also about 120 km from the port. We become a great early bird! We leave the campsite when everyone else sleeps, at 7 in the morning. As a farewell gift, we see another bear (and we've already been 6). We were about to leave, when a black bear passed us, without caring about our presence. He had crossed the campsite, stopped in front of the bins, found nothing, and left.

We started the route to the ferry, arriving well ahead of time. We had been cautious estimating how long it would take to arrive, seeing the roads that we had to take yesterday. We had breakfast in the boarding line, just as we had planned, and then we got on the boat. The ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo is 1:40 h. Nothing else to park inside the ferry, we climbed to the top to see the landscape and if they are tercian, orcas. We cross through an area where it is possible to see them. In the end, we do not see orcas, but the views from the boat reward spending the whole trip on the deck, with strong winds.

We arrive at Nanaimo, get off the ferry, and take the road to Tofino. We stop to visit the giant cedar reserve of Cathedral Grove, just before reaching Port Alberni. It is a journey through the interior of a forest with a thick vegetation, in which stand out the almost millenarian cedars, towering and with spectacular trunk diameters.

We continue towards Tofino and still have a few kilometers left. We cross the Pacific Rim National Park and go straight to the campsite. As the plot is next to the beach, once the caravans are parked and connected, we approach the shore. They say that the sunset in this area is admirable, but it is cloudy. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the forests on the same shoreline on the other, some of us decide to put our feet in the water. It's already late for something else. We play games on the beach until dusk and have dinner. Tomorrow will be another day.

Day in Tofino, and whale watching

We reserved at 9:30 h to leave by zodiac-type boat on the Pacific, to see whales. As soon as we arrived we disguise ourselves as Pescanova sailors/fishermen, with a suit that kept us warm (but a little dirty, really), and at sea. There is a thick mist, and when going out to the open sea there is little visibility. Our ship captain tells us to look sideways to see if we see the whales, or if we smell them. Today we learned that whales smell, and quite badly, by the way (similar to rotten fish).

Finally, it seems that the fog opens a little, and yes, we find them. There are quite a few gray whales. We see how they are going to breathe. We stand with the boat stopped, quite close to them. Our captain sees black whales jumping in the distance. We went out quickly to see if we can see them more closely. When we arrive they are still jumping. They are two whales that soon decide to go offshore. We see gray and the black whales jump in the Pacific. Back to the dock, our captain brings us to an island where there are sea lions. After watching them sunbathe on the rock, and take some pictures, we are going to the port.

We can not be in front of the Pacific Ocean and not try its waters, so towel and swimsuit put, and to the beach. We enter a beach that is full of surfers, all equipped with neoprene suits. To dip your feet in the water we do not feel like a swim, but making a great effort managed to get most of the body in the water. The surfers look at us with disbelief, and they tell us if we are crazy. The water is really very cold. Once we've done the picture, we collect our gear, and we will visit the Pacific Rim Park.

We enter the Schooner Cove, a wooden walkway that goes through a thick forest, and that leads to a beach. The route is spectacular, and the arrival at the beach is rewarding. We stay a while on the beach and return to the caravan. It's starting to rain.

We head to Ucluelet, and it does not stop raining. Suddenly a bear crosses in front of us, from side to side of the road. It quickly goes a little on the hard shoulder and finally into the forest. This is already our seventh bear. Although it has gone so fast that we have not been able to take any pictures of it. When we arrived the rain is already very intense, and it does not let us leave the motorhomes. It's late, so we decided to go back to the campsite in Tofino.

From Tofino to Victoria

Today we allowed ourselves the luxury of waking up one hour later than usual after having slept with piped music since it has rained all night and we heard the drops of water falling in the caravans. After the routine and rich breakfast, we start.

Today we will arrive in Victoria, where we will spend the last two days before returning to Vancouver to finish our adventure. We stopped to eat in the parking lot of a store. In the afternoon we stopped at a town called Duncan at about 5 o'clock. As the shops close at 4 o'clock, it looked like a ghost town. In this town, there is a permanent exhibition of totems on the street. We did the tour following the yellow footprints of the ground. After making our own human totems, we follow the route until arriving at the campsite of Victoria, the capital of the island of Vancouver.

Day in Victoria

After so much mountain and so much wild nature we arrived among the civilization, although this does not stop surprising us. We spent the morning in Victoria. The first thing we visited was the Parliament, which, incidentally, was free. In the upper dome, there is a gold-plated statue of Captain George Vancouver. Later we take the typical route along the main street, where some take an ice cream and we do some shopping. The best store made our mouth water. A chocolate shop with real works of art for our palate.

After visiting Downtown, the center of the city, we did a tour around the coast and we return to the campsite. We get up early to catch the ferry that takes us back to Vancouver. We prepare the dinner by cleaning up all the food that remains to enjoy the last dinner in caravans.

From Victoria to Vancouver

Today we return to Vancouver, from where we left more than two weeks ago, thus closing this tour that we made in western Canada. After breakfast and doing the photo report of our last day with the caravans, we went to take the ferry. After an hour and a half sailing between Canadian and American waters, we arrived in Vancouver!

First stop in the caravan center, to return them. Time to collect the suitcases, reception paperwork, state check, etc. They give us as a souvenir the blanket that covered one of the beds of the caravan, and a shoulder bag, all with the logo of the company. Finally, we got on the bus that has to take us to the hotel, saying goodbye with great regret to the caravans, which have been our homes these past 16 days.

We arrived at the hotel where we have a room reserved for the next three days, and we begin to feel the sadness of having left behind the caravans. There are huge beds, with good mattresses and pillows, and a spacious shower! After settling in one room (the other was not yet ready), we went for a walk in Vancouver.

To start seeing Vancouver, there is nothing better than doing it from the "Top of Vancouver", a lookout tower with a panoramic view, with 177 m of height and a fast outer lift. On going down we pass through the neighborhood of "Gastown", the oldest part of the city, where there is a clock that runs on steam.

We also continue through the neighborhood of Chinatown, where one of the largest Chinese communities in America lives, passing through the door that indicates the entrance to this neighborhood. We toured the Chinese Garden of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the first authentic and classic Chinese garden built outside of China. We have not been much longer in this neighborhood, as we went through some streets where we could smell an unpleasant, unhealthy and very vicious air.

We went to the area of ​​Science World, where the Expo' 86 was held, but it was closed for works. So we continued walking through the BC Place Stadium (the stadium of the football team) and the Rogers Arena (the Hockey stadium) to the center, to Downtown, to find a restaurant for dinner. We decided to go back to the tower to enjoy the panoramic views of the now lit city.

It's time to sleep. Tomorrow another good walk awaits us!

Day in Vancouver

We wake up in Vancouver after a great night in these beds! We go down to the hotel restaurant to see how good the breakfast is. As expected, we've put on our boots, so it's time to go down the morning binge. We go by bus to Stanley Park spread across more than 1,000 acres area. It has been named one of the 10 best public spaces in the world. We rented some bicycles and some tandems thinking that it would be fun to travel this immense park on wheels. The tour around the perimeter of the park lasted a couple of hours. It was very entertaining visiting totems, lighthouses, beaches and the lake.

Later we moved to the Waterfront terminal, to catch the Sea Bus, a ferry that takes us to North Vancouver. We take advantage of the wait for the ferry to eat, in American plan (fast food sitting in a park). In North Vancouver, we spent the afternoon visiting the "Capilano wooden suspension bridge", which, with its 137m long and 70m high, provides a rather shaky feeling when crossing it. We complete the tour through some footbridges that are between the trunks of the trees, getting, in each of the areas to visit, stamps as if it were a gymkhana. The bridge impresses a little but the entry is too expensive.

Back to the station of the "Sea Bus" in North Vancouver, and before crossing with the ferry, we dined in an Italian restaurant. It was a very cozy restaurant and a bit expensive. After a full stomach, we take the ferry that runs through Burrard Inlet (the waterway that separates Downtown from North Vancouver), enjoying the views of the illuminated port of Vancouver. There is no time for more, so we go to the hotel.

Last day in Vancouver

As we are already experts with public transport, we take the Sky Train and the bus to go today to the "Granville Island". Although it is called Isla, it is a small peninsula, with coastal views, art galleries, craft shops, street theaters and a popular market where crafts, clothing and food shops are there. We buy prepared food in this market and sit on the steps of the port to enjoy the views while we fill the stomach. The contrast of the small houses and popular markets of the shore where we are and towering glass buildings on the other side of the river are amazing.

We left the island in the direction of the Gastown area, where we had seen several souvenir shops on the first day, and today it is time to spend the afternoon buying some souvenirs. We go to the hotel soon to pack our bags. So we decided to take the dinner early today. We get into a very cool restaurant in this area of Gastown on the terrace. Here we eat some pizzas and some salads watered with good jugs of Canadian beer.

On the way back to the hotel, we sat in the front row of the Sky Train which, by the way, is an electric train that does not have a driver. It has a large front window through which you can see the entire route through the tunnels and the exterior. After getting off this new Vancouver attraction, we arrive at the hotel! We pack our bags for the next trip.


Finally, we arrived in Calgary, capital of Alberta to spend the last 2 nights of our trip. There we coincide with the first day of the Stampede, the annual rodeo fair that lasts about 10 days. So instead of visiting the city, we were enjoying the shows of the fair. There were the rodeo, concerts, agricultural and livestock exhibitions, and many fair stands that are installed for the event.

In short, it was a spectacular trip. The greatness of nature always leaves us speechless with mountains, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls, forests, bears, deer, and caribou. The final shot in Calgary was fun.

In Canada, there are two seasons: winter and July! Whether it is winter or not, do not be afraid. Canada is prepared for the harsh winters, with many activities in nature, such as snowmobiles, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding. And for urbanites, Montreal, and Toronto has large underground galleries where you can walk and spend without going cold! I recommend you go both in winter and summer. Here any cafe, station, airport or museum has wifi. You may not need it but it is appreciated to have it. Everything can be paid by card and you can avoid carrying cash and the commission to change currency.

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