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Canada: Just like New Zealand on Steroids

A flying visit to Canada to see old mates and a BIG drive through ice fields

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After hearing many a good thing about the ice fields drive between Banff and Jasper and considering the fact that Skinny and JJ were preoccupied with employment, we opted to spend the first few days in Canada driving up to Banff and making our way to Jasper via the ice fields. It meant a few very long drives but boy were we rewarded.

Our basic route took in one night each in Revelstoke, Banff and Jasper. It really was rapid but we saw so many amazing sights and fit a lot in during the 4 days.

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Sweet man made structure which allows bears to cross without getting nailed by the cars
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In preparation for said bears we have bear spray - never leave home without it in this area of the world
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Very old cedar trees
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Train travel in the shadow of the rockies must be stunning
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Autumn just coming in
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Beautiful landscapes with easy access lead to other tourists who insist on taking photos on the iPad which in turn leads to me looking like a dick
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Moraine Lake
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Soph contemplating a dip in the glacial waters of Lake Morraine
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Beautiful Lake Louise
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Lake Lousie - the wide angle
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Peyto Lake
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Lemmings walking on the glaciers
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Great day to bust out the shorts
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Tourists everywhere taking in the sights
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Rockies
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Ah reflections, great photographer fodder
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A touch of snow made for a cold walk
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The landscapes we passed were well worth the cold
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Sightings of wildlife aplenty but difficult to get them to hold still for the shot
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This won't win wildlife photographer of the year, but look closely - its a crow/raven snacking on ferret roadkill.

We returned to Vancouver to spend the next 5 days making ourselves well and truly at home at our great mates; Skinny and JJ. We had been warned that Vancouver fall can be a little on the damp side, and we were not disappointed. It rained the whole time. During the weekend when Skinny and JJ were around to drag us off the couch, we braved the weather and stepped out for a few fun-filled activities. While they spent their time at work, we sat on their amazing sofa bed watching a whole season of Orange is the new black (really good by the way). It was a great way to unwind from all the stresses of travel. We will wait for 2014 to see what the stresses of real life equate too...

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Shopping on Granvillle island for some treats
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Good old liberal Canada - Davie Village
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Mmmmm Meat and Bread
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Fabulous goats cheese
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The end of the salmon run means they no longer jump out of the water but linger about looking sickly whilst waiting to die.
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A few pretty walks through the pretty city
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Float planes
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Framed! Capilano Suspension Bridge
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BIG swingbridge
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Tree walk.

Vancouver is beautiful (from what we have heard through the grapevine) but we could not see past the drizzle and fog. We really do have to come back some time to enjoy the views. What we did see was incredible and is somewhere we really want to go back to.

Next stop - Boeing (Seattle)

Posted by ladiesofleisure 12:44 Archived in Canada

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Love all your photos from my homeland! You've 100% made me homesick!

by Sheena

Beautiful but cold. Did soph go for her dip? It is like NZ for sure particularly the South Island.

by mum

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