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Golden to Kamloops

Day 13 - 14

sunny 30 °C

On our drive to Kamloops our first stop was Rogers Pass Visitor Centre in Glacier National Park. We then stopped in the town of Revelstoke, this is where the last spike was placed in the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. This holds a special importance for Canada, as the country is so large, and at the time meant that they could finally trade right across Canada. The railway was completed in 1885, this was six years earlier than it was planned. We camped next to the beautiful Pinantan Lake, and were again entertained by some locals next to the campfire.

The next day we drove back to Vancouver where we all said our goodbyes. I was lucky enough to be able to catch up with a few girls on the tour in my days in Vancouver.

xx

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Banff to Golden (Yoho National Park)

Day 11 - 12

overcast

One of my favourite days on tour! First stop on our way to Golden was Moraine Lake located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This was a very beautiful place even when it was pouring down rain. We did a small hike up to a higher point on some rocks to take some awesome photos of the very blue glacier fed lake. We then stopped at Lake Louise for about 5 hours, once again absolutely stunning! Here some of us did the hike up to the teahouse, which is the oldest teahouse in Canada. There is no electricity up here. Everyday the staff hike up the mountain carrying the freshly baked food, and then walk back down after work with all the rubbish. The scones were awesome :P Gorgeous Lake Agnes was also here, along with some very friendly squirrels who were happy to pose for some photos. The hike also took us past Mirror Lake. The next drive stop was the spiral tunnels, where you could view where the original Canadian railway was built. As we got closer to Golden we stopped at a river and natural bridge in Yoho National Park.

The next day I did a full day of white water rafting on the Kicking Horse River. We did the lower, middle and upper canyons. It was so much fun! They gave us an awesome BBQ lunch in the middle of the day, and a video taken with a Go-Pro of the rafting. The scenery along the river was also very pretty, even cooler when the long trains came across the bridges and around the mountains. After that we headed to the Northern Lights Wolf Sanctuary, where we got to see the wolves (and hear them howl). We learnt how important they are for the environment in North America, as well as interesting information about how the members of the pack operate and communicate.

xx

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Jasper to Banff

Days 8 - 10

semi-overcast

The drive from Jasper to Banff has been voted many times as one of the most beautiful drives in the world, and I have to say it lived up to expectations, at the times I wasn't asleep in the van. On the way we stopped off at Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbian Icefields. Some people paid to hike the glacier, but due to a sore ankle and been glaciered out while in Alaska, I gave it a miss. I did however find out that the café there has won the world record for the most public female toilets, very much needed due to the huge buses full of Asian tourists pulling up. We then stopped at Bow Lake, which was very pretty. Once in Banff we checked out the town for a while, and then headed out for dinner for the first time the whole trip.

The next day started with a hike up Sulphur Mountain. The views of Banff from the top were amazing!! After we hit the famous Banff Hot Springs. I was a little disappointed here as the image in my head was very different from the real thing. It is only one pool. The water comes out of the mountain at about 48 degrees, and is then cooled to 39 degrees so humans can sit in it. Nothing is done to the water so all of the minerals in it are very good for the body. It was quite a warm day, so I had to keep leaving the water for an ice cold shower before getting back in. After we browsed the shops, and had icecream from Cowes... voted the best place to eat icecream in the world! It was good, but not that good. That night we checked out the Rose and Crown pub where a local artist Chuck Rose was playing. Even on a Monday night, the Banff nightlife was in full swing. According to our tour guide, Banff is the town where sometimes group members sign off the tour (due to meeting someone in beautiful Banff). Sadly, she has only run 4 tours, and this has already happened to her a few times.

The next day I enjoyed a relaxing day checking out all of the shops and buying a few souvenirs. I had an awesome lunch at Eddie's Burgers. That night Mindy took our group out for some karaoke at Wild Bill's. Sadly the mechanic bucking bull was injured on the night so we didn't get to have a go.

xx

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