Boronia's Canadian Adventurers
Canada appears to be the favourite destination at Oak Tree Boronia Heights with our second couple of residents recently returning from their trip of a life time.
Les and Dorothy returned to tell us their tale:-
After a long stint at airports and flights we arrived in Vancouver and joined a tour in Victoria – a pretty city with plenty of sightseeing.
We had an early departure from Victoria, following the eastern coast line from Vancouver Island, stopping at Chemainus - a unique village with more than 30 murals depicting the pioneer settlement of the area.
Then it was through the Port of Campbell river, the salmon capital of the world. We boarded the BC Ferry at Port Hardy for one of the most beautiful and relaxing ocean voyages. Spectacular scenery, mountains and waterfalls. We had our first sighting of whales and dolphins. Had a tour of the Bridge and we both got to don the captains hat and steer the ship.
Next day was a tour to the North Pacific fishing village and a look at British Columbia’s oldest cannery village to see what it was like during peak production in the early century.
Next morning we boarded the VIA Rails Jasper to Prince Rupert train following the Skeena River, often referred to as the River of Mists. What a wonderful experience with views of the beautiful scenery from our glassed in observation dome with 360 degree views.
We boarded our coach to travel Jasper National Park, stopping at Mt Robson, the highest of the Canadian Rockies at 3962m. We stayed in Jasper for the night then continued our journey through some of the Canadian Rockies most spectacular wilderness and mountains.
A trip to the Columbia Icefield (Athabascar Glacier) aboard the ice explorer was a highlight. Some of the glaciers were just amazing.
Two nights in Banff was highlighted with a helicopter flight over the Rockies. What an experience this turned out to be, with Dorothy in the cockpit! The evening was spent at the Oh Canada Eh - five course dinner and musical entertainment. A wonderful night was had by all with Dorothy being wooed by a Canadian Mountie.
Then on to Lake Louise, one of the prettiest places we visited with magnificent backdrops of mountains and glaciers.
Our tour ended back in Vancouver with a farewell sunset cruise and meal around Vancouver Island.
What a wonderful way to end this part of our holiday.
The next fortnight was spent with friends in Michigan at Canada Creek Ranch, approximately 4 ½ hours north of Detroit. It was like living in the wilderness, backing on to Lake Virginia with magnificent views. Wild deer would come right up to the back verandah morning and night. A wonderful experience.
We were about two weeks early for the change in colour of the trees. Elk, deer, coyote and black bear were all spotted during our stay. Overall we both had a most enjoyable holiday, but looked forward to returning home and catching up on lost sleep.
Joke of tour: a group of us decided on a cup of coffee in Banff. Orders were placed for various coffees, and Les just wanted flat white as usual. A puzzled waiter asked again and again what I wanted before retreating to get our orders. A while later our coffees arrived and were placed in front of each individual. Holding back my mirth until the waiter had gone, I looked at my flat white, and what did I see – a tall glass of water! At least I wasn’t charged.
Thanks for sharing your story Les and Dorothy. We are happy o have you home safe and sound.