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O Canada...

Back to the northern land...

semi-overcast 10 °C

The cruiseship landed and we grabbed our rental car in Vancouver. Within a couple of hours (after a few hiccups), we were off towards the Canadian Rockies. Spent the first night in Canada in a lovely little town called Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake. The next morning, Angus and Lesley went on a short walk around the lake, we all went on a food shop (more expensive than USA) and then headed uphill! The mountains were beautiful, even in the rain that kept rearing its head.

Finally, we arived in beautiful Banff. The accommodation we had booked was unfortunately unavailable (through no fault of their own). So,there we were...after a 6 hour drive, at 9pm and no place to stay. Then, the young lady who was behind the desk (an Aussie from Sydney called Emma) rescued us by ringing the local hostel (another Aussie called Emma) down the road. Between the two Emmas,we were booked and happily bedded down in the Banff Alpine hostel within the hour. Thanks, girls!!

Banff the next morning was SENSATIONAL! The weather was beautiful. We walked a bit through Banff and then Angus and Lesley hiked up Sulphur Mountain - a 700m climb with lots of switchbacks. Giaan's ankle is still not good and Robbo's knees are dodgy so we took the gondola up. The views up top were unbelievable. A cold wind started up and clouds rolled in. The mountains almost have their own weather systems and while we were on top of the mountain,little flakes of snow began to fall. Angus and Giaan were very excited. Lesley and Angus then walked along a boardwalk to an old weather station on aneven higher peak. A great first day in Banff.
More on the Rockies, soon.
Thanks again to everyone for their comments. Love to hear from you

Posted by The Robbos 10:19 Archived in Canada Tagged rockies

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How lucky are you. You are in my favourite Canadian town - Make sure you go to the Christmas shop - also a favourite of mine.

by biden4

Dear Robbos,
YOur trip sounds like so much fun! We are all green with jealousy but glad you are having such a good time. I think thos two Aussi Emmas deserve a medal for being such good angels.
I am back in Brisbane again and so happy to be here at last. A Beautiful place wiht many of my most favourite people. The twins are a lot of fun. Much love always, Carolyn

by carolynyoung

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