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Giaan in the Rockies

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After a night in Salmon Arm, we finally arrived in Banff, right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We stayed in a hostel that was very cramped but was still good as we only stayed in there to sleep. A small cabin had been offered but they were more expensive.The room in the hostel was fine though. Mum and Angus went hiking on most days, while Dad and I did our own thing because my ankle was very sore.
We went on the gondola up to Sulphur Mountain and the views were really spectacular (there’s a photo on the blog). We also went to the library and went shopping. At the shops, I bought a t-shirt with lots of animal prints, a cute little stuffed husky called Banffette and some fabulous ice cream from a shop called Cows. I ate a flavour called Gooey Mooey and it had toffee, chocolate chips and different types of fudge. It was ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS !
I had a really great time in Banff and if I was coming back here again, I would definitely come to Banff again.

From Banff,we drove to the Columbia Icefields. This is a very scenic drive and some of the stops we made were: Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls and, of course, the Athabasca Glacier. Just near the glacier, I got to touch snow properly for the first time. It wasn’t cold outside (Dad was just wearing a t-shirt!) but there was snow everywhere. Dad was happy that there was none on the road but there was enough off the road for us to have a snowball fight (I flogged Angus) and make a snowman.

The bus that takes you on to the glacier is huge. There are 22 of them in the world and 21 of them work on the glacier. The other one is in Antarctica. On the glacier, the driver said we had to watch out because the ice was very slippery. The day before, 7 people had fallen over and 3 had to go to hospital. Angus and I built a snowman and I made snow angel.

We loved the B & B in Jasper. It was very homey. Unfortunately, it rained a lot but we still had lots of fun. I enjoyed the whitewater rafting but the water was so cold, I couldn’t feel my feet. The owner of the B & B was really nice and helped us a lot.

Off to Kamloops now. Write more soon.

Posted by The Robbos 16:03 Archived in Canada Tagged the rockies

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Hey Giaan, sounds like fun. I would really love to try that flavour of icecream...sounds YUMMO!! Well done for flogging Angus in the snowball fight...GoGirl!
Raining in Hervey Bay at the moment, so a quiet day for us. Kids are cooking chocolate cupcakes! Keep having fun :>;)

by mfowler

Canada looks just sooo beautiful. You lucky Robbo ducks! Giaan the icecream sounds fabulous - I thought the icecream in Noosa was good but yours sounds amazing. YOu make me want to go to Canada and Banff. It's a bit wet here - the twins are having a nap after lunch. We are all good. I had lunch with Frances yesterday at Morgan's and the barra was superb. Much Love Aunty Carolyn

by carolynyoung

Hi Robbos
It's great to share your adventures as you blaze a trail across the Rockies. You'll need a rest by the time you reach Kamloops. It's good to have Carolyn back in Queensland and I'll bet that goes double for Claire. Valda and Russ are staying down at Heather's unit at Coolangatta for the next couple of weeks. I'm pleased the weather has improved for them (wet day at the beach = YUK).
Love from Nana

by Fran Robinson

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