Vancouver Island Wild crest trail Canada

West Canada, Alberta, British Columbia, Jasper & Banff national park

Oh Canada

Yes the national anthem is indeed Oh Canada. And Oh Canada it is. So beautiful is the western part of Canada in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Check for the pictures below.

From Seattle to Vancouver Island

I traveled with travel buddy from Seattle Washington USA to Victoria Vancouver Island. Although you can travel more directly by ferry from Seattle to Victoria we decided to take the long way. From Seattle take the ferry to the other side to Bainbridge and take the bus to Poulsbo and change a bus to Port Angeles. From Port Angeles we took the Ferry to Victoria

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is bigger than most countries in Europe. We saw Victoria and did some whale watching and visiting some friends we’ve met in 2010. From Victoria we drove to Cathedral grove to the other side of the Island. To Tofino and walk several trails like the wild crest trail and visit some other places like Ucluelet. You can spend weeks to walk those trails and watch waves and the stunning landscape along the shore and beaches.

Vancouver

From Victoria we took the Ferry to Vancouver. Because of the mild climate and the location of the city it is one of the safest and one of the expensive cities in entire Canada. Vancouver also a great city to hang around. Visit different national park in the surrounding areas. Walk the strip, cycle around the city and different parks.

On our way to Shuswap lake and Canadian Rocky mountains

From Vancouver we rented our car and our trip took really off. Our first stop after Vancouver was Shuswap lake near Yoho national park. we pass several mountain passes, lakes and places. Shuswap lake was a nice stop hidden between the mountains. We slept in old train couches. And talk with some locals and eat pancakes.

The famous highway 93 Jasper and Banff national park

Everybody visited Canada probably take the famous highway 93. The highway goes through the Canadian rocky mountains. You first pass Yoho National park and you enter Banff national park. Several highlights you see along the way like lake Louise and Moraine. When you pass the Columbia ice fields you enter Jasper national park. By far the most relaxed park (more used by the local Canadians). So many sights to see like Lake Malinge, Athabasca falls or Sulphur ridge. We spend a couple of weeks to see everything.

Calgary

After the Canadian Rocky mountains and say goodbye to Jasper and Banff national park we drove to Calgary. That is the doorway to the great plains in Canada. And if I knew it was that boring I probably took the plane. But hey we are traveling right! Calgary and province of Alberta is also known as the oil and Cowboy state of Canada. And it feels like the more northern version of Texas. Calgary has a lot to offer cultural, historical and in sports. Not only the popular hockey team the Calgary Flames but in 1980 the Olympics where held here and you can still visit the olympic park and museum.

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