I first came across Rocky Mountains in a Geography class in primary school. It’s one of those places I’ve never dreamed of visiting. Well, at least 20 years ago, when I was a kid.
So when my US friend suggested a trip to the Rockies, I was super excited.
A few months later, we were on our flight to Calgary, where we spent a night before heading to Banff.
Day 1: Banff
We almost fell in love with this small town right away. After walking around the main street 3 times, we finally visited all the shops, a few restaurants and bought our favourite ice cream with 2 special flavours!
Wandering around Bow Falls near Banff town, we also found a small bridge with a wonderful view that looked exactly like a postcard.
Day 2: Lake Louise
Probably one of the most well known tourist spots in Canada that almost everyone knows. We were quite lucky to see both views of this glacial lake – when only half of the lake was frozen.
Day 3: Columbia Icefield
Located between Banff & Jasper National Parks, the Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field in the Rockies.
Riding in an all-terrain ice explorer, a huge vehicle specially designed for glacier travel, was definitely an experience to remember for life.
See how small we looked!
Taking a photo with the Canadian flag at one of the highest mountains was another special ceremony.
Day 4: Whistler
We took a peak to peak gondola which links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. The gondola is the longest continuous lift system in the world with the highest lift with an elevation of 1,427 feet.
Being one of the largest ski reports in North American, it’s definitely the best place to throw snow balls at each other!
Whistler was also a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted in Vancouver.
Day 5&6: Vancouver Island
After our crazy snow trip, the next morning, we took a cruise to the capital of British Columbia – Victoria.
It’s so much like the UK there which wasn’t that surprising given the island it’s named after Queen Victoria with British settlement beginning in 1843.
Looks like Bath? Especially with the red double-decker buses travelling around the city.
One of the historic buildings, the most famous landmark in Victoria – British Columbia Parliament:
Also known as the ‘Garden City’, the famous Butchart Gardens offered an impressive flora display as well as serving up different special flavours of ice creams – we tried Wildflower Honey & Lavender, it smelled and tasted exactly like lavender.
Day 7: Vancouver
Our trip in Canada ended in Vancouver, it looked like a city almost identical to Hong Kong – relatively crowded with plenty of tall buildings and a large Asian population, surrounded by the sea and an amazing harbour.
While in Vancouver we also walked around the oldest neighbourhood of the city – Gastown.
Powered by a steam engine, this unique steam clock has been attracting so many tourists to come visit Gastown.
A week in Canada was obviously less than enough to see even 10% of this amazing country, so we’ve decided to come back again to visit Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec, maybe during the hockey season?
What’s your experience of travelling Canada? Leave a comment below and share with us!