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Last sighting of a bear - this one's called Jasper

Yesterday was the last of our time in the Rocky Mountains.  It was good to be on the move again.  We boarded "The Skeena" at lunch time.  There weren't many people on the train.  Soon after the train set off we headed up to the dome car to see the rest of the mountains.  We saw Mount Robson - the tallest in Canada, it was an impressive mass covered in snow - its peak well into the clouds.  The mountains continued for a few hours, after that it gradually became trees, trees and more trees.  We passed though a town called Penny, where the train slowed down to pick up the post - apparently there are no roads connected to this place - one of the remotest places in British Columbia.  We arrived later that expected into Prince George due to the number of freight trains we had to pass by - some of these must be 3-4km long.

Mount Robson
  They really are massive and obviously integral to the countries industries.  We got a taxi to our hotel - Esthers Inn.  It was a strange place, like a regular hotel as you walk in, but as we left reception on the way to our room we passed a jungle, a stream, a jacuzzi and a swimming pool.  The best way we can describe it is like an indoor, tropical butlins, with the rooms all surrounding the jungle area  it was bizarre.

Today we had to be up extremely early - 6.30am - it was worse than being at work!  The train left at 8.00am and it was a long day.  We saw many trees, much water, a few bridges, and some tunnels - 12 + hours later we arrived in Prince Rupert on the west coast of Canada.  The hostel shuttle picked us up and we booked into Pioneer Hostel, just around the corner fom the harbour - Cow Bay.

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Last sighting of a bear - this one…
Last sighting of a bear - this on…
Mount Robson
Mount Robson
Some views from the train - we pas…
Some views from the train - we pa…
A saw mill
A saw mill
Our jail like accommodation in Pri…
Our jail like accommodation in Pr…
Esthers Inn
Esthers Inn
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