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It's been a while but last year we went to West-Canada and drove from Vancouver to Calgary. We booked the most of our stays @ bbcanada.com. The best B&B, we love them because of the friendly people who can tell you everything you need about the places to be.
Vancouver Island and its Pacific Rim N.P: you can not mis that! Take a pitstop for lunch at 'Goats on the Roof' in Coombs when your on your way to the west coast. Oh, and don't forget the beautifull murals in Chemanius. We spotted a few black bears (and goats of corse ;-) while walking (parts of) the 'wild pacific trail'. Stay at the Reef point Cottages and saw a lot of 800 year old Red Cedar trees! Amazing! Picnick near Cathedral Cove on your way back. Victoria is not the best place to be. We dont like city's (Vancouver itself was the best sofar) and Victoria had nothing special to offer us. Exept for the great B&B (Lavignes gourmet) with a delicious breakfast. A lot a whale watching.. we saw a mother killerwhale with her baby, awsom!
From there we crossed the coastel mountains to the dusty world of Lillooet and the Hatcreek Ranch in Cache Creek. Good weather but very (!) dry apart from the mighty Fraser River. Good stay @ the sturgeonbay B&B. In Whistler they were building for the Olympics, a lot a construction work..
In Salmon Arm we lay ourself to rest in the great cottage: larchhills.bc.ca/ with a hot tub (and a lot of muskito's). Much better than the tipi we spent one night later on with the loony people who played 'indian'.
After that Revelstoke and Crazy Creek (you have not missed anything when you decid to move on. On to the Rocky Mountains, saving the best for last. In Golden you must stop at the Emerald Lake, best lake we saw! In Yoho N.P. From Banff to Jasper (jaspermountain suites) over the Icefield Parkway. That plenty of time for that and keep your eyes open for bears. We saw a Grizzly with a cub! In Jasper don't forget to peddle your way to Spirit Island on a canoe, Canadian style. (or take the easy way with the motor boat when your lazy). It's on Maligne lake. Canmore - less touristic then Banff and less expensive (yes, i'm dutch dus ik let op de kleintjes ;-) lake louise / lake morraine.. Canada is full of beautifull lakes. World famous but at Lake Johnson nearby Canmore you can hop on the swing in the tree (take a walk arround the lake).
At last we reached Calgary, sayed Yihaaa & Howdy to Canada... We got to go back for: the Inside passage & the Calgary Stampeed.. sounds great!