09.08.2012 - 11.08.2012 31 °C
G'day everyone from Kelowna, 400k's east of Vancouver in British Columbia Canada
As you can see we have left the Rocky Mountains and after a whole day on the road we arrived in Kelowna at 5.30pm today, but back to Thursday.
Thurs 9th Aug 2012 day 27
At brekky this morning at our new B and B called Stella Alpina, we were seated with a Canadian couple couple from Windsor, Ontario, and after the usual introductions etc we discovered that they know people from Engadine that we know - Barry and Noelene (Ris - Tamaras folks friends) it is a long story to be told here but it is small world!!!!!!!!!!!!
A full day today as we headed towards the lakes of Louise, Emerald and Moraine.
First up was Lake Louise and the Fairmont resort - all very lovely especially the blue water of of the lake, next Lake Moraine, different colour blue, great views from the lookout, after here we headed to Emerald lake which was recommended to us by fellow guests at our B and B at Canmore, not as busy here so Leonie and Pierre hired a canoe and paddled around the lake while Trev set up the beers for a well earned refreshment. On the way to Emerald Lake we ckecked out the Natural Bridge, a river rushing through rocks etc and the Spiral Tunnels - a series of railway tunnels that turn back on themselves to enable trains to climb the steep hill on the divide into the Rocky Mountains. If a train had been here we could see it come out of one tunnel while still going in - bit hard to explain, google it for more details.(Nat - you would have liked this bit of engineering )
Fri 10th Aug 2012 day 28
Today our hosts suggested we head to a lookout over Banff than into Banff town, checking out Bow River falls, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the golf course - (I stayed out of the pro shop!!!!!), Marble Canyon, then later in the day we headed 40k's south to a place called Mt Engadine - and a lodge in the middle of nowhere, were shown about by the owners and had a beer overlooking a river and the mountains - talk about peaceful.
Heading home in the evening we sighted a female moose feeding by the roadside, some really close up pics - Anne thought it was coming in the car at one stage it was so close to us.
At dinner this evening we got talking to a local - born and raised in Somalia -the eldest of 29 children, his dad had 4 wives, he is Muslim so cant drink, but after moving to Canada decided he wanted to drink so changed his name from Mohammad to Timothy O'Reilly (because the Irish love a beer) - well, we were nearly on the floor with laughter at his story telling!!!!!!!!!!!.
Sat 11th Aug 2012 day 29
Up early today for our 500km journey west towards Vancouver and onto Vancouver Island. We finally said goodbye to the Rocky Mountains and drove into farming, crops, and fruit growing areas.
Our overnight stop is at Kelowna, a city on the banks of Lake Okanagan, a huge lake that runs north -south for about 120 k's. Our B and B tonight is amazing, up on a hill overlooking the lake and city- a view to die for!!!!
It is now Sunday morning 7-30am 12th Aug and we leave today for another 400km drive to catch the 3 pm ferry to Vancouver Island, so have to finish to head to brekky.
Bye for now - I probably have 1 more blog before heading home on Wed from Vancouver Airport - cant believe it is nearly at an end but have had the best time, we love Canada and its people - very much like home and us - and very different from the USA.
Love to all from Pierre and Leonie