The Icefields Parkway
A little bit behind schedule I know but we’ve been super busy since getting into the States so I’m struggling to keep up! Anyhoo… back to Canada. We spent a total of 6 weeks in British Columbia and Alberta, drove 4797 KM and spent 45 nights resting our heads.
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Tom doing his best car commercial impression
Tom is our long suffering 2011 Chevy Cruz rental car. We have a love/hate relationship with the old boy but felt he deserved some sort of homage after 5 weeks of service across the challenging Canadian landscape.
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Victoria on Vancouver Island is the capital of British Columbia. As the name suggests it was colonised by Britain under the reign of Queen Victoria and as a result has been heavily influenced by British culture and tradition. Its British roots are everywhere, beautiful Victorian homes with pristine gardens, red double decker buses ferrying tourists around the city, fish and chips, old fashioned pubs and one of our host’s neighbours even owned a black cab.
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Just past the Weeping Wall, Icefields Parkway
We were sitting having breakfast in Banff and got talking to a couple who had just driven down from Jasper. As we were raving about how beautiful Banff was, the guy piped up with “If you think this is pretty, you ain’t seen nothing yet”. He was most certainly right! We have driven some amazing roads on our travels, Route 1 in California and the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming/Montana were stunning. The Icefields Parkway that links Banff and Jasper National Parks blows anything I’ve seen before out of the water.
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Two Jack Lake at dusk
We’ve visited extremely popular national parks in the past and almost been a little disappointed. Yellowstone was a bit of a let down for me, it’s overrun with windscreen tourists in the summer and you have to really get off the beaten track to escape the masses. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery is beautiful but I was far more impressed with the quieter Glacier National Park in Montana.
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Horse Shoe Canyon
As a rule we are at our happiest amongst the mountains and the trees, our idea of a perfect holiday is spending it in lush, green national parks surrounded by wildlife. Having said that, we spent a large proportion of our holiday last year in the red rock parks of Utah and absolutely loved it.
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