We spent the first week of July in Canada on Tauck’s Canadian Rockies tour. Our first night was in Vancouver, B.C. There was a bus tour of Vancouver and then we took a ferry ride over to Victoria, B.C. Enjoyed high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria with a bus tour. After tea we took a sea plane back to Vancouver where we caught the train to Jasper.
Our train departure was delayed for some reason so it was around 10PM before we left Vancouver. Bunk rooms on the train were pretty cramped. We had breakfast and lunch on the train before arriving in Jasper around 3:30 in the afternoon. We stayed at Jasper National Park in rather large log cabins. The sitting area was larger than hotel rooms we’ve stayed in and the bedroom was even bigger. There was a small lake just outside our cabins and mountains everywhere.
After Jasper we headed for Lake Louise. The scenery along the way was pretty incredible. Got to check out an impressive waterfall close up. The hotel at Lake Louise is right at the edge of the lake with a large glacier, surrounded by mountains in the distance. I do have a picture of that.
We left Lake Louise for Banff, more incredible scenery with a glacier that we were actually able to walk on. The hotel in Banff looks like a European castle from the outside. Banff is a ski area and hot tourist area in the summer. We took a float trip down the river behind our hotel.
Finally on to Calgary for our last day. Stayed at a Westin Hotel on downtown Calgary. We walked over to Chinatown from our hotel for a very Chinese lunch. Located some tickets for the Calgary Stampede and got to spend a couple hours watching the chuckwagon races before getting a couple hours sleep before flying home.