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Western Canada

Marcy Williams Modified: July 25, 2013 at 11:45 am •  Published: June 24, 2013

Having traveled to Toronto, Canada a number of times, we didn’t expect our trip to western Canada this spring to be that much different. How wrong we were! The Canadian Rockies offer amazing vistas of lake and mountain, and we were enthralled with the beauty.

This whole trip was reserved through the Rocky Mountaineer rail service (https://www.rockymountaineer.com/en/), though only a couple of days were spent on the train.
It was very convenient to be able to secure lodging, car rental, excursions, and of course, the train trip with one agent.

We arrived in Vancouver and spent the following day doing some sightseeing. The Capilano Suspension Bridge afforded some beautiful scenery and a very interesting walk (or is that “wobble”) across the bridge that spans the Capilano River. The area was very busy with tourists enjoying the Nature Walk and the Treetop Adventure (additional small suspended walkways at treetop height).

We also visited Grouse Mountain, where we took a tram up to a lovely mountain restaurant for lunch and saw some snow (yes, I threw snowballs). On the return to our hotel we stopped off at the Vancouver Lookout Tower in downtown Vancouver. The views from over 550 feet up included mountains and ocean, parks and historic areas, and Rogers Arena where the Canucks play hockey and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Vancouver is a lovely, cosmopolitan city of over 600,000 people and is definitely worth being a vacation destination, whether for a day or two or a whole vacation.