Population: 35m (UK = 60m)
10,000,000sq km (UK = 245,000sq km)
Famous for:
Grizzly bears & polite people
Temperature in September:
Hot 26'C one day, snowing the next!
Local food: Normal western food, in large portions.
Cost of a can of fizzy pop in a cafe: £1.00
Flight cost: £850 Heathrow - Vancouver - Toronto - Heathrow. Plus £100 inter-island flights

Day 1: Heathrow - Vancouver - Campbell river

Long long day! A big plane, a little plane and 24 hours travelling brought us tothe small town of Campbell River near the north of Vancouver Island.



Day 2: Campbell River to Minstrel Island.

A 50 year old float plane took us the last leg out to the middle of nowhere where the grizzly bears still roam around.

Although I got to sit in the co-pilot seat, the captain seemed reluctant to listen to any of my helpful suggestions.


Grizzly bear lodge

Day 3 & 4: Grizzly Bear Lodge (day 1)

A day on the boat looking for wildlife...

Humpback whale


Black bear

Seagull with herring


Orca (killer whale)






Day 4: Grizzly Bear Lodge (day 2)

Out to the river where the grizzly bears fish for salmon



bald eagle


Day 5: Long drive Vancouver - Golden (450miles)

Long unexciting drive but at least we had squirrels and a hot tub waiting. And our dentist liked our selfie.


Emerald lake (but needed more sunshine)

Day 6: Yoho national park.

Pretty lakes and waterfalls everywhere.

Wapta falls


Day 7: Paragliding!

In the clouds

Hi g-force spin! (I squealed like a girl...)


Day 8: Icefields Parkway to Jasper

This famous very scenic 140 mile drive goes through the Rocky Mountains past many glaciers and lakes.


Moraine Lake

Collecting water on the athabasca glacier

Peyto lake


Pyramid lake

Day 9 -10: Jasper. Beautiful scenery in every direction

Elk beside the road

Spirit Island on Maligne Lake



Day 11-13: Banff. The snow came down heavy overnight

Morraine lake (again, but this time with snow!)




Moose! (suprisingly rare!)

Photobombed by a wild turkey!

Days 14-17: Toronto.
Visiting Michelle's relatives
(does not include the turkey)

Chris, Richard and Jean.




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