Edmonton

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
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Trip End Jun 12, 2007


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Saturday, July 1, 2006

Alex: After 28 hours on a bus we arrived in Edmonton just in time for the Canada Day celebrations.
What a way to be introduced to Greyhound - 28hrs on a bus. The characters are 'interesting' but it was actually better than flying because we stopped every few hours to stretch our legs and could look out of the window at the changing scenery. We started leaving the Yukon which is rugged and hilly and by the time we got to Dawson City (18hrs in) it was more gentle hills all split into fields, it looked a lot like the countryside around Macclesfield. By the time we got to Edmonton it was pretty much flat!
The weather so far has been a bit touch and go and has been rainy/drizzly/cloudy up until the moment we go onto the bus/whatever to take us to the next place but I am happy to say Edmonton has bucked this trend and we got off the bus and walked the 20 mins to the hostel in blazing sunshine even though it was about 6pm. The Hostel isn't in downtown Edmonton but in the studenty bit and as we walked up the place was swarming with people covered in Canadian Flags and Maple leaves and the city police (apparently there had been some trouble a few weeks earlier after a hockey game and they were evidently expecting more of the same).
The Hostel is the biggest so far and full of English people - which is weird after meeting about 3 so far on the rest of trip. Went out for food and watched the celebrations around us.
Next day we just chilled out and walked around the local area and then to a park where we sat and read and enjoyed the sun.

Monday was Edmonton Mall, the biggest in the world? Including a Theme park, Water Park, Iceskating rink as well as all the usual stuff,we wandered around a bit but shopping isn't as much fun when you can't buy anything (or you have to carry everything you buy for the foreseeable future)so we went to see the new superman film instead!

Dean: We set off from Whitehorse at about midday on the Friday and got in to Edmonton early evening on the Saturday. I really enjoyed the trip, as there was so much to see. We saw another grizzly bear, Elk (Canadian moose), some wild horses, and buffalo. On the Saturday evening we went for a walk around - it was really busy with everyone celebrating Canada Day. We got some food and had a few beers - when in Rome...
Sunday, we just chilled out.
Monday, we went to the West Edmonton Mall (apparently the biggest in the world - but I think it was only slightly bigger than the Trafford Center in Manchester). It was good to be back in a city, but tomorrow (Tuesday) we are heading back into the countryside, to check out a few of the Canadian National Parks.
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