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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Caught the ferry from Nanaimo to Horshoe Bay, North Vancouver, and then had a lovely morning exploring a little of Vancouver City..not enough time for sure, but we are trying to keep out of the big cities! After we disembarked from the ferry we found a busy but central campsite just near the Lion's Gate Bridge. From there we were able to catch a bus that took us into town - to the Waterfront area. We just wanted to get an idea of what Vancouver was like..... We took a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and then bussed back to our vehicle, and started driving north again... The weather was miserable and rainy, so our tour was rather closed in but we did see a quite lot of the City Only got one photo though as we were under an umbrella most of the time. It is quite modern and new looking, and the beauty of Vancouver is in all the places along the endless coast that makes the city so special. People here seem to think that summer has arrived because they are wearing shorts, short skirts, spaghetti strap tops and sandals. I am in "middle of winter" gear because the snow is still visible on all the mountains!! (My spencer is my most valued item of clothing!) Hope that summer catches up with us sometime.....
(For my siblings...There is a big market area, called Lonsdale Quay in Vancouver but unfortunately didn't get there!)

From Vancouver we took the Highway 99 ( Sea-to-Sky-Highway), through beautiful scenery, to Whistler where we are now camped. Love the names of the various highways: Highway 20 is the Freedom Highway, Highway 24 is the Fishing Highway! It's even colder here, still some snow lying around.... Went up to see the various places where the 2010 Winter Olympics took place - bobsleigh and luge. Couldn't help thinking of my most favourite movie, Cool Runnings! While looking around, we came across 2 huge black bears just bumbling around near the road. In the campsites you have to take everything inside your camper, as bears are active between March and November. They are hungry and can smell food from over a kilometer away, and they even go for dish towels & toiletries.! (The trash cans are bear proofed... Heavy doors, and you have to put your hand right into a little cavity thing and press the button to open...) Don't think that I would like to be in a tent - cold AND bears! The campsite people said that the bears were in camp today. Luckily we are close to the showers and toilets here, so don't feel so nervous about getting out in the middle of the night. Most campsite showers here are coin-operated. They take a Canadian $1 which is called a Loonie, and the $2 is called a Toonie!

Exciting news is that we are booked on a ship, with our vehicle, on the Inner Passage from Prince Rupert, Canada to Skagway, Alaska. We saw it on the Internet, so booked. We didn't think that we stood much chance of getting a booking as the site said that booking should be at least 3 months in advance. But we got a berth, so we are now heading to Prince Rupert where we sail on 12 June. Don't think that the ship is a fancy cruise liner, probably just a ferry, but should be fun for the 3 days that we are on board. It also gives Andy a break from driving, as we have been driving non-stop for a while now.
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Justine on

I really enjoy reading your blog. You sound as though you are having the time of your life. You are so descriptive I can get right into it and enjoy it too. The ship sounds good and I hope it offers a good night sleep!! Enjoy!

Paula on

So wonderful travelling along with you both. Just want to see more and more. Still blown away by Borchert gardens

siyaya
siyaya on

Glad that you are enjoying the pics.... How are your gorgeous little grandsons? X

moragh on

Hi Ann
So lovely to hear about your visits to all these very familiar places. We took a ferry from Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert and played golf with my Dan on the nice little Prince Rupert golf club. Enjoy Alaska
Sounds like you are racing through and have not had a chance to contact our friends Pete and Nancy in Nelson? Maybe on the way back down.

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