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5 June, Day 14 VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER

Transfer by Ferry to Vancouver to board the Holland America's MS Vollendam to begin our cruise to Alaska

To start today, here is a video taken by Donna at Whistler at the Lill'Wat Squamish Centre.
Richard and Donna

Richard and Donna

Yesterday afternoon we drove from our hotel to the Butchart Gardens at 3.30 pm to spend a few hours walking through these beautifully tended and well layed out gardens.

Victoria with Olympic mountains in background

Victoria with Olympic mountains in background

The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Garden sign

The Butchart Garden sign

Sunken Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

Sunken Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Sunken Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

Sunken Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Sunken Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

Sunken Garden at The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

Moss bear

Moss bear

moss and branch deer

moss and branch deer

Marie and Jean at  Sunken Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

Marie and Jean at Sunken Garden at The Butchart Gardens

The Japanese Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

The Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Totems at  The Butchart Gardens

Totems at The Butchart Gardens

The Japanese Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

The Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens

The Japanese Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

The Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Richard on the bridge at  The Japanese Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

Richard on the bridge at The Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Richard and Colleen at The Japanese Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

Richard and Colleen at The Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens

Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

The  Italian Garden at  The Butchart Gardens

The Italian Garden at The Butchart Gardens


Greg and Deb - rub the nose of the boar for luck

Greg and Deb - rub the nose of the boar for luck

Front view of original Butchart Residence

Front view of original Butchart Residence

Rear of residence and restaurant at The Butchart Gardens

Rear of residence and restaurant at The Butchart Gardens

Hot house flowers -The Butchart Garden

Hot house flowers -The Butchart Garden

David -- rub the nose of the boar for luck

David -- rub the nose of the boar for luck

After our walk around the gardens we stayed on for our farewell dinner at the Restaurant in the original Burchart Residence.
Dick and Carolyn, our American friends

Dick and Carolyn, our American friends

Darcy with three asses - He has been an outstanding Tour Director

Darcy with three asses - He has been an outstanding Tour Director

Farewell dinner -David, Colleen, Donna , Richard, Greg and Deb - dinner at Butchart Gardens

Farewell dinner -David, Colleen, Donna , Richard, Greg and Deb - dinner at Butchart Gardens

Arbor at The Butchart Gardens

Arbor at The Butchart Gardens

This morning we boarded our ferry for Vancouver. We start our cruise to Alaska this afternoon. because of uncertainty with wifi, I will be off the blog for 8 days. Will write and collect photos during the next week or so and when we are back on the Internet I will post the Alaska Cruise on the Holland America Line Vollendam when we have reliable Internet coverage. We will be back in Vancouver on 12 Hune and will fly that day to Las Vegas for 4 nights then on to Los Angeles for 6 nights before flying home. Ee arrive back in Brisbane on 24 June.

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4 June, Day 13, VICTORIA

-a Whale Watching excursion and a visit to the Butchart Gardens

Yesterday we were able to explore this very delightful community of Victoria. Here are some pictures from late in the afternoon before we headed to The Old Spaghetti Factory for a great meal.
Capitol Building

Capitol Building

Captain Cook Memorial

Captain Cook Memorial

Captain Cook plaque

Captain Cook plaque

Darcy's Hotel

Darcy's Hotel

Old Victoria Custom House

Old Victoria Custom House

Old Victoria Custom House

Old Victoria Custom House

Floatplane on Inner Harbour

Floatplane on Inner Harbour

Delta Ocean Pointe Victoria 1

Delta Ocean Pointe Victoria 1

Colleen at Emily Carr statue

Colleen at Emily Carr statue

Chinatown

Chinatown

Capitol Building at night

Capitol Building at night

Capitol Building illumination

Capitol Building illumination

Fountain at the Delta

Fountain at the Delta

Deb and Greg at the Delta

Deb and Greg at the Delta

Today, we had a relaxing start with a Whale Watching Excursion from the harbour.
Marauder IV whale watching boat

Marauder IV whale watching boat

Darcy sees us off - tells Richard the boat is listing to one side

Darcy sees us off - tells Richard the boat is listing to one side


Colleen and Donna on the whale boat

Colleen and Donna on the whale boat

harbour Ferry - note reflections in the water

harbour Ferry - note reflections in the water

House boats

House boats

Harbour seals

Harbour seals


Victoria welcomes you

Victoria welcomes you

working lighthouse

working lighthouse

Whale watching boats

Whale watching boats

Brian and Christine from North Island New Zealand

Brian and Christine from North Island New Zealand

Greg and Richard

Greg and Richard


Killer Whale

Killer Whale

Killer Whale

Killer Whale

Killer Whale-Polaris, 20 year old female from J Pod

Killer Whale-Polaris, 20 year old female from J Pod

Killer Whale - Polaris 20 year old female

Killer Whale - Polaris 20 year old female

Killer Whale - Polaris 20 year old female

Killer Whale - Polaris 20 year old female

Mt Baker - photo used by Paramount Studios

Mt Baker - photo used by Paramount Studios

We returned back to the harbour at 1.00pm so we had lunch in town and walked back to our hotel. Here are a few more pictures.
The Empress from the harbour

The Empress from the harbour

Sculptured Orca Killer Whales

Sculptured Orca Killer Whales

Afterwards, we visited the world famous Butchart Gardens. This estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese and English style gardens. Later we had dinner in the original Butchart family residence.

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3 June, Day 12 -WHISTLER TO VICTORIA

Breakfast at the Squamish Lill'wat Cultural Centre and drive to Victoria

Last night we found an excellent Indian restaurant, the Tandoori Grill. Then we had plenty of daylight hours to walk around the Lower and Upper Villages at Whistler.
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This morning we started with a breakfast at the Squamish Lill'Wat Cultural Centre dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. The centre displays the cultural heritage of both the Lill'Wat and the Squamish People. They have an excellent short movie that really is world class in presentation and content. The Museum has some really good displays.

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Today was a shorter drive of 145 miles or 233 km through verdant hills with some snow capped mountains. Whistler is shared country for the Lill'Wat and Squamish people. We travelled through Squamish country right down to Vancouver.

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We caught the BC Ferry to take us for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British "Garden City" of Victoria.

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In the afternoon, we discovered British Columbia's capital with a city highlights tour.

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Here is a picture of the Zero Mile Marker for the Terry Fox Run. In the background is a statue of Terry Fox.

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Tonight we are off to discover Victoria's Chinatown or maybe The Old Spaghetti Factory. Tomorrow is a late start for the whale watching excursion.

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2 June, Day 11, SUN PEAKS - WHISTLER

Today we travelled past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia

Last night we decided to go out of the hotel for dinner. We found a lovely little restaurant a short walk through the mall àrea of this charming village. Streets are largely for pedestrian traffic. We dined with Greg and Deb from Newcastle.
Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort


Delta Sun Peaks Resort

Delta Sun Peaks Resort

We entered the hotel via the Lower Lobby and took No 2 Lift. This turned out to be a bad choice as we were stuck in the lift for a half hour. After the door closed it gave a heavy lurch and a loud banging noise before shuddering to a halt. The four of us were stuck there till the fire brigade came to release the doors. The night ended fairly well with a few stiff drinks at the bar.
Lift No 2 Delta Sunset Hotel - four of us spent half an hour stuck in this lift

Lift No 2 Delta Sunset Hotel - four of us spent half an hour stuck in this lift

This morning we left Sun Peaks and travelled through beautiful and rugged country in British Columbia. There is such a variety of scenery with large ranches close to Sun Peaks and then we drove through arid country around Kamloops Dam and on to our morning break at Hat Creek Ranch.
Deer

Deer


Deer leaving Sun Peaks

Deer leaving Sun Peaks


Savona - Kamloops Lake

Savona - Kamloops Lake

Panorama - Savona - Kamloops Lake

Panorama - Savona - Kamloops Lake

Heading towards  Lillooet

Heading towards Lillooet

Arid valley with Fraser River

Arid valley with Fraser River

Arid valley with Fraser River

Arid valley with Fraser River

Arid valley with Fraser River

Arid valley with Fraser River

Deb in the saddle at  Hat Creek Ranch 1861

Deb in the saddle at Hat Creek Ranch 1861

We travelled through Highway 99 to Lillooet for our lunch stop. This town is in Indian reserve and has a fine museum which, unfortunately, was closed.
Lillooet Museum

Lillooet Museum

Lillooet to Pemberton - Coastal Mountains

Lillooet to Pemberton - Coastal Mountains

Lillooet to Pemberton - Coastal Mountains

Lillooet to Pemberton - Coastal Mountains


Duffy Lake

Duffy Lake

Duffy Lake

Duffy Lake

Coastal Mountains

Coastal Mountains

Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Whistler - one of Canada's newest and most exciting mountain resorts and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Sign into  Whistler

Sign into Whistler

Our accommodation tonight is the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Here is a shot from the Window of our room. We are off to look around the Lower Village and find a nice restaurant. I will post more pictures tomorrow.
View from Hotel window

View from Hotel window

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1 June, Day 10, JASPER TO SUN PEAKS

Travel the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers

Last night we had another fine dining experience at a restaurant at Fairmont Jasper Lodge. While writing to order someone said there were deer across the lake. this is a photo I took from at least 500 metres away. t is amazing that at 8.30 pm the reflections of the deer could be seen in the water.
During dinner at 8.30 pm we spotted these deer across the lake-note the reflections in the lake

During dinner at 8.30 pm we spotted these deer across the lake-note the reflections in the lake


Darcy Hamilton at restaurant at Fairmont Jasper Lodge

Darcy Hamilton at restaurant at Fairmont Jasper Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Lodge -  taken at 6.30am

Fairmont Jasper Lodge - taken at 6.30am

Fairmont Jasper Lodge -  taken at 6.30am

Fairmont Jasper Lodge - taken at 6.30am

Fairmont Jasper Lodge -  taken at 6.30am

Fairmont Jasper Lodge - taken at 6.30am

We had an hour or so to walk around the very charming village of Jasper.
Jasper 13

Jasper 13

Locomotive

Locomotive

View from Jasper

View from Jasper


View from Jasper

View from Jasper

This morning we departed Jasper and travelled the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. This is the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson's Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to the Pacific Coast. Today was a drive of 278 miles or 447 km.

along the way we were extremely lucky to spot two grizzly bears beside the highway.
Second grizzly

Second grizzly

Second grizzly

Second grizzly

First grizzly

First grizzly

First grizzly

First grizzly

First grizzly

First grizzly

We passed regal Mount Robson 3 953 metres (12 972 feet), it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Mount Robson - highest mountain in BC 4

Mount Robson - highest mountain in BC 4

Mount Robson - highest mountain in BC 5

Mount Robson - highest mountain in BC 5


Thompson River 7

Thompson River 7

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