Ferdy & Marion

FerdyandMarioninOz

Ferdy & Marion

We are Ferdy & Marion. From Ottawa, Canada, our country's most desirable place to live. Married for more than 30 years. Fanatically driven to travel. We have two beautiful and smart daughters. They travel without us now. We travel without them. That's where we're all at. We're sure they have the travel bug at least partially because we took them all around the world ever since they were young, very young. They love camping and canoeing also, because of the many times we did this together. But this blog is now about us, and our travels and experiences. Have a look, you might like it!



North America » Canada » British Columbia September 10th 2018

Sunday Sep 9 We got to the airport about 7:30 to catch our Westjet flight home to Ottawa. Vancouver airport is well organized and was not too busy. Our flight was uneventful and we arrived early. This trip is now done. We had a lot of fun, saw many things, and traveled safely. Thanks to Kathy & Mark and Joy & Geoff for great company in this adventure. As of mid-October 2018, a photo book based on this blog, and many additional great photos will be available at the Blurb website! http://www.blurb.ca/b/8983125-alaska-and-british-columbia-2018... read more
Vancouver Country House
Vancouver Country House

North America » Canada » British Columbia September 10th 2018

Saturday Sep 8 Woke up to some rain this morning, which we had on and off throughout the day. Stops were limited today since we we needed most of our time driving. But we did make some stops along the way. First up, Giant Cedar Board Walk in Glacier National Park, where we walked among some pretty big trees in what looked like a rain forest. Luckily it did not rain during this walk. Got some nice views and some nice shots. Lots of construction in the snow sheds, including installation of new LED lights. Rogers Pass Centre was a must stop, to see all of the stuffed animals on display, the layout of the Pass within the surrounding mountains, and how it became a mountain exploration Mecca for early Swiss guides. We weren’t quit sure ... read more
Giant Cedars boardwalk, Glacier NP
Mt. Revelstoke NP summit
Mt. Revelstoke NP summit

North America » Canada » British Columbia September 7th 2018

Friday Sep 7 More water leaked overnight from the water supply to the dishwasher and we had to mop up a lot of water. We had advised the Resort of the leak twice yesterday, but the maintenance man that showed up this morning had not been told of our report until this morning. It was fixed about mid-afternoon, with some minor damage to the laminate floor. Other than that it was a slow morning to give ourselves a rest before the long drive back to Vancouver tomorrow. The plan was to visit Invermere this morning and try out the resort pool and hot tub this afternoon. After some shopping in Invermere (read Marion and Joy), we had lunch at Tim Hortons and then walked a section of the Old Coach Trail between Invermere and Radium. This ... read more
The Old Coach Trail
Another view of the Columbia River
OK, short on pictures today, Columbia River, different view

North America » Canada » British Columbia September 7th 2018

Thursday Sep 6 We consider ourselves quite lucky because we had another beautiful day. Temperatures reached 24C again and the smoke is almost gone. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but definitely time for short sleeves in the afternoon. The plan for today was to explore Yoho National Park, and we did. We first drove to Takakkaw Falls at the end of Yoho Valley Road, a very high waterfall that is 380 meters from its base, fed by glaciers and Icefields above. It’s possible to hike the spectacular 20 km Iceline Trail from here, something Ferdy did when still with Parks Canada, but this one is for really fit people and not to anyone’s liking today! The Natural Bridge is no longer traversable on foot, like it was years ago when Ferdy was first ... read more
Viewing the Falls
Takakkaw Falls
Scene at Takakkaw Falls

North America » Canada » Alberta September 6th 2018

Wednesday Sep 5 Another glorious day today! Low hanging fog in the Radium Hot Springs valley cleared as we got ready to go towards Banff again, this time to go for our gondola ride. Guess what, no crowds today, the long weekend is over and it appears as if most people have gone. No line-up for the gondola and we got to the top by 10:30. Although the sky was mostly blue, there was still this smokey haze between mountains, but not discernible to the nose here. There were more steps to the summit than we thought, but Geoff and Ferdy made it in good time to take the obligatory photos to show we were there. After a Starbucks coffee we headed back down to get on with the rest of the day. In the past, ... read more
Lake Minnewanka
Hazy view of Banff from Sulphur Mountain
Sulphur Mountain summit maple leaf chair

North America » Canada » Alberta September 5th 2018

Tuesday Sep 4 We started early again today to get to Lake Louise at a decent hour. On the way there, we hiked the Marble Canyon Trail in Kootenay all the way up to the waterfalls, maybe about 1.5 km in. Frost was clinging to wooden structures as we walked in the brisk sunny morning and air relatively clear of smoke, thanks to yesterday’s rains. We found the two red Muskoka chairs, a relatively new Parks Canada trademark to encourage visitors to explore more. We did not sit on them when we took our pictures, they were covered in frost and we did not wish to get our pants wet. The falls were spectacular to view, even with what must be considered reduced summer flow. We wondered what this place would look like in the Spring. ... read more
Marble Canyon
Mist rising from Marble Canyon
Muskoka chairs along Marble Canyon trail

North America » Canada » Alberta September 4th 2018

Monday Sep 3 The forest fires are all over the province. We had heard there had been several in Kootenay National Park where we are staying, and indeed we had seen and smelled the smoke. Today we saw the total destruction of some of the forests in the northern part on the way to the Trans Canada Highway. As we entered this area, we could smell the strong smoke and reacted to it, we saw the completely burnt forests all the way up the mountains. Luckily, it had also started to pour just after we left around 7am for our meeting with the Athabaska Glacier. As we entered the Icefields Parkway, things began to clear a bit, and we began to see the majestic Rockies, which much impressed Geoff and Joy. We saw some Bighorn Sheep ... read more
Panorama shot of Athabasca Glacier
On the Athabasca Glacier
Mountain Goat

North America » Canada » British Columbia September 3rd 2018

Sunday Sep 2 All four of us are beginning to show reaction to the ever present smoke. Sneezing, coughing, dry eyes and throat. Even though conditions have improved a lot because of recent rains, according to locals, we can feel it, and we are affected. The entrance into Kootenay National Park is incredible. A deep gorge carved out by water over centuries is now the base for the Banff-Windermere Highway (#95) to Castle Junction in Banff National Park. Like everyone else, we took the obligatory dip into Radium Hot Springs. Great sitting in the warm water, clean we hope, since it appears some people are allowed to go in without adhering to the “swimwear only” rule. In exploring more of the Park along Highway 95, we found that fencing put up by the Park to prevent ... read more
Kootenay National Park, near entrance
Park entrance, much photographed
Suspension bridge across Sinclair Creek

North America » Canada » British Columbia September 2nd 2018

Saturday Sep 1 Gerald had told us that the drive to Radium Hot Springs via Cranbrook would be longer than we thought. Yet everyone wanted to take the longer ride for the scenery. It was worth it. In Deadwood, there was this really cool micro bakery where they made pepperoni cheese sticks and good coffee, with a barista that was quite funny with customers. There were many scenic mountain passes. We stopped in to the Desert Centre in Osoyoos, a place we had visited with our daughters in 2000. We also stopped in to a roadside stand to buy fruit and vegetables. While we had noticed there was some haze in the valleys from the wildfires, near Castlegar it was quite bad, with the fire being just meters from the road at one point. Didn’t want ... read more
Ferdy at Desert Centre in Osoyoos
Desert Centre
Desert Centre and vineyards

North America » Canada » British Columbia September 2nd 2018

Friday Aug 31 After picking up our Dodge Grand Caravan from Enterprise, we met up again with Joy and Geoff at the Bridgestone Sky Train station in Richmond and headed off to Chilliwack. We had a great visit there with the families of Diana and Ken, and Kathy and Steve and then we went off on the Coquihalla Highway towards Penticton. Speed limits of 110 and 120 km/hr here again proves how silly our 100 km/hr is on Ontario’s 400-series highways. The drive to and along Lake Okanagan was beautiful! Once in the Summerhill area, we found a couple of wineries for some tasting. We all liked the Black Sage Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. At the Back Door vineyard, we were drawn in by the sign that said their Rose was on sale, and found their ... read more
Beautiful Lake Okanagan
Lake Okanagan




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