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North America » Canada » British Columbia August 24th 2020

Finally! The last entry of our blog on our train trip across Canada. Jasper to Prince Rupert (7/7/19) From Jasper we took a side trip by train to Prince Rupert, British Columbia on the Pacific Coast. What was different about this leg of our train trip was that it was out and back - 2 days to Prince Rupert, and 2 days return to Jasper. Also different was the fact that the train had no sleeping cars, and so stopped overnight about half way in Prince George, where we had to find our own accommodations. With not a great food selection on board, we picked up some rolls, sandwich fillings and snacks to take with us. Luckily when we turned in our car we didn't get charged for the windshield scratches which existed when we rented ... read more
Waiting for freight train to pass
In the Dome Car
Container shipping at Prince Rupert, BC

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 18th 2020

US borders to Mexico and Canada are closed until at least September 21. The borders have been closed since March 18. We are relatively fortunate here in the US to have not one, but two international borders. Both Canada and Mexico present entirely different border crossings. Those of you in Asia, Europe, or Africa may not realize the differences. The border crossing from Southern California into Mexico is relatively easy. It can be done on foot, since it is best to leave your car on the US side. Once past immigration, just take a cab into Mexico, usually Tijuana or the airport. Coming back can be a hassle, particularly during shift changes and rush hour. Avoid the early morning and late evening rush caused by people who commute daily to and from Mexico to the US. ... read more
Crossing by auto

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Chilliwack April 19th 2020

This has got to be the weirdest situation we’ve ever found ourselves in, eh? As global citizens, we gotta do our part. Stay home. Practice safe distancing. Wash our hands. Remain calm. Be respectful. Help neighbours. For me, it all started when a very stern looking Justin Trudeau stared into the camera and said, "...and to those Canadians abroad, it's time to come home now." Our virile Prime Minister's expression told me he might know something I didn't. But what if you have two official homes? Should I stay or should I go? To be honest Justin, I’d much rather stay in Mexico and wake up to glorious sunshine. Decision: Hunker down, see what happens. A month in and things were good in Cabo. No reported Covid19 cases. Then a plane load of American college students ... read more
Trails are Open
Glorious Spring in Chilliwack
Lonely Tulips

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » North Vancouver February 28th 2020

“You are a fool!”my father said as a matter of fact while I packed my luggage. On the other hand, my mother stood in the doorway looking concern and distraught at my decision to travel to Vancouver. “Why don’t you think it through hon?” she sounded skeptical with hope but we both knew I had made up my mind. “Ma, I need to do this” and with that as my final say I kissed her temple and memorized her warm hug and as for my father, I didn't spare a second glance scared that his glare would change my mind. Sometimes in life, you have to make decisions that may be either good or bad, but that's not the concern…what matters most is the conviction of that decision. I have ... read more
Arriving Vancouver

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Field February 14th 2020

My camera tells me how stark is the lighting at Emerald Lake. No matter how brightly the sun and sky glare, the encircling peaks guard against the colour palette. Black rocks and dark trees challenge the depth of brilliant crystals. Dark shadows created by wind drifts entice the eye with shapes and swirls. High clouds chase blue streaks away from the expanse of ice blanketed by snow, barely marked by skiers, snowshoers and walkers. People relish feeling tiny in the midst of the high mountains, the wide lake and the endless sky.... read more
Horizontal wonder
Mirrored view
 Snow blobs

North America » Canada » British Columbia February 4th 2020

Having spent many a glorious vacation in several corners of the world, from viewing the magnificent glaciers of Alaska up close, the peaceful civility of New Zealand and the cultural dynamism of modern China, to name a few, through this blog, I showcase our very backyard - Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. How better to spend six summer weeks than with one's own family, touring the spectacular majesty of western Canada, albeit a mere sampling of its quintessential magnificence? I have chosen to publish this blog now (better late than never) because at the time of this vacation, I chose not to disrupt group activity by being glued to a tablet writing. This is neither an account of an adventure into some mysterious and strange faraway land nor is it a description of museums like ... read more
Ready to head out from Calgary, car in tow.
Floating homes near our site in Oak Bay, Victoria.
The Sutherland  flag

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kaleden February 1st 2020

I’ve come from a place where despair is not an option, where too much glitter is never a thing. Days when I find myself occupied in the house, I have only to step outdoors to be slapped in the face by surprise: burros requiring sombreros, infants teething on onions, an old woman as wizened as the avocados she’s selling, rock star beauties queuing up for the bus. Colourful this, cacophonous that. There are no exceptions; this is my everyday in Mexico. Fast forward to this Canada: a silence so profound that I imagine myself cocooned. All sounds, all colours, absorbed by a cushion of snow. The view from the window is a frozen frame blistering before a hot projection lamp. The faint whir of the heat pump, when it splutters to life, feels like an invasion. ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kelowna January 20th 2020

Well that beautiful trip to Kelowna has come to an end. The weather was colder than normal dipping to -23 C and the snowfall amounts were incredible, made for a few days of great snowmobiling for Ron. We will be home today!... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver January 17th 2020

I would love to report that we woke up early and refreshed, ready to hit the town for our last day in Vancouver, however that would be a lie. We didn’t set alarms and so accidentally slept in until about 12pm. I fully blame the fact that we’re staying in a basement, and the fact that Vancouver is very dark itself at the moment, so it says nice and dark and comfy down here. Anyway, we did eventually leave at about 1pm, and we headed straight to Frenchie’s for lunch (allegedly home of the best poutine in Vancouver). One thing we have learnt this past week is that while there’s a chance of regretting it if we both get a meal, it’s very unlikely to regret only getting one. So we shared a veggie poutine (I ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver January 16th 2020

Had another morning like yesterday morning, where we had to decide whether to sleep or stand. Once again, Adam chose to sleep, and I chose to stand and go for a walk. My immediate goal was coffee, however I found a thrift shop, that led into another thrift shop, that led into ANOTHER thrift shop, so I ended up spending all of my time in these three stores. Adam texted me halfway through my vintage adventure, where I was just in the middle of purchasing a Canadian Hockey cap (for $5 which I thought was amazing but Adam was less than impressed) and we met halfway between the stores and the Airbnb at about 12pm. We ended up going to iHOP for breakfast where Adam got Mexican churro pancakes and I got Italian cannoli pancakes. We ... read more

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