Trying to summarise a 30 day trip with almost 5,000 photos into just a select few has been quite difficult!
Flying Business Class with Air New Zealand was fantastic - we arrived fresh and relaxed and ready to go (and on the way home as well, no one suffered from jet lag!)
My first cross stitch purchase was this little Christmas kit and a slightly more advanced stitching themed design from a shop called Buttons and Needlework in Victoria.
We did a whale watching tour in Victoria, but this was the only whale we saw...The Butchart Gardens in Victoria were absolutely beautiful. The colours were just lovely. The use of water and plain greenery was very effective throughout the gardens. It is hard to imagine it used to be an ugly quarry!
This is the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver. Quite long and fairly narrow with heaps of people trying to get across. It was very busy!
So then we hopped on a train and began the journey across the Rocky Mountains to Jasper. This is one of many waterfalls beside the tracks.The little black blob towards the top left corner is a bear on the side of the train tracks!
These bears at the Jasper Park Lodge were very friendly!
Then we started to head towards the Athabascar Glacier. Snow started to fall on the way which was just magical as I have never experienced snow before! This waterfall looked lovely among the snow covered trees.
This is my husband and I on the Athabascar Glacier being snowed on - it was my favourite memory of the trip!
I can't remember the name of this lake, but it was on the way to Lake Louise. There is no photo-shopping involved - it really is that spectacular colour in real life. Truly amazing.
This is Johnston Canyon. I made it across this rickety bridge, but after that I sat on the chair to wait for the others. That's when my little chipmunk friend made an appearance.
Other wildlife we came across were elk just near the hotel in Banff
I hope you enjoy these pics. I can highly recommend the trip we took - if you ever get the opportunity, do it!