Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Drumheller Alberta: Dinosaur Paradise!




The first stop on our 10 day West Coast, Canada Vacation: Drumheller Alberta.



Day 1

Our day started with a flight from Toronto into Calgary, picking up our rental car and starting our journey to Drumheller. Once we got there it began chucking it down with rain, in fact the town was under a weather watch for extremely high winds and hail. We sorta managed to avoid the worst of it, but we did get the rain. So what is there to do in Drumheller in the rain? Only the best dinosaur museum ever! This is a must do if you are in the area.


Day 2

First up we headed out to find a little white church, and I mean tiny!


Then we headed to one of my favourite view-points called Horsethief Canyon. It is an area well documented for finding dinosaur fossils (including an alligator from 72 million years ago).


After visiting a location where there is the possibility of finding real dinosaur fossils, our next stop was visiting the World's Largest Dinosaur.... Statue. You can also pay to climb to the top and look out the Dino's mouth!


Drumheller is also home to numerous small dinosaur statues. We found it a fun challenge to try and find as many as we could!


Next we headed to the Hoodoos. The interesting rock formations are formed by erosion. I had visited similar rock formations in Turkey so I was excited to see how our Canadian version compared. The area is smaller than I imagined but it is really beautiful and unique.

*** Wear hiking shoes if you plan on exploring the area. Otherwise you can still take photos and walk on some platforms but you wont want to do much else as it is extremely slippery.

 

After the Hoodoos we left Drumheller and headed towards Banff. Our stop for the night was in Canmore!
 
More blog posts coming soon!


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Spring Packing List for Banff / Icefields


*All items above are featured in my Polyvore!

When I was getting ready for my trip to the West Coast of Canada (one of the first stops being in Banff, Alberta) I was quite puzzled on what to pack. I looked up average temperatures in May, but it made it even more difficult. It gave warm highs and chilly lows and also included the possibility of snow. As a Canadian I know all to well the way weather can go from snow to sunny in a difference of  a few minutes. So I decided to pack for all weather just to be safe. So here is a list of what I brought and what I actually wore!

Coats:  Rain Coat  and Denim Coat

🗹 Windproof/Waterproof Coat: It was my most worn article of clothing on the entire trip. It was great for a variety of weather conditions as it is quite lightweight but also easy to layer to add warmth.

Denim coat: Didn't get too much wear out of it. Save the space.


Tops:  Peace Collective and Roots are two of my Fav shops for Canadian clothing!

☑ Sweatshirts: Bring a few especially a warm fleece one for the Icefields!

☑ Tops: Bring a few lightweight long sleeve and short sleeve tops for layering with jacket & sweatshirts.

⌧☑ Tank Tops: Only really needed for hiking or a photo-op  otherwise skip.


Bottoms:

☑ Leggings: fleece lined pair (great for Icefields), athletic Leggings

☑ Hiking pants: I used Lululemon Studio Pants as hiking pants, which worked out great. But any loose, lightweight, quick dry pants would work!

Jeans: Only wore to dinner, could have skipped.


Footwear: 

☑ Hiking Shoes: Keen Hiking Shoes  Hiking shoes are essential for hiking obviously but even for non-hiking related events such as the Icefields you need shoes with good grip.

☑ Booties: Ugg Boots  I liked having a second footwear option to wear to dinners or elsewhere. Your second pair of shoes could be anything I just chose booties!

☑⌧ Sandals: Birkenstocks I liked having sandals for car rides, hotel breakfasts and quick outings! But for the time of year they really aren't needed.


Accessories:

☑ Socks:  I brought two different types of socks
- for my hiking shoes I used Wright Socks. They have a double layer and say they are blister proof.
- for my booties I used Roots Cabin Socks.

☑ Backpack: Fjallraven backpack is a great backpack but any backpack will do! This is really only needed for hiking so that you can carry water and other equipment like cameras.

☑ Purse: I used a Kate Spade Crossbody Purse will a zipper closure. I find the zipper the most important part of a purse for traveling but also one that will fit my camera and other essentials.

Hat / Gloves: I didn't need mine but if you enjoy wearing them or aren't use to chilly/mild temperatures then there's no harm in bringing them.

☑ Swimsuit: The hot springs in the Banff area are a must do. They really do work wonders on relaxing your muscles after a day of hiking.

☑ Camera(s):  I used 3; my IPhone, Canon Camera & GoPro

My Canon PowerShot SX730 is a great purse/pocket sized camera with 40x Optical Zoom and 20.3 Megapixels.

The GoPro Car Mount is one of my favourite additions to this trip. I have previously used a GoPro but always for its under water capability. I bought the car mount for this trip and love looking back at the videos of driving through the mountains!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

West Coast Canada Itinerary

10 Day West Coast Canada Itinerary
 
Before I get into my day-by-day posts with much more detail, I thought I would post an outline of my itinerary. The time frame for my vacation was 10 days (May 24-June 2) and I did a bit of sightseeing in both Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.




Day 1
- Flight Toronto to Calgary
- Pick up Rental Car at Airport
  (Jeep Patriot)
- Drive to Drumheller
- Check into Hotel
  (Ramada Drumheller)

- Royal Tyrell Museum
  (amazing dinosaur museum)


 
Day 2
- Little White Church
- Horsethief Canyon
- Biggest Dinosaur in the World
- Find Dino's around town
- HooDoos
- Drive to Canmore
- Check into Hotel
(Rocky Mountain Inn Canmore)
- Explore Canmore Town

- Drive Lake Minnewanka Loop (Banff)

Day 3
- Drive to Banff
- Drive Bow Valley Parkway (w.pitstops)
- Lake Louise
- Moraine Lake
- Drive to Yoho National Park
- Natural Bride / Emerald Lake
- Drive Back through Bow Valley Parkway
- Check into Hotel
(Charltons Banff)
- Explore Banff



Day 4
- Drive to Icefields
(with lots of pitstops)
- Icefields Explorer
- Glacier Skywalk
- Drive to Kootenay National Park (Continental Divide)
- Drive Lake Minnewanka Loop
- Vermillion Lakes Drive
- Hotel (Charltons Banff)
 


 Day 5
- Surprise Corner
- Banff Gondola
- Bow Valley Parkway
- Hike Johnston Canyon
- Upper Hot Springs Banff
- Check in to Hotel
(Fairmont Banff Springs)
- Explore Banff Town

- Relax at Fairmont

Day 6
- Drove all day - from Banff to Hope BC


Day 7
- Drive 2 hours to Vancouver
- Check into hotel (Buchan)
- Drop off Rental Car
- Begin 2 day hop-on-hop-off tour - complete one circuit
- Get off bus in Stanley Park
- Van Aquarium
- Explore Stanley Park
- Walk the SeaWall



Day 8
- Laughing Statues
- Canada Place
(get bus to Capilano)

- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Treetop Walk
- Grouse Mountain
- Explore more of VanCity
- Grandville Island
- Explore Canada Place

Day 9
- Picked up by Whale Watching Company
- Drive to Stevenson BC
Whale Watching time:
- Bald Eagles
- California Sea Lions
- Steller Sea Lions
- Orcas
- Harbour Seals


Day 10
- Flight Vancouver to Toronto

Thursday, 8 June 2017

West Coast Canada Sneak Peak!


Hello All,

I'm back again! I just got back from 10 days exploring Canada's West Coast! First up was Alberta where we spent time in: Drumheller, Canmore, Banff, Icefields Parkway and Yoho National Park (technically BC). Then we drove to BC and did some exploring around Vancouver as well as Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain!

I will be doing quite a few blog posts breaking down each part of my trip but for now here's a few of my Fav pics!!


 






 

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