West Canada/USA Trip

Created: May 01, 2018

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2016-08-31 - 2016-09-14 | 14 day(s)

Little road trip on the west side of Canada and the US. 8 Stops with beautiful landscapes. Especially the Rocky Mountains are stunning and worth spending as much time as you can offer there. I wouldn't recommend to drive the whole way up from Kelowna to Edmonton in once but I had an appointment so I had to be back. Plan enough time to cross the border from Canada to the US!



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Stop # 1

Sightseeing
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You can definitely spend up to three days in Calgary without getting bored. Lots of activities, restaurants and if you are lucky Stampede festival!

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Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
1988 Winter Olympics Park

You can still see some of the infrastructure what was used for the Olympic Games back in the days. Nowadays there are different activities you can do during summer or winter time. Check it out if you are in the mood to go mountain biking or skiing in the winter. It also includes Canada's Sports Hall of Fame with the original Jamaican Bob from the games in 1988!

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Stop # 2

Explore
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Banff is a must visit when you are in Alberta. It is quiet expensive to stay there so make sure you book in advance! Take as much time as you can!!!

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site
National Historic Site

Birthplace of Canada's first national park! Learn more about how railway workers found this cave and how it helped create the first national park. The cave has a severe smell, I think it was because of the Sulfur there. Totally worth a visit when you are interested in some history!

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise

Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful places in the Rocky Mountains. Not only the lake by itself also all of the surrounding landscape. Hike the trail to the tea house to spend a nice time up there. Or go even further and hike the six glacier trail to an awesome look out. It gets kinda chilly up there so be prepared and pack a jacket! Make sure you wear good shoes!

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Takakkaw Falls
Takakkaw Falls

Little bit off the main road through the Rocky Mountains why it takes some time to get there. Beautiful area though and worth it in my opinion. You can hike up really close to the actual falls and enjoy a nice view over the valley.

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Mount Revelstoke
Up a mountain by car

You can drive up Mount Revelstoke by car. 26 km uphill to 1835 meters above sea level. The drive is very curvy so plan a little bite more time to get up there. Check out the opening hours before because you need to take a shuttle up to the end of a mountain or hike it. You get an awesome view over the valley so it is worth it if you have enough time on your trip!

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Stop # 3

Explore
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Just a quick stop on the way to Vancouver. The drive is pretty long so take some breaks! Good ski resort during winter time!

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Stop # 4

Sightseeing
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Awesome city in British Columbia and your location to get to Victoria Island. Take enough time to visit both Vancouver and Victoria! Beautiful area.

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Inukshuk
Inukshuk Monument

A monument right at the coast of Vancouver. "Inukshuks are used to mark a place for navigation or as an important location such as a burial ground or important location. The arms and feet, when pointed in a certain direction indicated the way to go for navigation." Honestly didn't know that before I got there but check it out when you are in Vancouver. You will most likely walk by there when you explore the city!

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Stanley Park
A park right in Vancouver

Awesome place on the north side of Vancouver. You will be confused how big this park is. It is actually more like a little forest. If you are lucky you will see some animals like these little raccoons! Takes a while till you will have explored everything but for a nature lover a nice variety to the city life.

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Nine O'Clock Gun
Look out Vancouver Skyline

Nice walking area right at the end of Stanley park. You get an awesome view on downtown Vancouver and its harbor. Also good for a bike ride in the summertime as there are some attractions in the near surroundings.

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Stop # 5

Explore
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Fisherman's Wharf Park
Place to watch Seals

Right across Fisherman's Wharf Park. Honestly one of the most do's when you are in Victoria. You can purchase fish to feed seals. They come right to the pier and wait for you to feed them. Awesome time as you get a really close look on these beautiful animals! There are always some people feeding them so you probably don't even have to buy the food on your own.

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Sidney Island
Ferry view Vancouver-Victoria

The Ferry ride takes approximately 1:30h. There is a restaurant included if you get hungry during the ride (also wifi which had a bad connection). The ferry ride itself is pretty neat. You get some lovely views on the surrounding islands and if you are lucky you can see whales! So stay on deck and keep your eyes open.

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Stop # 6

Explore
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Public Market Center Sign
Pike Place Market Center

It honestly looks like a red light district at night but it is a public market center. Fresh food like vegetables, fish, meat and so on and lots of restaurants to grab something to eat. It is basically a farmers market, and a craft market combined. As i love farmers markets it is definitely worth a visit even if you just want to walk through it

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Gum Wall
Gum Wall

It is actually weird that google has a location point for a gum wall but here it is. It is located right under Pike Place Market and both sides of the walls are fully covered with gums. It actually looks nice with the different colors of the gums but isn't it also kind of disgusting? However, if you are in Seattle, go there! After all it was one of the top 5 tourist attractions in 2009.

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The Museum of Flight
Museum of flight

Museum with one of the largest air an space collections in the US. There is an original Air Force one which has carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. You can go inside and see how it used to look like in an Air Force one. The museum itself is huge so you need a little bit of time to go through it.

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Stop # 7

Sightseeing
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BC Place Stadium
Multi-purpose stadium

The stadium is the home of the BC Lions, a Canadian Football League team and the Vancouver Whitecaps (soccer). There is also the BC Sports Hall of Fame included. If you are interested in sports, this is the place to be. Right next to it is Rogers Arena, the home to the Vancouver Canucks (ice hockey)

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1632 S 2nd St
Awesome Burger Place

We were on the road from Vancouver to Seattle when we drove through Mount Vernon and found this gem. It is a little burger place a little bit of the main road but totally worth a stop! They have awesome burgers and a lot of different types of milk shakes. Happy this was the result of our little d-tour!

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Stop # 8

Explore
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Knox Mountain Park
Nice hike up Knox Mountain

Knox Mountain is right beside the city. It is a nice little hike, not to exhausting, with an amazing view over the whole valley and the city of Kelowna. You can also see if you can rent a mountain bike as there are some pretty sick trails for a little bit action. Definitely worth the effort though to go up there. Kelowna has also a lot of wineries, so check out the wine tours they are offering!

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Stop # 9

Other
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