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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:28 pm    Post subject: Our Trip to Canada Reply with quote

It's. now been over a week and the scenery is still breathtaking , found lots of breweries and sampled an ale or twenty. Trip is awesome and still Whistler and Victoria to go. The guide and coach driver are great, have even had a nap today on our long road leg of the trip. Left Jasper at 7am and arrived at Kelowna an 6 pm after a visit to Quails Gate vineyard. We sampled a drop or two. Cove lakeshore resort has to be seen to be believed, wow. Shame we didn't have 2 nights here instead of Lake Louise.
More good times to come.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going to say, if in Kelowna you have to check out Mission Hill vineyards as the building and grounds are CRAZY nice.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OldSkoolSteve wrote:
Going to say, if in Kelowna you have to check out Mission Hill vineyards as the building and grounds are CRAZY nice.

We visited Kelowna and the Quails Gate vineyard yesterday,today we came over the mountains again and we are in Whistler tonight and tomorrow night. we are bear hunting tomorrow
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL bear hunting in whistler. Thats easier then shooting fish in a barrel... Although its a lot harder then cougar hunting as they are easy to spot Wink


I had a buddy clip a bear while riding on the mountain.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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we are bear hunting tomorrow

Not sure what to say about that.
Maybe just "shoot" pictures?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OldSkoolSteve wrote:
grumble wrote:
we are bear hunting tomorrow

Not sure what to say about that.
Maybe just "shoot" pictures?

We were up and on the move ay 6.00am and Kathy the tour driver took us up the mountain,we came across a female and a male and then nature took it's course ( we didn't watch of course)when humpy was finished she wandered off there was a mother and cubs wandering along and a couple of cubs up a tree. We also saw a "billy goat" driving down the ski run in a 4wd.It was a very enjoyable day and the young lady was great.
We stopped on the way to Victoria and had a look at Shannon falls on the way to the ferry,then into the Sydney peak hour traffic ( funny how this is the same the world over.
In Victoria we had dinner at the pub near the float plane depot,had a couple of beers at Garricks Head. Butchant Gardens were absolutely awesome,we also did a walking tour,got the water taxi to the housboats on the pier and then off to the Lieutenant Governors house and gardens,a quick trip and beer tasting at the Moon Brewery and pub,had a chat to Clay ( my son is a brewer also) up again at 5.00 for the taxi to the airport.
We are sorry that we couldn't catch up for a beer and realised too late that we should have made a week there.($$$ were also running out as a contributing factor)
You have a beautiful country and the hospitality we received was great,( Evergreen tours were also excellent,I will post a few pics when we get ourselves settled down .
Cheers Les & Neryl
In all the trip
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all sounds like a great trip


Happy Canada Day



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vango wrote:
It all sounds like a great trip


Happy Canada Day

Thanks vango,
The holiday was great,we flew to LA and spent 2 days in Santa Monica then flew to Hawaii for 5 days to break the long flight home (10 hours from Hawaii). But I have to say that the hospitality in these places is a poor last even in regard to the Asian countries(China,South Korea & Japan) that we visited. Perhaps we were unlucky but ..........! In saying that the scenery was good and the Pearl Harbour tour was excellent.
Best regards
Les & Neryl
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is so much to do in this small city! Glad you guys had a great trip Smile


Where you on the bus that had the mountion scenes/bear on the side of it?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greg wrote:
There is so much to do in this small city! Glad you guys had a great trip Smile


Where you on the bus that had the mountion scenes/bear on the side of it?

Hi Greg,no we were on the evergreen bus,it dropped us at the inn at Laurel point and we were on our own until the tour to the gardens the next day. I think the Scenic or APT tour had the bus with the beautiful scenes, we were often at the same venues during the trip.We were starting to think there were no Aussies left back home as we kept running into the young ones working at the resorts and others were tourists just like us.
We were very impressed by the way that the railway is used instead of "B'double semi trailers driven by morons as we have here,the friendly people and the experienced tour operators and staff.
The down side was the priceing was plus tax as you never knew how much money to give for an item,in one place it was the beer plus tax plus liquor tax plus gratuity. Suddenly it was over $20 for a beer and a wine obviously we only brought one in this place,fortunately there were only a few like this and we treated them accordingly.
In Australia our prices shown include the tax.
But it was still better than the yankee state and we hope to come back again
Cheers Les.
ps we are glad that your guys kept the terrorists away while we were there. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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had a couple of beers at Garricks Head.

Awesome.
Garriks Head is a Victoria original, going back before all the "trend" pubs.
They renovated recently and its awesome.
Of all the places to stumble into, that may have been the best, most local Victoria.
We even had a club beer there once, remember!
What ever happened to Scott?

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