Canada, Canada, Canada, where to begin with this one. It truly was the trip of a lifetime, so I have decided to break it down into 3 parts. This, as the title suggests, is part 1.
It was a trip with my brother, our second together, and began in Vancouver before heading out to the rocky mountains for 8 days of mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, and oh, did I mention? MOUNTAINS. The trip was booked through tour provider STA Travel and was delivered by Moose Adventures. If you are interested in booking a similar tour yourself, it was the 8 day Caribou Tour, but we bolted on a day either side to explore Vancouver.
The city of Vancouver is spectacular, and with jet lag on our side we were up and out of our hotel by 7am on our first day, ready to explore. After a brief stop at Revolver coffee we hit the pavements, exploring; Kitsilano beach, sky view tower, Vancouver pier, Stanley park and Granville island. I think in total, we covered close to 30,000 steps that day.
The next day saw us head into a hostel in central Vancouver to meet our tour group and our tour guide, Andrew, for the first time. Having never done anything like this before we were both fairly nervous as to what to expect. Is safe to safe the group, all aged 18 – 35, clicked immediately and after a brief introduction the banter started flowing. Our tour group was around 20 big and had people from Isreal, Germany, Australia, Ireland and of course England. As we chatted away to our newly formed tour family we soon began to see glimpses of the mountains, providing a teaser of what was to come over the coming week.
Our first night was spent in Kelowna, which is where the first group activity took place. Jet boating around the lake, quite possibly the best ice breaking activity ever. 10/10 would recommend. We then had a few drinks and headed out to see what bars the town had to offer. The next morning we were all a little worse for wear and headed onward to the rocky mountains.
To be continued…
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller