End of first tour
05.10.2016 - 06.10.2016 19 °C
5 October 2016
We departed at 7.45am, which meant bags had to be ready for collection at 6.45am. The morning departure times haven't been too bad on this tour but having my bag ready an hour before means I have to be showered, dressed, packed up and ready to go at least an hour before departure ... which means getting up early.
We drove straight to the ferry. During the one and a half hour ferry ride there was an announcement that there are a couple of orcas ahead ... I managed to see a fin but it was too far away to see properly. A few people were dropped off at the Vancouver airport and around 12.00pm we were back at the hotel where we started. And the tour was over!
The tour was, not suprisingly, called The Canadian Rockies and the tour company was Cosmos. Cosmos is a budget tour company but I was very impressed with the hotels, the tour inclusions, the fabulous Tour Director (Serena), the bus and driver (John). We had a really good group of people who were fun to be with each day. I really enjoyed the tour ... there were so many highlights but the lasting memory will be Canada's spectacular mountain scenery!
It was 19C in Vancouver so I went out for a walk in the sunshine. I walked around for about two hours and went back to the hotel for a rest. I've fitted a lot into the last two weeks and I'm feeling tired. I have a couple of days to relax before the next part of my journey.
6 October 2016
The weather cooled last night and it rained overnight. The day was a bit cold, top of 12C, and overcast/drizzly. Not ideal for sightseeing. I walked for about two hours but I've seen enough of Vancouver. My stay here has been a bit too long - I had to fit in with the train timetable and it only runs a couple of times a week.
I spent most of the afternoon in my hotel room doing some admin (still have to pay bills while I'm away) and reorganising my bag, At the train station I will have to check my main bag so I have to fit everything I need for four days into my backpack.
I will catch the train tomorrow night. The train has no wifi so I won't be updating the blog until I reach Toronto on 11 October.