Sunday, July 20, 2014

A walk to where it all began for Canada's National Parks...

One of our group walks at the CVF convention was a 6 or 10 km walk to Banff Cave and Basin.  This is where it all began.  The hot springs were discovered back in 1883 and Banff became a National Park (the oldest one in Canada) in 1887.  Due to having to attend a meeting that afternoon (boo!)  I opted for the 6 km walk.  What can I say...another beauty of a walk.  There isn't such a thing as "ugly" in Banff - well unless you count (and I do) the construction sites of McMansions in the area. 

So off on another walk....on another stunningly beautiful day.

No time to shop during a group walk - and no time to go back and snoop around in here either!

This was on the side of the building above.

Enlarged picture  on a poster of the endangered Banff Springs snail found in the mineral could barely see them in the water - mere dots!

Banff Cave and Basin Visitor Centre
The original Springs.

Elevated wooden paths took you around the site.

Mineral springs water fall

Not a shabby view from the look out

Viewo of Banff townsite  from Cascade Gardens....the gardens were nothing to see at the end of May after a LONG winter however I am sure they would be fantastic in the summer.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A walk around Stanley Park's seawall

One of the activities I MUST do on my all too infrequent trips to Vancouver is walk around the seawall in Stanley Park.   Preferably involving some greasy fish and chips - either during or after the walk!  Stanley Park is an absolute gem although I must confess I haven't explored the inner park as much as I really should as the seawall calls me.  The park itself is marvelous -a beautiful  rainforest of majestic trees, ocean, beaches, totem of my favourite places to be anywhere.  

After our visit to the market we took another little ferry over to the dock in the West End and proceeded to go for a long walk with a sit down for the picnic we picked up at Granville Market..

So put on some comfy shoes and come along for a long walk with us...poor Julie I really put her through her paces that weekend but she was a real trooper. 

Beautiful beach along English Bay in Vancouver's West End

Inukshuk along the beach

Laughing men in the West End - you know we had to have our photos taken in the same pose laughing.

And they say romance is dead....

Lots of logs to sit on!!!   

English Bay and indeed all of downtown Vancouver's sea front is a working harbour so you will inevitably see tankers.

Walkers on one path and cyclists on the other.
Busy place!

Siwash Rock...
Walking under the huge Lions Gate bridge - this bridge spans the Burrard Inlet and connects North & West Vancouver to downtown Vancouver. 

"Girl in a Wetsuit" - a bronze sculpture by Elek Imredy, installed in 1972

Poor horses...

Totem Poles

A thunderbird

Getting close to the end.

North to Alaska!

Out of the park on West Georgia St.

Stunning beauty

We savoured the walk and stopped several times to sit and eat lunch and enjoy the view.  Walking the seawall without stopping will take approximately two hours.  You can also rent a bicycle.  However you do it anyone who is physically able should navigate the seawall during a visit to Vancouver. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Is this how normal people live?

Well I am back from my long weekend in the U.S. which turned out to be a day longer than was absolutely fabulous and I will be telling stories about it  all summer along with the fun I got up to in Vancouver and Banff - yep still have stories to shaer!   It's hard to blog with an iphone!  I decided to limit my online time - not quite a "digital detox" but as close as I get!  (yes, I am an addict)

No trips planned - big ideas and possibilities floating around but no flights booked...what a strange way to live.  Is this the way normal people live?  Definitely things will be happening soon - BIG things - so will let everyone know when I click that "book" (always a delicious feeling) button on the airline booking site. 

In the meantime keep checking back to go on some more walks and adventures with me!!! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Exploring some of Banff's eye candy

While at the CVF convention in Banff we did several walks however for the blog I am going to combine a couple we did to showcase the highlights of the town site. One was done Friday morning and the other - with a huge group - on Saturday morning.   As I mentioned in a previous post we were so very very lucky with the weather - it can be a real downer when it rains in the mountains. 

So here we go off to explore the townsite and see the famous Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and a surprise or two! 

We started off on the multipurpose path that runs along side the Bow River - conveniently right behind the hotel we stayed at - the Bow View Lodge

It's not every day you get piped off on a walk!

First surprise - an elk!!  They are a common sight around town.

The beautiful Banff Springs hotel
Crossing the Bow River
View from the Bridge - not a bad view anywhere in this town!
Bow Falls - it's not exactly Niagara Falls but hey, the setting can't be beat

Hanging out around the Banff Springs Hotel - I don't recall ever going in this hotel lobby.  We didn't today - that is the disadvantage of walking in a large group: no freedom to do your own thing. The advantage of walking in large groups -it tends to keep the things that eat you away!

Well hello there cutie, sorry to disturb you while you're eating someone's garden.  Well this used to my home before people came and built their McMansions and silly houses that all look the same and now where can I go?  Touche...keep eating!!!

I hope you enjoyed this walk - we will be going for a few more mountain walks so stay tuned!