~ Calgary ~
When first booking Canada, we were obviously going straight to Calgary to see my best friend. Calgary is bloody cold during the winter, at some stages it was -10 when we were there and that isn’t even the worst of it so make sure you dress warm! Jewel and Jono had already planned to take us to see lake Louise over in Banff which is about a 1 hour drive from Calgary. As you can see in the pictures, lake Louise was snowed over, something we didn’t even think of when we had arranged to go. No beautiful turquoise water but instead we got one breath taking winter wonderland.
Calgary city is all very business, we liked getting on the outskirts of the city and walking around the lakes and parks which were covered in snow.
We also managed to get to an ice hockey game, it wasn’t the big dogs but my mate said these games are always more fun as they try to prove themselves and it definitely did not disappoint.
~ Vancouver ~
As you may already know, Vancouver is known for its vast variety of food, we definitely ate ourselves around this awesome city. We had a couple of days here in an Airbnb before we set off for whistler, the public transport system is awesome, its mostly all buses and they are everywhere. We loved the vibe that Vancouver gave us, everyone is so welcoming and always wanting to chat.
One day we took the ferry over to North Vancouver as we wanted to go to the Vancouver Tree Tops. It was pouring with rain by the time we got there but honestly it was so worth it. Fairy lights everywhere and the largest suspension bridge in Canada. I would not recommend going at peak times, even though it was raining and I think it was a Wednesday it was super busy.
~ Whistler ~
Of course two rookies decided to go to Whistler to snowboard for their first time, it’s only one of the best places in the world to go, so why not…
We took a 3 hour bus ride from Vancouver to Whistler, it really didn’t feel like 3 hours, we were constatnly gazing at the scenery Canada had to offer which is nothing short of spectacular. Our hotel was so cosy we stayed at a place called AVA, we had the room booked for 14 days and it really did become our home. The village is something out of a fairy tale, it feels like an adults Disneyland.
12 days on the slopes and 2 days off. I don’t know If you’re a big snowboarder like me but since those 12 days on the slopes I have become addicted to the snow and now try to go at least 2-3 times a year. Our two days off consisted of walking which felt like hundreds of miles into the forest to see the lakes, those hundreds of miles were so worth it, don’t give up guys continue with the trek!!!