My girlfriend and I are five weeks into a year long trip around the world. We chose Canada as our first stop because we are from London which means that we had no problem with language and communication. Also Canadians are reputable for being the most friendly people in the world, and although we are travelling on a budget there was still so much for us to do there. Activities such as hiking, swimming and cycling are day to day things that can be done almost anywhere that we visited at no cost or with something very nominal.
Dan Somogyi, known for his blog Dans Travelling, has set out to travel for an entire year with his girlfriend Abbie. The first place they landed on was Canada and we couldn’t stop ourselves from getting a bite of their adventure!
We spent time in Vancouver, Kelowna, Golden and Banff during our stay.
We had a gift certificate for Banff Adventures, which we chose to use on a white water rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River in Golden. Neither of us have tried white water rafting before but we had a great experience. Our instructor was amazing and taught us all of the safety procedures before we started anything. Everybody felt really safe and even with no experience our team was very comfortable taking part in an adventure sport. There were a couple of situations that couldn’t be avoided (people falling overboard out of the raft, people accidentally letting go of their ores etc.) but they were dealt with accordingly in a great manner.
In addition to the rafting we took part in several hiking trips at locations including Bear Creek, Knox Mountain, Glen Canyon and Mission Creek, and also cycled the Myra Canyon Trestles, which are ranked #1 on TripAdvisor’s ‘things to do’ in Kelowna.
The only downside that I can think of in Canada is that there’s so much to do which means you can never fit absolutely everything in, but on the other hand that is a good thing because there is always something to get involved with.
If there’s one thing that I’d say has to be done, it is a visit to Banff National Park and Lake Louise or the Ice Fields. The glacier fields and glacier lakes in Jasper are beyond imaginable. Words can’t express how the beauty of nature is so apparent in Canada almost everywhere you go. I think the experience as a whole even as somebody from the UK shows just how different life can be in another country. Everything is so beautiful.
I’d say that my favourite place to stay was Beaverfoot Lodge in Golden. It is a small ranch with several travel wagons at the foot of the Rocky Mountain range in BC, offering one of the best views I think I’ve ever experienced of the mountains. The owners of the ranch have dogs and horses which wander around the grounds freely and pay no attention to visitors, besides sometimes wandering over to be stroked or petted. All were very friendly though!