Leaving 100 Mile was tough!

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Best Western Capilano Inn Stes (North Vancouver)

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today we left 100 Mile for the next leg of our journey. This was tough, and many tears were shed, both before we left and for some wee time afterwards. Am still trying not to think about it, coz it just sets me off again. But, it was not "good bye" but merely "au revoir". Ev and Tracey gave us the most wonderful time, and it was great getting to know the kids and the dogs and all their animals. We certainly know why they are where they are, and are very envious of their wonderful home. Since getting to Vancouver today, all we can say is "not many log houses here"!

We left 100 mile at about 8.30 am, and headed for highway 99, to travel to Vancouver via Whistler. This is considered the scenic route, and it certainly didn't disappoint. It was a great trip, although slightly marred by the amount of roadworks going on. Certainly slowed us down a little - particularly from Whistler through to Vancouver, where we seldom got above 50 km/h. All this work is in preparation for the 2010 Olympics, which are being based around Whistler. We reckon the whole of Canada's road works force are at work in this area (with any spares working on the road from the Alberta border through to Kamloops). They must be spending billions. NZ could do with some lessons (and probably some of the money).

Whistler was certainly different. Queenstown on steroids. Just oozes money. However, is it not a family town, or a place for kids really. Everything is knew, quite fake, and very sterile. (Malc says that is a bit cruel, but just the way I felt, and certainly not a place I would want to spend a lot of time). Was fascinating to see all the ski trails, etc from the centre of town. There were heaps of people there and it is not even ski season.

Have also left the warmth of 100 Mile, and getting back to more Southland weather today as well! It was overcast much of the trip through, and only 20 degrees here today. We are staying in the Best Western Capilano, in North Vancouver - and have a good deal, thanks to Tracey's advice on how to bargain with hotel people here!

Ev - we searched for Tim Horton's all the way down, but haven't found one yet. Will make sure we find one for breakfast tomorrow!! However, I'm sure you will both be pleased to know we saved 20% on our meal at Denny's tonight by staying at this hotel!!!!

We are planning on staying here for two nights - will spend the day in downtown Vancouver tomorrow. Have learned which bus to catch to and from - will be easier than worrying about parking a car in the downtown area. Are aiming to see Stanley Park (possibly bike around it on a tandem, but that will depend on the weather, as there is a suggestion of rain),go to Gastown,the BC Provincial Museum, possibly to the Imax (depending on what film is showing), and check out down town Van as well - if the legs will stand it all.

When we arrived today (which was about 4.00 pm) we booked in here, then found our way to the Royal Park Mall - which is huge (covering three blocks, both sides of the road), as well as going out to Dundarave and took a walk along the sea front. It is a while since we have seen the sea - although we haven't really missed it given the number of wonderful lakes around 100 Mile.

We have certainly changed our times - we tend to breakfast around 7.30 am, then lunch at about 2.00 pm, and then have tea at about 9.00 pm, finally hitting the hay around 11 pm. It is daylight early and for a long time over here at this time of the year.

On Thursday we intend to travel to Vancouver Island, and have successfully booked our ferry trip to guarantee getting there when we want to - leaving here at 8.30 am. But we have an exciting day in the big city to deal to first.
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