Canada: Vancouver to Sun Peaks

Vancouver turned on some dismal weather for our last day, so we hightailed out of there in a rental car, thanking our Navman a million times over for an easy exit. In the pic below, we are driving on Vancouver’s famed Lions Gate Bridge, a mini version of San Fran’s Golden Gate.

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The rain kept us company as we headed west on Highway 1, making our way through a series of 7 tunnels which sliced through Fraser Canyon.

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The rail line follows the Fraser River. Wheat, canola, corn and passengers from the prairie areas of western Canada are transported by rail to USA and Mexico along this route. Traversing Canada by train is certainly triggering a healthy adrenaline rush if we consider a  return trip.

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Sun Peaks Resort, 50 kms north east of Kamloops was our base for 2 nights. This popular ski village modelled on a European winter chalet town attracts its fair share of Aussies and Canadians. The busy ski season is over and the equally busy summer season of downhill mountain bike riding and golf begins in earnest in about 2 weeks. In between seasons, accommodation is plentiful and rates, very reasonable. There is still snow, but it is rapidly melting and green grass is making a comeback. Some restaurants and shops are closed and people are few and far between. Have cobbled together these pics of an incredibly relaxing place where we walked, ate and drank well. Thanks Tahitichicks for the great recommendation.

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Loved the hot tub at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel, but with the water temp set at 40 degrees on a 25 degree day, there was little lingering.

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Tomorrow, we are on the road again, headed for Okanagan because I’ve acquired a taste for the red wines which are produced there. Will let you know how it goes.

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