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Sunday, December 21, 2014

North America Tour

Alaska Cruise

We sailed out of Vancouver harbour in the late afternoon ...

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... watched a stunning sunset from our private balcony ...

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... and cruised for the next day and a half to Juneau.

JUNEAU

Juneau harbour:

Note the tramway in the upper centre.

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Mildenhall Glacier:

This is another glacier in rapid retreat.

The local ranger told us that when she arrived in Juneau in 1988 the glacier snout was near the waterfall on the right.

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View from Mount Roberts:

The boat, the tramway (which we used to visit the peak) and downtown Juneau.

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Link to the Juneau pictures

SKAGWAY

The highlight of our stay in Skagway, was the train trip through the mountains back (briefly) into British Columbia (Canada).

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Margaret took the train back to Skagway, but I rode back on a bike.

We have crossed many international borders, but this is the only one that I have crossed on a bike.

If you look in the background of the picture you will see the next section of road. It was mainly downhill which made for a relaxing ride.

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Link to Skagway pics

GLACIER BAY

The photos speak for themselves, so no comment required.

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There was only minor calving at Margerie Glacier when we were there - here is one example:

Link to Glacier Bay pictures

KETCHICAN

Shopping Time!

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While sailing back to Vancouver we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

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Link to the Ketchican Photos

THE VOLENDAM

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Early dinner in the main dining room, so we had time to make the evening show.

Link to Volendam photos

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK

When we arrived back at Vancouver we had an extra day, which we spent at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Canadian Rockies

VICTORIA

The third leg of our North America tour was the Canadian Rockies, which began in the beautiful city of Victoria ...

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Link to Victoria pictures

BURCHART GARDENS

The other famous feature of Vancouver Island is Burchart Gardens.

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Link to our photos of Burchart Gardens.

CHEMAINUS

While travelling to Whistler, we visited the town of Chemainus, which features its own currency and has many murals displayed around the town.

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Link to our Chemainus photos.

WHISTLER

Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and there were plenty of reminders of that event in the Village and on the mountain.

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Link to our Whistler pictures.

SUN PEAKS

The drive from Whistler to Jasper is a very long one, so we stayed a night at the ski resort town of Sun Peaks ...

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Link to our Sun Peaks photos.

BLUE RIVER SAFARI

On our way to Jasper we stopped in to the boat safari at Blue River. The main objective was bear watching - it was a very cold day.

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Link to Blue River Safari photos

JASPER

Jasper, lakes and mountains.

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We enjoyed some gentle rafting on the Athabasca River.

Link to our Jasper photos.

ATHABASCA FALLS

Although the water fall on the Athabasca river is not as spectacular as Niagara, it still provided some interesting photo opportunities.

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Link to my Athabasca Falls photos

ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

The drive between Jasper and Lake Louise is along the Icefields Parkway, with spectacular scenery all the way.

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Link to the Icefields Parkway photos

ATHABASCA GLACIER

The highlight of the Icefields Parkway is the Athabasca Glacier.

Like most of the world's glaciers, the Athabasca is in rapid retreat. When it was first discovered (by Europeans) 125 years ago, the snout of the glacier was at the hillocks (terminal moraine) at the bottom of the photo at right. It has retreated 1.5 kms in that time and lost half of its volume. Anyone interested in the reasons for its retreat can read the article at this link. DSC_0225
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Link to Athabasca Glacier photos.

LAKE LOUISE

I will let the photos of Lake Louise speak for themselves.

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Link to Lake Louise photos

MORAINE LAKE

Near Lake Louise is another beautiful location, Moraine Lake. You might have noticed the turquoise colour of the lakes. It is caused by rock flour.

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Link to Morraine Lake pictures.

BANFF

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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER - BANFF TO KAMLOOPS

The first day on the train travelled through some spectacular Rockies scenery.

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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER - KAMLOOPS TO VANCOUVER

The scenery changed significantly on the second day of the trip.

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Link to Rocky Mountaineer photos.

VANCOUVER

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After a day exploring Vancouver we cruised out of Vancouver harbour on the last leg of our tour, the Alaska Curise. DSC_0423
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Link to Vancouver photos.