We sailed out of Vancouver harbour in the late afternoon ...
... watched a stunning sunset from our private balcony ...
... and cruised for the next day and a half to Juneau.
Note the tramway in the upper centre.
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.
|View from Mount Roberts:
The boat, the tramway (which we used to visit the peak) and downtown Juneau.
|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.
Link to Skagway pics
The photos speak for themselves, so no comment required.
There was only minor calving at Margerie Glacier when we were there - here is one example:
Link to Glacier Bay pictures
While sailing back to Vancouver we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
Early dinner in the main dining room, so we had time to make the evening show.
Link to Volendam photos
When we arrived back at Vancouver we had an extra day, which we spent at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
|... which huddles around a very attractive harbour ...|
|... and is the capital, and seat of government, of British Columbia ...|
Link to Victoria pictures
The other famous feature of Vancouver Island is Burchart Gardens.
Link to our photos of Burchart Gardens.
While travelling to Whistler, we visited the town of Chemainus, which features its own currency and has many murals displayed around the town.
Link to our Chemainus photos.
Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and there were plenty of reminders of that event in the Village and on the mountain.
Link to our Whistler pictures.
The drive from Whistler to Jasper is a very long one, so we stayed a night at the ski resort town of Sun Peaks ...
|... where we saw our first bear close up|
Link to our Sun Peaks photos.
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.
Link to Blue River Safari photos
Jasper, lakes and mountains.
We enjoyed some gentle rafting on the Athabasca River.
Link to our Jasper photos.
Although the water fall on the Athabasca river is not as spectacular as Niagara, it still provided some interesting photo opportunities.
Link to my Athabasca Falls photos
The drive between Jasper and Lake Louise is along the Icefields Parkway, with spectacular scenery all the way.
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.|
I will let the photos of Lake Louise speak for themselves.
|Bear country! Click on the link to read the sign.|
Link to Banff photos
The first day on the train travelled through some spectacular Rockies scenery.
The scenery changed significantly on the second day of the trip.
|After a day exploring Vancouver we cruised out of Vancouver harbour on the last leg of our tour, the Alaska Curise.|