Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I have just returned from Canada - this time from the beautiful scenic West - it was so wonderful, so thought I would share just a few pics.

I was really disappointed that our plane was delayed 10 hours in Sydney on our first day, as this meant we missed our connection to Victoria.  This then meant that ,  my "planned" meeting with "Paulette" a blogger whom I have blogged with over the past 3 years was not able to meet up with me due to me not knowing of the new arrival time as it looked like we going to have to overnight in Vancouver on the way.

Time already was short for "Victoria", and as she lived a long way from town - our meeting was off.  The plan was to meet downtown in a little Cafe called "Murchies".  I still went solo and enjoyed my own company.  Paulette - this is living proof:  You will know it is Murchies as I have never seen a sandwich so big - of course I couldnt eat it all, so next time you visit - ask for the other half - it's still there!!!

Next it was off to find some shops.  I found a great little needlework and knitting shop, so I asked them if there were any Patchwork shops  - they told me if I walked a further a 3 blocks I would find one.

I found this little beauty - Satin Moon Quilt Shop, so there I spent the next few hours in 7th heaven.  Mmm already - I now had extra weight to carry home!! however just as well, as I didnt see another patchwork shop for the rest of the tour..

This is the Horse and Carriage Ride we did around beautiful Victoria.

And this is the lovely Fairmont hotel where we stayed.

Next stop was Whistler - just a beautiful place and there were plenty of people out there skiining.

How gorgeous was this - our welcome gift - complet with "bear" prints.

Mt Robson on our way to Banff

This was very exciting - I spotted a mummy bear and her two cubs whilst on the bus and called out -" Bear on the Left  "  Our driver back along the highway so we could all view and watch them.- Bears at this time of year are  fresh out of hibernation - you can imagine the lean on the bus when we were hanging to one side to get a shot - this was the first bear sighitng for the season.

Just beautiful  - Lake Louise

and this photo right on Sunrise - we got early espcially
no filters of anything just al la natural.

This is the view from the restaurant at the Fairmont in Lake Louise - just devine.

and the highlight of the trip for me was the "Dog Sledding"
in Banff - this was such an experience and so much fun.

Ready set go - was fabulous once on the sleigh - I had no idea we would be airborne for the bumps!!!

And the finale - ont he Rocky Mountaineer - Banff to Vancouver - just as good as all the pics we see on the tele.

way way in the distance we saw a "grizzly" - this also was exciting - there were 3 or us that spotted him and the train came to a halt for all to see - unfortunately I didnt have a good zoom on my camera by the time the train came to a a halt.

gorgeous scenery throughout the Rockies.

and these dome windows on the train were fabulous to appreciate every view.

oh ands sorry Chookyblue - I only got gone square sewn for the "Tis the Season".
I snuck this in when I had some quiet time in Jasper!!!!!!

I will have to try and catch up now - dont dare look at your blog to see that probably most are now finished!!!

Anyway it has a been a long time in between posts as I have had computer trouble.


Pauline said...

nice one dawnie...what a great trip? the pics are it..glad you back safe and sound...

paulette said...

Hi Dawnie!
Looks like you did alright without me! Your trip looked wonderful...but what was all that white stuff? You should see Lake Louise without snow! Spectacular as the water is a bright aquamarine colour...very bright and amazing colour! So happy you had a great time!! NEXT trip we will meet!!
Hugs, Paulette

Lynda said...

What a fabulous holiday. My girlfriend from work is in Canada right now - she has just finished the Rocky Mountain train ride, has been to Banff etc and is now heading to the cruise up the coast of Alaska. She sent photos of a grizzly who hung around their bus for half an hour - they're really awake now.

Allie said...

What a jaw-droppingly gorgeous trip - I've always wanted to go to Lake Louise - looks like a most fabulous time Dawnie, so glad you had a great time! Sorry you couldn't meet Paulette though. You are awfully good at bear-spotting!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Dawnie..thanks for sharing the photos they look so good.....

Vicki said...

Wow, your photos are fabulous, Dawnie. So glad that you had a great time and of course, now you will have a little more spare time to catch up on that sewing. Tripping around gives very little free time I am finding :)

Anita said...

Wow - just beautiful! Glad you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics Dawnie... Glad you had a great time.

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