Grand Manan, New Brunswick – Smokehouses and Lighthouses

Idyllic islands are the stuff of dreams; deserted, tropical shores in the Caribbean, or South Pacific, preferably without the Tom Hanks talking to a volleyball moments. Grand Manan, in the Bay of Fundy, Canada isn’t tropical, and too attractive to ever be deserted, so it still fits the bill. There aren’t any coconut palms and it’s not especially isolated, though it …

Postcards from Vancouver – Canada’s city of Reflections

“Vancouver is not a friendly city”, this was surprisingly revealed during a chat with some locals in one of the great bars in Gastown. My informant expanded further upon this explaining that most people are in too much of a hurry to pass pleasantries in the street. Apparently they do not smile or greet each other enough as they pass …

Postcards from Canada; Sealions in the Great Bear Rainforest

It is hard not to love the Great Bear Rainforest. It is a true wilderness nestled between the Pacific coast and the Coast mountain Range, stretching from British Columbia to Alaska. There are not any roads, the only access is by water or flying which adds to the feeling that of isolation in a wilderness. It is such a stunning …

Postcards from Canada, A Whale Watching Adventure

Have you ever been teased by a playful, juvenile humpback whale? No, I hadn’t either until recently when visiting the Whale Watching Labatory known as Cetecea Lab located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the North West Pacific Coast of Canada. The mischievous whale spent almost a couple of hours swimming around the headland and bay in which the station …

Riding the Rocky Mountaineer – The Romance of the Rails

The Rocky Mountaineer in British Columbia, Canada is one of the World’s great train journeys. Although I am not especially a train buff I do enjoy travelling by rail and taking this special locomotive from Vancouver to Whistler and back was another milestone in my life as a traveller. This particular journey a particularly special Rocky Mountaineer route; the scenery …