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Mr. Palin's visit to Canada by Lounge Trekker on 26 July 2006 6:16pm
Too bad our fine hero was denied the pleasure of a nice view because of inclement weather on the coast. It was April-May by my estimate...iffy weather season on the Wet Coast.

Then he took the train through the centre of BC. Not much to see from the trin here although highways and railroads through the Fraser River valleys and canyons are remarkable.

I'd recommend visiting late July-mid-September. Spend a few days around Vancouver, if you want quiet outdoors go to Vancouver Island, then you really MUST drive through the Rockies from Banff to Jasper. It is 5-600 miles of often mountainous terrain and will take you all day to get to the Rockies. Plan on taking your time and stopping when you see something interesting. Rent a car...it will be worth your while to see wildlife crossing the streets in front of you. Don't attempt to caress these
beautiful creatures, as that adorable Elk with those incredble antlers could gut you like a fish...he weighs around 1500 pounds. Never mind the bears, the 'cute' animals are, after all, wild animals.

See British Columbia, the rest of Canada is good enough from the airplane! Really the only way I want to see the 'prairies' is from a plane. Unless you have a reason to be there or need to see the CN Tower in Toronto or the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa don't stay long. And Montreal is French speaking, but nothing special, a Canandian city trying to be European. These citys are nothing special, but Vancouver has mountains, ocean, bearable weather year-round. If you golf in the morning, you can ski over-looking the city lights in the evening. Nice.

If you want Culture and History, Canada is not where to find it. Outdoors, mountains and lakes and streams, that's what we have here.

Just what I think.
Re: Mr. Palin's visit to Canada by Fraserkatie on 26 July 2006 7:18pm
Hi Lounge Trekker! I know what you mean about Vancouver as I have been there myself because my uncle and aunt used to live in the town of White Rock which is a quarter of a hour drive away, now they live in Pender island in the Gulf islands.

When my uncle and aunt took me to Vancouver, they took me to Granville Island and we went inside the public market, which had all manner of smaells and sights and all the food is freshly made there in the day. We had a hot dog too and watched the boats in the river and there was a music festival too so listened to that.
Re: Mr. Palin's visit to Canada by Lounge Trekker on 26 July 2006 8:40pm
The city has grown considerably Katie. I'm not sure where you started timing your drive from, but it's more like an hour from downtown Vancouver to the beach in White Rock.

Yes, Granville Island is a special place.
Re: Mr. Palin's visit to Canada by jaime on 28 July 2006 11:54am
Re: Mr. Palin's visit to Canada by sighthound on 29 July 2006 4:15am
LOL, Lounge Trekker. While I totally agree with you that Vancouver is an absolutely marvelous city (the city I'd be least discontented to live in if I were denied a rural life), the Canadian half of my family and the Canadian half of me would disagree with you that there's nothing much else to see in Canada. The prairies have a wonderful stark beauty but it takes time; you can't be in a hurry. Montreal is a hoot, you can follow dinosaur tracks around Drumheller, the Calgary Stampede, I've even had a lot of fun in Ottawa and you forgot Niagara Falls. I could go on and on but I've got to make dinner.

I don't know the East but I'm fascinated by the photography in "Shipping News" and lots of other films - absolutely got to get there sometime....
Re: Mr. Palin's visit to Canada by Lounge Trekker on 2 August 2006 5:18pm
Yes, sighthound, I was quite nearsighted in describing Canada the way I did. It all depends on what you want to see. And, of course, I spend all my leisure time in western Canada and have a blast living here any time of the year.

The prairies are an amazing geological feature that really must be seen from an aircraft at 20 000 feet. To fly from east to west, see the Rocky Mountains in the distance, then land in Calgary is a sight I'll never forget.

Some of the finest people I know were raised on the prairie, and please don't misconstrue what I said about Eastern Canada. I didn't mean that there was a lack of historical meaning, rather that it is more recent.


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