TWT Travel Binder: British Columbia

Our 2008 trip to British Columbia was incredible:
Clean air, astonishing mountains, spectacular gardens,
shimmering bays and deep forests,
with nesting eagles and candied salmon to boot.

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to British Columbia.

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Western Canada: Lake Louise

Continued from Post Hotel

Just up the road from the Post Hotel is one of the star attractions of Banff National Park, Lake Louise.

A natural wonder, the lake (though half-frozen when we visited) is ice blue, a result of mineral run-off from the massive, protective mountains around it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s reached by a short path from a public parking lot, it nonetheless feels like the corporate property of the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. [Read more…]

Western Canada: Post Hotel

Continued from Arriving in Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, we were especially excited about our digs, the elegant, red-roofed Post Hotel in Lake Louise.

On this May 2008 trip, we went against our usual grain and stayed four-star all the way; that year, the Post had been reviewed by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the #1 hotel in Canada.

Can’t tell you if it’s the best in the whole country…but it was pretty darn wonderful.

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Western Canada: Arriving in Banff National Park

Continued from Off to Western Canada

First off, if you’re going to rent a car for driving through Canada’s Banff National Park, learn from our mistake:  Make sure you get a car with power windows.

The landscapes are so incredible that you’ll be rolling your windows down every five minutes.  Having a power button could be the difference between nabbing a photo of a quick-moving bear…or not.

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Off to Western Canada

In an attempt to sideswipe the astronomical prices of Europe in early 2008, Adam and I headed to Western Canada — or as we like to call it, “America’s Hat” — for 8 days in late May.

In a conservative twist for us, we planned to go only to incremental parts of the country rather than try to tackle huge amounts of terrain in a short time.   I thought it might be good to leave ourselves open to at least the concept of a nap.

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