Wednesday, December 14th 2016 – Dogsledding

So a week ago, myself and a fellow Aussie friend did one of the most iconic Canadian tourist things that you can do out here in The Rockies. We went dogsledding!!!

And dear holy jesus, it was the coldest I have ever been in my whole life. The temperature outside was about minus 16 degrees celsius, and we were still game enough to go dogsledding.

We had our tights and underclothes on, with a couple layers of sweaters, a Canadian winter jacket, snow pants, scarves, beanies and gloves!

After we decked ourselves out in the winter gear, we headed down to the Great Divide parking lot, just 2 or 3 kilometres down from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where we met up with our guides for the 90 minute Great Divide dogsledding adventure πŸ™‚

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As sunny and beautiful as it looked, there was a distinct chill in the air. The kind that made your nose hairs freeze and made your eyelashes stick together when you blink. That really dry cold moutain air. You know the kind I’m talking about.

We were then introduced to our team of dogs as well as our guide Megan “Queen of Kimgmik”, from Kingmik Dog Sled Tours. She was really cool and told us all the names of the dogs and handed out packet hand warmers (we would definitely need these later on).

Bonnie and I snuggled into the sled and made ourselves as warm and comfortable as possible and I soon pulled out the GoPro to get as much footage as I possibly could without my hand frezzing and snapping off haha.

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While we waited in the sled, the dogs became very impatient and we could tell that they were ready for this adventure just as much as we were!

It wasn’t long and we were off sledding down along the already carved path in the sled behind the dogs, casually passing people on the cross country skiing trail.

The dogs were beautiful and canine athletes in their prime.

Bonnie and I just sat back and enjoyed the view while listening to our guide tell us stories about how long she had been dogsledding for and more about the dogs as well as the area around the Great Divide.

The snow capped trees surrounded us on the trail, with big white mountains directly infront of us, just so grande that it was overwhelming.

After about forty minutes, we reached the Great Divide arch and turned around and Megan parked the dogs so we could get our for a stretch and move our feet around. This is also when the hand warmers came in handy. I pulled them out of my pocket, gave them a shake and placed them on the inside of my gloves to warm up the hands.

We got some fun pics with the dogs and gave them another quick pat before heading back for the rest of the journey.

As cold as it was in the sled (your body isn’t really moving and your feet get cold from laying still) it was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I have had the pleasure of being a part of while out here in Canada.

Check out my amateur GoPro video and get in contact with this amazing team if your looking to do a tour while out here in The Rockies πŸ™‚

 

 

Monday, November 28th 2016 – Fairview LookoutΒ 

Today, I decided to go for a walk up to the Fairview Lookout to check out the view of the ski hill and all of the snow from up high.

But first, I had to get some amazing pictures of the hotel and the lake on the way.

The sign on the way up to Fairview Lookout

 

After walking for 1.5 kms, I reached the beautiful lookout that looks over the lake, the hotel and even over to the ski hill!

 

You can see that the lake is not fully frozen yet and it is quite dangerous to walk on still.

All of these photos were taken on my iPhone! Untouched and unfiltered πŸ™‚

 

The snow up at the lookout was atleast 50 centimetres deep. The legs on the chair at the lookout were completely snowed in.

Oh Lake Louise, I will always have a special place for you in my heart ❀

 

Wednesday November 16th 2016 – The first layer of ice on the Lake!

This afternoon I went to the gym and when I returned outside, I could see a very fine thin layer of ice merging on the lake!

It’s that time of year again.

It will only be overnight now and no doubt tomorrow, there just may be a tiny layer of snow settled on the lake if it snows tonight.

I love how Lake Louise can literally transform overnight ❀

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And those clouds <3.. Β My backyard is so beautiful!

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Sunday September 4th 2016 – Whistler and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Pictures can not justify that morning sunrise view

This morning we were up bright and early to check out. We were making our way to Whistler via the Sea to Sky Highway for a very exciting day!

I had booked for Mum, Dad and myself to go bobsleighing at the Whistler Sliding Centre. This was going to be an ultimate Canadian experience for sure!!

The summer seasons program is known as the ‘Rolling Thunder’, and while the bobsleighs that us as guests go in are modified and go considerably slower, the nerves were still starting to build up as we arrived and had to sign our lives away πŸ˜‰

The morning started with a tour around the track and some history about the courses and Olympic events that have been held there.

After the walk around and tour we headed to the top where we had a safety briefing and helmets fitted then we watched the first group take off.

From corner 7 down to the end, most of the times avaraged between 50 and 53 seconds. It was seemed like they were going slow from where we were watching as spectators.

It was quite a different story when it was our turn! Haha.

We were strategically loaded into the sleigh with a professional driver to steer as well as break. We were all loaded in together and the driver came around to get some momentum going, knocking on our helmets for good luck before pushing us off for our 50 something second joy ride!

At first, it didn’t feel like we were going too fast, but after going around a couple of corners, the speed really started to pick up! We watched carefully the passenger infront of us to see which way to tilt our heads. Then before we knew it, it was all over!

It was such a great experience though! Woah, what an adrenaline rush! Mum and Dad loved it too πŸ™‚

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Once we had regained our legs, we jumped back in the car and drive down to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to check in, for Dad to go off and play golf (Happy Birthday Dad) and for Mum and I to go to the spa for the afternoon (Happy Birthday Mum)

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also another propety I can tick off the list πŸ™‚

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Wednesday May 11th 2016 – The Canadian Fairmont Bucket List

When Mum and I finished at the spa after a few hours of pampering, we went back up to the room to find a little treat waiting for us ❀

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Fairmont, you guys are too sweet ❀

That night when Dad returned from golf, we went down to The Grill Room for dinner.

Oh my god, I am loving Whistler so much. Everywhere I have turned, I am falling even more inlove with this town. The food at The Grill Room was out of this world.

I started off again with a salad, the Young Greens Salad. For my main meal, I had the Pemberton Meadows Dry Aged Rib Eye. The chef even brought it out on a wheeled table to talk to us about the cut before cutting off the piece directly in front of me before wheeling it back into the kitchen to be cooked.

 

Saturday September 3rd 2016 – Vancouver and The Fairmont Waterfront

This morning my parents and I left Seattle to head up to Vancouver.

First we stopped by the Pike Market Place though, to get in a quick tourist picture πŸ™‚

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We left early to ‘try’ and beat some of the Labor Day weekend traffic, but by the time we reached the border, it was busy regardless.

We got into Vancouver not long after lunch time where we checked in to The Fairmont Waterfront property. One that is on my Canadian bucket list πŸ˜‰

Wednesday May 11th 2016 – The Canadian Fairmont Bucket List

 

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Ahh! So much excitement πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

When we checked in, our room wasn’t ready. Which I half expected because it was only midday. So we dropped off the car, walked up to the Fairmont Pacific Rim to have a quick look in, then walked along the False Creek Seawall all the way to Stanley Park.

When we reached Stanley Park, we decided that the best way to get around was by a horse drawn carriage.

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After Stanley Park, we went back to the hotel to pick up the car and drive over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge!

Canada, you are so beautiful!!

That night, we ate at the ARC Restaurant at the Waterfront.

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For an appetizer, I had the Pacific Prawn Salad.

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Who knew that a simple salad could be so amazing! Yum!

For my main, I ordered the Ross Down Farms Chicken and the Lavendar 75 cocktail πŸ™‚

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I love being able to try amazing food like this. People are truly talented. And that cocktail! I’ve never had lavendar in a cocktail before, but it was to die for. It was B.E.A.UTIFUL! And the lavendar is even grown in their own roof top garden. Great work Fairmont!

 

Sunday August 21st 2016 – “The climb is tough, but the view from the top is worth it”Β 

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Today I had a day off so I decided to go on a hike πŸ™‚

Last hike I did was to Lake Agnes. Today I decided on doing a hike that is an extension of Lake Agnes, the Little Beehive.

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I stopped in at Mirror Lake πŸ™‚
The views on the way up are breathtaking πŸ™‚

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At Lake Agnes again πŸ™‚

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On the summit on the way to the top of Little Beehive πŸ™‚

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It was quite a treck! And the elevation is 2,270 metres above sea level, so my chest and lungs felt it more than my legs.

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Thursday August 11th 2016 – My first bear sightingΒ 

For quite a few months now, everyone I know has been posting pictures of animals that they have seen in the area. Mainly black bears and grizzly bears now that it is summer and they are all out and about.

We do live in a National Park, so realistically it is their backyard and they can be seen almost anywhere!

Up until now, I had been sad that I hadn’t yet had my first bear sighting. My room mate and I were coming back to Lake Louise from Canmore after doing groceries and decided to take the Bow Valley Parkway. It is known for its common wild life sightings.

I have never seen anything more beautiful and magical!


Don’t worry, we were confined to the safety of the car!

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