Lovely Lake Louise

Alliteration intended.

Lake Louise wraps up our trip to BC nicely. We’ve crossed over various timezones in Canada during our trip from Ottawa to Halifax to Vancouver, to our campgrounds in BC and to Alberta which is where Lake Louise is.

At the end of the hike, we estimated that we’ve covered more than 60km in three days since we had about 25km covered in one day.

I ended up with more than 4 or 5 blisters, one broken toe, three blue toenails and any thoughts of putting my swollen feet back into shoes or encasement of any kind is a blistering thought.

Our trip to Canada came to an end. The rest of it was us racing from Alberta to Vancouver to catch our flight that night. It was probably about 850km back to Vancouver and we did it within 8 hrs with a few stops but not many. It was a crazy rush back.

We still had to shower, return the car, unpack, pack and head to the airport for our flight back to Singapore. Which was another 24 hr journey. The flight back was a lot shorter than the flight to Canada as we flew over a more direct route from Vancouver to Hong Kong and to Singapore.

Abrasion from the backpack
Abrasion from the backpack while hiking Canadian Rockies
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Travel Canada Summer 2014

Our itinerary is not for the faint hearted. Would we do this again? Yes and yes again.

We spent about 5 days hiking and camping at Wells Gray and Mount Robson, of which, half went to travelling/driving time. We misjudged the time it took to get from one campsite to another and we didn’t know that it takes another 1 hour or more to get to the campsite from the time when we see the signboard indicating our arrival to a Park. 😀

GoogleMap - Vancouver to Wells Gray

It took us another 1 hour or more to drive from the signboard of “Wells Gray Provincial Park” to our Campsite at Clearwater which was another 90km to 100km. Watching the gas gauge became almost obsessive during our trip and we did almost get stranded at one point when we took a gamble and continued on the highway hoping for another gas station to appear. But no, we had to turn back almost 90km to the other gas station before we run dry. #exciting #adventure #canada

GoogleMap - Wells Gray to Mt Robson

Do check out the TravelBook section under ‘Canada’ Pages for the documented trip.

Flights
Flight CX 736, Singapore to Hong Kong
Departure:  SIN, Jul 17 2014 9:55 AM
Arrival:  HKG, Jul 17 2014 2:05 PM
Flight CX 826, Hong Kong to Toronto
Departure:  HKG, Jul 17 2014 5:10 PM
Arrival:  YYZ, Jul 17 2014 8:20 PM
Flight WS 372, Toronto to Ottawa
Departure:  YYZ, Jul 17 2014 11:00 PM
Arrival:  YOW, Jul 17 2014 11:59 PM
Flight PD 271, Ottawa to Halifax
Departure:  YOW, Jul 22 2014 7:55 PM
Arrival:  YHZ, Jul 22 2014 10:45 PM
Flight DL 5133, Halifax to New York
Departure:  YHZ, Jul 27 2014 3:14 PM
Arrival:  LGA, Jul 27 2014 4:20 PM
Flight CX 889, New York to Vancouver
Departure:  JFK, Jul 27 2014 9:55 PM
Arrival:  YVR, Jul 28 2014 12:45 AM
Flight CX 889, Vancouver to Hong Kong
Departure:  YVR, Aug 4 2014 2:00 AM
Arrival:  HKG, Aug 5 2014 6:10 AM
Flight CX 759, Hong Kong to Singapore
Departure:  HKG, Aug 5 2014 8:40 AM
Arrival:  SIN, Aug 5 2014 12:30 PM

Part 1 of a Canadian experience in 19 days

My life in fragments of relationships through experiences. I’m not sure if I had a truly Canadian experience given that I visited with my Canadian boyfriend.

The journey to Canada from Singapore took about 30 hours door-to-door on Cathay Pacific and that began on 17 July Singapore and arrived in Ottawa Canada on 17 July about midnight, local time.

Being quite a worrier, I had a little anxiety from thinking too far ahead (a bad habit) and suffered a headache when we were on transit in Hong Kong. Of course, receiving news of a Malaysian airline shot out of the air in Ukraine while on transit about to board a long flight from Hong Kong to Toronto and then to Ottawa, did not help matters.

The headache followed me onto the second flight and as much as I was looking forward to ‘dinner’ on board, I dozed off right after take off from popping two painkillers. Maybe a blessing in disguise as I was asleep for almost the first half of the flight before waking and had no recollection of almost drooling on another guy’s shoulder on my left while my partner was seated on my right.

I was also oblivious to the toilet queue right in front of us (exit seats) with my eyecover. Until the guy next to me removed his shoes. Mind you, they were uggs in summer. I sniffed the stench through the haze of my sleep and awoke almost immediately. It was definitely not pleasant.

Which meant trying to get by the next 7 hours on the plane which I’d spent watching 2 movies and then dozing off again. (Thank goodness.)

We flew over Russia and down through Hudson Bay to Toronto, which seemed like a detour.

Our connecting flight from Toronto to Ottawa was quite pleasant and I had my first Canadian experience in Canada then with a cup of coffee from Tim Hortons – a Canadian coffee house/brand.

I was exhausted from doing nothing on the flights by the time we landed in Ottawa and despite having done nothing except to eat, sleep, walk 2 steps to the bathroom and watch TV, I was craving for a proper bed and a bath.

However, the persistent headache and nausea stood between that and a after-landing-meal (always feels good to eat on firm ground after landing, no matter what time). I had to stop the car on the way to the house in Ottawa to throw up in the bushes of some ambassador’s front yard. Or almost. I managed to empty the contents of the duty free bag on time. In an amazingly calm manner…with the experience of a person who’s used to puking with migraines.

squirrel at home

Watching the daily visitor on the morning of 18 July when I had my first breakfast in Canada, at my partner’s parents’ house in Ottawa. This black squirrel comes on routine every morning at 9am and a grey squirrel at 7:30am…well..thereabouts….

A common sight in Canada I’m sure, but for me, it was nevertheless a novel experience.

Refer to the Page on ‘A Girl In Ottawa’ for more adventures in Ottawa.