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West Canada - CCW 1801

Thursday, August 2, 2018 | Ted Goslinga / Marko Bauer | North and South America

Final day- ridingnday Kamloops - Vancouver

We made it! After almost two weeks of travelling through the gorgeous mountain ranges and river valleys of British Columbia and Alberta, we have returned to Vancouver!

Our final riding day took us from Kamloops along the twisty road at Duffy Lake. The big highlight of the day was Whistler, the beautiful olympic town in the mountains north of Vancouver.

The Sea-To-Sky-Highway finally led us back to Vancouver. A final dinner, and then we’ll have to say goodbye to our new friends!

so goodbye Carlos and Denise, Roberto and Ana,  Steve and Marie, Winfried and Gabriella, Christina and Stephen. 

Thank you all for the great atmosphere and friendship during this tour and hope to see you all on another Edelweiss tour somewhere, sometime!!

all the best,

Ted and Marko

 

Carlos and Denise
Winfried and Gabriella
Steve Nr 1
Steve nr 2 and Marie
Christina
Roberto and Ana
Photo stop at the last day scenic ride from Kamloops to Vancouver
Carlos and the girls at Duffy Lake
the beautiful village of Whistler
Whistler, home of the winter olympics in 2010
relaxed downtown Whistler

Day 9 - riding day - Jasper - Kamloops

After a nice and relaxed restday in Jasper the crew was ready to hit the road again for the longest day in this tour: more than 500 km on the menu today!

Heading out Jasper with a bit cloudy and cool morning we rode out of the province of Alberta back into British Columbia, which meant that we had an extra hour of riding today! 

First photostop was mount Robson , the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, almost 4000 m

Soon the temperature began to rise again and ended up at 38 degrees Celsius down in Kamloops. 

Underway we stopped for a giant caribou along the road, and everybody had him on picture!

In a nice and cosy coffeeshop we had a nice espresso, capuccino or other coffee varation. Again underway the lunch spot was at Dutch lake, where we had a nice terrace at the lakeside in the shade!

The final highlight of the day was the beautiful waterfall Helmcken Falls - then we headed straight to Kamloops, in search of a cool air conditioner! 

Meet the locals!
Back in wonderful British Columbia
Mount Robson
at the feet of Mount Robson
morning coffee in Valemount
so true!
Lunch spot at Dutch Lake!
Lunch with a view
Roberto, Ana and Carlos at Helmcken Falls

Day 8 - Rest day Jasper

Rest day - after more than 2000 kilometers, we definitely deserve it!

But in the middle of all this beauty, nobody really wanted to rest all day. Our British and Guatemalan couples even decided to leave at 6:30am (!) to enjoy the nature in the morning light and before the other tourists arrived.

The rest of us slept in, enjoyed a very nice breakfast buffet and then started our trip to Maligne Lake. At the lake we decided to take an excursion on a tour boat to Spirit Island- and were rewarded with magnificent scenery in an unspoiled nature!

Now everybody is back in Jasper, ready to explore the little town!

Our yacht
Maligne Lake
Winfried and Gaby at Spirit Island
Wild animals - we also got a glimpse of a black bear today

Day 7 - riding day - Lake Louise - Jasper

What a blast, what a day! Absolutely one of the most beautiful routes in the world! From beginning in Lake Louise to the very end up in Jasper we enjoyed the full 240km of astonishing views, dramatic glaciers, fast and slow streaming rivers, powerful waterfalls and so on and so on. 

Starting out at `lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, we began this wonderful day already at 7 in the morning, then took a nice breakfast back in the hotel and then rode up the Iceland Parkway all the way to Jasper.

In the middle of the day we had a nice picnic at the banks of the river, which was quite a nice break to digest all the impressions of this fantastic landscape

Not too much text, pictures will talk for themselves!

amazing capture at Lake Louise: Carlos, Roberto, Ana and Denise
Lake Louise...no words
Early morning sun on Lake Moraine
Athabasca glacier
Gabriella and Winfried at lake Moriane
Finally, Christina saw a bear!
Marko preparing a nice picnic at the banks of the river
relaxing in the shade during the picnic
Steve enjoying his lunch
Ted, Steve and Marie at the foot of the Athabasca glacier
the powerful Sunwapta falls

Day 6 - Riding day Golden - Lake Louise

Just when we thought  that the scenery can’t get any better - we arrived in Kootenay-Nationalpark! It’s difficult to describe the beauty of this region...clear lakes, snow-covered mountains, green pastures, wild rivers - no wonder that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Banff is just as pretty - but it gets fairly busy on beautiful days like today.

Finally the Bow Valley Parkway lead us to our world-famous destination: Lake Louise!

Carlos, Roberto, Ana, Denise, Steve, Gaby and Christina in Kootenay-Nationalpark
The Pacific Divide
Castle Mountain
Gaby and a Harley-Lady from Quebec
Nothing beats the views in West Canada!!
Mountains around Banff
the incredible Banff Springs Hotel, built in 19th century
The idyllic surroundings of Lake Louise
Group selfie at top of the Meadowns in the Sky parkway

Day 5 - Riding day - Vernon - Golden

What a breathtaking day again. View after view after view.....in Canada , with this kind of beautiful weather throughout the day, all our senses have been treated very well !

Heading out in northeastern direction we stayed on the transcanadian highway the entire day. But in Canada that is really not a punishment. Riding through two national parks today and going up the Meadown in the Sky parkway is giving us the whole day spectaculair views over this beautiful area in British Columbia. 

Tired but with a sense of satisfaction we ended up the day in the restaurant , with a little birthday ceremony of Carlos

at the monument of the Last Spike where the transcontinental Railway was finished
At the meadows in the sky parkway, hitting the switchbacks
Steve and Steve!
Roberto is completely happy with his Mexican food and outfit....and drinks!
Tourguide Marko handing out a surprise to Carlos
Carlos" birthday celebration in Golden

Day 4 - riding day Nelson - Vernon

The ride from Nelson to Vernon can only be described with one word: breathtaking!

Scenic lakes (Kootenay, Slocan and Arrow), cute little towns (Kaslo and Nakusp), all connected by twisty mountain roads and one ferry - what more could a motorcycle rider wish for?

And to top it all, we saw a black bear today, plus a few deer - what a day!

SS Moyie, a very well preserved sternwheel boat in Kaslo
Carlos, Marie and Stephen at the Paddlewheeler SS Moyie in Kaslo
Marko, Stephen and Marie at the morning coffeestop in Kaslo
Winfried, Gaby, Roberto and Christina ready to board the ferry
at the Ferry in Fauquier
Roberto and Carlos
It‘s been a very warm day...

Day 3 - riding day Osoyoos - Nelson

What a wonderful riding day we had in this amzaing country! We took off a little earlier to have a nice breakfast in a restaurant close to the hotel. And afrer having the morning brief we headed in eastern direction again to fully enjoy the nature and landscapes. Before the morning coffeestop we payed a visit to a smal but wonderful museum called Kettle River Museum. Here they hold an amazing array of antifque stuff mostly related to the railroad who was there in the last century. 

After leaving this we stopped in Greenwood , which looked like we were in an old cowboy movie. Net to the saloon we all had a very good coffee with some self made pie. 

Riding further along the lakes and rivers we fully enjoyed the long swerving curves and well maintained roads towards our lunchstop at Lake Christina. In the meantime the temperature was about 35 celsius so some of us tooka jump into the refreshing lake.

Then the last leg of this wonderful riding day , one tankstop and arrived in Nelson at Lake Kootenay

A nice dinner outside and everybody could look back at a very nice riding day!

Nice breakfast in Osoyoos
The outstanding little railroad museum in Kettle River
Amazing bakery and coffee spot in Greenwood
Lovely lunch spot at Lake Christina
Lake Christina
...and then, in the middle of nowhere, you run into a very familiar customer of Edelweiss from an earlier tour! Edelweiss family members all over the globe!

Day 2 - Riding day - Vancouver to Osoyoos

Austria, England, Germany, Guatemala, Netherlands and USA - these are the nationalities on our tour group. All 12 of us departed Vancouver this morning on our way to explore British Columbia and Alberta. We crossed the beautiful Cascade Mountains on our way east. And those of us that thought that Canada is a cold place were in for a suprise... 36 degrees Centigrade are not unusual in this part of the country, where wine growing is one of the main businesses. Lake Osoyoos was a welcomed refreshment after the warm day!

Christina and Marie at the Hope Slide
First coffeestop of the tour
Dinner at sunset
Amazing scenery of British Columbia
Beautiful sunset at the hotel lake beach
Closing the day with this view isn t too bad!!

Day 1 - Arrival day in Vancouver

A new motorcycle adventure is about to begin: the West Canada tour through the astonishing landscapes of this amazing part of Canada. Today all the customers arrived over the day and enjoyed as much as they could the beauty of this vibrant city! The weather is beautiful and the weather outlook for the tour looks also very promising, bikes are prepared and ready to roll, so all ingredients for a wonderful tour are there!

Welcome briefing is done, everybody enjoyed the welcome dinner and the mood in the group is already super! 

One night sleep and tomorrow we will head out Vancouver in eastern direction and start this great tour!!

Tourguide Marko at the bike handover
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Claudia Wenhart
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 23:02

Hallo Marko, Hallo Ted,
das sind ja wahnsinnig tolle Bilder.... unglaublich, ich kenn des nur im Schnee !
Viel Spaß auf Eurer Tour und genießt die tolle Landschaft.
Gute Fahrt weiterhin.
LG Claudia
Marko Bauer
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 01:25

Danke Claudia - der Schnee ist weit weg, wir hatten heute fast 30 Grad

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