This June, Marianne, one of our Travel Specialists, took a trip to Northern Canada. She went to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Jasper and said that it was a wonderful trip.
For the first two nights, Marianne stayed at The Fairmont Empress in downtown Victoria, right on the harbour. She wrote that this was a very elegant property and it is famous for their afternoon tea. They stayed in a Gold Level room, and she was happy they paid the extra cost. The Gold Level status allows guests access to the courtesy lounge that has breakfast, snacks throughout the day and evening appetizers, including sushi. They also have an honor bar and whatever you order is billed to the room.
Marianne stumbled upon one super touristy highlight on her trip. On Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, the harbour ferries perform a “ballet.” Classical music plays over the loud speakers while the ferries spin, twirl and weave in a choreographed routine.
They then drove five hours to Tofonio through rugged, yet beautiful, mountains. In Tofonio, she stayed at the Wickaninnish Inn and loved it. She said, “Now this is a WOW location and property,” and described it as an elegant hotel located on a remote stretch of beach. The fabulous restaurant features everything “artisan” and most of the food that is served is either home-grown or made, including their butter.
Then they headed to Jasper National Park. The drive was nine hours from Vancouver, but the only road into the park was washed out, so no one was allowed in until the next day. They had to drive to a town three hours away to find a place to stay. Luckily, they had purchased travel insurance, so all of the costs they incurred while delayed will be reimbursed.
Once they finally got into the park, they stayed in the rustic cabins at Becker’s Chalet along the Athabasca river and overlooking the Rocky Mountains. The cabin they stayed in was clean and featured a full kitchen and a grill available to rent.
While in the park, Marianne saw plenty of wildlife. She says that she saw many bears, mountain goats and elk. The town of Jasper is just 10 minutes away and has plenty of restaurants and shops to help you escape the wilderness if you want.
Despite the short delay in their park visit, Marianne said she had an excellent time.