Well, what an experience! The service and friendly staff - all fantastic from start to end of our journey from Vancouver to Banff Alberta in the Gold Leaf carriage.
The RM is celebrating 25 years of travel on this private rail service and there are many journeys to choose from.
We had been warned about the food. It just kept coming and even when we were delayed on arriving into Kamloops on day 1 they catered by giving us a light dinner. The following photos are not in any particular order. Breakfast and lunches are served in the dining car, below the special high, clear roof viewing upstairs seating.
There are so many plaques in public areas that I have been spoilt for choice at times. Walking around Stanley Park we came to several at a viewing point. Here the white sails of Canada Place can be seen in the distance above my hat and the plaque is about the cruise terminal. A hot day makes the rubbing go very fast.
Most of the park benches have a dedication plaque also.
Stanley Park also has an impressive collection of totem poles. A dry ditch separates the enthusiastic tourists from these tall, carved structures which tell a story of a clan or person. They were not worshipped by the native peoples but are very much part of their heritage.
On the right above is a burial totem and originally the remains were in the top section. The eagle, wolf, bear, beaver, frog and orca were some of the animals represented.
The Douglas Fir tree and other pines grow to enormous heights on the BC wet coastal areas so it is little wonder that the totems are so tall.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.