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The Okanagan is the most beautiful place I've been to on the planet. Crystal clear lakes perfect for swimming in the hot summer days and spectacular desert and mountain scenery. It is too often passed up for the tourist traps of the rockies, but make sure to include at least a few days here, and
is the best place to see it from. The drives south to Osoyoos and north to Kelowna are both truly spectacular.
The skimboarding at
is simply a great place to get away from all of the garbage. The town has a wicked ora to it and is very laid back, great mountain biking and hiking. Both Same Sun and the Raging Elk hostels rock and keep the town cool. Have fun... and I'm coming back.
I am from Germany and I visited
this year with my whole class for 2 months. It was the graetest time I ever had. Thank you. I really enjoyed the trip and love this small town. I live in Hamburg, that's a really big town, with 2 million people. So I hope I can visit Nelson again!!!
is a great place -- the Okanagan has the most beautiful scenery of anywhere I've been in the world, crystal clear lakes perfect for swimming on hot summer days and amazing desert and mountain scenery. Too many people pass straight through on the way to places like Banff, but make sure to give yourself a few days here. One point -- the cops are very active in Kelowna, don't get caught with drinks on the street or they'll make you tip them away (or worse), and don't get too drunk or you could get picked up on the way home and spend a night in the cells/drunk tank like I did (which wasn't really that bad in my case as it was better accommodation than where I was staying -- a motel room shared among eight people).
is a great city for the outdoor enthusiast. Make sure you take a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs. If you're looking for nightlife though, look elsewhere.
Lots of stuff to see in
, but the city basically shuts down at 9:00 PM. Go to Montreal for the night.
is a lovely city!!!
is very touristy, and there's not much to see asides from the main tourist strip. If you want to see the Falls, just one night, or even a day trip from Toronto is generally enough to get your fix of this place. There's the huge waterfall (you can take the Maid of the Mist boat right up close), and Clifton Hill which features numerous haunted houses, a Ripley's Believe it Or Not Mueseum, and a big arcade, amoung other things. The weather is generally very nice in the summer.
. Its so far away from everything but when arriving it feels right at home. Its small with only maybe 2000 people but full of stuff to do and with more bars and saloons than any other place with only that few people. especially the music festival in mid July is worth the trip (make sure you have a bed reserved at the hostel but if you tent the hostel always has space) and there are great hiking and mountain biking trips. And 24 hour daylight is really amazing. I read most books by Jack London and Dawson City seems as it must have been when he was here. Early September must be the nicest time because then its dark again at night but I also could see great Northern Light....and also the Fall colours and both together are magic watching it from the viewing deck of the hostel.
You'll have the time of your life in
Must sees in
are the Stampede (if you're in town in early - mid July), Prince's Island Park, Glenbow Museum, Heritage Park, Glenmore Resevoir/Weasel Head, Bowness Lagoon. Calgary is close to the mountains, beautiful city, friendly people.
has got to be one of the best cities on earth. Too many people stop here for just a few days on the way to other places -- give yourself a little longer here and you won't want to leave. The best thing I did here was a speedboat trip up Indian Arm from Deep Cove on the North Shore -- get six other people interested and it works out at only $25 to $30 each including bus fare for three hours rental of a seven-man boat, plenty of time to get to the top and back with stops to look at stuff. Also make sure you climb up Grouse mountain, the views from the top are incredible and you can get a bus right to the bottom of the trail. It's quite a climb but I've seen everyone from five year old kids to grandparents climb up, and you can get the cable car back down for $5.
I lived in
for almost a year and loved it! The climbing is amazing, the people are friendly! Also, for great food and drinks, check out the Brew Pub!
is a fun city all year round. They have a huge river valley for running, biking, blading etc. It's better to come in the summer when there are loads of festivels and concerts. It's a sports city. They love their hockey (Oilers), their football (Eskimos), and lots of other sports. So if you want to see great sports, Edmonton has it. If you want to do shopping, Edmonton has the biggest shopping mall in the world, West Edmonton Mall. There's quiet a bit to do, but the city is at it's best in the summer.
Waterton National Park
… I loved this little hamlet. If you are lucky enough to visit during the Wildflower Festival like I was, remember to look down as often as you look up! The boat ride was good but only worth the money if you are not a hiker.
Banff National Park
… If you're in Banff, make sure to eat dinner at St. Jame's Gate. It's a "true" Irish pub. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and helpful, and the ambience very cozy. During the winter, this is THE place to get tips on the local ski areas, as most instructors, etc. stop in for a beer after work.
… A nice time was had here by me.
… Check out the lakes (they are in all directions) and be sure to try the Japanese resteraunt (just two blocks from the Lodged in Hostel) the sushi rocks! For the morning after there is a juice bar near Safeway. Cheers!
… I stayed here a few years ago for a week, and it is truly gorgeous and picturesque. The only thing is, it's kind of in the middle of nowhere -- which is a great part of its appeal. If you're up for some hiking and nature it's perfect. Don't expect to see too many people there though -- fellow travelers that is! Although I stayed in the summer, it might be quite different from the winter.
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