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29th October 2019

Canada – Grizzlies, Eagles and Orcas!

I would like to share the most amazing experience I have ever had, this was in British Columbia, Canada this June.

We landed at Vancouver, and were whisked to Stanley Park to see the Capilano Suspension Bridge and walked across up and over, all in the tree canopy, lovely and refreshing as it was a boiling hot day.

We were given a tour around Vancouver, taking in the famous historic Gastown with the steaming mini Big Ben clock, Yaletown and Chinatown all on the way to Canada Place and the Habour Walk to Vancouver’s newest attraction ‘Flyover Canada’. This is a must-do experience (and purchasing tickets in advance is advisable. It’s a virtual audio/visual ride across Canada, fabulous, it lasts approximately 30 mins.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Next day off to the Harbour and the Seaplane terminal for a flight over to Vancouver Island, Nanaimo where we had a Nanaimo Bar tour – no, not alcohol, but famous chocolate tasting. Lunch today was at a place called ‘Cuckoo’, in Coombs – a Trattoria and Pizzeria, fantastic food and a lovely atmosphere. On the way to the Comfort Inn Hotel for our one night stay, before the exciting floatplane trip, we stopped en route at Horne Lake and the Caves, popped into Shelter Point Distillery for Whiskey tasting and a hair raising ride by jeep around the estate, all this on top of very potent Whisky.

Following morning small soft bag packed and off to the Floatplane which will take us to Knight Inlet.

I can definitely say I’ve been to see the bears, Grizzlies and Black, both with their cubs, how cute are they watching them eat mussels from semi submerged jetty posts, sedge grass and berries, all was fascinating, Bald Eagles swooping around and fishing to feed their young ones, which we all witnessed, amazing.

The magnificent Bald Eagle
The magnificent Bald Eagle

Pods of Ocra Whales, awesome. In August when the Salmon start running, apparently this is a must not to be missed, not just the fish fighting to get up stream but the bears trying to catch them and of course the cubs having to learn the technic as well.

We arrived at this very special, Knights Inlet Lodge, (Harrison Ford eat your heart out) by the 12 x seater floatplane, there is no other way in or out it, it takes approximately 25mins flying over stunning scenery from Tyee Spit the ‘floatplane base’, Campbell River. Knight Inlet is a unique floating lodge, located in the region of British Columbia known as the Great Bear Rainforest. You can borrow wellies, binoculars, walking poles, life jackets or vests, windproof jackets all sizes available and all included in the cost.

The food is delicious, there is a free bottle of wine on your table every night both red and white, the dining is buffet style and home cooked on the premises there are a choice of three dishes every night and the same for lunch, a quiet room where, on some evenings after dinner there are talks on varying tropical wildlife.

On our return to Victoria by coach we stopped at some wonderful properties en route. Butchart Gardens is a must visit, not just for the avid gardener but for the ambience and the fragrances that fill the air. The Tea Room for your afternoon tea is simply lovely.

On leaving Victoria Island we took the car ferry back to Tsawwassenmain Ferry Terminal on the main land. The scenery is breath-takingly beautiful as we pass mountains and inlets, spot Sea Lions popping their heads up, you have to be quick, they are very fast, also birds of prey circling freely to catch a fish.

So sad to be leaving this wonderful Country. Bye, Bye British Columbia and thank you.

This blog was written by Jan Colson, a member of our Symphony Fetcham team.

By Nicky Banin
29th October 2019