Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Rockies’

Canadian cowboys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 20, 2011

 
 

After saying goodbye to the mountains this morning, I experienced a totally new side of Canada at Calgary. The growing city is in the midst of prairie country, so the region has long depended on ranching as one of its main economic staples.   To celebrate this, the city holds an annual Calgary Stampede rodeo…

 

Ascending to the Heavens

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011

 
 

On my fifth day of touring with Collette Vacations, I feel as though I saw the entire Canadian Rocky Mountain range from above. The vistas from the top of the Sulfur Mountain didn’t just make me feel as though heaven was close, but that I was in heaven itself.   The Sulfur Mountain Gondola is…

 

From Switzerland to Scotland

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011

 
 

This morning I awoke inside a 1920s hotel designed after a Swiss chalet and tonight I am about to go to sleep in a 1911 hotel built like a Scottish castle. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Swiss design originated from the influence of Swiss mountaineers the hotel hired to ensure their mountain climbing guests would…

 

Remnants of the Ice Age

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 18, 2011

 
 

Today, I stood on an icefield composed of snow and layers of ice that have been in the Canadian Rockies since the last Ice Age. Weird, unearthly blue glaciers seemed to be slowly pushing their way through the enormous, sheer mountains all around me on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper.   The color white was…

 

Winter Wonderland by Train

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 17, 2011

 
 

When I heard I was riding an overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper on my tour of the Canadian Rockies, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had ridden an overnight in economy class before when I was in college where you sleep on one of six tiny pull out beds with random other travelers…