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Cana-dang, This Place is Great! – American Voyageur

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Hello again! We began our trip to Great Falls, Montana, by driving through the scenic Grand Teton National Park. The views were mind-blowing! We saw a crystal clear lake with mountains that were still snow-capped in the background, and then continued on our way to Yellowstone.

canada american voyageur blog 2 photo 1Yellowstone was filled with beautiful scenery and wildlife, like bison and bears! We weren’t sure when Old Faithful was going to erupt, but we were lucky that it erupted soon after we arrived. We also saw the Artist Paintpots and learned about the science that created them.

After visiting Great Falls, we headed to Calgary, and had fun celebrating the 4th of July on the bus before crossing the border into Canada! Our dorm rooms at the University of Calgary were right outside the city, and on our very first night, we had dinner at Jack Astor’s, where many of us had the “world famous” chicken fingers. After dinner, we went to play laser tag, which was a great way to end our first day in Calgary. The next day, we went to the Canada Olympic Park, where we all got to ride down the Olympic bobsled track with a member of the Australian bobsled team! Most people got down in about 50 seconds as the bobsled reached about 50 miles per hour!  Finally, to end our day, we went to a local recreation center, where some of us went swimming in the wave pool, while others played basketball and volleyball.

The next stop on our journey was Banff! We arrived and ate lunch around the crystal clear waters of Lake Louise, and then hiked to the Tea House. Along the hike, we stopped to admire the spectacular views! Once we reached the top of the mountain, some trip members had a snowball fight with the few snow patches that remained from the winter. After our hike, we refueled with food before heading to Lake Louise to canoe, which ended up being one of the most surreal experiences on the trip! Some of the trip members even took it upon themselves to jump into the freezing cold glacier water, whose source we explored the next day in Jasper.

canada american voyageur blog 2 photo 2Located in Jasper National Park, we boarded our Ice Explorer for a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier, and along the way we saw some mountain goats and went down some crazy hills! When we reached the top of the glacier, everyone grabbed a cup to taste the water from the glacier stream; which was arguably the best water we’ve ever tasted!

On our way back to the campsite, we stopped at Bow Falls and the dog-shaped Peyto Lake, which both had incredible views! We left Kelowna yesterday and are now in Whistler. We cannot wait to create some more amazing memories!

Until next time,

The Westcoast Blogger

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