Best of Western Canada holiday review

Welcome to Cheester's review of Archers Direct Best of Western Canada coach tour. This was my wifes and I honeymoon destination and we both would like to share our fantastic breathtaking awesome experiences in British Columbia. It was a twelve day tour starting 1st September ending 12th September 2004 with the optional two night extension in Vancouver.

Day 1: London Heathrow to Vancouver

We checked in at Heathrow Terminal 3 at about noonish for a 16:00 departure. Checked in smoothly and got seats together and made our way into the departure lounge to tour the duty free shops and get some grub.

Somehow I never understand how such a major airport such as Heathrow have such crap duty free shops. We was getting hungry and decided to go for a steak at TGI Fridays but was left with utter disappointment. They had three waiting staff and a queue 20 people long, 6 free tables and we was still waiting to be seated 30 minutes later. We decided to seat ourselves and the foreign waitress told us that we must wait to be seated, only 5 minutes before a group of Germans seated themselves pushed throught the group of 20 and get served. Anyhow we ended eating at O Neils where got seated and served food all within 10 mins.

After all the malarky above we made our way to the departure gate got on the Air Canada plane (Boeing 767). We found our window seats and enjoyed the hospitality by Air Canada. The flight was good, cabin crew was good, food was ok, on board entertainment ok, the seats were good. Before we got on the plane we had enquired about first class seats and it had cost 1800 each way. After we walked through the first class department into the riff raffs department we decided that the 1800 each upgrade not worth it.

After a twelve hour flight we landed in Vancouver. We met our tour director Bryce Jackson who escorted us to our hotel along with the others that came out on the same flight. The hotel was Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver. We would rate the hotel 3 star, quite nice inside, good views from our window as we were on the 17th floor, facilities included sink, fridge, microwave and coffee machine. We would be at this hotel for two nights before moving onto the next town.

For dinner we went downstairs to Roy's which was a steak and fresh seafood restuarant. We both ordered medium steaks, and they were cooked rare which is fantastic ideal for us. Vegetables and rice was nice. (When ordering the steaks Canadians version of well done equals UK equivalent of medium, Canadians medium equals UK equivalent of rare, Canadians rare you will get UK equivalent of blue). The food was of HIGH standard and decent sized portions. Being shattered from the flight we decided to have an early night and explore more of the surrounding areas in the morning.

We had to meet the the Tour Director Bryce at 9:30am in the hotel lobby. The hotel also have a free safety deposit box, which is held at reception.

View from Century Plaza Hotel   
Views from hotel window

The next day in Vancouver

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Day 1:
UK to Vancouver

Day 2:
Vancouver
Chinatown, Gastown, Grouse Mountain, Capilino Bridge

Day 3:
Vancouver to Vernon
Okanagan Lake, O'Keefe Musuem

Day 4:
Vernon to Banff
Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park

Day 5:
Banff
Helicopter Ride, Gondola, Sulphur Mountain

Day 6:
Banff to Jasper
Lake Louise, Columbia Icefield, River rafting

Day 7:
Jasper to Prince George
Maligne Lake, Mount Robson

Day 8:
Prince George to Prince Rupert
Skeena Train

Day 9:
Prince Rupert
Seaplane, Pike Island

Day 10:
Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
Inside Passage Cruise

Day 11:
Port Hardy to Victoria
Cumberland, Chemainus

Day 12:
Victoria
Chinatown, forbidden city tour

Day 13:
Victoria to Vancouver

Day 14:
Vancouver
Granville Island, Gastown

Day 15:
Vancouver to UK
and conclusion of tour

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