Sunday, 18 January 2015

Canada planning

Woooohoooooo it is now just 12 days until we go to Vancouver for two weeks! Though in true backpacker lazy person style, we've left pretty much everything up to the last minute.

We decided in December to finally visit the great land that is Canadia! After my closest uni friend went travelling out there, 'found himself', turned gay, married a man and now lives out there full time with a sweet as apartment and a couple of cute ferrets, Ben and I decided WE WANT A PIECE OF THAT! Maybe minus the turning gay part, but we'll see.

Ben (other/better half) is an avid snowboarder and - as he so cringe-worthily noted when we first met - 'grew up in the mountains', so I'm still astounded to this day that he's never been there. I, of course, never wanted to shell out the extortionate airfare and have previously always favoured warmer holidays. But hey, a girl can change.

We managed to find flights from London to Vancouver for an astounding £846 return for the both of us!!! Via Skyscanner and Air Transat. I'm still questioning whether these flights are even for real or not as they are so much cheaper than all the others. I guess we'll see in two weeks?!

The plan then is to head straight up to Whistler in our hire car (from Dollar) for gay pride weekend (ON ICE!) and spend a couple of nights at our friends' cabin a short drive from Blackcomb mountain.

Whistler looks incredible and I cannot wait to get out on the mountains after not skiing for 10 YEARS! I'm expecting to be the worst person out there, so I'm already prepared for that. As a fall back plan, I've also been looking into visiting the Olympic park and having a go at bobsledding. Yes, mostly because of cool runnings, but can you blame me? It looks immense! And my wardrobe is already 80% spandex, so I'm pretty sure I'm off to a good start.

Oh and then there's this...

*poops pants*

After Whistler (if I can ever prise Ben away from the snow) we have a good couple of days to play with where hopefully we'll catch up with another friend who's out by Powell River and do some sightseeing. Mental note: we should probably book our accommodation for this pretty damn soon!

I found us a really cute apartment block back in downtown Vancouver for the last four nights of our trip so we can actually spend a few days alone to see the place at our own pace. For this I finally made my first booking via Airbnb! The complex has a hot tub, swimming pool and gym all for free, along with what seems like so many other places over there. London seriously needs to have a word with itself, our rent is more expensive than this place and definitely does not have a hot tub!

Cue excited squeal

I'm hoping to get lots of hikes in as well as day trips to Vancouver Island, Victoria and wherever else anyone suggests to me. I've been told quite a few national parks will be closed due to the season, but I'm remaining positive that there will be plenty to do still :)

Do you have any BC travel tips or suggestions for us? We'll be there for two weeks and we hope to cram as much in as possible. For now, to the snow centre in Hemmel to remember how to ski!

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