Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
My wife and I spend Christmas in British Columbia, travelling there by train. From Montreal, it takes 4 days in all, including an overnight stay in Toronto between trains.
On Vancouver Island we travelled first to Comox, then down the island to Victoria. We stopped at an excellent Bakery in Chemainus for lunch and to view all the murals there.
After a 2-night stay in Victoria with our friends, wetook the Ferry to Saltspring Island, a long-standing item on our `wish list`. Enjoying the sights, sounds, and food, we spent 2 nights at a B&B, departing for Surrey on December 24th at 5am. With the Ferry from Long Harbour leaving at 6:15am, we needed to be in line early.
After spending 2 nights at my sister-in-laws, we drove back through Vancouver, taking the Ferry for Bowen Island at Horseshoe Bay. There we stayed in a `floating house` in the Marina next to the Ferry Dock. Built on a cushion of BC Fir logs, it floats gently tethered to the pier. Each arriving ferry rocks it gently.
Our only disappointment was the food at a nearby restaurant! My `Shrimp and Crab Cannaloni` had only the taste of seafood in a puree. The chocolate lavour `Creme Brulee` dessert was just a cold chocolate pudding from the `fridge` with a `brulee` toping.
Our last night in Vancouver was spent at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. By calling the Vancouver Tourism Office directly, I had been able to book a room for just $219.00; $50 less than the best available `on-line` price.
We arrived in Toronto on New Year`s Eve to have our sleep disturbed by the young people celebrating in their various Hotel rooms.
After taking the train on New Years Day,travelling in First Class, we arrived home tired but pleased with the advanture.