Monday, October 30, 2017

Our Honeymoon- Vancouver, Whistler & Revelstoke

We had decided to take our honeymoon one week after the wedding, which meant going back to work for a week, which was weird and I'm pretty sure I was quite unproductive. But then Cam and I flew out to western Canada for a glorious THREE WEEK honeymoon! We decided shortly after getting engaged to spend our honeymoon in British Columbia and Alberta because 1) I had never been to either province and really wanted to see them and 2) my passport was going to expire a few days after the wedding and I am changing my name, so I didn't want to renew it.

We started off our trip in Vancouver, where we stayed at the GEC Granville, which we both really enjoyed! On our first full day we did the looooong walk around Stanley Park (I think I had 30,000 steps that day) and then in the evening we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge. I totally recommend exploring the park, but we were both pretty meh about the suspension bridge- it was cool, but very touristy.


The next day was Monday and we rented a car to begin our long roadtrip! Our first stop was grouse Mountain, where we did the Grouse Grind! I would like to point out here that we were totally unprepared for this climb. The trail is a 2.9km hike, with 2800ft of elevation gain. My hip was hurting from yesterday's long walk. We weren't in athletic gear (though we at least wore running shoes). We ran out of water 3/4 of the way up and it was so hot out. But we made it in 1:51! Once we reached the summit we got some lunch and then headed back down by cable car.

seriously. NEVERENDING

we made it!!

View from the top

Then we drove to Walmart to pick up a cooler and some cooking gear for camping later in the trip and we drove to Whistler! Unfortunately, upon arriving in Whistler we were so beat from Grouse Mountain that we just skipped seeing the town, ordered pizza to our gorgeous room at Aava Hotel, and called it a night. #noregrets

The next day we were up early for our longest drive of the trip- to Revelstoke! Our trip happened to coincide with the end of the horrible fires that B.C. experienced this summer. We were lucky that the roads had re-opened by the time we got there, but some parts of our trip were very smokey- and this included the drive to Revelstoke. We couldn't see more than a kilometer in each direction and we passed a lot of burnt areas.

Anyway, we arrived in Revelstoke, where we were staying for 2 nights. We had booked an adorable cabin at the KOA there- just like the one we stayed in in Cape Breton, when we got engaged #aww. It was a great little spot- they had some goats and ducks to feed, and they served up a cheap pancake breakfast each morning! Due to the fire ban, we weren't able to BBQ at the KOAs like we had planned.

The goats were named Billy and Herald

Our home!

The main thing we did in Revelstoke was drive up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the top of Mount Revelstoke. 100% recommend!! There were beautiful sights on the drive up (though a little smokey) and at the top was gorgeous tress, wildflowers, ponds...and even a less smokey view! We had taken the shuttle bus from the parking lot to the very top, but decided to hike down because it was hot up there and the wait for the shuttle looked hotter. There were a lot of signs about a Grizzly in the area :S but thankfully we never saw him/her. Actually, the only bear I saw on the trip was on the side of the road from the safety of our car!


Next we were onto Alberta!

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