Our mixed tour group of 40 travelers hailed mostly from West Michigan along with two smaller groups from Virginia and Montana. We traveled by plane, by luxurious motorcoach, on cruise ferries, and on the incredible Rocky Mountaineer Train. From start to finish, every detail of our 10-day adventure was all-inclusive and arranged by Holiday Vacations. We were led by Lamb, who prides herself on delivering unsurpassed personal service so we all could sit back, relax and leave the details to her. Meals and accommodations throughout were top shelf. James guaranteed the weather and came through with 10 bluebird days without a drop of rain. He even managed to have all our plane connections on time with no lost luggage to boot! On day one, accompanied by Lamb, the West Michigan group departed from Gerald Ford Airport on Delta Airlines to make a connecting flight and hook up with the two smaller groups in Minneapolis. In Seattle, Wash., we spent the late afternoon and enjoyed overnight accommodations with an incredible unobstructed view of Mt. Rainier from our hotel room windows. On the following days, we visited the Canadian cities of Victoria on the island of Vancouver, Vancouver City on the mainland of British Columbia, Kamloops B.C., plus Banff and Calgary in the Canadian Province of Alberta. At each stop along the way, a local guide joined us aboard comfortable well-appointed motorcoaches to expertly narrate information of the areas’ history and local attractions. At points during each motorcoach tour, we disembarked to get a first-hand feel and taste of what we were seeing. We could write a book about what we experienced on this tour. But unless you had experienced it yourself, words would not suffice. This is really a story of natural wonders, of breathtaking vistas, endless snowcapped majestic mountains, rushing streams, waterfalls, azure blue lakes, and abundant wildlife. We even witnessed a lightning-caused forest fire on the train segment. All along the way, we were struck by the hospitality and friendliness of our Canadian neighbors to the north. Too numerous to individually mention, some of our favorite trip highlights include Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Capilano Suspension Bridge (including a walk in the rainforest treetops), the amazing Rocky Mountaineer Railroad, glacier-fed Moraine Lake, and the Columbia […]
Recently, Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill traveled to the Canadian Rockies with a bundle of The Rockford Squire newspapers and a 40-member tour group hosted by retired Wood TV8 Chief Meteorologist Craig James. Pictured (from left) are our globe-hopping staffers Nancy and Cliff, along with horse trainer and equestrian Marjas Becker of Gainesville, Fla., and Craig James, who came through on a guarantee of perfect weather for the entire 10 days. The unbelievably turquoise blue lake in the background is Peyto Lake, a glacial lake at the base of 7,000-foot Bow Mountain. Here, 100 miles north of Banff, Alberta Canada, the group displays recent Squire editions. James is holding the Dec. 3, 2008, edition where he received front-page coverage in debunking the current theory of placing total blame on mankind for being the entire cause of the latest cycle of global warming. Watch next weeks Squire for the whole story.