As I look back on my last three months in Canada, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have had such amazing experiences in such a short amount of time. My trip is far from over but here is a little snapshot of what I have been up to...
Vancouver gave me a taste of city life in Canada for a tourist; Hostels, new food, pub crawls and town tours. I got the real tourist experience while touring Stanley Park, seeing Lions Gate Bridge and the amazing Totem Poles crafted by the First Nations People.
If you’re a night owl and love city living, Vancouver is a must see. There’s something for absolutely everyone when it comes to the city’s best nightspots. It’s got world-class music venues, craft beer houses, burlesque shows and everything in between.
Banff was a short stop on the way to my destination, Fairmont Hot Springs. But it charmed me enough that I go back regularly!
While staying in a hostel I ran into some fellow Australians from Dubbo. I was convinced after a pint (or two) and a game of pool to go on yet another pub crawl. Banff nightlife is a lot like Australian nightlife; that is, you’ll run into a lot of Aussies working at the bar or just in Banff for that sweet winter snow season.
Along with the Ski Hills and pubs, Banff has an amazing First Nations Museum, called Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum that I just had to visit! Culture is an important part of my life and being able to learn more about the traditional owners of the land in the area where I’m travelling will always be in the forefront of my mind.
Fairmont Hot Springs
I’ve been blessed to be able to call Fairmont my home for the last three months. The view in the picture above is from my backyard, at 6am! How can I not be lucky?
I work at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, home to the largest natural mineral hot spring in Canada. Everyone here is fantastic, I’ve met people who will always have a place to stay when visiting Australia! Being welcomed by a tight-knit community is great, I feel like i’m on a holiday that doesn’t end.
In Fairmont itself I have been able to – learn how to play golf, hike, float down a river (on what looks like a inflatable mattress), kayak, relax in the hot springs and attended more karaoke nights than I have in my entire life back home.
Not only do I feel like I’m in University again with all the partying and staff accommodation, but you experience people from all over Canada, learning new phrases and tasting new food and drinks. I will be sad to leave this place in a few months, but until then Fairmont is home.
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