Island Travel Inn

Island Travel Inn

Island Travel Inn

As we continue with our hotel reviews from our recent trip through Northern USA and Canada, we now look at our stay in Victoria. Victoria is a beautiful city, it is also the capital of British Columbia. Situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, it is the ferry gateway from Seattle and Port Angeles.

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Harbour View

We arrived via ferry from Port Angeles, Washington. Our accommodation for our 2 night stay is Island Travel Inn, Douglas Street. Located on one of the main thoroughfares of Victoria it is a leisurely 18 minute walk to the harbour. It is comprised of three floors with four types of room choices, ranging from $99 through to $139 per night. Island Travel Inn has a wide varied of food choices within a 5-8 minute walk to cater to all taste palettes. Bookings can be made via Bookings.com.

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Legislative Assembly Building

Island Travel Inn Review

We elected to stay at Island Travel Inn, due to its location, price and reviews. However, with reviews that can vary from 5 stars to 1 star, so this can be a fickle way to choose.

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Reception

We went for the standard King room, which had two king beds, which was located on the ground floor. That was nice, as there were no stairs to navigate. The room itself was spacious, clean and seemingly well maintained. It had all the amenities we needed in the room, fridge, coffee maker, air conditioning and free WIFI. The pillows were not too hard or too tall. The seats in the room were very comfortable and free parking was available. I always like to check the water pressure of the shower and how long the hot water lasts. Here at the Island Travel Inn they were both good.

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King Room

There is also a guest laundry however there was only one washing machine and one dryer. Thankfully there was nobody using it when I needed to do our laundry. The staff were helpful and friendly. On the downside, the beds were too hard for my liking, some of the lights didn’t work and there was some street noise as well. Overall, we found our stay at the Island Travel Inn to be very comfortable and very affordable. If we were to visit Victoria again, we would not hesitate to stay here again.

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View Towards Downtown

Island Travel Inn Rating

Rooms: ****

Price: ****

Location: *****

Hotel Service: ****

Address: 1850 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8T 4K6, Canada
Phone: +1 250-590-6307

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Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

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Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Sandman Inn Blue River

Sandman Inn Blue River

Sandman Inn Blue River

Heading off from Kamloops we point the car towards Sandman Inn, Blue River on highway 5 for our next night stay. The distance is only about 230 km. However, we have some stops to make along the way. The first stop is Sun Peaks Resort, we take the turn off along Highway 5. Sun Peaks Resort is approximately a 70 km round trip from highway 5.

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While this adds more time to our trip it was worth the detour. It looks like it would be lovely to have a skiing holiday here in the winter season.

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This little hamlet exudes a feeling of cosiness and charm that would be magic in winter. In front of us still lay several hours of travel so we must depart Sun Peaks bound for Clearwater.

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Clearwater lays halfway between Kamloops and Sandman Inn Blue River. However, the reason for our visit is Spahats Falls.Taking a left turn into Clearwater Valley Road from highway 5 we travel 11 km to the carpark at Spahats Falls. The free carpark is large, there are toilets and a food vending truck located here. From the carpark it is a leisurely 5 minute walk along a track to see the falls.

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The fall is majestic and can be viewed from several vantage points along the trail. Great spot to capture some beautiful waterfall pictures. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to soak it all in.

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On your way out make sure to grab a hot dog and fries, they were really good. Again, we hit the road, our final destination Sandman Inn Blue River. Continuing along highway 5 following the meandering North Thompson River on one side and pine trees on the other. It is such a lovely part of the world that we are experiencing.

Sandman Inn Blue River Arrival

Pulling into Sandman Inn Blue River around 4 in the afternoon we check in and head to our room. We are quite surprised at how lovely it is, looks like the rooms have been recently renovated. The rooms have modern amenities, queen bed, air conditioning, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, alarm clock and tv. Shower has good water pressure and the hot water lasted for both our showers. There is an on-site restaurant, rooms very quiet, free Wi-Fi in room, pillows are ok, bed is not too hard, friendly and helpful staff and free parking. The only cons were there are lots of mosquitoes and no safe in room. However, these are not significant issues.

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We had dinner at The Grill, the meals were ok nothing special. The service was very slow but, I believe one of the staff didn’t turn up for work. No big problem as we sat and admired the hummingbirds while we waited for our meals. These birds are amazing how they hover, and their wings move so fast. Trying to catch them with my camera was a bit of a challenge though I did get a couple of half decent shots.

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Going outside was an experience as the mosquitoes were on you in a second and there were loads of them. Aeroguard (aussie for bug spray) would have been ideal at this particular moment 😊. The Sandman Inn Blue River had a lovely view across to the mountains which looked beautiful early in the morning. Overall the Sandman Inn Blue River was worth the stay.

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Sandman Inn Blue River Rating

Rooms: *****

Price: *****

Location: *****

In-house Restaurant: ***

Restaurant Service: ***

Hotel Service: *****

Address: 795 Highway 5 South, Blue River, BC V0E 1J0, Canada
Phone: +1 250-673-8364 

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Andrew & Carolyn

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Home » Canada

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
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Peyto Lake Canada

Peyto Lake Canada

Peyto Lake Canada

Astounding doesn’t quite convey the staggering beauty that greets me as I step onto the viewing platform. Surreal turquoise coloured water, spectacular mountains rising from the valley, stunning panoramic vistas span every direction. If heaven has an advertising poster this would be its image. Fifty two years of life and never have I gazed upon such a breathtaking landscape. Peyto Lake is etched indelibly in my mind. For this reason I would urge everyone to visit this amazing lake, if you get the opportunity. You will not be disappointed.

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Peyto Lake is named after an early trapper and trail guide from the Banff area Bill Peyto. It lies between Mount Jimmy Simpson, Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and sits 1860 metres above sea level. Measuring 2.8 kilometres long by 800 metres wide it is fed mainly by Peyto Creek which gets water from Peyto Glazier. In the summer months glazier rock flour flows into the lake in substantial amounts. Hence, these rock particles give the lake its amazing bright turquoise colour. Peyto Lake’s outflow is also the head of Mistaya River. Bow Summit is the highest point on the Icefields Parkway and is the best vantage point to view Peyto Lake.

Getting to Peyto Lake

Lake Peyto is situated in the heart of Banff National Park Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. To access Bow Summit car park, you will need to travel along the AB-93 Icefields Parkway. Travel south from Jasper 188 kilometres or 43 kilometres north from Lake Louise to reach the entrance. Once on the access road there are two car parks. If you travel to the end of the access road there is a limited amount of car spots but the walk to the viewing platform is relatively flat and easy. However, parking at the lower car park you will find lots of parking spots and 2 bio toilets.

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Although, the walk/hike of approximately 1.5 kilometres to the viewing platform is taxing. So long as you are fit this inclined walk will be no problems. For those that are elderly or unfit it will be about 30 minutes, including shorts stops to catch your breath. For this reason, my suggestion is to check for available spots in the top car park or drop off elderly or unfit passages here. Another key point, both top and bottom trails are paved. However, proper walking shoes are a must, particularly when the snow and ice start to melt.

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Important Info

Best Time to Visit: in general, as with most popular tourist attractions Peyto Lake gets very busy. Arriving early before 10 am or late afternoon will help you avoid the crowds and tour buses. It is open all year round with summer being the busiest period. However, any time of year will give you a stunning vista. Although, you will need to be careful on the walk, in winter.

Fees: Peyto Lake is situated in Banff National Park and therefore park fees are required. Current fees can be located at Parks Canada website. As an illustration, we were in the park for 6 nights and had a car with four Adults and it cost us $120 CAD (May 2018). However, if you are on a tour into Banff National Park these fees should be included in your tour.

Amenities: There are 2 bio toilets located at the bottom car park. However, there are no shops, so make sure you bring water and food should you require it. As a matter of fact, the closest lodging is 6.5 kilometres south called Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Otherwise more lodging and shops can be found at Lake Louise.

Quick Tip Guide

  • Arrive early before 10am to afford crowds or late afternoon
  • Bring water and food as there are no shops.
  • Wear proper walking shoes
  • Pack for different weather conditions as it can change quickly.
  • Carry bug spray as the bugs can be very friendly.
  • Try to park at the top car park limited spaces.
  • Be prepared for a steep climb from bottom car park.

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Home » Canada

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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My Top Five

My Top Five

My Top Five !!!!!

Canada has always been a bucket list destination of ours not only because of the spectacular scenery. Also, there was the chance of capturing my big 5 list (bear, wolf, bald eagle, moose and caribou) on camera. Albeit the chances of capturing these animals in the 3 weeks we had in Canada, I knew might be challenging. However, you never know your luck!!!

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Caution Bears

 

With all eyes peeled from the car for any signs of the big 5. We were leaving no stone unturned in our quest to grab those elusive shots I was after. The kilometres passed, multitude of animal crossing signs and blurry eyes. Lots of what’s that, there’s one oh….wait no it’s not and not even a bit of fur did we see. We were beginning to think that all the hype of wildlife was a fantasy. Furthermore, we would likely come home with zero pictures of the top 5.

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Bald Eagle at The Raptors

 

Did I mention the scenery? WOW from majestic mountains to incredible lakes it was hard to be disappointed at the lack of wildlife. Every turn, every hill crest, every bridge we were mesmerised and then BAM…… “look there’s a bear”.
Where, where!! were the cries. Up ahead the outline of a bear on the verge next to the road. About 3 cars had already pulled over to watch this magnificent animal graze on the vegetation. Fifteen minutes later and loads of images shot we decided to move on. Allowing others to grab some pictures of this amazing animal.

Canada Bear….. Tick

“One down four to go” hopefully it would not take as long to encounter the next on our list. Jasper turned out to be a haven for wildlife, albeit not the species I was after, but nevertheless worthy of a good captured image. Birds of prey had been flying overhead for most of the trip but too high to photograph, fortunately we made a stop at “The Raptors” wildlife park, where I was able to take some wonderful images of the Bald Eagles. Yes…….. two of five captured life is good 😊.

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Bighorn Sheep at Medicine Lake

 

Question now was ….. would I succeed and shoot my last three animals, or would it be, that another trip to Canada would be required? The latter was looking more and more likely. We had yet to encounter a wolf, caribou or moose, but we hadn’t lost hope. A moose was spotted via binoculars and we were able to capture an image. Unfortunately, you could barely make it out, so I couldn’t really count that. However, we were graced with an abundance of chipmunks, marmots, squirrels, deer and a herd of Bighorn Sheep which was not to be sneezed at but lacked the punch of my last three.

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Chipmunk near lake in Canada

Still Searching!!!!

So, after three weeks and countless kilometres driven, still three of my top five animals were yet to be immortalised on my cameras digital sensor. Thus, another trip to Canada will need to be planned with the expectations of completing the mission started in 2018. Canada be prepared for the return of one hopeful photographer and his dream of capturing his top 5.

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Deer on road to Sun Peaks

 

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

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Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
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