Trans-Canada Rail Trek

Day 1 - October 7, 2007 – Sunday – Denver, CO to Vancouver, BC, Canada

It was cool and crisp in Monument when we left the house at 7:45 am. We stopped at Castle Rock for gas and then had open highways all the way to DIA!

This was the first time we have flown United in a few years and found many changes at the check in counters. We were able to use one of the electronic kiosks and I had no problems scanning our passports and getting our boarding passes. It is nice to know I have escaped the TSA watch list at last!

There was a long line at the main security check point so we got our morning’s exercise and walked to the A Concourse where there was less congestion. We then boarded the train to the B Concourse. There was a gate change but we had plenty of time to make the adjustments.

The flight was not full so we had all three seats with plenty of room. We left the gate four minutes early, an unusual occurrence these days!

Our flight was only 2½ hours so it was no time at all and we were hovering over Vancouver. We went through immigration easily and found our luggage carousel and then went right through customs without a problem.

We were met by a Vantage Representative who helped us get into a huge limo with two fellow travelers, Daisy and Anne from Alabama. Although it was overcast and only 49 degrees, we enjoyed the beautiful airport and the ride into the city.

We checked into the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel and were greeted by Rosalie, our Tour Director. After getting our luggage and settling in to the room we decided to go exploring. We had the rest of the afternoon and the evening free in this beautiful city.

We found a great little sports bar and had lunch/dinner and then walked for miles along the sea wall for over 3 hours. This was Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada, so many families were out in the parks and walking along the waterfront enjoying the remaining hours of sunshine. We found the 55 degree temperature with 95% humidity not to be too bad.

Our walk took us all the way to Stanley Park where we were amazed at the spectacular views of the city, mountains, and ocean surrounding Vancouver. I kept overhearing Portuguese and stopped to talk to several groups of young people who are here in school. They explained it is so much easier to come to Canada now than to enter the USA.

We found an ATM machine and were able to get cash and then headed back to the hotel at 6:30. We worked on our pictures and this journal before going to bed.

Renaissance Harbourside Hotel


I remember walking along that waterfront and Stanley Park - brings back good memories.

Carolyn Moon   October 8, 2007 - 1:33pm

I love seeing the pictures and hearing about your travels!

Kelly Durbin   October 8, 2007 - 7:13am

I really like the big sculpture in the air port! Looks green and cool there... I look forward to your travels on the train!

Eduardo Garcia   October 8, 2007 - 5:45am
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Trip Map

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Vancouver Airport

Renaissance Harbourside Hotel

Renaissance Harbourside Hotel

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