Canada North America


Stories and Photos from my travels around Canada.

DestinationNorth America 》 Canada

Year Visited: 2008 – Dec; 2009 – Feb; 2009 – Jun; 2010 – Jun.

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometers (3.85 million square miles), making it the largest country in North America and the second-largest country in the world by land area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometers (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries.

I have travelled to Canada more than 15 times, mostly for business trips. I have only few pictures of Canada from my family vacations. 

Pictures below are from four cities; a business trip to Edmonton, Alberta; a business trip to Montreal, Québec; a family trip to Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia; and family trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario. In addition to above trips, I have made multiple Business trips to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Halifax; unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from those trips as there was no good camera on mobile phones in those days.

Edmonton, Alberta: December 2008.

During December 2008, I made a business trip to Edmonton the capital city of Alberta. Edmonton is very cold during winter, so most time was spent in the hotel and at work. Just one day we visited West Edmonton Mall, the largest enclosed sopping mall in the North America.

Taking a smaller Embraer 175 plane from Seattle to Edmonton.
Very Impressive Glass Wall at Seattle SeaTac airport.
View of Mount Rainier from the air.
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, a View from my client’s office, the North Saskatchewan River is almost frozen.

The Low Level Bridge, originally known simply as the Edmonton Bridge, completed in 1900, was the first bridge across the North Saskatchewan River.
The Edmonton Riverboat, formerly known as the Edmonton Queen, primary operates during the summer months as during the cold weather the North Saskatchewan River is often iced-over throughout the winter.
More snow/cold the next day. You can hardly see water in the North Saskatchewan River
One of the residential street of Edmonton.
Ice Palace, a scaled-down version of a National Hockey League (NHL) regulation-sized ice rink located in West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America and was the world’s largest mall until 2004..
The world’s largest indoor wave pool as part of the World Waterpark in West Edmonton Mall.
A pirate ship at West Edmonton Mall.
The orange glow rakes across the horizon before Sunrise. A view from my hotel room.

After four days in Edmonton, it was a time to fly back home to Dallas.

Montreal, Quebec: February 2009.

During February 2009, just two months after visiting cold Edmonton, I made a business trip to colder Montreal, the second-most populous city in Canada and most populous city in Quebec. The city of Montreal is set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city.

Montreal is very cold during winter, so most time was spent at work and walking above ground near the hotel. Montreal is well-known for its Underground City (officially RESO), an impressive network connecting pedestrian thoroughfares to office towers, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial complexes, convention halls, universities, performing arts venues, restaurants, bistros, subway stations and more, in and around Downtown, the most densely populated part of Montreal. It is the largest underground complex in the world with 32 km (20 mi) of tunnels over 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi). According to official statistics, its corridors link up with 10 metro stations, 2 bus terminals, 1,200 offices, about 2,000 stores including 2 major department stores, approximately 1,600 housing units, 200 restaurants, 40 banks, movie theatres providing 40 screens and other entertainment venues, 7 major hotels, 4 universities, Place des Arts, a cathedral, the Bell Centre, and 3 exhibition halls: the Place Bonaventure, the Convention Centre and the Olympic Centre. The underground network is very useful during Montreal’s long cold winter.

Pictures below are from my customer’s office and from me walking above ground near the hotel.

Arrived in the late evening at my home away from home. Back in the days I was spending more than 150 nights a year in Marriott properties worldwide.
A delicious French chocolate was waiting for me in the room.
Next morning, a view from the hotel lounge.
A view from customer’s office. Walked through The Underground City ( RESO) to reach from my hotel to customer’s office.
A view from customer’s office; must be an important city government building as it has the city, province and country flags flying over its roof.
Notre-Dame Basilica in the historic district of Old Montreal, constructed between 1824 and 1829,  is the most visited monuments in Montreal. Notre-Dame Basilica has always been the site for grand events, from state funerals to celebrity weddings, including wedding of Celine Dion in 1994.
St. George’s Anglican Church, completed in 1870, is named for Saint George, the patron saint of England.
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montreal. The building, completed in 1894, is a scale model of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
The Macdonald Monument, a monument to the first Prime Minister of Canada, located at Place du Canada. The statue was toppled during an anti-racism demonstration in Montreal during August 2020.
One of the two cannons, flanking the Macdonald monument, were used in the Crimean War (1853-56) and were a gift from Queen Victoria to the City of Montreal in 1892, to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city.
One of the residential street of Montreal, covered in snow.
Monument of Jacques Cartier, a French-Breton maritime explorer, in Saint Henri Square. Jacques Cartier was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River.
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral at night.
Warm and Spicy Indian food while snowing outside.
So much snow, you can climb up to the second floor window.
Parked my rental car next to a pile of snow for comparison.

After four days in Montreal, it was a time to fly back home to warmer Dallas.

Victoria, British Columbia: June 2009.

I have visited Victoria, the capital of the province of British Columbia, two times; the first time was in December 1994 during Christmas, though I don’t have any digital pictures from that trip to share here; second time was as a Port of Call during our seven days Carnival cruise in Jun 2009 spending less than 10 hours in this beautiful city.

Victoria’s streets will make you think you’ve been transported to a charming English village. The downtown area features colorful Victorian buildings with floral hanging baskets everywhere. Back in 1994 we found people playing game of Cricket and double-decker bus.

Pictures below are from Jun 2009.

Our cruise ship arriving in Victoria Harbor.
Neil and Raul are posing with family friends. Carnival Splendor ship was the largest Carnival ship at the time.
Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf, home to many colorful float homes.
Few transport options to explore Victoria.
A simple Manhole Cover in the city of Victoria, one of the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843.
Inner Harbor area of Victoria.
In the background is the The Empress Hotel, Opened in 1908, is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria and one of the two most famous landmarks.
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings, completed in 1897, is one of the two most famous landmarks of Victoria.
Neil and Raul at the Inner Harbor, the most happening place in the city. The British Columbia Parliament Buildings in the background.
Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown, which is also the second-oldest one in North America (San Francisco’s is the oldest).
Walking around beautiful Victoria.
You can fly to Vancouver by taking one of these Sea Planes
Victoria had many painted Eagles all over the city, Neil decided to take pictures with them.
Neil with more painted Eagles.
Back on the cruise ship. We got upgraded to full balcony room during this trip.
Vancouver Island.
Saying good bye to beautiful Victoria. Next port of call: Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia.

Vancouver, British Columbia: June 2009.

I have visited Vancouver, the largest city of the province of British Columbia, multiple times; the first time was in December 1994 during Christmas, though I don’t have any digital pictures from that trip to share here; after that multiple business trips to this picturesque city, again no pictures from those trips too. The last time was as a Port of Call during our seven days Carnival cruise in Jun 2009 spending less than 10 hours in this beautiful city.

Vancouver was originally named Gastown and began as a settlement which grew around the site of a makeshift tavern. Today, Vancouver is the most densely populated and one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada: 52% of its residents are not native English speakers, and 50.6% of residents belong to visible minority groups.

Vancouver has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for more than a decade.

Pictures below are from Jun 2009.

High Rises and Mountains of Vancouver, one of the Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities.
Kids are ready to disembark and explore Vancouver.
Gastown Steam Clock, the first steam clock ever built, located in Vancouver’s Gastown, which was the original townsite from which Vancouver grew in the 1870s. Despite seeming like a remnant of the Victorian era, the Steam Clock was built in 1977.
First time I saw a steam clock, had to take a picture with it.
Raul with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Bear.
Vancouver’s Chinatown is Canada’s largest Chinatown. The city holds one of the largest concentrations of ethnic Chinese residents in North America. Almost 30% of the city’s inhabitants are of Chinese heritage.
A traditional grocery store in the China Town.
Neil and Raul got new Hockey Jerseys
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first Chinese garden built outside of China.
In Chinese garden of Vancouver.
The Chinatown Memorial Monument with two bronze figures; a railway worker and a Second World War solider. The figures recognize Chinese Canadians’ contribution in developing and defending Canada.
Neil found many more painted Eagles in Vancouver.
Neil with Painted Eagles.
Neil with Painted Eagles.
Raul found a painted dolphin.
These seaplanes can fly you to many nearby cities, including Victoria.
Back to Cruise ship.
Kids playing card in our cabin.
Carnival Splendor, the largest Carnival ship at the time.
Sunset over Pacific Ocean.

Niagara Falls, Ontario: June: 2010.

During June of 2010, I drove from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls for a family vacation. Niagara Falls is a world famous tourist place with the main attraction being a group of three waterfalls located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, spanning the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States.

On the way to Niagara Falls, taking a break near a beautiful lake.
Our Room at Marriott Fallsview.
View from our Hotel room. The twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario on the left side, and Niagara Falls, New York on the right side, are separated by the Rainbow Bridge.
View from our Hotel room, we can see both HorseShoe Falls and American Falls.
Neil and Raul enjoying Chocolate Milk and cake at the Marriott Executive Lounge.
The Skylon Tower in the background.
At ‘Journey Behind The Falls’, a must visit place. You can experience Up to 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls every second, traveling 65 kilometers per hour.
View from our room at night.
Another must do attraction is the Maid of the Mist Boat ride, that can bring you right next to the roaring Niagara Falls.
The ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat near the HorseShoe Falls.
American Falls and Rainbow Bridge, a view from ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat.
Another view of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.
Beautiful Memory. Yes, It is a touristy picture.
A view from our hotel room.

After couple of days in Niagara Falls, it was a time to drive back to home in USA.

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