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Sea-to-Sky and Hwy 99

• Vancouver to Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada •

To think that the mountain ranges are only footsteps away as you look at them from the streets of downtown Vancouver. The captivating beauty that continues as you go further north, towards and past the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Hwy 99), is not a route to miss while in the west.

Many scenic viewpoints and landmarks situated on this route are what propelled me to drive through highway 99 towards Kamloops, heading north on highway 5 and then south, passing through Jasper and Banff, and finally ending at Calgary. Of course, that was the initial plan. If it weren’t for heavy snowfall heading north towards Jasper, a terrifying lack of cell service, and lacking winter tires/chains, we would have taken this route.

We were ill-prepared, but we did make the best of our drive.

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To the West!

• Victoria to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada •

Passing through unique land formations and forests with unsuppressed vegetation, exerting so much effort but appearing very little  and luring your attention is what anyone would find journeying through Western Canada. A one-day in-class session on a rather nippy Saturday in April was enough of a reason for a two-week spur-of-the-moment road trip from Victoria, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta.

To unwind and mentally prepare myself for presentations for a course I took at the University of Victoria (you’ll see deer and rabbits in the gardens!), my boyfriend and I decided to arrive two days early at Sydney, BC. He knows how anxious I get with presentations and tells me that I’ll do well – and I did. Or maybe the instructors were just lenient with marking. Or maybe they took in the fact that I flew to Victoria just for this one day, like another student who came from Clarington, ON.

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