My agency is £750 so I suppose it's around the same in dollars? Just waiting for my visa application now and to see whether I got my first preference of banff...fingers crossed! Good luck to you too, let me know how you get on :) x
Yes my visa application is being processed so I am going through all the correct channels.
Basically, this agency are in partnership with Go International in Vancouver and they hold recruitment contracts with the ski resorts Sunshine Village, Panorama and a few others.
I'll be on the offical Canada Working Holiday programme but by paying an agency fee in the UK, it gaurentees me work for when I get there as it'll all be pre-arranged and I wont have the trouble of trying to find work in a very competitive market.
I've done extensive research on this company as they offer opportunities worldwide, both working and volunteering and I've also spoken to people who have been to canada on the programme and they said it was great
We visited the Rocky Mountains in June, and found that at this time of the year, when a lot of the Snow had gone, the wildflowers had begun to flower.
By mid-July, everywhere in the mountains, you will see hillsides and meadows blanketed in a huge array of colours.
Although there are flowers from as early as late March through until
the peak flowering time in Banff National Park at all elevations is from mid-July to mid-August.
Of course, different species are flowering at different times.
The photo is of a Western Anenome which was flowering in profusion at Peyto Lake.
There is an entry fee to enter most of the National Parks in Canada. The fee may seem a bit steep to some people, but keep in mind that Banff has an incredible amount of visitors each year, and the money goes towards maintenance, services, facilities, wages, etc.
When you arrive, there is a toll booth set up. There are a few lanes to go through if you are staying in Banff where you pay the fee, and another lane or two you can just drive through if you're just driving through. Some people go through the drive through lane, but still stay in Banff, not paying the fee. I don't agree with this at all.
We all want to enjoy our National Parks, so please do the right thing and pay the fee.
There are also yearly passes available.
More info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/tarifs-fees_e.asp?park=1
Most traveller these days rely upon the internet and often it is difficult to find a provider of good service.
We found the Underground at 211 Banff Ave in the centre of town had fast internet, helpful service should you need it, card readers and allowed you to burn your photos at no extra charge.
Is you are visiting Banff go on the Condola Cable Car up to Sulpher Mountain. Owned by Brewsters.
Wonderful sight from the top as you can see over Banff with the mountains all around you.
Sulphur Mountain Gondola
From the Cave and Basin proceed back towards the Bow River bridge on Cave Ave. and proceed passed the bridge. Cave Ave. becomes Spray Ave. Turn right at the first light onto Mountain Boulevard and continue up Mountain passed the Rimrock Hotel. Turn left into the Sulphur Mountain Gondola parking lot.
Fondest memory: A fond memory of Banff and will miss seeing those mountain and lake views more than anything.
I truly enjoyed the mix of people Zal and I met along the way. At first when you sign up for things, you're never sure how the group dynamics is going to turn out.
We later chose people we wanted to travel with cos it's easier in making joint decisions. But we found most travellers who had signed up for the same thigns as us, were of a certain maturity and it was really comfortable travelling with them.
Something I didn't feel so adept with in Vietnam and Cambodia. Then again I was literally on a shoestrong budget then, so everything changes.
Fondest memory: This place where we all camped was such a stunner. We used to sit on this patio jutting over the water (btw, the current is fast!) and have sandwiches and share jokes about each other.
Here is Maria, me, Zoe, Nigel and Zal looking pensive :)
Favorite thing: it's a bit pricey but there is no better way to get a bird's eye view of Banff and the surrounding mountains than by taking the gondola up Sulphur Mountain. There are restaurants and shops on top.
Favorite thing: Lake louise is nice but Lake Moran which is so close is nicer . Rented a canoe in this small bright blue lake .It felt surreal . You can have lunch there . Don't miss it!!!!
One of my fondest memories is the condola ride up sulpher moutain which towers above the town of Banff a
You could also see the Banff Springs Hotel below..
Way above the clouds.
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