It's been another great travel year in Canada for Closet Canuck. Although this is the first year in some time that I haven't touched down in Quebec (I miss La belle Province!), I managed to have plenty of adventures to British Columbia. And I used just about every form of public transportation:
I'm already looking forward to 2009. Oh, there are some concerns. The Washington State Ferries, in all their "wisdom," are once again threatening to cancel the ferry service between Anacortes, WA and Sidney, BC. This is a marine highway, Washington, so save some $$ elsewhere!
Train: Amtrak from Everet, WA to Vancouver; VIA Rail Canada from Victoria-Courtenay
Float Plane: Kenmore Air from Seattle to Victoria, Seattle to Tofino; Pacific Coastal Airlines from Vancouver to Sechelt (Rockwater Secret Cove Resort)
Wheeled Plane: Pacific Coastal Airlines from Vancouver to Campbell River (April Point Lodge)
Ferries: Washington State Ferries from Anacortes to Sidney; BC Ferries from Tsawwassen to Victoria
Buses: Pacificcoach from Vancouver to Victoria
Automobile: I still like the train best
And of course the economy is affecting all of us on either side of the 49th Parallel. But with the excitement surrounding the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (I'm going to the Sarah McLachlan concert in Vancouver on Feb. 12, 2009 that kicks off the "one year to go" mark) and the big change in U.S. politics, things are not as gloom and doom as we're led to believe. Now I just have to figure out how Canadian politics works!
Happy New Year from Sue Frause, Closet Canuck
That's me in the bright green jacket (and the Kokanee!), third from the left, with three fellow travel journalists from Canada. We're enjoying sailing off Rockwater Secret Cove Resort.