Ontario to British Columbia, Canada: A Photo Journey

Our experience at Niagara Falls was still vividly etched in our minds. After managing to catch a few hours of sleep, we have to continue with our journey. Our friends dropped us at Toronto Pearson International Airport for our 6:45 am flight to Vancouver.

Toronto was starting to wake up but we’re already thousands of feet above it.

Above Toronto

With Swiss-clock precision, the plane arrived at Vancouver International Airport at the scheduled arrival time of 9:10 am. We purchased Skytrain tickets at one of the machines in the airport for Surrey, BC. We boarded a Canada Line train bound for Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. Travel time is about 25 minutes.

The train started to move and here’s a couple of our first glimpses of Vancouver.

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

We changed trains at Waterfront Station. A friendly staff offered to help with our journey. Thanks but we’re already in the right platform for the Expo Line train that will take us to Surrey. London Underground is more complicated.

On our way, we saw Science World museum like a giant egg nested in winter trees.

Science Museum

We also saw BC Place stadium, the largest multipurpose venue in British Columbia. It hosts sport, exhibitions, concerts and other events.

BC Place Stadium

It’s winter wonderland in the whole of Canada, I guess as the train nears our destination – King George Station, the last Expo Line station.

On the way to Surrey

A friend picked us up at the station and drove us to her place, Odyssey Towers where my family will stay for the next five nights.

Odyssey Towers

My family with our host, another childhood friend whom I have not seen for almost forty years. Thanks Facebook, what will life be without you?


Who and where are the people in our neighbourhood? In our neighbourhood?


Out walking

We’re physically in Canada but our body clock is still in the UK (British Columbia is 8 hours behind London). We decided to rest and catch some precious hours of sleep.

Later in the afternoon and to the missus’ delight, we went to nearby Central City, a shopping centre in Surrey, to buy some groceries and other stuff.

Central City

Tomorrow will be a busy day for us. Our plan is to go back to downtown Vancouver to check Waterfront, meet another friend over lunch, visit Stanley Park and squeeze other things to do and see if we still have time.

21 thoughts on “Ontario to British Columbia, Canada: A Photo Journey

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  2. Julie Cao

    Vancouver is one of my favorite cities in Canada and I am glad you decide to explore the Stanley Park, the waterfront and other places. It such a nice city with so many to offer and Stanley Park is a very beautiful place and it takes a day to explore.Hope you enjoy your visit and explore many places as you can with your family and friends.

    1. Ash Post author

      Stanley Park is indeed beautiful and we explored only a small area of it. We certainly enjoyed our visit and hope to come back again.

  3. Mel I TravelingMel

    Vancouver is such a pretty city anyways, but even lovelier with those snowy mountains behind it. I bet your next five days will be quite fun once you get past the jet lag. Isn’t great to reconnect with friends via Facebook?

    1. Ash Post author

      Vancouver was pretty and fun! Definitely, connecting with friends thru Facebook whom I have not seen for ages was brilliant.

  4. Clare

    I visited Vancouver a few years ago and its a great city. It was great to look at your photos and be reminded of some of the places I had been. I was there at the end of May so no snow but it does look magical with the snow, just not sure I could cope with the cold though!!

    1. Ash Post author

      Vancouver is great regardless of the season and I find its winter as not that cold, so I suppose you can cope with it.

  5. Grace

    As a little girl I used to watch Danger Bay Tv series and dreamt about living in Vancouver! There are places where winter looks beautiful and Canada is definitely one of them!

  6. Lauren

    Looked like you had an amazing time! It’s so great to see you catch up with old friends, gotta love Facebook for that!

    1. Ash Post author

      We had an amazing time and credit to Facebook for reconnecting and be able to catch up with old friends.

  7. Only By Land

    You managed to enjoy a mini tour on the sky train to Surrey! It’s good to arrive in a well organised country where you can easily and efficiently travel from the airport to your destination. Hope day 2 at Stanley Park is fun as well.

    1. Ash Post author

      It’s hassle-free to travel in Vancouver and enjoyable too! Stanley Park turned out to be fun as well although we explored only a small part of it.

  8. Ivy

    Welcome to my home town! We usually don’t get this much snow (sometimes none at all) so you’re in for a treat this year 😛 Glad you like it so far. I hope you have time to do a day trip to Whistler if you ski or snowboard! The conditions are amazing this season.

    1. Ash Post author

      Yeah, our friends told that it was the first time in many years that Vancouver had that much snow. We were not able to go to Whistler but have visited Grouse Mountain instead which is fabulous.

  9. Noemi of Pinay Flying High

    Looks like you won’t get bored with the ride! When I’m in a new place, I don’t think I ever get tired. Or maybe, I just don’t want acknowledge that I am tired because I don’t want to miss out on things like great views! I’d be taking photos all throughout the journey just like you did I bet. 🙂

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