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ramblings through BC and Lake Louise

Tofino | Dec 22, 2004 11:11 AM

Just recently finished a 7 day whirlwind tour of central interior of BC and a couple days in Lake Louise - notes as follows:

Day 1 - Abbottsford for lunch at the new Restaurant 62, owned by a couple of friends - friends or not this place rocks - great food, stunning atmosphere - definitely worth the drive from Vancouver!

Stopped in Merritt for the night (don't typically drive in the night in an unknown area where there is lots of snow - haha) - accomodation average at best - local Italian spot on Main street was quite possibly the most overcooked pasta ever - ugh!

Day 2 - Lunch in Revelstoke at the Main Street Cafe - unlicensed but excellent soup/sandwich space - this town is really beautiful! Dinner and nights stay at Bistro 1122 in Golden - small 4 room B&B with attached restaurant - nice rooms with no TV/radio but nicely appointed - food was excellent as I had the lamb shanks which were outstanding - highly recommended.

Day 3 - Lunch in Field at the Truffled Pig Cafe - funky general store with great food - Evening at the Post Hotel (2 nights -my birthday - woo ha!) - dinner in the restaurant which was spectacular to say the least - had caribou which was divine!

Day 4 - Lunch in the Lounge at the Post after snowshoeing for 5 miles - dinner in our room - very nice!

Day 5 - Breakfast in Radium Hot Springs - unremarkable from the local hotel chain located there - night in Kimberley at the new Chateau Kimberly (honestly thats the name), beautiful rooms and common areas - but why in a very nice spot like this do people continue to put in plastic wrapped plastic glasses in the bathroom, and styrofoam cups for the coffee - ugh - please charge an extra $5 and put in real glasses and cups - dinner that evening at the 'Gasthaus' restaurant - excellent schnitzels and spaetzle - I avoided Chef Bernards - anyone that claims they can do 17 different forms of international food on one menu - I will pass on thanks!

Day 6 - Lunch in Nelson at the Redfish Grille downtown, outstanding and cheap cheeseburgers (burgers and fries appeared home made) for $6.50 - yummm - loved Nelson - my favorite spot on trip - that evening stayed in Kelowna right downtown by the bridge at another chain that claims to be so 'prestigious' - terrible! Dinner at a little wine bar around the corner (wanted Fresco but not open on Sundays) called Vin...something - nice wines by the glass decent food except for my duck (overcooked to death).

Day 7 - back to Vancouver - for the return to Tofino - great trip - lots of great spots to go back to for the next trip

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