by Jctravel1983 on December 13, 2010
When I walked trough Montreal during my vacation, I was surprised to see a restaurant with a Belgian flag. I thought it was strange to be in Canada and see a Belgian restaurant. What can you expect here? I know Belgian frites and chocolate so of course I wanted to try it out! Frite Alors has a limited menu, the main element is of course frites! You can order a typical Belgian frites which you get in a basket, but also order Belgian snacks like Frikandel, skewer, crizly, viandel. All strange names but certainly fun to try out. I thought especially the Frikandel was quite nice which is meat but when I asked what kind of meat, the person said I don’t want to know….What is Belgian food without Belgian beer! You can have Hoegaarden, Stella Artois and Leffe beer which is normally a bit more heavier than normal beer and it tastes delicious! A beer is a bit more expensive and will cost around 6 Canadian dollar.The restaurant is not your typical fancy restaurant and is more a fast food kind of restaurant. Nice but a bti cheap looking. The service was, as in most restaurants I have visited in Montreal, very friendly and helpful.A nice change from the normal kind of food!
by Jctravel1983 on December 12, 2010
The Sheraton hotel is in the heart of Vancouver, surrounded by shops of Robson Street and Yaletown, shopping malls, clubs, art galleries and theaters, and a variety of local and international restaurants. The hotel is really close to everything and everywhere you walk around. There are also 3 bus stops at the hotel.ReceptionIt's a nice big spacious reception when you arrive your luggage will be brought up to your room. At the reception, you get friendly service and you may pay in advance or after your stay. At the reception desk is a gift shop and a small shop for when you want something nice.DisabilityThere is clearly also thought about disabled when the hotel was built, there are no barriers, all door openings are large so you can through with for example a wheelchair, the lifts are very spacious. Signs everywhere are also in braille writing, this is also done every floor near the elevators. Also very nice to see!The HotelAll rooms have windows from the floor to ceiling in almost all the room and so you have a nice panoramic view. There are fine furnishings, including a pair of comfortable seating, a sofa and a table. Of course you need a TV. It is also thought about things like irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, make-up mirrors, luxury bath amenities, bathrobes and a sink in each room. Furthermore, you also have "high-tech items" including safes, high speed Ethernet (100 MB per second), in-room Internet via wireless keyboard and TV monitor e-mail and website links, movies you can order, voicemail, and multiple telephone lines. Executive Club Level guests have access to the luxurious Club Lounge. Bed linen is changed every day and the beds are fine. You can order single rooms and rooms for up to 6 people. There are a total of 733 rooms and is a 4-star hotel.There is a Wellness Centre in the hotel include a pool, a sauna, a fitness room, whirlpool, massage and solarium and there is a fee. There are also personal trainers and a Hair Salon.There are also a couple of conference rooms at the Sheraton Wall Centre. It is primarily a business hotel that receives.Beneath the hotel is a food court, which is a big space with lots of small restaurants, about 15, where people from their work are for afternoon lunch. It is great to be so close as you once in the morning to get coffee.ElevatorsThe lifts are excellent and can fit up to 18 people at the same time and you have a very short wait until there's one coming, as there are 8 lifts.ServiceThe service is excellent. You can always call the front desk if you have a problem with something in your room and then within 10 minutes someone knocks at your door. All staff is friendly, polite and very helpful.PayYou can pay with Visa, Amex, Mastercard, cash. You can pay in advance or pay on the last day.ParkingThere are two large parking garages less than 200 meters from the hotel, and parking costs there for Sheraton guests only $ 12 per day. Upon request, your car washed at a price of $ 20.PricePrices range from $ 150 to $ 400 per night. Prices depend mainly on the luxury of the suite, not the number of people.VancouverVancouver is a great vibrant city. There is a lot to do as a Stanley Park, a nature reserve where Indians have settled. There are many nice shops and there are a few that world famous shopping streets such as Robson Street, with all sorts of expensive clothes. Vancouver is really a college town, now we have also all great entertainment.My OpinionAn excellent hotel, located centrally in downtown Vancouver so you're close to where everything happens. The service is excellent; the staff is friendly and helpful. There is a nice pool, a sauna and a whirlpool. If you go to Vancouver, I advise you to really stay in this hotel, it's quite expensive but it's really worth it.
For our trip to Canada we had already booked our hotel through the Internet. But when we arrived in Jasper at the hotel they appeared facing the worst mosquito infestation ever. Immediately when we got out of the car we were attacked by dozens of mosquitoes and the reception was not much better. The owner did not mind that we cancel our reservation, but then we had to look for another hotel in the area. However, we were not looking for a standard hotel but in the countryside, with detached houses. The local tourist offices showed us Alpine Village, where we could stay some nights. This park was fortunately not affected by the mosquito plague!LocationMiddle of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park and just 2 km from the place itself is beautiful Jasper Alpine Village. The park is directly accessible from the main road to Jasper, but is still very quiet. The park runs along the Athabasca River where you're very lucky to see even a bear that flow downstream. You also have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.The parkThe park itself was first opened in 1946 with 30 cabins. The current owners of the park purchased it in 1986. When they had the opportunity to buy the park they have not hesitated for a moment. In 1990 they started to turn the park into its current state. They have six luxury cabins overlooking the river and 6 luxurious suites with fireplaces from an old building in Edmonton. Since that time, they constantly improve the park in winter. The 40 accommodations are spaciously in 11 acres of forest. You can stay from May to October.The par hask around a large heated outdoor swimming pool. From here you have fantastic views of Mt. Edith Cavell is one of the most beautiful mountains in the area and if that is not enough, go sit in one of the Canadian sun on the banks of the Athabasca River where you can see the Wild Water Rafters come. On site is a large stack of logs from which everyone can cut what he needs. Walk along just above the front desk and ask if you can borrow the hatchet and carrier. There you will be asked to fill in a form which you stated it’s your own responsibility.ReceptionThe reception is spacious. Here all kinds of information about the environment, you can borrow books or games and behind the counter are some useful items such as sunburn and anti-mosquito. The first thing I noticed was the friendliness of the people, we were early in the area around 11.00 hours and you can usually only check in after 16.00 pm. After a very warm welcome by the receptionist and the head of the cleaning showed that they had ensured that our cabin was immediately available. They are also very helpful if you want to know something about the environment or other questions, you were there to help. The park has been awarded three stars and the cleaning crew has repeatedly won the prize for the best cleaning crew from the county, this can probably tell from the condition of the cabins.Our stayWe have both stayed in the One Room Cabin as the Sleeping Cabin, because the One Room Cabin was the last night was no longer available.The One Room Cabin is a very cozy cabin, both interior and exterior is constructed entirely from logs. The interior is completely in keeping with the character of the house. If you come in you see right, a 2 person sofa and a fireplace, on the top corner is the TV. Next to the fireplace is a small door, behind which you'll find a space both inside and out to achieve, here you can store your firewood. The kitchen is functional, fully equipped, yet old-fashioned furnishings, with large stone sink, looking old-fashioned gas oven. Because the house is so small they have chosen for the wall between the bedroom and living room but not up to the ceiling by pulling this space look larger. The bathroom is tastefully decorated and looks like new. We were here in July and the average outdoor temperature was between 25 and 30 degrees, but in the cabin it’s cooler. And then you have a private outdoor patio with a lovely view, but also what is absolutely recommended, is to sit in a seat on the river to sit and just enjoy the view.The Sleeping Cabin is really just a hotel room on the ground floor. Also this looks nice and like new. Here you will have no fireplace. The room has a refrigerator and coffee maker for your convenience. You also have a veranda where you still can sit outside.PriceWe ourselves were in season at the park and the prices vary from $ 180 for a Sleeping Cabin to 360 for a Deluxe Family Cabin U.S. dollars per night.ConclusionWe are pleased that our first hotel booked was not available because of the mosquitoes plague. This park is definitely the nicest place we stayed during our stay in Canada. Everything is good, the atmosphere, the environment, location, staff. We enjoyed the view on the river, the fireplace and then I'm not even talking about the Jasper National Park itself had. For us it was truly a wonderful stay and we can only wish one thing, that we someday may have the opportunity to go back.
by Jctravel1983 on December 10, 2010
After a long flight to Canada, I came to Halifax International airport. Straight to car rental Herz, where I had booked my car and then looking for my hotel that night. I have made more use of the Howard Johnsom chain and also in Halifax. I was exhausted, but I was still here to stay alert because I had yet to find my hotel, that I had reserved via Internet.LocationAddress: Howard Johnson's Inn & Suites 636 Bedford Highway Halifax, Nova Scotia.By car it takes about 25 minutes from the airport. Located only minutes away from down town Halifax. Through the internet I found a good offer for this hotel. For the amount of 89 Canadian dollars for a room, including breakfast. Keep in mind that taxes are not included (15%). Well you have to imagine that breakfast is not too much, because it is a continental breakfast. I know by now. A special promotional price, as it was called. Of course there are special conditions attached. A cancellation is not possible. You will receive a confirmation email with address and directions.Howard JohnsonsIt is a chain of hotels and restaurants, mainly in Canada and the U.S. This chain is another part of the Wyndham International Group. The Wyndham Group, is a group of hotels with different names like Daysinn, Ramada and Johnsons. The notice states that there are rooms equipped with disabled facilities. The hotel has a non-smoking policy. In the hotel you have the typical conditions for business. You can reserve meeting rooms for various group sizes.ArrivalLying on a hill overlooking down town Halifax. It looks like a country house in the mountains, a chalet type. The hotel is a large parking lot. That's just an outcome. At the entrance there is disabled parking spaces. The entrance is just cozy. Right in a room is the kind of place where you can get coffee in the morning and where the breakfast is ready. Links are two computers with Internet connection and the reception is a lounge area with armchairs easy. Here is a kind of library, where several little booklets are. I took a book along to my room and I saw them in special order of the chain are printed. This is a great service. I'm just the pleasant feeling that I am visiting family.ReceptionFriendly reception staff that you all want to be helpful. Of course a working student who has something to earn it. Pathetic how helpful he is striving. Check-in is perfect. All data were received by them. You get the electronic key and explained the capabilities of the hotel. Then go to the elevator. At the reception, including information on car hire.The roomYou come from a stuffy elevator, in a long corridor. It smells a little musty, but the cleaning crew came to visit it regularly. You are immediately in a hotel atmosphere. You enter a hallway and left the bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Ongoing you enter the room. With two large double beds. A typical American hotel room. The television is already with a nice welcome message to you personally on the screen. A kettle is ready and I can make myself a cup of tea. Alarm clock and radio, telephone and internet facilities are available. There is also a minibar.The bathroomIt is a large bathroom with a bathtub and shower, toilet and sink. It looks neat. Around the sink has plenty of room to make you stuff to put down. The shampoo, shower lotion and soap are brought to you by the hotel.BreakfastThe restaurant / breakfast was well arranged. There is a buffet. Hot and cold options. Oh well! Coffee, tea and juice, you can toast your bread, and yogurt cups and there are donuts. Frankly, not my kind of tea! So much sweetness in the morning. And what about those pancakes you can warm up and what you drape a huge sweet sauce. Fortunately there is some fresh fruit. All day find it coffee or tea. But there are no lunch or dinner options. But in downtown Halifax, you can find enough nice restaurants.FacilitiesThe sanitary facilities are cleaned regularly. It looks neat. The polish team, I regularly seen at workDisabled facilities are perfect. I must say Americans, Canadians, sorry in this case, are perfect in this. They know how to behave. Tourist attractions are sufficient in Halifax. By public transport is fine travel. Nice also the ferry crossings. The city is crossed by a river.StaffTypical American / Canadian hospitality. Spontaneously and sincerely try to service. No matter what you ask.ConclusionA good quality hotel for a reasonable price. I think a hotel of this chain every time just fine. With a good value for money. I highly recommend this hotel.
We have been awake a lot last night. We force ourselves several times to really have to lie down. At eight we had enough and we got out. Last night it pretty cooled down but the sun will warm the day up. Around 10.00 hours we leave for Tofino. Today we have some 300 km to drive.Only a few km from the campground we stop again for a walk to a waterfall and an old gold mine. The waterfall is nice but not spectacular. We walk to the gold mine. The double pass is soon steeper and steeper. Our calves are having a hard time again. The walk is beautiful but after half hour walk we begin to wonder how far it is but luckily suddenly we see the mine. It's fun to watch but not really spectacular. The walk is nicer than mine. We left at 12.00 hours.In Duncan we would like to see some totem poles. Unfortunately, the signs are not really clear and let the totem poles for what they are. We hope toward Alaska we will see a lot more of them. On the way to the highway we drive past the Safeway and decide to get some fuel. The next village we come across is Chemainus. In this village there are many murals of topics from the past. It is a lovely town with nice little shops. Definitely worth while to go before going on the Highway.After we drive to Nanaimo Port Alberni, here is the real highway and we go into the mountains. We decide to make a stop at Sproat Lake PP. We make a short walk to the petroglyphs. These are prehistoric rock carvings made by the native people 'or the first inhabitants.Near the park is the largest firefighter aircraft in wolrd that firefighters use to fight forest fires, it can take up to 27 tons of water at once. It's getting late and we still have to go a bitWe are good half hour and there we see our first BEER. Hop stop and take pictures. Very happy that we are already on our second day saw a bear. Perhaps it is probably the last, you never know.At 18.00 hours it was again a BEER bear number 2. This is also in the verge to enjoy the nice green grass and graze while we go again with three cameras. The bear grazes nicely but by then suddenly sticks his nose in the air, he could smell us through the open window the camper ?.... no to the other side of the road is a larger black bear (bear number 3) crossing the road, running toward Bear 2. They both run into the forest and there is a lot of noise from the woods and soon bear three comes out to enjoy the grass.We drive on and can not really believe in one hour time seen 3 bears! But soon enough we see 2 other beers! After half hour we arrive at Green Point campground. Located close to the ocean. Immediately after we have parked we went to the beach. The ocean is beautiful. We walk over the beach and around 20.00 hours we go back to eat. After dinner we return to the beach for the sunset This day was perfect .... 5 bears and a beautiful sunset in the ocean view ... what more could one want.
by Jctravel1983 on October 26, 2012
Wondering around a large city one does get hungry and starts looking for a restaurant to food. What I love is that the menu was writen in Spanish and luckily also in English otherwise i wouldn’t be able to understand. I do speak a little bit of Spanish but not really enough to impress people. The restaurant had a bit of a cuban style ot it and made us very curious about the food inside.Entering the restaurant was surprising since there wasn’t even a door. The restaurant is open to the street and only have a few tables outside and a few inside. The inside had bright colors of red and green and looked very inviting. The small restaurant had a bar with a massive espresso machine and a impressive wine and alcohol collection.We were free to choose a table and we were greeted by a waitor in Spanish but luckily continued in English. As we got the menu i saw that you can enjoy breakfast and lunch here as well as dinner. The food selection isn’t very large but enough to choose from. As we were here for lunch i choose a Cuban sandwhich which sounded interesting and a cortado which is coffee.This little restaurant shines mostly in atmoshpere as the staff is kind and the bright colors are very inviting. The food tasted delicious and I enjoyed my coffee. We didn’t stay for long as the wooden chair wasn’t that comfortable but we did had a good time.
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