Who: Lap and Yee Wong, of Lodi; Yau and Yuk Kong, of Stockton.
The Trip: A trip to appreciate the sophistication of the Canadian Rockies.
Highlights: Winding our way through a beautiful prarie valley, via a 160-mile long Okanagan Lake, onto the Keloulna mountain, where the lush Summerhill Pyramid Winery uncorked Ice Wine made with 38 kinds of grapes.
The Three Valley Lake Chateau, west of Revelstoke, boasts over 200 rooms and features private balconies and patios that embrace the mighty Monashee mountain with several waterfalls, Three Valley Lake and the idylic Bell Garden.
Driving over Kicking Horse Pass to downtown Banff among a four-side cascade mountains (was a highlight). The thrilling eight-minute ride between terminals in a fully enclosed gondola whisked us up Sulphur mountain to an elevation of 8,000 feet. An open observation deck offers an unobstructed, 360-degree vistas over the town Banff, Bow River, glacier-gouged valleys and miles of Douglas fir trees.
We continued east to a cosmopolitan oasis of Galgary, the flagship site of Canada Olympia Park.
What's more, the Icefield Parkway No. 93, stretching 140 miles through the heart of Canadian Rockies, converges with snow-capped mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, alpine wilderness, frozen lakes, diverse wildlife and spacious sweeping valleys. National Geographic Magazine said this world heritage site "is one of the world's 10 greatest drives."
Perched on a hillside, the Brewster six-wheeled Ice Explorer took us onto the surface of shimmering Athabasca Glacier, the tongue of the Columbia Icefield, which covers 125 square miles.
In the shadow of Vancouver's glittering skyscrapers is the world's first steam clock in Gas Town - it chimes and whistles every 15 minutes.
Would you go again? This "crown jewel of the Rockies" mesmerizes one's imagination for all that has transpired from inception.
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