Final Boarding Call for Air Canada flight 549 to Vancouver, Canada.
18.11.2012 - 18.11.2012 5 °C
Time to Say Goodbye to the Big Apple and head for Beautiful British Columbia.
The next morning i was up early.
I got a shuttle pickup at 4:15 am, as I had to head from Queens to New Jersey to catch my flight from Newark liberty Airport.
The cheaper flights depart from here. The flight to Vancouver from the East Coast is 6 hours. Crazy to think how far you need to fly from one side to the other. I slept for most of this flight. After 4 days of flying I completely lost track of days, time and dates and was happy not to have another in-flight meal put before me. When you were eating you weren’t sure whether it was supposed to be dinner, lunch or breakfast.
At one point during the flight I looked out my window and all you could see was ice and snow for miles as we flew over and ice shelf near the northern territory. Really amazing to see. Completely remote and wide open wilderness.
It was interesting to see Vancouver from the air as we approached.
The terrain is really very flat up until you hit the mountains and very low lying. The city is surrounded by so much ocean and water that it almost seems to roll right into the roads and land. Everywhere you go you see water pools as the ground is so water logged. The airport is situated on its own little island part and you land right next to the ocean. After landing I had to go to immigration to get my visa printed for my passport which I was not looking forward to as I was expecting more questions but the whole process was so smooth. Walked up to the counter, they explained I have a year and how it works and then stapled my visa in the passport and I was off. Everyone at the airport was so super friendly which made for a difference compared to the interrogation and sometimes unfriendly welcome you get in the USA.
In fact, everyone I have met or had to ask for help, has been so amazing. The Canadians really are a friendly bunch and always seem to be smiling and go out of their way to be helpful.
SO BEGINS MY CANADIAN ADVENTURE ...