Had sweet flights to Vancouver via Toronto as got the exit seats on both flights so got heaps of leg room. Got a bit of a shock to the system going from 35+ degrees to under 10. But was nice to be able to speak english after being in non english speaking countries for the last 7 mounts. And we were amazed at the friendliness of the canadians. The buses only take coins, and we only had notes, so the bus driver from the airport gave us tickets for free.
We were going to stay at my cousins (Paulas) house and while we were waiting for her to get home, we headed to a local pub for a couple of jugs of beer, and realised we would have to get used to paying more than $1 for a beer from now on. We then hit the supermarket with our backpacks in the shopping trolley and had this 50 year old hippy couple come up to us (who didn't look like they had spare change) and give us $5 cause they remembered when they were travelling round then had no money, so we gave them a NZ scarf we had on us.
Was so nice staying at Paulas, she looked after us well, starting with a steak feed & champagne (to celebrate our engagement). Got to catch up with a friend from Uni (Emma) who was living in Vancouver, which was cool as hadn't seen her in years. Vancouver is a nice city and would've been good to do a bit of touristy stuff but we were itching to get out to Banff to try and find somewhere to live and work for the season. So after getting our social security numbers, bank acc etc sorted we said goodbye to Paula and hired a car to drive out to Banff.