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t r a v e l i n g

Unless you have plenty of time, a trip to Canada means making choices. The second

largest country in the world can’t be discovered in a stay of roughly two weeks. We

take out the map and let our finger come down on British Columbia - the westernmost

province in the country – roundly praised for its untouched nature, sparkling blue lakes

and endless forests. When we learn that in Vancouver, a fierce Porsche fan is eager to

tell us all about his beautiful Porsche 356, the decision is definitely made.

As soon as we arrive at Vancouver airport it becomes clear that the most impor-

tant asset of British Columbia is its natural wealth. On our way to the arrival hall,

we walk past a huge wall aquarium, splashing waterfalls and fresh green plants.

It is something a bit different to the garish billboards in many other airports. In

no time, we have the key to our rental car - no better country for a road trip than

Canada, right? - and we drive to the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, our home from

home for the next three days. On the way, we see the snowy peaks of the North

Shore Mountains in the distance. Canada welcomes us with a clear blue sky and

radiant sunshine

An absolutely top-quality hotel

A top tip: if you are ever in Vancouver, treat yourself to a stay at the

Fairmont

Pacific Rim.

The interior is modern and sophisticated, the service is fantastic,

and the location cannot be bettered. From our room, we have a fabulous view of

the water of the

Burrard Inlet

and of

Canada Place,

one of the most important

buildings of the world exhibition of 1986. The ultra-modern complex now houses

a hotel, a trade and congress centre and a terminal where the great cruise ships

sailing to Alaska moor. The highlight of the building is formed by the 5 large white

sails on the roof. Because of these sails, the building is sometimes compared to

the Sydney opera house. To us, the triangles are more reminiscent of the cour-

thouse in Antwerp. The white sails refer to the

First Nations,

a collective name

for the first inhabitants of the Canadian continent. Three of those originally indi-

genous peoples are officially included in the constitution: the American Indians,

the Métis (descendants of the Indians and the European settlers) and the Inuit (the

name Eskimo is no longer used at their request).