My ticket to New Zealand in 2002/03 necessitated returning via a different route from the outward journey (through Singapore). Thus it was that I decided to travel home via Canada, although an outbreak of SARS in Canada meant that tourist numbers were significantly down (the outbreak was confined to a small area of Toronto).
Initially I hired a car and drove halfway up British Columbia to Prince George, round to Kamloops, then back down to Vancouver. From there, I caught a train up to Jasper, then spent a week on a bus tour through The Rockies. They are one of the most alluring areas of Canada to visit and I was not disappointed. Finally, I flew to stay with friends in Toronto.