08.05.2015 - 08.05.2015 18 °C
We set our alarms early again as we reshuffled our bags for our evening rail trip to the mountains. After packing we were greeted by a delicious breakfast made by Ania, nearly everything was hand made and even the herbs are grown in their garden. We were served fruit, Polish scrambled eggs, blueberry scones with raspberry butter and croissants with smoked wild salmon and cream cheese. Certainly scrumptious and filling. We said farewell to our host then had a short drive to the terminal at Duke Point to catch the ferry to Vancouver back on the mainland.
The ferry ride was two hours and smooth sailing. We drove off the ferry and headed to a town south of Vancouver called Steveston, this is where they film the series "Once Upon A Time". We've never watched an episode but our daughter Stephanie loves the show so we found the buildings used in the show and took pics of them all for her (and bought some souvenirs).
We had plenty of time to spare before we had to drop off the rental car at the train station, so we grabbed a bite at Steveston. We decided that we should head into Vancouver so we can be close to our departure point rather than try and rush there later. There was lots of traffic given it was late afternoon on a weekday, but we got to the train terminal about 4:30pm. After shuffling our bags again, we checked in our luggage for the rail trip and kept overnight bags with us to take on board.
The Via Rail train wasn't due to depart until 8:30pm, so we grabbed some sushi for dinner and just waited at the station until it was time to board. We had our own private two bunk cabin with toilet - except the toilet wouldn't flush and we were told later that night there was an issue with the flushing mechanism on our carriage so we were forced to use toilets on another carriage. After our welcome champagne and hors deuvres we were tired enough to lay in our bunk beds and nod off to sleep.