Canada is gorgeous. I have been a few times including Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary. I loved wandering Butchart Gardens (highly recommend – go on the carousel!), sipping Church & State wines (try the ice wine), and seeing the picturesque seaside towns. The air was fresh and the people friendly. But I have stepped onto Canadian soil about four times, three of which left me with traveling heartache. Here is my story about some rough Canadian connections.
We were headed to Copenhagen. The cheapest flight path took us through Calgary before proceeding to London, then onto Denmark. Our luggage was marked for Copenhagen before we left Los Angeles, so we had this false sense of security that we and our belongings would automatically meet at the destination. Wrong. When we reached Calgary, the flight attendant mentioned – in passing – that we needed to retrieve our luggage before proceeding to our next flight. That sounded strange. The bags were tagged correctly. When we showed our passports, we asked the officer if we really needed to get our luggage.
I don’t blame the Canadians for the tough travel experiences and I’d love to go back there to see more. Plus, I am sure coming to the U.S. has its own challenges, too. But I have learned a couple of valuable lessons from this fine country. Pony up for the direct flight if you can and if you do have to utilize connecting travel, always listen carefully to the flight attendants before heading to the next terminal. Another valuable lesson: pack your carry-on with one additional full outfit including comfortable shoes. While I have yet to lose a piece of luggage, I pack as if my carry-on will be my only asset. At the very least, you will have more peace of mind when you settle into your airline seat.