Wednesday 9 July 2014

Amazing Race Canada 2 - Week 1: YYC, YYJ

Season 2 of The Amazing Race Canada has begun... wasn't that a great episode?

In addition to information on the airports the teams visit, for this season of the race we will also bring you information on how to go where the teams went, and how to do what they did. Just in case you yelled, "I want to do that!" at your TV. Let's start with the fun stuff.

Want to go where the 11 teams did, and do what the teams did?

You saw Jon walking on the breathtaking Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park... want to try it too?Glacier Skywalk Admission
Yes, you can ride in that cool red and white glacier friendly bus on Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park!Columbia Icefield Tour from Calgary (or Jasper, or Banff)
Are you brave enough to ride North America's fastest zipline? You saw the teams do it, so you know why it's called "The Monster".

Tip: you can also ride the bobsled at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park while you are there.
Zipline at Winsports Canada Olympic Park
Canada Olympic Park, Calgary (7800799834)
Have you ever wanted to skydive? We can't think of a more beautiful spot to do a tandem skydive than Victoria!

Of course, you can also take a scenic flight without jumping out!

Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour
Was your mouth watering? The good news is the servers are very well trained, and Tea at the Empress is a very special experience.Tea at the Empress Reservations

Victoria City Tour - with optional Tea at the Empress
Fisgard Lighthouse, the pitstop for Week 1, is located in Colwood, just outside Victoria. The lighthouse opened in 1860 and was the first lighthouse on Canada's west coast.Visit Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
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Unfortunately, we can't tell you how to participate in the emergency drill activities the teams completed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, as the base is not open to the public. There are occasions when the site is open to the public though, so check out the CFB Esquimalt Facebook page.

Now, to the airports... As you will recall, the teams visited two airports during week 1, so here is information on them both.

The Amazing Race Canada visited Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Season 1. If you missed it, you can read about what we said in our Season 1 Amazing Race Canada - Week 3 blog post.

This was the first visit to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) for the Amazing Race Canada. Here are some things you may not know about Victoria International Airport (YYJ):
  • Victoria International Airport was named 8 among the 10 most loved airports in the world in a 2011 poll conducted by CNN on Facebook.
  • YYJ is Canada's 10th busiest airport.
  • There are direct flights from YYJ to San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, as well as cities in British Columbia.
  • Seasonal direct service is offered Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Las Vegas and Honolulu.
  • YYJ is located adjacent to the Pat Bay Seaplane Base (also known as Victoria Airport Water Aerodrome).
  • The RCAF 443 Squadron operates a heliport here, which they refer to as Patricia Bay Heliport.
  • There is a great observation lounge upstairs in the terminal (look for the elevator behind Tim Horton's).
  • There is a 9.3 kilometre paved trail that surrounds the airport for walking, running, and cycling.
If you go, the easiest way to get to/from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is by taxi, though there is now a decent YYJ airport shuttle, and even bus service.

We hope you found our information of value, and welcome your feedback. Like you, we look forward to Week 2. Go teams, go!

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