- Welcome to Canada everybody.
- This is so cool.
A wooden cabin in Canada.
- One. (laughing)
- Happy new year, guys.
We've decided to kickstart 2020.
We have come to one of our favorite countries
to travel to, we're currently in Canada.
We actually flew in a couple of days ago
and we surprised our really good friends in Vancouver.
- [Stephen] Ooga booga!
- Yeah, yeah, yeah!
- I don't think they saw us coming.
- No, and speaking of saw, we went out
to Vancouver Island and just saw
her favorite animal in the world, the orca.
- This is my first time seeing them in the wild.
She's coming up on there?
It's so beautiful.
And we ended up capturing my reaction
the first time I saw them.
And then we ended the year counting down
with some backyard fireworks.
- [Both] Three, two, one, happy new year!
- But we've now said our goodbyes
and flew all the way to Calgary.
There we picked up our massive rental car.
I think this is the biggest car I've ever driven,
and we're actually gonna be doing
a nine-day road trip here through Alberta
showing you some of the most beautiful spots
to see in this province.
No road trip in Canada can begin without your Timmys.
♪ Wake up ♪
♪ Step into the world outside ♪
♪ The future never looked so bright ♪
♪ Can't you hear it calling us ♪
♪ Let go ♪
- So we've driven just outside of Calgary
on the way towards Banff and we've come
across a really cool place.
We're at a wolfdog sanctuary,
and if you guys didn't know, every breed of dog,
from chihuahua to husky comes from a wolf.
So we pretty much created all these
different breeds and a wolfdog is the closest breed
to a wolf, and unfortunately a lot of people
see it as an exotic animal.
They may have watched "Game of Thrones",
wanted to be a bit of a Jon Snow
with their own little wolfdog, and then
they realize it's probably a lot more work.
This is actually a sanctuary.
We're gonna go on like a bit of an experience,
raise awareness about the different wolfdogs,
and yeah, should be a little fun morning.
- Oh my gosh, this is like the biggest dog ever.
Look at that.
- [Stephen] So... - [Jess] I can see them.
- [Stephen] On today's little kind of experience
we're gonna go into two different enclosures.
One is the high content, they call it,
it's up to 85% wolf.
And then the other one is a low content,
so about 35% wolf, so it's definitely more dog.
- I can see the low content.
They look more like huskies.
(whispering) It looks like a wolf.
Aw, she liked mine.
- [Curator] She just robbed you blind, eh?
- (whispering) She likes my treats.
- [Stephen] Hi Loki.
- [Jess] He's licking my hand.
- [Stephen] How do you have both of the doggies here?
- (whispering) This one just loves all my food.
That was incredible.
We got to get so close to the wolfdogs.
Some of them had up to 85% wolf in them.
So I don't think we've ever come as close to a wolf before
as we have today.
- So, we're about half an hour outside of Banff
and we've just been greeted with these incredible,
almost like gates to beauty.
These are the Rocky Mountains and this is what
we're gonna be seeing for the next eight days.
♪ Tossed in ♪
♪ Like a castaway ♪
- [Jess] Oh my gosh, it looks so cute.
Okay, I think we can finally say
welcome to Banff.
We've just rocked up at the place
we're gonna be staying the next two nights.
It's called Storm Mountain Lodge
and we are staying in one of their cabins.
So they have a couple of cabins
all scattered throughout this forest.
They must have had a lot of snowfall
'cause look how high this snowfall--
- [Stephen] That is like almost you
engulfed by the snow.
- And let's check out our cabin.
- [Stephen] This looks so cool.
We're literally in the middle of nowhere.
So it's about half an hour outside of Banff
and it's just tucked away in this forest.
- I see firewood.
- [Stephen] So we're here in cabin number three.
- Oh my gosh, this is so cool.
A wooden cabin in Canada.
It's a perfect way to start a winter holiday here.
- [Stephen] So let's give you guys a cabin tour.
It's actually super spacious and it's all
made out of wood.
We have our nice warm, cozy bed, just here.
We've got a light fixture made out of antlers,
and we have our own fire, which, we need--
- I need to start.
- [Stephen] We need to start that.
This is so nice, I just like all the
finishings here, the little snowshoes.
- And Steve, look outside our window.
We're just in a winter wonderland right now.
This is a heater.
Okay, oh, that's nice.
- [Stephen] Wow, this snow is so fluffy.
Whoa, I just went down to my knees.
(gentle guitar music)
Our cabin has icicles.
We have our onesies on, we're making a fire,
and once it's ready we'll be
officially cabin-ready for the night.
- All right, your hands and then throw it
in the air, they make.
See look, they made this thing.
Just throw it in there.
- [Stephen] Take two.
- [Jess] (whispering) I don't know what I'm doing.
- [Stephen] That kind of looks good.
- You wanna try?
Oo, I think we've got something going.
Okay, okay, okay, okay.
- [Stephen] Now that the fire is roaring,
you should tell them what happened just yesterday.
- Yeah, so yesterday I officially felt the baby move
for the first time.
So I'm currently almost 20 weeks,
so halfway through the pregnancy and yeah,
I was lying down, yes-- no, it was the first day
of the year, was it, or the second day of the year?
- [Stephen] Second day of the year.
- Second day of the year and I was lying down
in bed and I kind of felt like,
it felt like this bubble in my belly
that was doing like a somersault
and then I thought it might have been the baby
but then I felt it again last night.
So that's kind of cool, 'cause now
I can actually feel it and I can't wait
for it to actually start kicking and punching
so Stephen can feel it as well.
It is the craziest, most surreal feeling ever,
like it's so hard to explain what it feels like.
I even told Stephen it kind of felt like
there was a rat in your belly running around.
Is that like mean?
- Three, two, one... (laughing)
I can't get up.
It's so cold.
Get me in front of the fire.
- [Jess] Just shake.
♪ Tear off all your skin ♪
♪ Give your heart to me ♪
♪ Every single scar ♪
♪ Is a masterpiece ♪
- [Stephen] How magical is it,
it's actually snowing.
- It's actually snowing.
- [Stephen] There's snow in your hair at the moment.
You look cute in snow, I have to say that.
♪ Dig your nails into the dirt ♪
♪ Then you'll find the seeds ♪
♪ They're singing are we there yet ♪
♪ Are we there yet, ooooo ♪
- I think my favorite bit about this lodge
is how it's in this forest and everything
is just so tucked away and hidden away.
You feel like you're the only cabin here
in the middle of nowhere.
- We're such Australians, amazed by the snow.
Like look at all this, ready?
And that's a lot, right?
That's a lot of snow.
- [Stephen] And it's still snowing right now.
- My gosh.
It's kinda good though because even though it's snowing,
it's only negative one, so it's not too cold.
But oh my gosh, Steve.
Oh my gosh, it's really fun.
- [Jess] Okay this is officially our first time ever
driving through proper snow.
Can we get out?
Luckily we rented a beast of a car.
That's fine... for now.
Still got a half an hour drive back to Banff.
- Don't jinx us.
- Okay we've decided that if we need to see Banff
for the first time in the winter, we need
to see it in a good spot, so we've jumped
in a gondola and we're heading up
to the top of a mountain that we have heard
has amazing views of Banff.
We weren't sure how lucky we were gonna get
with the views, but oh my gosh, Banff has delivered.
We can see the Rocky Mountains.
We can even see a lake all the way
out in the distance and the town below.
- [Stephen] If you guys are looking
for something to do, this place is highly recommended.
It's so beautiful out here, even on a day
where the weather is being a bit hit and miss,
still so beautiful.
All righty everybody, welcome to the cute little town
of Banff, we've just driven in.
Now it's just a tiny little village
but there are so many little restaurants, cafes, shops.
You can kind of get lost.
It feels a little holiday village here
and especially because you're in the middle
of so many mountains, it's so beautiful.
- How cute would it be to get this,
and then on the back, it has little bum flaps.
- Hey, if you guys are interested,
so when you come to Canada to go into
a lot of the major national parks
you actually have to pay for a park pass.
It's about $20 a day and that'll get you
into the Banff National Park, that'll also
get you into Lake Louise and some of the other
spots that we're going to be going to on this
road trip, and you can pretty much get it
as you drive in.
There's almost like a toll booth,
or you can just head straight in
and go to the Banff Visitor's Center
and you can just pick it up like we did.
You just hang it on your dashboard
and then you just pretty much go wherever you want,
which is fine because I'm happy to pay for entrance
'cause they look after the roads,
after the national parks, so it definitely
goes towards a good cause.
So I think we found the perfect activity
to do whilst it's snowing outside in Banff.
We've come out to the Grizzly House
and they specialize in fondue.
- Four course fondue dinner.
- [Stephen] So we're pretty much sorted
for the next three hours,
trying to get through all of this.
- Oh my gosh.
- [Stephen] So they do it a bit differently
for your mains, when you have your meat.
So we've gone for like a seafood platter just here
and this is a 600 degree hot plate.
- It's a hot rock.
- [Stephen] It's a hot rock.
They said they heat this up in a pizza oven.
- And it is hot.
I can feel it.
- [Stephen] Ohhh.
So two minutes on each side,
four minutes in total.
- And then they give you a bunch of sauces
so you can dip it in after.
- All right you guys, I hope you enjoyed
that first Canada vlog here in Banff.
If you're looking for a cozy place to stay,
these cabins, we highly recommend.
We've loved it, but our road trip here
through the Canadian Rockies continues.
So if you're new around here make sure
you hit subscribe 'cause we've got some real fun stuff
coming your way.
- See you guys.
- We're officially going to be spending the night,
I swear, in one of the most iconic hotels in Canada.
I feel like I'm standing on top of a fish tank.
And I could crack through.