A great part of the world...
16.10.2011 - 23.10.2011 10 °C
Writing sadly from the ferry return7ng us to mainland Canada. While our destination is pretty good (Vancouver), the whole family has fallen in love with Vancouver Island. Victoria has been especially good. What a beautiful city! Admittedly, the weather has been exceptionally kind with only one rainy day for the whole week (fairly rare at this time of year, the locals tell us). The harbour is a wonderful focal point for the town and we've spent a lot of time on and around it.
The city centre is vibrant without being really busy and the buildings are traditional and attractive. We spent the first full day walking around town, and then drove around the beach areas of Oak Bay and Willows Beach - beautiful areas but very pricey! Our house at Hervey Bay would serve as a boatshed, perhaps.
The next day we spent walking around the harbour and floating on it using the Harbour Ferries. These are small boats that max out ar 12 passengers. This guy told us that the drivers are all retirees from all walks of life - airline pilots, dentists, lawyers, even a former mayor. They buzz you around the harbour giving you info about all the things you're seeing. On gorgeous days like we were experiencing, it must be a corker of a gig. While Lesley and Angus walked around that arvo, Giaan and Robbo went on an extended tour on one of the ferries further up the gorge that linksto the harbour.
We enjoyed the harbour so much, we kayaked on it twice. Lovely sunny days and the fresh breeze combined with water that was like a dancefloor were a perfect recipe for an very happy coupleof hours seeing the city from a different perspective. The regular arrival of seaplanes landing close by was also a treat.
We only had one rainy day and it slotted in perfectly with our plans as we went to the BC Museum. Wow! What a terrific job they've done thee. The exhibits on the 3rd floor tha ttrace the history of BC are excellent. They have re-created whole streets and dioramas filled with authentic pieces. My description won't do it justice so,if you get the chance, visit. That night, the kids and Robbo saw the last installment of Harry Potter on the IMAX screen. Great stuff!
A couple of nights. Robbo popped down to the James Bay Rugby Club to have a bit of a rugby natter with like-minded bods. Good blokes and a strong club. Thanks to all of them for their hospitality.
Off to Whistler tomorrow so hope the weather holds.
Best regards to everyone.