We arrived here on Vancouver Island last Sunday via the ferry. Except for some very brief glimpses of sunshine, our week here has been chilly and rainy for the most part, with temperatures often below those in Winnipeg. That hasn’t kept us inside, however. We are staying with my brother Ken and my brother-in-law Harvey.
Since they moved to Victoria a year ago, Ken and Harvey seem to have walked every inch of the city. So they have been showing it to us on foot.
We have walked and walked and walked and the health app on my phone is reaching record distances and numbers of steps each day.
Did you know Victoria is where the Trans Canada Trail begins? Here Dave poses at Point Zero on the cross country trail.
Look at the unique design of this fence along the path by the ocean where we walked.
I am in front of one of Victoria’s famous Garry Oaks. It is the only native oak species in British Columbia and there is a society dedicated to preserving them.
I love the Big Leaf Maple trees here with their huge brilliantly colored leaves.
The sprays of tall golden pampas grasses in various spots in Victoria are lovely.
As are the moss-covered rocks on some of the trails.
The arbutus trees with their interesting bark fascinate me.
One morning we did a 4 kilometer – 250-meter elevation walk up to the top of Mount Douglas which provided us with a panoramic view of the city. Just to my left, you can see the Cedar Hill Golf Course.
Dave and I hit the links at Cedar Hill one afternoon for a cold and drizzly round warmed by the interesting conversations we had with our golfing partners, an ICU doctor, and a university track coach.
One day we walked to China Town to have lunch at Chubby Dumplings. Their spicy soup jam-packed with dumplings was such a treat.
I found a tribute to celebrated Winnipeg author Carol Shields in Victoria along the waterfront. Carol and her husband moved to Victoria in 2000 and when she died in 2003 her family scattered her ashes in the ocean at this spot.
One day we walked the length of the Ogden Point Breakwater. Constructed in 1916 it helped make Victoria a safe harbor and a busy port city.
We walked around Fisherman’s Wharf in the rain and saw all the colorful houseboats.
On a walk along Victoria’s Inner Harbor, I posed with two totem poles which were made from a 500-year-old cedar tree for the 1994 Commonwealth Games and were a gift from the Songhees Nation. They symbolize friendship between the Songhee and all the visitors to the traditional Lekwungen Territory in the Victoria area.
Ken and Harvey live just behind the British Columbia Legislative buildings so we have learned to look for its signature roof as an easy landmark to find our way home after walks.
One afternoon we took a guided tour of the Legislative Buildings with a very animated and interesting guide.