A day and night in Victoria, British Columbia.
BC Parliament Building
Totem Poles at the BC Museum
Yachts and water taxis in Victoria Harbor
The coastline along the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
A cricket game in Beacon Hill Park
More Canadian palm trees in the same park.
More harbor action.
On our way to Port Angeles, Washington and Olympic National Park – which we could easily see from Victoria almost 50 miles away.
A perfect ending to a week in Canada.
Hatley Gardens and Castle in Victoria, British Columbia is a beautiful setting for spending an afternoon. Just as we arrived a pipe band came by for a special event (other than us arriving!)
The Italian Gardens were the first stop.
Situated on the Royal Roads College, a military school, there are some patriotic symbols.
The Japanese Gardens
Hatley Gardens is one of the best we have seen.
Vancouver is Canada’s 3rd largest city, and with height limits on skyscrapers has numerous fairly tall ones, without the massively tall buildings blocking views of the mountains.
In addition it is a center for cruise ships heading to Alaska. Personally I have no desire to be on a boat with 3000 other people.
The harbor has steady seaplane traffic
The harbor front area is lined with condo buildings.
The Olympic Cauldron
8 Bit Orca
One of the cruise ships going under the Lions Gate Bridge.
An evening view from the ‘Vancouver Lookout’ observation deck.
The University of British Columbia in Vancouver is the home of the Museum of Anthropology. This museum is known for it’s extensive collection of world arts and cultures, but mostly for it’s First Nation (Native Canadian) collection.
Words don’t do justice to how impressive they are.
One of the inlets in the Vancouver area is known as False Creek. In the middle of this waterway is Granville Island, a man made island that was originally used for industry but most have left, as restaurants, housing and parks have taken over.
The views across the waterway to downtown are great.
The one remaining industrial business, Ocean Concrete, has gotten into the artistic spirit.
There are numerous houses build on the piers.
As well as many high end boats docked alongside.
Another view downtown.
Palm trees in Canada?
Capilano Park is a natural area in North Vancouver that has a deep gorge running through it. Since the 1800s a private park, close but not included in the main park, has featured a suspension bridge across the ravine.
Today the park has a number of other attractions, and as a ‘tourist spot’ is well done.
The park features a nice display of replica Native Totem Poles.
The ‘Cliffwalk’ is hanging along the side of the cliff on a narrow walkway.
The “Treetop Adventure” is suspended high above the ground giving interesting views of the canopy
As well as the activities below.
The the main attraction is the bouncing, swinging bridge.
High above Kelowna, British Columbia is the Myra Valley Trestles, a former rail line that has become a ‘rails to trails’. What makes this one special is it runs across 18 trestles and two tunnels in the 11 kilometer route.
The trestles have had decking added for easier riding.
The trestles are marked with both a sequential number and the distance from Midway BC, reminding riders of their previous use.
The air was hazy from the numerous forest fires throughout BC. There were a couple very long, curved trestles made out of steel.
The tunnels were short enough you didn’t need lights to see.
The Myra Valley Trail is easily the best bike trail I have ever seen.