Category Archives: Canada’s British Columbia

Gowlland Tod’s, Holmes Peak Trail

On the way to our next Vancouver Island hike, we spotted a deer feeding beside the road and another along the hiking trail. This short 1.2 kilometre up hill hike was mostly under the shade of overhanging trees. Once we passed a garter snake, we were almost to the top. Continue reading Gowlland Tod’s, Holmes Peak Trail

A Free Feast

While descending to the rocky shoreline on our Gowlland Tod Provincial Park hike, I wandered over a beach covered in pebbles and shells. I didn’t notice what lay over the boulders at first. I was too busy studying a starfish half hidden amongst the rocks. Continue reading A Free Feast

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park (McKenzie Bright)

This was an out of the way location over winding roads west of Vancouver Island’s Saanich. The best part about this easy walking trail was that it fringed Finlayson Arm so there was always a view of the water and the tree covered shoreline opposite. Continue reading Gowlland Tod Provincial Park (McKenzie Bright)

Sidney Street Sculpture

Centaur — Philip Organ (above photo)

North of Victoria on Vancouver Island, was the relaxed town of Sidney. Situated right on the sea on the eastern side of the island, I couldn’t help notice some of the unique art that dotted the landscape. Continue reading Sidney Street Sculpture

Along Sidney’s Coast

As I turned into a curve along Lockside Walkway on Vancouver Island, I spotted two playful seals off shore, but it wasn’t until I arrived at Sidney’s fish markets, that I came close to one. The seal was probably waiting for scraps from the markets as it kept popping its head out of the water. Continue reading Along Sidney’s Coast

Ferry Ride

It’s been a long time since I last took a trip across to Vancouver Island.

The ferry slipped between Galiano and Mayne islands, then Prevost, North Pender and Saltspring Islands, yet still there were more Gulf Islands to encounter over glistening smooth waters until we reached our destination — Swatz Bay. Continue reading Ferry Ride