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  • Day4

    Victoria

    May 21 in Canada

    I write this G&T in hand listening to Mike & the Mechanics on our sunny balcony on Victoria Day, a public holiday. What a day!
    We left our excellent hotel on Robson headed down to the floatplane. We were in time to catch the 10.30 Harbourair flight to Victoria. So easy, a bakers dozen on the plane plus pilot, safety briefing on an iPad, calm conditions , we headed out, revved up and away we went, out over the suspension bridge down river and across to Vancouver Island.
    Smooth landing and we wondered where our suitcases were? In the float it turned out. This being Victoria Day the bands were playing , roads closed and festivities going on. The last majorettes passed in time for us to cross to our Parkside hotel. There we left our luggage and headed for Fisherman’s Wharf a couple of km round the harbour. Barb’s renowned F&C and ginormous Ice-creams made lunch. We caught a H2O water taxi back to Empress and thence to our hotel apartment where we had been upgraded to a corner suite with chocs and another anniversary card! Brilliant!!
    We tour ourselves away to book whale watching for the morrow and supermarket for provisions ( I must cook the sockeye in a mo). Pool and now balcony- what more could you ask for. BC Pinot Noir with the fish. More demain.
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  • Day5

    The day dawned brightly and after breakfast we set off towards Beacon Hill Park. The wild flowers were beautiful including purple common Camas and cream Meadow Death Camas. At the lookout the view across to Mt Baker in Washington State was stunning a layer of mist obscuring the coastline with mountains soaring above. From the mist appeared a large container ship in surreal ghostly fashion.
    From here we walked along the coast path towards the town. There was a lady skinny dipping on one beach though surely thermals were more the order of the day?! A bit further on there was a flash of orange which settled on a bush - Anna’s hummingbird! Quite brilliant. Coffee at Breakwater Cafe before cutting inland through James Bay. A liquor store provided more delicious Okanangan Pinot Noir and Thrifty market a few more useful essentials.
    Back to base via Parliament building, for a swim (A) and lunch ahead of a whale watching trip with BC whale tours aboard BC Luna. Captain Jim is a marine biologist and quickly headed the 12 on board to find two Killer Whale brothers heading east through the straits. Awesome!We spent quite a bit of time with them before heading towards the coast and finding our way back to port with the sun still shining.
    Great day!
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  • Day3

    Victoria

    August 29, 2017 in Canada

    So we are playing a little bit of catch up after an interesting day yesterday. Starting out with collecting our car from the airport and then playing chicken with right hand turns on our way to the Calipino Suspension Bridge. OMG that was truly amazing and scary. Gill and Steve thank you for Tig's experience. IT truly did wobble, but not helped by some of the other people on the other side. After visiting, we thought we might have some time to go up to Grouse mountain, on arrival we found out that they had had some sightings of bears, but unfortunately we didn't really have time to take the trail. And also it was sooooooooooooooooooooo hot. So we had a quick look around, we had wanted to go to see the lumberjack's but that meant going up on the gondola, which we hadn't really planned in. So off we went to find the ferry to Victoria. Then came Day 2. Last night we did find a really cool bar for dinner and live music. I even contemplated eating oysters. But Gilly P I am going to save that until I am with you . Under close supervision. One pint and we were out for the count. Not bad having been awake since 2.30 in the morning.Read more

  • Day3

    Victoria - Day 2 catch up day

    August 29, 2017 in Canada

    Today was a day of firsts, first time we've been in a seaplane, and first time I heard Tig say he enjoyed some Gardens. Tig surprised me with a trip around Victoria via seaplane, all very exciting, even though some of our passengers didn't think so! Then off to Butchart Gardens - thank you for the recommendation A&A - it was amazing, so many colours working in harmony in the different gardens.
    Tonight its another walk, to a famous fish n chip place, then maybe a ride home in water taxi
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  • Day35

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    October 9, 2017 in Canada

    And welcome back to Canada 🇨🇦 for these bikers.

    We have a lot to be thankful for. A great trip to France , cycling over 1000 km, 25 different beds 🛏️ (most really hard 🤐), LOTS of sights and experiences. And back home healthy and happy 😊. Many, many thanks ❤️.

    The bikes made it to Vancouver none the worse for wear, so all good there.

    And same for the travelers. The flight was smooth and on time, we cycled back to the hotel where we left our car, put the bikes on the rack and got to the ferry in lots of time. Glad we had that reservation on a long weekend.

    Home feels great 🏡! Our own shower 🛁, own bed 🛌. Ahhh! Probably won't have fresh croissants in the morning, but time for a change anyway.

    Looking forward to connecting with friends and family....non-digitally 😁.
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  • Day80

    Beacon Hill Pygmy Goats

    September 5, 2017 in Canada

    Well, we closed out our time in Victoria with a visit to Beacon Hill where we fed the peacocks (the ducks weren't interested!), let the cutest Pygmy goats we've ever seen climb on our backs, and took a ferry over to Vancouver with a plan of camping in the beautiful Canadian Rockies on the way to Banff.

  • Day66

    Approaching Victoria we came along a sentimental point in our route: The mile zero of the trans canada highway which we started to follow at the eastcoast of Canada in Newfoundland and reached now its beginning.

  • Day57

    Holland Point and Beacon Hill Park

    September 21, 2017 in Canada

    Our final day in and a beautiful sunny day greeted us. We have walked many kilometres while here and today was no different but we hadn’t made it to the beach as yet so off we trekked.
    While passing the Fairmont Hotel we decided to have a closer look at their gardens and found their bee hives. Having their own bee hives seemed like a no brainer when they have such beautiful flowers in their gardens to attract many bees 🐝🐝.
    The walk along Holland Point was nice and Beacon Hill Park was stunning.
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