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Published: September 3rd 2014
It's hard to believe we've only been away for one week! We are staying in Victoria on Vancouver Island with my cousin Lorna and she has planned a very full itinerary for us! Victoria is a beautiful city with a very attractive, lively inner harbour area where everything seems to happen. We experienced our 2nd whale watching trip on Thursday with the 'Prince of Whales' and saw two pods of killer whales - amazing! When we returned we were taken on a complimentary tour of the harbour and gorge in a dinky little ferry by Lorna's friend, Christopher, who made it very informative and entertaining for us.
This weekend has been particularly busy as it was a public holiday marking the end of the summer break. The children were due to go back to school today but teachers are on strike, a dispute which started in June so you can imagine how popular teachers are over here. There were a lot of classic ships in the harbour which we could look around and yesterday there was a free blues festival where we could enjoy the music, the sunshine and the beer!
As well as exploring Victoria we took a
trip up the west coast to Sooke and visited China Beach and French Beach which are both unspoilt and rugged. On the way back we visited Sooke Potholes, a dramatic river gorge with waterfalls. Saturday was a busy day as we managed to fit in a visit to Chemainus, a small town which used to rely on the logging industry for its livelihood but has now reinvented itself as a tourist attraction since the sawmill closed. The murals on the sides of the buildings depict the history of the town the first nation people and the development of the railway. We then stopped off at Cowichan Bay, an interesting waterside development of house boats and shops - very organic! Next stop was the Mill Bay ferry to Brentwood Bay where we had a lovely meal overlooking the harbour, before going to a spectacular firework display at Butchart Gardens.
Last but not least we have enjoyed our eating experiences this week! Lorna is a fantastic cook and is trying out all her specialities on us, including beer chicken which we enjoyed on uncle Ken's 87th birthday. There are also plenty of eating out opportunities which we are working our way
through. I will have to start my diet as soon as we get home!
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