Monday, May 13, 2019

Visiting Vancouver Island

Last week we had some family visiting from Australia and New Zealand, so we were busy showing off  beautiful Vancouver Island.  The weather was very much with us, it was ten degrees warmer than normal, and it was warm summer weather with lots of sun and blue sky!

First is a picture from Goose Spit in Comox looking at the magnificent Comox Glacier.  This is home, lovely isn’t it!
We also had the Snowbirds, Canadian Forces Air Demonstration team, practicing overhead every day!
The next day we went on a trip to the west coast of the island to see Ucluelet and Tofino.  But first we stopped at Cathedral Grove to see an old growth rain forest, yes, it really is that green!
We also stopped in Port Alberni; this picture was taken at the end of the pier looking down the inlet.  Port Alberni is in the middle of Vancouver Island but it is at the end of a large ocean fjord.  It had a large tsunami in the 1960’s due to an earthquake in Alaska.
Onto Ucluelet, which is a pretty little town.  There is a lovely walk around the lighthouse that seems to have a spectacular view around every corner.
Then to Tofino and to the famous Long Beach.  It is really long and sandy, which is rare for Vancouver Island.  The wind felt like it was straight off the Arctic and it took your breath away!
The next day we went to Campbell River and the Suspension Bridge at Elk Falls.  Always fun.
On the last day we drove them down island to Victoria where they were going to spend a couple of days exploring British Columbia’s capital city.  But first we stopped at Goats on Roof, a fun collection of shops in Coombs and yes there are goats on the roof!
I didn’t take any photos of Victoria this time so I looked for some older pictures but I don’t seem to have any!  But Victoria is a pretty city, with a lovely city center.  There is also a lovely garden called Butchart that is worth going to see.  And I’m going to have to go back soon and take some photos!

We had a lovely time with our family showing off our island home.

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