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Chemainus

Chemainus – World Famous Mural Town

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The quaint town of Chemainus is found on the Chemainus River Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island in Canada.  We didn't know of the town but found it as we headed from Victoria to catch the ferry to Vancouver.  Because we had some spare time before ferry left, we spent a few hours exploring the town.  If you are visiting Vancouver Island, add Chemainus to your itinerary.  Spend at least a few hours exploring the town, finding the murals and doing some shopping. HistoryThe Hul'gumi'num firs[...]
5 Reasons to Visit the Butchart Gardens
Victoria

5 Reasons to Visit the Butchart Gardens, Victoria

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Regardless of whether you find gardens interesting or not, the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada are a stunning and tranquil place to visit. The Butchart Gardens are located on Vancouver Island, about 23 km north of Victoria at 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay.  The gardens are open every day, but you should check the web site for opening hours and entry ticket prices. In 2004, the gardens was named a National Historic Site of Canada. Reason 1 – The stunning sunken garden The gardens were or[...]
Gay Pride Parade, Victoria
Victoria

Gay Pride Parade, Victoria

Posted In: Canada | Events
In 2015 we were in Victoria, British Columbia for the Gay Pride Parade on 5 July.  Canada was in the grip of terrible forest fires while we were there so you notice that the photos are tinged by the smoke haze. Victoria, British ColumbiaVictoria is the capital of British Columbia in Canada.  It’s located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and has a population of just over 80,000.  Victoria is about 100 km or 60 miles from Vancouver.So as Victoria is on Vancouver Island, getting there is either by plane or[...]
The Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer – a must do in Canada

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The Rocky Mountaineer is one of those iconic, bucket list adventures that many of us want to do.  We decided that we needed to check it off our bucket list and spent two extraordinary days on this stunning journey.There are four different train trips to pick from and choosing which only one was difficult. But based on the time we had, the Banff, via Kamloops (overnight) to Vancouver route was the perfect choice.Choosing a Service LevelOur first decision when booking our journey was which service level to choose. You have th[...]