Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is very pretty and English. Now I know where all the old style English pubs went. The town of Victoria is lovely.

Butchart Gardens was a highlight, and the remarkable murals in the little town of Chemainus were fascinating. Chemainus was once a thriving logging town, but that industry went downhill and the town was struggling. In a stroke of civic genius, the people of Chemainus began to record the town’s history and characters in a series of large murals throughout the town.

It is now starting to get a new lease of life as visitors and tourist buses stop by the town to let people have a look at this fascinating public art.

Here is a shout-out to Bob and Betty with whom we shared a tasty, old-fashioned pub meal at the Prairie Inn in Saanichton; and another to Gordon and Jean in Chemainus for the fabulous afternoon tea complete with home-baked scones and for showing us around their charming town

The ferry ride back to Horseshoe Bay on the mainland on our second evening provided a marvellous and mystical sunset over the islands in the Straight of Georgia.

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