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A Canadian adventure on Vancouver Island……

This is my third visit to the island and this time it is to help move house! Why would anyone want to move out of Oak Bay people may ask but it is to somewhere not far away and very pretty.

Apart from getting ready for the move there have been trips to parks, beaches, playgroups and shops of course,  although this trip isn’t about me!

This is the journey so far!

Beacon Hill Park (pretty trees and turtles)

A view from my bedroom window (deer are normal)

Willows beach at the bottom of the road

House boat at Fishermans Wharf

A sea lion approaching the pushchair

 

Tales from a Canadian Adventure|Visiting Victoria BC Canada|

On Wednesday I flew to Air Canada from Heathrow to Victoria ( first time with Air Canada very impressive). I don’t come here to see mountains, canoe or any other crazy stuff I come to see my daughter and her twin boys. (very cute)

So what have I done for the last few day? Walk down the road to the beach/ocean and play with the boys and it is wonderful.

Vancouver Island is an incredibly beautiful place with ocean views at every turn. I am lucky enough to be staying within walking distance of Willows Beach in Oak Bay, Victoria.

I will be venturing away from here over the next week but this is how my journey has been so far:

Air Canada Heathrow to Victoria

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The cool thing about flying to Canada is the scenery, this flight crossed over Greenland, amazing views.

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Crossing from Vancouver to Vancouver Island. (on a very small plane)

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Willows Beach, Oak Bay, Victoria

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Driftwood (always lots)

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Home for two weeks

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A walk in the park Canadian Style|British Columbia Holidays|

Today has been 32 degrees in Victoria, blue skies and sunshine. We thought it was time that  Sebastian and Nathaniel  experienced parklife so we took them for a walk around Beacon Hill Park in Victoria.

You can certainly tell there is a water shortage here as the grass is very parched in some areas and it certainly looks like it would burn quickly. When I arrived here two weeks ago there about 180 wildfire both around Vancouver and here on Vancouver Island.

Despite all of this the park is beautiful and the trees are very very tall! much taller than we have in the UK.

A yellow Victoria fire engine

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Flowers in the park

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Pretty Trees

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Water

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Turtles on a log

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The happy family

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Hut in the trees

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A pretty archway

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Canadian Adventure -Vancouver Island British Columbia|North American Travel|

I have been in Canada for 10  days now and it is passing so quickly. Why am I in Canada? well I have to say the reason behind it is pretty amazing, I am here to meet two very special identical twin boys Sebastian and Nathaniel who were born on the 24th June.  (thank you Charlie & Phil)

Whilst they live in Victoria, today we took them to see some of their surroundings in Sidney, a rather genteel little town a few miles away.

Everything there is to see is on the sea front and it is so pretty. It reminds me of an English seaside town but in a time gone by. There are no amusement arcades only people fishing off the pontoon and quaint looking shops. There are lots of restaurants serving rather delicious sea food, straight out of the ocean.

Its very strange to think that British Columbia is on the Pacific coast, the same as my beautiful Peru, so I am very happy that we are all sharing an ocean!

Pretty flowers everywhere

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Lots & Lots of Driftwood

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Gorgeous beach

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Lots and Lots of Pontoons for Fishing

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Birds chilling out on the pontoon

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Memorial to a fisherman (love the flowers)

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Charlie, Phil, Sebastian & Nathaniel

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Whale watching (not sure about the guide!!)

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Pretty Bistro

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Fishmarket

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Whales are everywhere

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Spectacular sea views. I am told you can see both the Rockies and Olympus mountains! but there was too much cloud cover.

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A visit to Quebec City Canada|Holidays in Canada|

After a quick shop in Montreal yesterday it was the long drive to Quebec City and mountains of snow! By mountains I mean a few metres of it in every garden that I have seen and no real signs of a spring thaw yet.

Today started with a very short drive into the old part Quebec City, I was expecting great things and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The weather was grey and very cold, with a chill wind coming off the frozen St Lawrence river but the scenery was beautiful.

We wandered through the streets of the old town taking the “Finiculaire” lift to the the top. The lift is great, very cheap and the view at the top is amazing. The hotel at the top looks like a french chateau and everything else is very french colonial. You can’t forget the french bit as everyone speaks French!

A quick stop for hot chocolate and almond biscuits certainly helped to keeps warm.

Funiculaire Lift

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A view of Old Quebec

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Frozen St Lawrence River

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Paintings on end of buildings

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