It has been 8 months (seriously, 8 months, what the hell have I been doing with my life) since I have written a post. Let me blame it on Candy Crush. Do you have any idea how difficult level 64 is!
Or I could blame it on my work or some new direction my life has been taking but truthfully my procrastination really has no excuse other than laziness (and candy crush, that one really does count). So tonight- I get back on track. On with the blog!
and we’re off…
In August we took one week vacation to Vancouver Island. We flew direct from Edmonton to Victoria and rented a car at the airport so that we could easily tour the island. We stayed in Victoria for two nights at the very lovely Huntingdon Hotel and Suites on the Harbour which had an awesome location right in the heart of all the action. Considering Victoria is a major retirement hub for Canada’s seniors, action might not be the word I’m looking for but Victoria definitely won me over with it’s captivating ocean views and relaxing pubs. From Victoria we headed up the coast stopping along the way in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach. After spending a night there we headed across the island to Ucluelet. We headed back to Duncan and made our way via ferry to Salt Spring Island (not seen on the map) for two nights before ferrying over to Sidney for one last night before flying home.
The Huntingdon Hotel and Suites on the Harbour was walking distance to The Empress Hotel, the Victoria Clipper Ferry, Fisherman’s Wharf Park and the British Columbia Parliament building. I was sad to see the Wax Museum was closed down, however.
Some of Victoria’s local sights:
Dining options were many and we checked out a few pubs along the way. There was a great selection of micro-brewed beers, ciders and local wines to try.
Next we were on our way to Qualicum Beach.
It had several hiking trails and secluded little beaches waiting to be discovered but one must take care to not get caught out after dark or in the fog.
These painted pianos were set on various street corners inviting many renditions of chopsticks. Although not everyone is a Liberace, Salt Spring Island does have its share of famous inhabitants, as well as, a plethora of artists, musicians and winemakers.
The final stretch, on the ferry to Sidney where we would spend our last night before flying home. We had an amazing time on Salt Spring Island and I wouldn’t hesitate to visit again. I just fell in love with its charm.
And the fellas below appear to be waiting for some fool to take a dive.
So that concludes my pictorial summary of our Vancouver Island vacation. I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as we enjoyed the journey. If and when I ever retire I would definitely think seriously about joining the rest of Canada’s seniors on one of these islands. I might even take up lawn bowling.