Monday, September 11, 2006

Lazily Sunday in Victoria

It was a beautiful day for a drive around the city. I was lucky to take all these pictures and more within just a few hours. I thought today I would showcase the activity on the water, since that is always the best place to be, no matter where you live.

The Inner Harbour is always a hub of constant activity. There are ferries to the USA, water taxis to take you across the inlets, whale watching zodiacs, sailing boats, power boats, and yes … even airplanes that take you to the mainland.

How often do you see a power boat and airplane drag racing on the water? Yes, it’s just one of the sights and sounds that you get used to in this little city like no other.

Vancouver Island is the largest island off the west coast of North America. It is tucked against the mainland coast of British Columbia and the north shore of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. It stretches 500 km (320 miles) southeast to northwest with an area of 3,175,000 hectares and 2,150 miles of coastline. However, most of the northern island is remote and uninhabited.

Greater Victoria covers an area of 540 square kilometers and has a population of approximately 350,000 (2001). There are more than 48 parks totaling in excess of 7,600 hectares.

Kayaking is also a great sport, although you definitely need wet suits as the water is brutally cold most of the year.

Victoria is the capital of the Province of British Columbia and primarily a government and tourism city. It is also the headquarters of Canada’s Pacific naval fleet.

Mount Baker (10,778 feet) is an ice-clad volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. It is clearly visible throughout the year and always stunning.

Before moving to Scottsdale, I had a home on Willows Beach. I would wake up each morning to the sunrises over Mount Baker, the Oak Bay Marina with the Olypmic Mountains in the background.

Of course, the beach with all its driftwood was just steps away. I look forward to the future on the Baja and see what is next!

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