The Cows & Colours of Prince Rupert

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The city of Prince Rupert is actually situated on an island: Kaien Island, just north of the Skeena River in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

The island is linked with a short bridge to the mainland, however the bridge is hardly noticeable so do not expect the traditional “island” feel.  Expect a small town by the west coast in northern Canada feel: Meaning, a mix of exotic weather, wildlife, cute cafes, cows (?) & all the colours of the rainbow… Continue reading

The Ferry to Vancouver Island

There is a large island located on the west coast of Canada, in the province of British Columbia.  The island is the size of a small country (32,134 km2/12,407 sq mi), so does not necessarily give the “island feel” one might expect!

The island is called Vancouver Island.  But the city known as Vancouver is not located here! I know…it gets confusing. Continue reading

Craigdarroch Castle

One of the landmark tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is the Craigdarroch Castle [pronounced “Craig Derek”].

It is located in the beautiful Rockland neighborhood of Victoria.

Built in the 1890s by the wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan, the castle has 39 rooms and is over 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2 ).

Today it is owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open to the public as a National Historic Cite of Canada. Continue reading

Sidney Summer Market

The town of Sidney is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, on the Saanich Peninsula, just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria.

During the summer months of June to August, Sidney is host to a very popular street market:

On Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm the main street of Beacon Avenue is transformed into a summer market filled with 200 various vendors; local merchants, fresh produce, arts & crafts, great food, live music & entertainment.

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Wondering through Wineries in the Okanagan Valley

Who knew Canada had wineries? Wineries that make delicious wine. Red, white….ice wine (we are, after all, in Canada 🙂 )

I must admit, I didn’t know about the Canadian wineries. Growing up in Europe, I always thought Tuscany, Italy was the place to visit for wine. Now I know that Canada is a place to visit for many things. Wine included 🙂

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