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Canada 2015

Canada’s Nature explained by Jimmy Simpson

There is absolutely nothing in the city to give us the same feeling as the great, mysterious things of nature even though they be stone and ice. It is only among them that we feel the utter helplessness and insignificance… Continue Reading →

Last Day in Canada

We left beautiful Tofino and Vancouver island, cross the Strait of Georgia by boat and came back to the big city Vancouver.

Our last day in Tofino

As forecasted, it was a cloudy morning. One of maybe three or four during our 6 week-stay in Canada. After breakfast, we set for a short walk in Tofino, the Tonquin Trail.

Hot Springs, Bears, Whales and Floatplane

Coming from the country of hot springs (“onsen” in Japanese) and being an onsen addict, I visited countless hot springs in my life. Sometimes I hiked into the mountains for a couple of hours just to soak in often spectacular… Continue Reading →

Evening kayaking in Tofino

We have not done any kayaking in Canada. It seems that kayaking is a very important part of Canadian lifestyle. It also looked like fun to explore an intricate Tofino coastline with many islands and inlets from the water level.

Sunset over Tofino

One of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever seen! The color of the sky and clouds were constantly changing. We stood there in awe.

Another history of Japanese-Canadians in Ucluelet

Al from Archipelago Cruise talked to us about the Japanese-Canadians in Ucluelet and pointed out the place of their village during our cruise trip. I wanted to find out more about them so the next day we went to the… Continue Reading →

Wild Pacific Trail – Survival on the Edge

This morning we joined a guided walk on the Wild Pacific Trail,  “Survival on the Edge”, organized by the Central West Coast Forest Society.

Broken Group Islands Charter

A great day cruising with wonderful skippers, Tobby & Al. Admired the intricate coastline, many small forested islands and also spotted impressive bald eagles, sea lions, otters….

A beach walk at Long Beach, Vancouver Island

On the way from Ucluelet to Tofino, along the shoreline is the Pacific Rim National Park. There are beautiful beaches surrounded and protected by the dense temperate rainforest.

Cathedral Grove – The Big Tree

Those wonderful AirBnB hosts at Qualicum Beach

We stayed at Susan & Roelof’s house at Qualicum Beach for one night. This sociable English/Dutch couple invited us to a tour of their wonderful garden,  then, as a welcome, Philippe was offered a tasting of Reoelof’s home-brewed beer and Yasuko… Continue Reading →

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – Botanical Beach

When we arrived at the trailhead of Botanical Beach, the area was completely fogged in. We hesitated a bit but we went ahead to walk the last part of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.  It was one of the… Continue Reading →

Sooke in the Mist

Misty view just after leaving Sooke…

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – China Beach to Bear Beach

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 47km wilderness trail which is just south of the famous West Coast Trail. Today we walked the first section of the Juan de Fuca Trail from China Beach to Bear Beach (9km)… Continue Reading →

Evening Walk in Sooke

From our balcony, we could see a very narrow strip of peninsula and people walking on it so we set for an evening walk in this direction. This 1km strip of peninsula divides the Sooke Harbour and the Juan de… Continue Reading →

East Sooke Coast Trail

A coast trail in the East Sooke Regional Park. This trail is surprisingly not well-known under the shadow of the famous West Coast Trail, but the rugged trail is a beautiful wilderness. Stunning coastal views with the Olympic Mountains (USA)… Continue Reading →

Sooke – Wild Mountain

Our most memorable meal in Canada. A wonderful, unpretentious restaurant in Sooke called “Wild Mountain“. It is open only for dinner from Tuesday and Saturday. Even though it opened a couple of months ago, it is popular among locals and… Continue Reading →

Lost indoor in outdoor shop labyrinth

Victoria is a great town with lots of outdoor shops. It seems that at every corner there is another great shop with very friendly staff who are definitely hard-core outdoor characters (therefore, they know what they are talking about) and… Continue Reading →

Funky, small China Town in Victoria

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