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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel

I had the good fortune to have lunch at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel yesterday and took advantage of my visit to photograph the pool (above) and the rear portion of the hotel (below) that overlooks the pool/spa area. This hotel was recently erected on the site of the former Oak Bay Beach Hotel that for many years was a main social center for Victorian society. Lunch in The Snug (one of several dining venues) was delicious and though the weather was overcast, the view was impressive.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Victoria International Marina

A chunk of the waterfront on the Inner Harbour is being developed as a small marina for super-yachts, the Victoria International Marina. The project was stalled for a while due to a shortage of steel piles but has now commenced building. There has been considerable early and ongoing local opposition to a project which promises little more than a place for rich people to park their big boats while blocking the kayak, canoe and paddle-board route along the shoreline of a very busy harbour. A petition gathered some 7,000 signatures in opposition.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

MS Westerdam

This is the MS Westerdam, one of the last cruise ships of this year. It usually goes from Seattle to Alaska and back with four or five stops on the way. To the right of the Westerdam you can see the Coho, a car ferry that travels between here and Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in the USA. Also visible is one of the Harbour Air seaplanes taking off on a flight to Vancouver.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mount Douglas Maples

One of the reasons I like to visit Mount Douglas Park at this time of year is that the lower part of the park has some of the biggest Bigleaf Maples in the area and they always provide a fine and photogenic carpet of newly fallen leaves.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Westsong Walkway

Always changing, always beautiful. - Fern