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An Idyllic Summer Escape to Vancouver Island for Maidei

Hanging out by vineyards at Muse Winery, Vancouver Island 2011

Hanging out by vineyards at Muse Winery, Vancouver Island 2011

After feeling the city vibe of downtown Vancouver, Maidei sailed off the next morning, on a B.C. Ferry across the Georgia Strait to Saanich, Vancouver Island. During this 1.5 hrs. long voyage, she was delighted by ever-changing panoramic views of rock outcroppings and lumpy green Canadian Gulf Islands while they plied the ocean waters.

These small islands are known for laid-back lifestyle where some people have their cottages and where artists have drawn inspiration. Some islands have a few hilly bike routes on narrower roads.

The ferry dock at Saanich is about 30 km. north of Victoria.

Tiny 'flycatcher' bird sits quietly above near our bistro winery table. Saanich, Vancouver Island 2011. Photo by HJEH Becker

Tiny Anna’s Hummingbird variety, sits quietly above near our bistro winery table. Saanich, Vancouver Island 2011. Photo by HJEH Becker

Saanich”, is a Coastal Salish aboriginal word that means “emerging”.This peninsula area is quieter than Victoria, with small farms, parks, some bike routes and a handful of wineries. She found it lovely to cycle along the quieter roads with the smell of the saltwater ocean.   She cycled over to Muse Winery where she lolled around the bistro outside by the vineyards and a few glass art sculptures. Lunch included a glorious seafood salad with jumbo shrimp, lots of fresh

Flycatcher's tongue pokes out in anticipation of an insect meal. Saanich, Vancouver Island 2011. Photo by HJEH Becker

Hummingbird’s tongue pokes out in anticipation of an insect meal. Saanich, Vancouver Island 2011. Photo by HJEH Becker

crabmeat, salmon with avocado and sprouts over lettuce.

One of the lunch highlights, were the birds flitting around which included  hummingbird breed, Anna’s Hummingbird and  a bald eagle which had its nest up in a tree less than 500 feet away.

Later in the evening, she ambled over to the pier in the small town of Sidney where she was staying overnight. That evening the town was buzzing with a street festival in celebration of Canada Day weekend, July lst the next day which marks the creation of Canada as an independent country in 1867.  Unfortunately she didn’t buy any lovely cheeses from     

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  Saltspring Island but she had a good look at the displays and joined the sampling along with many other shoppers.

On the second day on Vancouver Island, Maidei peeked into the Sea Cidery place, where hard cider was pressed from different local apples which netted a range of mild alcoholic cider varieties for sale.

The whole trip was sparkling, sunshine trip treat for Maidei –her island getaway on Canada’s Pacific west coast.

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6 thoughts on “An Idyllic Summer Escape to Vancouver Island for Maidei

  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I really hope to get out on more bike trips across Canada and I am super impressed with how much you have done. I’m assuming that when you go across Canada you fly – how easy is it to fly with a bike?

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    • Yes, I’ve flown on some trips with one of my bikes. Air Canada provides a clear plastic bike bag. You must remove pedals, turn handlebar parallel to your bike frame and deflate your tires. I now have a folding bike which I took across to Europe which was handy. Air Canada charges $50.00 one way per flight. So plan carefully to make good use of your bike or rent a bike at a destination.

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  2. Maidei is too cute. I have another blogger friend who’s a priest who had the same idea was you. His was a penguin android called Penguinoy, if I’m not mistaken. Too. Cute.

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  3. Lovely trip. The hummingbird is lovely. We’ve watched apples being pressed for cider – wait, my boy has done it himself, too, in the mountains. Fun. Such a healthful way to live — to travel like this.

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