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.
“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
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 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.