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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Garry Oak Learning Meadow

A few years ago Fort Rodd Hill was little more than a preserved coastal defense site. But in the last few years new features have been added that make it more interesting, educational and relevant. One of my favorite new features is the Garry Oak Learning Meadow, a garden area stocked with a wide variety of plants that are a part of the Garry Oak Ecosystem. Above we are looking at the entrance to the meadow through its attractive new gate. The learning meadow is well worth a visit quite aside from the other attractions of the park and there is usually a helpful Parks Canada person there to describe how and why the meadow was developed.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fisgard Lighthouse

Under blue skies and bright sunshine I went out today to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. I was pleased to discover that in celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday this year, all National Historic Sites have waived their admission fees. The entrance fee to Fort Rodd Hill has always been quite modest but the feeling that I could come back again, often, subtly changed the tenor of my visit, so that I was able to concentrate on one part of the site and reserve the rest for further visits. Above is a slightly different view of the Fisgard Lighthouse viewed from Fort Rodd Hill.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Carriage Trade

Despite sporadic protests from animal rights activists these horse and carriage tours of the city remain popular with tourists. Certainly one good effect they have is traffic-calming since they move at quite a leisurely pace. Their home base here is right beside the Legislative Assembly Buildings and they add a pleasantly pastoral air to the area while they wait for clients.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Queen Victoria

Last weekend was Victoria Day weekend. The original holiday was to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria on May 24th. To ensure a long weekend it is now celebrated on the last Monday before the 24th of May. I thought it might be nice to salute the holiday by posting a photo of the statue of the young queen that stands in front of the British Columbia Legislature overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour. It's a larger than life statue and rests on a high pedestal so it is not easy to see her face. Probably most of us think of her in her widow's weeds as an elderly woman but when she came to the throne she was a beautiful young woman only 18 years old. I think this statue does her justice. The sculptor was Albert Bruce-Joy. The statue was installed at its present location in 1914. We'll have a look at Monday's Victoria Day Parade tomorrow.