I think I will begin to collect local examples of gazebos because it is an interesting word and an unusual kind of structure. This particular gazebo is on the West Bay Walkway and is pictured here today because I just noticed that it has been given a new roof during the summer. The word gazebo has quite an un-English sound to it but it is not borrowed from any other language nor is its origin known. The term gazebo includes various sub-types such as pergolas, rotundas and follies. The essential charactistics of a gazebo is that it is a circular building that is roofed but open on all sides and has no purpose other than to provide a sheltered spot for people to rest in the outdoors.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!