Before we leave this year's Vic West Skateboard Competition I have to pay tribute to this skateboarder who soared so high in his quest for "air". From where he is it's a long way down to the cement and if you don't get it right, it's an awfully hard landing. My hat's off to these young skateboarders, both boys and girls of all ages, who take their knocks and bruises with a grin, pick themselves up and try again for that elusive perfect run.
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!