One of the nice things about wandering around in the bush here on Vancouver Island is that there are no poisonous snakes. There are only 4 kinds of snake on the island and three of them are Garter Snakes - like the one pictured above, a Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, a name nearly as long as he is. The fourth kind of snake we have here is quite rare - I've never seen one. It's called a Sharp=tailed Snake and has a very limited range. I lived in Africa for many years, on the hot and humid west coast. In my first years there I was living in a rain forest village and any time I went for a walk in the forest I had always to be on the lookout for snakes because there were many that were deadly poisonous and quite aggressive - cobras and mambas, etc. The harmless little fellow above was photographed near Esquimalt Lagoon in April 2010.
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!