October 30, 2017

Men's Walking Group

Nice day for a drive into Victoria and a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, across the Selkirk Trestle and the Blue Bridge for an update on progress.  Lots of stuff to take photos.  -- DeNNis.

It was a great trek since the last time started with rain and ended with it heavy snow fall.  We did the 8Km around the upper harbor stopping at the Fan Tan Cafe in China town for lunch.  -- Brook

Started our walk at Banfield Park (bottom left), across the Selkirk Trestle doing a large clockwise loop through part of downtown, across the Johnson St (Blue) Bridge, past Point Hope shipyards and return.

Overlooking the water from Banfield Park.

Across the Selkirk Trestle.

 Selkirk Trestle from the other direction.

An interesting piece of artwork.

Lots of walkways along the waterfront.

Lonely sunflower by itself.

Ellis Auto advertisement sitting on the roof.

If you are lost by Vancouver Island Brewery, just
send these co-ordinates to 911 for rescue.

Murals along Government St.

And Discovery Street.

Not in a any hurry to leave Capital Iron.

One of many Heritage Buildings.

Down in the inner harbor at the Canoe Club.

Parts for the long overdue new Johnson St bridge.

Interesting sculpture.

Harbor Ferry terminal.

Paddle boarders heading down under the Blue bridge.

The stairway inside the old Janion Hotel building.  No - it is not haunted!
Just some weird reflections.

Gate of Harmonius Interest at entrance to Chinatown.

Guess where we had lunch.

Across the Blue Bridge.

The Canada 150 Icebreaker that arrived in Victoria Sunday
after travelling from coast to coast to coast.

The new VtoV Ferry in for repairs at Point Hope Shipyard.

Amazing what a different viewpoint does to our perception.

Under the Point Ellice Bridge.

October 23, 2017

Men's Walking Group

Hey!  Another NO Rain Day!  Pretty lucky.  A stroll around the newest phase of Mill Springs and above by the water tower, followed by coffee at Serious Coffee.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.


It was a nice 10°C day for the 10 of us to trek over 6Km around the Mill Spring Trails.  Next week is a road trip, more to follow.  -- Brook

UPDATE: Early October we had visited the mouth of Shawnigan Creek to see if the Salmon were starting to spawn but it was to early.  Since the rains the Salmon are now gathering and the Salmon lift will start to shuttle the Salmon up Shawnigan Creek.  See this link on how the Salmon are shuttled upstream:  http://localeye.ca/2016/09/26/shuttle-salmon-shawnigan-creek/ 

Parked behind Serious Coffee (bottom right) and did a counter-clockwise loop from there.  Map shows it pretty well, I think.

Looking back at the Frayne Rd intersection from the Lodgepole
Road summit.

The view if you live up on Alget Road.

A quick photo (slightly blurred) of some craft work on a Mill Springs
back deck.

Lots of trails behind back yards around the perimeter of
Mill Springs.

 Some quite secluded.

Some interesting growth structure in many of these trees.


New construction area.

Other side of the street.

Official inspection team.

Area of next construction phase.

Mill Springs water tower.

Remnants of summer flowers (dandelions).

Odd split up the bark
of this tree.  Behind
is a woodpecker tree.

Down a steep slippery slope.

This sign on the rear of the Serious Coffee building deserves
a repeat viewing.

October 16, 2017

Men's Walking Group

No rain on our walk around the Shawnigan Lake area today.  It turned out to be quite interesting.  Would have liked to get more photos but did okay.  --  DeNNis.

Great day for the 11 of us to trek 7Km on the Shawnigan lake back wood trails (on lower right of the Map). -- Brook

Follow the trace clockwise from the Legion (top right)

Up the trail from Cairn Park across from the Legion.

Playground above Cairn Park.

Beside the trail.  How it got there, who knows.

Natures art.

Excellent trail - part of a long driveway in the bush.

1938 pick-up.

Across the E&N tracks, down to Shawnigan Wharf.

The Wharf.

Panorama of Shawnigan Lake from the wharf.

Masons Beach from the wharf.

Great place for a respite.

Buoys marking wharf area.


Guard Cat??

Shawnigan Pavilion at Elsie Miles Field

Finished our coffee - back to the cars at the Legion.