O Canada!

It’s my last day in Canada and I haven’t written about Canada Day/Canada Eh yet! I had the foresight to be in Ottawa for 1 July, Canada Day. Actually, I wanted to be with a friend for my birthday on 28 June, but once Jenny (my woman on the ground) and I discussed dates, she…

Beyond the Sea

I’ve got a backlog of posts to work on. When I announced that I would be attempting to blog my journey, I promised my mother that I wouldn’t state openly where I was at any given time, in case of stalkers. So the posts from here on in will jump back and forth, but right…

In which I do the Rockies (part two)

I’m writing the rest of this list from Seattle, where it has just started to rain. This is far from a problem, as the number and quality of coffee shops was not understated. It is a big adjustment from my Canadian experiences, so I want to get the rest of this list down before the…

In which I do the Rockies (part 1)

Apologies for the little break in correspondence. I was going to post throughout my tour of the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia Mountains (for I now know that these are different entities). It soon dawned on me that this would be a futile endeavour. Wi-Fi was patchy in the hostels, we got there late, stayed…

Prince was right about the snow

A month ago, I had dinner in Schievelavabo in Brussels and it was snowing. This morning, I left a rainy Vancouver and, en route to Whistler, it turned to snow. The bus driver emphasised how unusual this was, saying that it had rained when he was there in January and that temperatures had reached the…

End of the road eating

When I first decided to take off to the end of the road, i.e. Tofino, I assumed there wouldn’t be much in terms of culinary goodness going on here. Was I wrong! Comments have been made on how active I’ve been during my time here, but most of that was in an effort to wear…

Take me to the Island

Victoria Day is marked in Canada on or around 24 May, Queen Victoria’s birthday. Vancouver Island takes special pride in the day, as Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. Tofino was beset by large amounts of tourists from Friday afternoon onwards and every bed, bunk and camping space was filled. The nicest tradition for…

To bike or not to bike

I have a love/hate relationship with cycling. When I was younger, the promises from my parents that “this is the last hill” became emptier and emptier. As time went by, I became more self-conscious of my appearance and felt that perching on a metal pedestal wasn’t helping me. In Brussels, the few good experiences I…

Woodland Plane Wreck

Shortly before midnight on 8 February 1945, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Canso bomber, on its way from Tofino to Coal Harbour, suffered engine failure just seconds after takeoff and crashed into a hill overlooking a bog. There must have been plenty of similar crashes during the war but this one is unique in…

Tofino, not Tolfino

It’s been Tolfino in my phone dictionary since January, when I booked my journey, but not until I actually got on the bus in Vancouver did I realise that I was heading to Tofino “no L” for three weeks. Risky business, some might say. A seven hour trip, all the way to the end of…

To market! To market!

Holidays when I was younger were always taken with the Brackens. First to Rosscarbery, then to Portugal and the Canaries, the eleven of us would cause consternation in small restaurants and on beaches. Food was always fresh and local, especially fish that had just jumped out of the sea on to a hot grill. One…

Canyoning

I’m behind on posting, because it’s my holidays and I like to take the opportunity to snooze whenever I want, as opposed to needing to snooze from illness and work. On Tuesday, I bussed and ferried my way to Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. That’s right, I opted for the cheaper version of the Capilano…