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native people, now collectively referred to as the First Nation. They
lived in several clans living off the seafood and salmon and used the
abundant forest to make houses and boats. From 1000AD to European
contact in the 18th Century these people had a three tired class
system; An upper class who lived a privileged life but were expected
to give away their wealth through culturally important 'potlatch'
ceremonies, an artisan middle ...
We are a group of 12, and I am not the only one from Switzerland, there are 3 of us in total. Last night I was in a room with Claire (from Glasgow), she's really nice so think we will share a tent together. Today was an 8am start, and finally I managed to get a really good nights sleep. First on the agenda was breakfast, to embrace my Canadian experience I started with ...
Dan has been training in Vancouver for his new job for the last two weeks (one more week to go) and I suggested we make use of his close proximity to Vancouver Island and have a weekend in Victoria.
Everyone I have spoken to recommended Victoria. I wasn't disappointed. It was lovely to be back on the coast - I believe the sea also made the weather more moderate. In addition, I was reminded of Australia. I feel the ocean had a bit to do with this, but also ...
... They partially redeemed themselves by serving up some very good food (crab-and-fish cakes and a yummy crab dip), but the tip had been truly withered by the previous errors. We left full but a little disappointed.
This should have re-energised us for some more exploring but a combination of a long wait in the sun and a belly-full of food brought on a desire for a post-prandial snooze, so we went back to the hotel for a brief nap (Well, I ...
... a public holiday across Canada and so as the weekend drew closer there was an increasing festival atmosphere.
This marks the beginning of festival season for many Canadians as the weather has improved and people are out and about more.
Even after a week in Victoria we felt like there was still much that we could have seen and done.
Here are some highlights:
This was the first time that we ...