Whale Watching (or not)
Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
17Trip End Oct 22, 2009
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When we got back to harbour, I decided to do a long walk through the suburbs and along the sea through Fisherman's Wharf and back to the Inner Harbour (about 4.5 kms) but first I had to go back to the hostel and divest myself of all the extra layers.
The walk was lovely - past the provincial parliament buildings, through an area called James Bay to the Seawall, along the breakwater, past the cruise ship terminal (there was a very big cruise ship docked) and then to Fisherman's Wharf. This is a fairly small wharf but it has the prettiest floating houses, mostly decked out in flowers. There are also two of the fattest Harbour Seals I've ever seen. People feed them so they just float around the dock waiting to be fed.
I also love the dinky little Harbour Ferries. I think we should get some for Sydney. They may not carry many people but I doubt they do much damage if they run into something. They are about the size of a bathtub. They have these in Vancouver too so I'm hoping to go for a ride in one when I'm in Vancouver for a few days.
Yesterday I actually went on the whale watching trip (all dressed up again). We saw four Humpback Whales playing and feeding on the surface. The Humpback I saw in Tofino was alone and he would come up then dive and stay down for five minutes or so. These Humpbacks stayed on the surface, blowing and diving a little but coming straight back up. Sometimes they would do a deep dive - that's when you see their tales
Unfortunately, there were no Orca to be seen so I still haven't seen one. I don't think I'll have another chance this trip - oh well, next time.
Today, I went to the Museum of British Columbia before leaving Victoria. This is a fantastic museum, not very big but really interesting. They had a visiting exhibit from the British Museum, featuring cultures through the ages so there were Egyptian exhibits - mummys, jewellery, a cast of the Rosetta Stone - Greek, Roman, Celtic, Pacific Islands, ancient Arabic cultures. I spent about an hour and a half in this exhibition and could have spent a lot longer but I wanted to see the natural history and First Nations exhibits as well and I only had about 3 hours altogether. The First Nations section was great, although I didn't have long enough. I plan to go to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver later in the trip, I'm looking forward to that even more now.
This afternoon, I caught the Moose bus back to Vancouver
Tomorrow I'm going to Whistler for the night. We arrive there about 3.30pm and don't leave to come back to Vancouver until 4.00pm the following day so I should have some time to explore.
For those of you who have been asking, I haven't entirely stopped smoking but I'm mostly down to 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. I have to say that the attitude to cigarette smoking here seems a little harsh given that it's not unusual to see people smoking joints in the street quite openly. I always have to suppress the urge to run up to them and tell them to put it away. Grass is not legal but personal use is generally ignored, much the same as in Australia but much more open.