Canada geese

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Friday, May 7, 2010


As we awoke to the view of the snow capped mountains from our motel room, Lynn came to inform us that Rose (Lynn's friend from South Africa) and Leon, would be taking us out for the day. Yoo hoo, we were happy about that because it’s always nice to be shown places in another country by the people who live there. Rose buys and restores furniture so she and Leon have a big van which accommodated the six of us comfortably. The weather was beautiful and the drive though the hills breathtaking. Many homes are built of timber and are nestled among the trees around the waters of Vancouver. The road we travelled was twisty and winding and quite narrow, with not much room for cyclists.

At the top of the mountain, Leon invited us to have a proper look at the view from the observation area. Because there was no mist and conditions were good, we could see just how big the city was. It looked modern and neat, peaceful and a nice place to live.

The boats in the harbor looked expensive and because the day was glorious, the water shimmered and made the bobbing boats inviting. Maybe we’ll do a sailing holiday for our next trip.

The six of us arrived at Horseshoe Bay and walked along the Esplanade to a restaurant. Many diners were sitting outside, some with their dogs tied to the railing. The scene was very relaxed.

Rose and Leon were excellent hosts and we enjoyed sharing a meal together in the restaurant. Being on the coast, most of the meals are fish based, and delicious. I could hear the Canada Geese honking overhead, so I took the opportunity to take some photos around the bay.  I found a goose family with three fluffy, yellow goslings. At first I couldn’t see them, they were so well camouflaged among the rocks on the shore, and the parents were very protective of their brood. When they took a dip in the bay, I watched them, they’re so graceful in the water.

A ferry was berthed in the harbor loading on many cars. The west coast of Canada is surrounded by islands, so there are many ferries, island hopping from coast to coast. The islands continue right up to Alaska, with much snow and ice the higher they are.

Later in the afternoon Leon dropped us off in an area just a short walk from our motel, so we could saunter through a pretty local area. It was a gated community, so very neat and well cared for. The flowers in the gardens were picture perfect. It was a lovely outing and we are very grateful to Rose and Leon for taking time out of their busy day to show us their interesting city of Vancouver.

Des logged onto the internet to get in touch with the insurance company, who signed us up for third party insurance through the USA, Dairyland Insurance Company, (an unlikely name for an insurance company). We wanted to confirm that the policy we had purchased when we entered the USA in Brownsville, Texas, would cover us in Canada. Naturally, we were stoked when Nancy, our agent, told us we were covered until 9th June 2010 for the US and Canada. That was good news, we thought we may have to shell out another couple of hundred dollars for a policy for the short time we would be in Canada.

We phoned a friend of ours, Robin, the twin brother of a fellow Rotarian, David, to ask if there was any way we could possibly meet. Unfortunately time was against both of us, however Robin was kind enough to offer us accommodation in his home in the Okanagan valley should we need it, or if we were passing his way again. Robin is a tour guide and was showing 47 Australian tourists around Vancouver the next day, so he had his work cut out. He gave us some tips on the route we were planning to take. We passed on best wishes from his brother David and wished him well on the tour.
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