By Peter Grant
Even if it really is savouring whiskey-toned Scrumpie cider in Cobble Hill, getting with the goats at the roof in Coombs, scanning the surfers in Tuff urban (Tofino), taking a gander on the brants—the noisy little sea goose that is so renowned in Qualicum Beach—or grokking the alien progress at the Avatar Grove cedars close to Port Renfrew, this booklet has the needs to record each Islander and each customer should have. From the wild, windswept shorelines of Spring Island to the simplest bang-for-your-buck breakfast in Victoria, it is all right here. Plus, cognoscenti from around the island weigh in with their very own 5 MUSTs. writer Lynne Bowen, birder Bruce Whittington, wine gourmand John Schreiner and sacred locations finder megastar Weiss all have a Take five of must-see areas. you are maintaining the last word insider needs to record. in the event you love Vancouver Island, you just should have the Vancouver Island booklet of Musts.
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He grew and milled wheat — he even grew tobacco. By 1870, legend has it, sales of butter from the dairy farm were enough to pay a mason and First Nations construction workers to build 46 Southeast Vancouver Island the church — the church that butter built. Its real name was St Ann’s. Within ten years the Catholic diocese in Victoria purchased land on Tzouhalem Rd and built another St Ann’s Church. Why? One story is that Rondeault’s congregation grew so rapidly the stone church became too small.
The park’s main attraction is undoubtedly the annual run of Chum salmon in Goldstream River. The fish spawn near the mouth of the little river starting in October. It is the stage for a poignant drama of nature. Set amid a coniferous forest with large western redcedar trees, the riparian zone is a busy place in the fall. The fish make their way upstream in search of gravel, where they mate in that strange no-contact way, females and males depositing in turn their eggs and milt. Their mottled remains become objects of competition among gulls and eagles and myriad other feeders — the food chain is wide here.
Two lookouts provide spectacular views of Saanich Inlet and a respite from the traffic. If visibility is good, the views are not to be missed. ) The first stop, about 10 km from Goldstream, looks south toward Finlayson Arm. The tapering body of water, edged by walls of rock, is the head of a fjord — the only one on the north side of the island. Opposite Malahat Ridge is the rugged expanse known as the Highlands, dominated by Mt Finlayson. Much of the Highlands bordering Finlayson Arm is protected in Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park; beyond, the rolling green of Victoria’s western borders is framed by the distant Olympic Mountains.