Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island

We went over to Salt Spring Island to visit my sister, Sue and Denis for a few days, Aug 13th to 18th. We celebrated Bob’s 71st birthday at Auntie Pesto’s overlooking the Ganges Harbor. We played some pickle ball, went swimming in Vesuvius Bay and enjoyed relaxing on the porch chatting, drinking and eating together. We took a day and went on a biking trip over to Vancouver Island to visit Chemainus and Ladysmith.
We caught the early ferry from Vesuvius to Crofton and rode to Chemainus to view the wonderful murals that put this small town on the map. The first mural was painted in 1981, today Chemainus is painted with more than 40 murals, depicting scenes from the town’s history. We had fun riding our bikes around town seeing all the beautiful 40 large murals depicting the Cowichan First Nations, European exploration and settlement, fur trading, railway development and more…… After lunch at the Willow Street Cafe, we rode our bikes along the coast rode to Ladysmith and back to Chemainus, where we had dinner in a fabulous restaurant, the Sawmill TapHouse and Grill. We got the last ferry back to Vesuvius after a wonderful day on our bikes. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Chemainus and The Cowichan Valley Trail

On June 30th we took the Vesuvius Ferry over to Crofton and drove south to the town of Lake Cowichan. Here we rode our bikes on the Cowichan Valley Trail all the way to the south end of Shawnigan Lake. The trail follows the gentle grade of the former turn of the century CN railway line that served pioneer logging and settlement communities. It was a pleasant ride through the trees and over eight trestles, with the largest one at the end called the Kinsol Trestle, here we turned around. The historic Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 614 feet in length and standing 145 feet above the Koksilah River, it is an incredible structure. Coming back was harder and longer than going and we were happy when we got back to the car, not sure of the mileage but it had to be at least 60 miles. Continue reading