PHOTO BLOG: Whale Watching in Canada

Photos taken on a Canon G15 Powershot.

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Strangest Day Ever

In a good, but random, way!
So at the moment I’m in Canada on Vancouver Island. It’s been a brilliant trip full of excitement, fun and mayhem, but I am heading home this afternoon!
Yesterday, however, I hung out with two friends before I left. One is from the USA and the other lives in Canada.
And this is where is starts to get weird…

Retrieving the Whale:
Over the past three weeks, we have had these plastic whales, and for some reason they became our family… But at Buchart Gardens a week ago, we accidently left one of them there.

Now, I know what any normal person would do, right?
If you answered ‘leave it behind’, you would be absolutely correct. But my friend from the USA calls up Buchart, and the conversation went like this:
Him: Hi, did you find a 4 inch plastic whale called Spermly? (Just as a side note, the species of the whale is a sperm whale! It’s not that weird!!)
Guy from Buchart: Oh yeah, we do, come and collect him anytime.

So we drove 1 hour to the Buchart Gardens to pick up a 4 inch plastic whale….
So now our family is reunited, or so it goes.

The Tapas Bar:
My friend from Canada’s favourite restaurant in Victoria is a Tapas Bar, and we walked around for like 2 hours trying to find it, because it was in a random alleyway somewhere. Anyway, so my friend from the USA walked into a tobacco and pipe shop to ask for directions (because everywhere else was closed for some reason…)
And the guys behind the counter were talking to my friend.
Him: Do you know where the tapas bar is?
Them: Oh dude, the one around the corner closed down, but you could always go to *insert place name here*.
Him: ……isn’t that a topless bar? I said Tapas!
Them: ohhhhh! (All the while staring in confusion about my friend from Canada and I and our apparent want to go to a topless bar.)

Oh yesterday! Canada, holidays; I’m going to miss you!

My day in Victoria!

Flowers everywhere!
Empress Hotel
Empress Hotel
Parliament Building and Hanging Flowers
Parliament Building
Parliament Building at Night (From my phone camera)

And lastly, I saw the news team from Australia’s The Today Show, who were filming live in Victoria, Canada! I may have behaved like a fangirl…slightly… (See how much I want to be a journalist!)

Beautiful Buchart (Gardens)!!

I visited the Buchart Gardens in Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada the other day. Here are a selection of photos that I took. I haven’t edited any of them yet but I might get around to it in the future! If you are ever on the Western Coast of Canada, do your best to check out these gardens, especially on a Saturday when there is fireworks!

Thanks for viewing! 

Shawnigan Lake Sunsets

No photoshop or filters were used!

Sunset at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island, Canada (28th June, 2013)

Sunset at Shawnigan Lake (28th June, 2013)

Water reflecting the sunset at Shawnigan Lake (28th June, 2013)

Sunset at Shawnigan Lake (29th June, 2013)

Sunset at Shawnigan Lake (29th June, 2013)

Sunset at Shawnigan Lake (29th June, 2013)

Sunset at Shawnigan Lake (29th June, 2013)

Come to Canada! Part 3- Whistler & Big White

 

Whistler, Canada

So firstly I really want to talk about Whistler! Because it was just such a good area to ski in!

There are two massive mountains beside each other: Whistler and Blackcomb. I stayed on the Whistler side in The Westin, which was suuuuch a nice hotel with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. Yes, I did go swimming in the middle of Winter…what of it? Haha anyways, Whistler served the best Poutine that I’ve eaten anywhere in Canada. See! Talking about food again! But you have to try the local dishes when you travel overseas.
Poutine is a typical Canadian dish with chips (or fries, for the Americans out there) with gravy and cheese curd. It’s loaded with calories but tastes absolutely amazing, especially after a day on the slopes! It doesn’t really look that appealing but pleeeease don’t let that put you off!
But let’s talk some more about Whistler! Well, my top three things in Whistler are as follows:
1. Zip-trekking. Zip-trekking (or ‘Eco-Tour’) is a wires course through an old forest, where you sit in a harness and fly down a line through the treetops and above rivers. Everything was snow covered and it was reeally cold, but such an a cool experience!
Peak-2-Peak Gondola, Whistler
2. The Peak-2-Peak Gondola, connecting the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb. It’s so pretty at the best of times, but there are 2 silver gondolas (the rest are red), and the silver ones have glass bottoms, so that you can see down into the valley below! Probably not a good thing if you’re scared of heights, but it’s definitely worth trying to get in a silver gondola!
3. The massive Inuksuk. This statue was the symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada, but it was originally used to mark the land. It’s so awesome to see up the top of the mountain, and really amazing when you see how big it actually is!
Whistler may not always have the best skiing conditions, but it’s definitely a great area to visit for the social side of skiing, as there’s always something going on at night!
Then there’s Big White. Literally, this place is owned by Australia and run by Australians. If you want to go overseas but only meet up with Australians, then this is the place for you! Don’t get me wrong, Australians know how to have a good time, but I think I met one Canadian during my week in Big White! Big White is a really small actual resort (with the number of hotels, shops and restaurants), but it makes up for it by having heaps and heaps of different runs and skiing terrain. The powder snow in Big White is so dry that you can’t even make snowballs or snowmen!
Inuksuk, Whistler
We went tubing in Big White, which was lots of fun! Tubing is basically where you sit in a big rubber tube and get dragged up to the top of the hill by a machine (because let’s face it, who can be bothered to walk!), and then you go down the slope in the tube! Heaps of fun, and awesome at night!
Another great thing about Big White is the snow ghosts. Basically, when the trees get a lot of snow on them, they bend over. Then, when there’s a cold snap, they freeze like that, so from a distance they literally look like ghosts or people. It’s kind of creepy but really interesting!
I had a great time in Big White, but it really depends what you’re looking for! If you want good snow, go to Big White. If you want ok snow and better social, go to Whistler! Either way you’ll have a blast!