A Pastel Sunset

Posted: 24th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As I stood atop Split Rock Lookout at the crest of the Malahat Highway, the sun began to drift below the horizon behind me.  As the moments ticked by, the temperatures dropped and a frigid feel began to accompany the sense of wonder I had while I patiently waited for the moment I had come to witness.  The moment the sun descended for the day and the blue tones of dusk permeated the entire landscape in a luscious palette of colors that can truly only be found in nature.

Mount Baker - A Pastel Sunset - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Mount Baker at sunset – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

During my wait I was presented with such a lovely scene, one I knew was a fleeting moment and was soon to disappear forever.  Each sunset is like a fingerprint, it’s unique and it truly only belongs to one entity, in this case a day.  Far off in the distance, the majestic peak of Mount Baker looms on the horizon.  The layers of landscape between this vantage and Mount Baker serve to add context to this landscape, but they also mask the true scale and distances involved in this vista; Mount Baker is many miles away from where I stood yet it remains one of the key elements breaking the lines of the horizon as the snow-covered peaks thrust towards the heavens.

In the near distance we see the local ferry, I believe this to be the Brentwood Ferry, that shuttles locals and visitors alike between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay.  There is just so much to take in with scenes like this on Vancouver Island, an endless myriad of details, features and items of delight and wonder.  This is our home, a place we choose to live in above all others, and it never disappoints with grand views like this one.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us here today at The Hollow.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.



With spring finally here and summer just around the corner, it’s time to once again start planning our visits to the local car shows that seem to spring up on Vancouver Island, from the northern tip, to the big city of Victoria in the south.  In today’s post we’re heading back to the “Warmlands Show n Shine 2014” car show held annually in Duncan, BC where we’re going to take a look at a beauty that truly does have legs.  A classic Ford Hot Rod.

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod Coupe – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In March of 1983 a Texas Trio named ZZ Top released an album called “Eliminator”.  The album cover and subsequent videos that seemed to play endlessly on MTV all featured a custom 1933 Ford Coupe conceived of and commissioned by Billy Gibbons of the band.  You can read the story of the album and the car here on this Wikipedia page.

The music was southern blues based rock ‘n roll, some of the finest written and recorded from the era if this is to your taste.  The car soon became an icon of the times, almost being considered another band member for many years.  It’s legend remains strong today in enthusiast circles, and when we came across this similar Ford coupe Hot Rod at the car show last year it was all I could do to contain my excitement.

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The grill on these babies are utterly distinctive.  The shape and contour really speak to the era, an era when hot rodding was just being born on the streets and highways of the USA.  With this project car, the chrome was exquisite, almost causing me to run back to the car to grab my sunglasses just so I could focus on the beauty I was beholding!

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod Coupe – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod Coupe – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As I’ve stated countless times before, it’s the fine little details that make these cars so special.  Each of the features on this car were undoubtedly considered carefully, sourced with love, and installed with an attention to perfection.  All these elements converge in a ride like this to ensure it is truly one-of-a-kind.  A statement to the personality of the owner and the era from which it came.

Car shows are much more than a collection of cool cars all gathered in one location.  They are also a gathering of enthusiasts from all age groups and all walks of life.  If you’re looking for something to do this coming summer, we can think of no better way to spend an afternoon.  And if you happen to be on Vancouver Island, look out for your favorite Toads patrolling the show and photographing some of the coolest rides on display!

Thank you so much for your visit to The Hollow today, we really appreciate it!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!

It’s been a rough winter for many folks in the US and Canada this year.  We’ve thankfully somehow avoided all this out here on the west coast, having had a relatively mild winter with almost no snow on Vancouver Island (south) that I can recall.  With March in full swing now, the flowers are beginning to bloom and the tourists are beginning to show up to take in all this beautiful city has to offer during this time of year.  One of the best landmarks in the city is the British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, a must-see spot in the heart of the city.  The building itself is absolutely grand, and amazing to see in person, but it also has a very interesting history…  with a dash of scandal to add that special interesting touch.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Francis Rattenbury was born in 1867 in England, and as a young man he made his was to the newly formed Vancouver Island where he went on to become a famous architect.  He designed several of our key landmarks that still remain in the city today, including the Empress Hotel, which we will cover in a future post.

After having won the contest for the design of the Parliament Buildings of Victoria, he went on to have a very storied life.  The buildings seen here opened in 1898 officially, and today remain an active part of our government.

In the shot above, we can see locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful grounds underneath the watchful gaze of the dramatic architecture.  The strong influence of British architectural styling cues from the era are quite evident in this building, as they are in many others in the city.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

On the day I visited the city, the light was slightly muted from the thin layer of grey clouds that lingered overhead.  This certainly didn’t detract from the vibrant colors of the flowerbeds and the iconic totem pole that serves to act as a bit of a frame for this image.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As we step back to take in further details of the downtown core of Victoria and the inner harbor that is world-renown, the grand buildings take on a strong presence amongst the context of the city itself.

This story would be completely bereft of the best part of it if we didn’t mention the back story to Francis Rattenbury.  Even today, all these years after his death, his name is well-known locally for the reasons discussed above.  What is lesser known is how his death came to be.  What started out as the story of a young successful architect, happily married with a family, soon became something else entirely after he divorced his wife in favor of spending time with his lover.  Thus began his downfall in society, and he them returned to England to live out his life.  This, of course, was until his lover’s lover accosted him one morning in his manor, and set to work on bludgeoning Francis about the head.  The injuries were very serious, indeed, and he succumbed to them four days later.

You’ve just got to wonder if he still wanders the hallways of the Parliament Buildings of Victoria today.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors and we encourage you to leave us any comments you may have below!

Ladies in Waiting

Posted: 18th March 2015 by Mrs. Toad in Photography
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Stroll along any street near the Victoria waterfront and you will likely be awed at the number and diversity of old and unique Victorian style houses, often built by the original families who came to Fort Victoria seeking new lives and new adventures during the mid-1800’s.  Often lonely and frequently hostile, life in those early days bore little resemblance to the lavish, comfortable ones left behind.

Now surrounded on all sides with neighbours, parks, schools and streets, these grande old dames stand out as reminders of a time when Victoria was just taking shape.  Testaments to the determination of a few who would recreate a society of tradition and refinement along the sparse, muddy streets that eventually became the sprawling city of Victoria.

Victoria Character Home - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Character Home – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Never sure if they are, in fact, one of the originals or a beautiful recreation without the obvious “heritage” plaque, they can all be appreciated for their own unique beauty.

A quick peek on the gable over the porch reveals the name of this gorgeous lady as “Pacific Sunset”.  True to her name, the colours chosen reflect a pink and golden hue often seen in the sky across the ocean as the sun dips behind the mountains.  Simple balustrades and ornate roof cresting give this old-style beauty a fresh, contemporary touch.  The lush garden adds a splash of colour and elegance, and the stone pillars welcome visitors to sit on the porch and watch the world go by with a chilled iced tea.

It was obvious when we were here that renovations are still underway.  This lovely lady won’t be waiting too much longer before she is the belle of the ball, or at the very least, of her street!



In the summer of 2013 we were invited to participate in a media event on Vancouver Island.  It was a terrific day, chock full of wonderful adventures.  The basic idea was a QR Code scavenger hunt where select members of the media were invited to follow clues on an adventure of discovery in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area of Vancouver Island.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

I was born and raised on the prairies in Canada where winters were long and cold, and summers were humid and hot.  During my childhood my parents would take us on vacations to destinations that totally expanded my personal horizons.  No location was more profound to me than our trips to Vancouver Island.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In contrast to the flat lands found on the Canadian prairies, Vancouver Island was home to seemingly countless landscapes, each portraying a different and unique aspect of the island.  We find mountains, lush forests, lakes and rivers, and beaches that lead out to the endless expanse of ocean.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ribbons of highway trace the lands, leading to unexpected treasures and gems that can truly only be found in nature.  Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a wonderful example of this, covering a large geographical area just outside the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This is an area where a millennia of water racing down channels has cut pathways deep into the rock, creating incredible landscapes that seem to suddenly pop out of the incredible forests that blanket the island.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As you meander down the pathways to the falls, the closer you get the louder the roar of the rushing waters.  Hours can be spent exploring the natural formations, making this one of nature’s best playgrounds for young and old alike.  Just the feel of the mist on your face as you stand over the footbridge and look down upon the falls is enough to create lasting memories, ones that will entice you back time-and-time again.

So, if you live on the island or find yourself planning to visit this year, make sure to leave some time to come and see this gorgeous park in person.  It’ll be a highlight for your year, one that you will remember for all time to come.

Thank you so much for your kind visit to The Hollow.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

Brentwood Bay At Dusk

Posted: 10th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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The frosty tendrils of the waning winter were crawling up my back as I stood at the Split Rock Lookout at the peak of the Malahat on Vancouver Island.  This treacherous stretch of highway is single lane throughout much of it, and is a very dangerous passage, particularly in winter when it’s dark.  It is also a terrific place to find landscape compositions from elevated perspectives that are absolutely breathtaking.

Brentwood Bay - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Brentwood Bay – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

From this perspective, the twinkling lights of Brentwood Bay are simply amazing.  This shot definitely looks better fullscreen, so if you’re inclined we encourage you to click on the picture to take a closer look.  We’ve mentioned it many times here on our blog, Vancouver Island is a truly amazing place, one that has all the elements of nature to take in and enjoy.  From the mountains, to the forests, down to our beaches and out to the ocean, in a matter of hours you can drive and experience everything island living has to offer.

As a photographer, I am always looking for those unique compositions that we all look for, ones that share in a frame what is Vancouver Island.  In our mind’s eye, we see ocean, boats, tall west-coast trees and layer upon layer of mountains in the distance, adding to the context and scale of the landscape.  Off to the left of this picture is the world-famous Mount Baker, and to the right is the northwestern tip of the US that leads into the Olympic Mountain range, and some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes you’ve ever seen.  The entire Pacific Northwest region is a playground for those who love the outdoors, and there is seemingly no end of things you can see and experience on a personal level.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we truly appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below, we’d be absolutely delighted!

Each year we try to attend an event that is held just around the corner from The Hollow, that is the annual “Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival”.  This event attracts the attention of classic wooden boat enthusiasts from all points of the world, and is held at our very own picturesque Maple Bay Marina.  This is a wonderful place, one you can visit at any point during the year to capture some stunning nautical themed images and take in the peaceful life that is found when living near an ocean.  Let’s dive in as we continue our running photoblog series “The Hollow’s Backyard“.

Classic Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Boating enthusiasts come from all walks of life, with a wide variety of interests that all tie into the overall theme of classic wooden boats.  Take this terrific vessel as an example; I believe this is a miniature version of a tug boat that was meticulously crafted to look exactly like it’s bigger cousin, but intended to be enjoyed as a recreational boat.  The wonderful and vibrant red tones caught our eye from across the piers as we made our way around the event, and we were drawn to it like proverbial Toads to a fly.  This is the exact sort of boat that I would personally love to have to putter around our local bays and inlets taking in the best that our coast has to offer.

Classic Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Once again I must stress that we are far from being experts on the topic of boating, but rather we are fans of classic boats who appreciate the woodwork and detailing that goes into vessels of this nature.  This cabin cruiser is wonderfully adorned, featuring all sorts of details.  The color combination appears to us to be of a typical west coast palette, and the little detail on the bow celebrates our indigenous history that is such and important and prevalent factor locally.

Classic Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Large sailboats like this one were to be found tied to docks everywhere at the marina at the event.  If you pay close attention, you will notice the incredible wood planks that have gone into creating the structure of the boat, revealing wonderful textures that are perfect fodder for our camera.  Once again, the tiny details all converge with this craft to create the overall style and feel of the boat.  It certainly is easy to imagine oneself anchored in a bay nearby, enjoying the local wildlife, food and beverage while sitting peacefully on the deck.  The creaking of the wood boat contrasted against the splashing of the waves against the hull is something I can hear in my mind’s ear, and in many ways hearkens the feel we have during our adventure days when we take in the sights and sounds of Vancouver Island.

There just isn’t anything better.

Thank you once again for your kind visit today to The Hollow!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!

If you stand still enough, you can almost hear the whistle of the rolling train in the distance.  It’s one of those things; history trying to reach across the divide of time to leave an imprint on the now.  In this post we are continuing our running photoblog series “Ladysmith Train Station & Railway Museum” that features the once bustling station in the tiny town of Ladysmith.  Today it’s a memory, both in terms of the impact it left on the community, as well as the museum and businesses that now reside in the facility.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We’re always saddened when we see places like this close.  Usually it’s only a matter of a number of years before the abandoned location finds itself completely inundated by the nature that surrounds it.  At that point, the only thing that really remains are the stories told around the proverbial fireplace.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We can find very little information on the actual closure of the Ladysmith Train Station, other than it appears to have hosted its last service sometime in 2011.  While it’s no secret that our island’s railways have been under considerable financial strain the last several years, it’s still a very melancholy experience to visit a location like this and find the peace to be almost overwhelming.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Just a short jaunt down the hill a-ways and we find the old building that was obviously used to store goods, and load and unload the passing trains.  Today it finds a second life being home to several local businesses.  At the time we visited in October of 2013 we were absolutely delighted to see the reuse of such a great structure, one that is full of character and undoubtedly has a thousand interesting stories within the walls.

You just can’t help but wonder what the future has in store for this old station, and others like it.  We truly hope that the heartwarming outpouring of support from people who live in these communities continue to strive to find purposes for these classic buildings, to breath a second life into what once was a landmark for the area.  These hubs are of paramount importance as once they were burgeoning facilities that transformed the area both physically and economically.  It’s only through the act of refurbishment that the history, and as such the memories, of what places like this once meant to the island and the local townsfolk can live on in the hearts and minds of us all.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow today, we truly appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave any comments you may have below.

The Tiny Train Station

Posted: 25th February 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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This is a place we’ve been many times before.  It’s a place that changes with the seasons and the light, revealing different facades and character with each visit.  It’s a place steeped in history for Vancouver Island, one that today remains a landmark in the Cowichan Valley.

Heritage Train Station - Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Train Station – Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Heritage Train Station - Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Train Station – Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We never cease to be amazed at how a place changes with the seasons.  Colors, light and mood are all fleeting as the different hues of the season’s light dance upon the old wooden station.  It’s easy to imagine ladies dressed in their finest waiting for the train to take them to the big cities here on Vancouver Island.  Cowichan Station was once a stopping point in the mid-island that was really a hub of sorts, a central point that led both north and south.  Today it is many things, one of them being a cherished treasure for the community as Cowichan Station strives to hold onto links to the past by maintaining facilities like this.  It’s truly a peaceful place to visit in person, one that reveals photo opportunity after photo opportunity.

Do you have little gems like this in your area?  Have you ever visited this wonderful spot yourself in person?  We’d love to hear from you, please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.



Time seems to have a funny way of always running forward.  You can imagine my surprise the other day when I was going through some of the pictures I have here waiting to be processed to find an entire set of images captured at the Duncan Antique Truck Show in the summer of 2013 at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds.  Has almost two years slid by and I hardly noticed?  I guess it’s possible!  At any rate, the show was a great gathering of some of the coolest classics from around the island.  Let’s check out a few highlights!

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

For those who know me well, you know that there are very few vehicles that can utterly stump me in terms of their origin and some of the history behind them.  This is one of those rare occasions as I am not entirely sure what we are looking at here, I just know it’s very cool!  A close look reveals Dodge badges affixed in certain spots, leading us to believe that at the root of this tough off-roader lies the heart of a Dodge.  I was caught by the great colors of the truck, and all the fine details that went into the finishing of it.

Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Motorcycle – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Motorcycle – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

You may not expect to find a motorcycle at a show like this, but everyone who attended had to arrive somehow!  Parked near the gates I found this gorgeous Victory motorcycle, drawing in folks from all corners of the facility.  Wonderful and deep colors accented by incredible chrome trim formed the basis of this eye-catching design.  I also really loved the almost art-deco details that were included in the composition, creating the feel of a modern cruiser with roots going back to the 30’s and 40’s.  Absolutely beautiful!

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Many classic Ford’s were represented at the show.  You can clearly see a commonality in the designs of the vehicles over the years, with flourishes of contemporary 1950’s design shining through as the years progressed.  These trucks are well loved and their immaculate condition speaks to this.

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

No antique truck show would be complete with a selection of classic semi’s to check out!  One of the trucks on display even had a scale model of itself, adding a bit of context and interest.  It was all I could do to stop myself from playing with the toy and making vroom sounds!

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This Peterbilt was absolutely amazing.  No attention to detail was overlooked in the design of this flat-black menace to the highways and byways of Vancouver Island, that’s for sure.  Note the banks of lights on top of the cab and embedded in the front bumper…  this would be quite the sight coming straight at you in the dead of night, that’s for sure.  If you look closely, you’ll also see spikes attached to the front wheels, undoubtedly there to slow down the competition on the highways by hastily removing the air from your enemies tires.

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

These classic car and truck shows are a terrific way to spend an afternoon.  It’s not just the sights and sounds of the show that make these events so great, it’s also the chance to meet some really wonderful enthusiasts who are experts in their own rights.  Modern cars and trucks bear little resemblance to these old classics, and having a chance to reconnect with the history of motoring is a great experience.  Make sure you take the time to hug a classic car or truck this summer yourself!

To see the entire catalog of photographs from the event, visit our gallery “Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013“.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!