Today’s post finds us taking a look at something old that’s in wonderful condition, something old that is pretty much falling down, and something old that is currently undergoing restoration.  The diversity we love here on Vancouver Island is all a byproduct of a short yet storied history, with some fabulous architecture that originates from the UK, and on a broader scale Europe in general.

Let’s dive into some pictures, shall we?

Island B&B - Mill Bay, BC, Canada

Island B&B - Mill Bay, BC, Canada

Who doesn’t love old-world architecture?  The character here is absolutely palpable, the lines exquisite, the colors and tones are warm and inviting and the front door beckons all to enter.  This lovely little B&B sits right on the ocean…  visitors with windows facing the other side here would be subject to some of the most incredible views.  Just on the outskirts of Mill Bay, a lovely little town on Vancouver Island, this gorgeous example of heritage architecture is in wonderful condition, and is a true representation of island life.

Weathered Garage - Mill Bay, BC, Canada

Weathered Garage - Mill Bay, BC, Canada

As we were traveling the island this day looking for interesting subjects to photograph,  we almost drove right past this place without noticing it.  Mrs. Toad literally jumped in her seat and told me I’d best turn the boat around, there was something very “Toad-worthy” back a stretch.  Upon returning and looking over the white fence, I was greeted with this scene…  an old garage or boat-house.

Weathered Garage - Mill Bay, BC, Canada

Weathered Garage - Mill Bay, BC, Canada

I had to scramble around the fence to get this side shot.  Here we see in much clearer detail the poor condition.  Given the pile of rocks in front of the door, we believe it’s been a very long time since anything has come in or out of this garage through those doors.  Undoubtedly used for storage now, we really hope that anything stored in here is well insured.  This angle gives the impression the door on the side of the garage here leads to a 30 foot drop straight into the ocean.  I am sure that’s not the case, but it does appear that this place is very neglected.  The other element of interest is the chimney; this struck me as an odd thing to have in a building like this, was it perhaps lived in at one point in time?  Not outside the realm of possibility, that’s for sure.

Nanaimo Train Station - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Train Station - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nanaimo is a large city on Vancouver Island, and is home to a lot of historically significant buildings.  This is definitely one of them.  The Nanaimo train-station has been in poor overall condition for quite some time.  I had been planning on shooting it for a few years now and was rather surprised to arrive and find this scene presenting itself.  A full restoration is underway, and we have to admit we’re pretty excited to see the final unveiling after the work is completed.  This gorgeous old building is a big part of the history of the city, and it’s great to see the community concerned with maintaining this building as a part of the rich history to share with generations in the future.  We’ll definitely be back to photograph it once work is complete, so please do stay tuned.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today, we really appreciate that!  Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have, as we truly love to hear from all our visitors!




  1. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Nice grouping of sites, Toad. Some cool stuff here. Great to see.

  2. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    I have to admit it, I totally want to live in that tiny house/shed on the water. I could totally enjoy sipping my morning coffee looking out the windows. Rock on!

  3. avatar Jim Nix says:

    so many little jewels you have up there my friend, and well shot I might add!!

  4. What a quaint B&B you found. Well done.

  5. Just fantastic. You come across the greatest things to photograph. I love that little boat house/garage. Amazing find.

  6. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Awesome finds Toads! What a great place you guys have up there!

  7. Ahhh…what Quaint Charm!! Love this post Toad!!

  8. avatar Rachel Cohen says:

    Beautiful post Toad, I especially love the 1st, and 3rd images. I love how you put your posts, and images together. Lovely!

  9. avatar Dave DiCello says:

    I love the lighting here my friend, wonderful series!

  10. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Why is it that buildings, homes or otherwise with plants on their roofs always look interesting to me? Maybe cause I wanted a hobbit home as a kid, lol.

    Nice work here!

  11. Nice post. I love those photos. Very interesting.