Living on an island means that there is no shortage of places to visit the ocean. Vancouver Island is the largest Pacific island located east of New Zealand and many people are surprised at both the size and the inherent climate we experience here. Canadian winters are notorious for being frigidly cold with many feet of snow quite typical, but here on the island this is not the norm at all. In the southern parts of the island we can go entire winters without snow, although that is unlikely. But, with all that being the case, the one thing we do enjoy is our seascapes and rolling mountains.
Little inlets and vantage points are found everywhere here. Some are well marked on the major highways, while others are much less obvious, sometimes presenting themselves on back-roads not often traveled. One summer afternoon as Mrs. Toad and I were adventuring on the island, we went to one of our favorite little picnic spots to enjoy the scenery and weather. On the way back to the main roads we stopped to grab a few shots overlooking the bay. This particular shot features a marina sitting under a blanket of dramatic looking clouds with a backdrop of our rolling mountains.
Houses sit just feet away from the shore, overlooking a nautical scene with boats of all makes and genres. Fishing boats, commercial boats, private sailboats; you name it, they are all parked here. And each adds a little something to the flavor of island living.
The diversity of it all is definitely not lost on us. The blues of the ocean play with the lush greens of our thick forests to paint scenes that are unlike those found anywhere else. You can hike to the top of a mountain and make it back down to the shore in a matter of moments, dipping your feet in the Pacific Ocean, smelling the sea air and hearing the cries of seagulls overhead. It’s the moments like these that keep us here and bring back visitors year after year. Just as you think you’ve experienced all the island has to offer you come around another corner to discover a whole new treasure.
Thank you so much for your kind visit here today, we really appreciate it. We always love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have! Until next time, my friends!!