Reaching For The Heavens

Posted: 31st January 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Most folks who think of Vancouver Island think of our beautiful beaches and shores.  You’re never far from the Pacific Ocean here wherever you may be on the island.  Even so, this is hardly the sole feature of the island.  With an adventurous spirit you can also find some of the most incredible forests with trees that reach for the skies and mountains that look like they go on forever.

High Atop The Malahat - Travel Vancouver Island - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

High Atop The Malahat – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

One evening at the end of June in 2013, Mrs. Toad and I found ourselves at the very tippy top of the world.  One of our key highways winds its way up and down the island, taking you from the very southern point in the city of Victoria all the way north.  This route crosses 500km of rugged and naturally beautiful terrain, and according to the good folks at Google Maps takes up to 6 hours to complete.  I would imagine that would be the case only if you’re not traveling with a photographer because I can honestly say that there’s no way you could drive the entire distance without stopping to take pictures.  This trip would likely take Mrs. Toad and I 3 weeks to accomplish with all the side trips.  Best be packing a lunch, I say!

One of the best spots for a view and a photo is at the top of the Malahat section of the main highway.  Rising upwards to a level of 300m, you’d think you were high atop the world, reaching for the heavens.  In truth, you are already there.

This picture looks way better in full screen, so please go ahead and click on it.  In the far distance as the eye makes its way across rolling mountain after rolling mountain, all covered in the finest green carpet thanks to our wonderful forests, you can see the Olympic Mountains.  The Olympics are located in Washington State, across the water from Vancouver Island.  And boy, are they tall!  It’s really hard to truly appreciate the scale and context of a shot like this, but rest assured my good friends, we are looking here across miles and miles of landscape…

So, next time you’re planning a trip, come and travel Vancouver Island!  There’s truly something here for everyone, pop on over and see for yourself!  We promise that you’ll be completely delighted and amazed at what awaits you here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us here at 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 that you may have!  Until next time, my friends!




  1. avatar jmcastner says:

    right now i’ve a limited view in my mobile. i look forward to a better view in my computer. i like that lighting on the trees in the lower rt. hand corner.

  2. What a view, love the depth in this. Nice work as always

  3. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Breathtaking view, Toad! That river adds a very peaceful touch. Beautiful country, my friend.

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    What an awesome view Toad. I have been to your lovely island twice and did the normal touristy things (Victoria and Butchart Gardens) because I was traveling with non-photographers. Your description of the drive makes me want to drive that road. Next time I am there, I will make sure I get to this road.

    • Wonderful, Len, just wonderful! Make sure to let us know if you’re coming so we can get together, I’ll show you a few of our hidden treasures!! Thanks, my friend, for the visit and comments here today!