Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A West Coast Summer

It has been a busy summer here on the coast of Vancouver Island. We have been enjoying the ocean, fresh air and company of family while visiting the Southern Gulf Islands. These beautiful islands are surrounded by ocean, mountain vistas and breathtaking scenery which attract many boaters, hikers, campers, bikers or anyone searching for a rest from a busy lifestyle. These bucolic islands have become our favourite destination for short (or long) getaways as we both love the quiet rural and slower-pace environment. There are museums, markets, artisans, art galleries, restaurants, hiking/biking and walking trails, parks and picnic sites...and so much more to enjoy... if one wants to explore.

Most important, these islands are deep-rooted in history by our Coastal First Nations which dates back thousands of years before European settlers arrived - evidence is seen throughout with their petroglyphs, middens and relics found at various sites on the Gulf Islands. These are precious relics and historical artifacts which are part of the islands main history and lore.

For now, I will keep this short as I could write volumes about these beautiful islands and the kind folk there. Thank you for visiting us here on Relics and Tales - we enjoy your company and look forward to your visits. Michelle

Saturday market on Pender Island

Stone statue on Pender Island

Sailing Regatta, Cowichan Bay

Sailing crew - Cowichan Bay

Fishing trawler

Kayakers - Pender Island

Abandoned cabin - Pender Island

Bakery in Cowichan Bay

Saturna winery - acres of vineyards by the sea

Little 'Eva' - hand-built by cousin Kim

Cousin Kim with little 'Eva'

Richard with cousin Kim, on board Kim's boat at Saturna Island

1 comment:

Sheila said...

I think your photos of summer on the West Coast are fabulous. Have you ever considered writing magazine articles. I think you have a real talent. i missed my trip back to the island this summer but I would love to return after harvest...if everything goes as planned. Sunshine Always!

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