Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park

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Name Of The Place : Blackcomb

Name Of The Place (Post#23) : Blackcomb

Snapshot above was captured last June 2008, when I got a chance to visit Whistler in British Columbia. The Blackcomb Mountain is a ski resort mountain beside Whistler Mountain. This is one of the best places that I ever been because this mountain, on its peak, gave me a chance to see the alpine mountains that surrounds Whistler. I felt I was in heaven when I reach the summit of this mountain through gondola.

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Discovery : White Rock in White Rock

Historical White Rock
Historical White Rock

Discovery (Post#3) : White Rock in White Rock

Excerpt from Wikipedia —

“The large, white rock figures prominently in narratives of the local Coast Salish peoples. One legend holds that the white rock marks the landing spot of a stone that was hurled across the Strait of Georgia by a young chief.[5] It was said that he and his bride would move from Vancouver Island to wherever the rock landed to make a home together. It was their descendants who became the Semiahmoo First Nation. (‘Semiahmoo’ is the Coast Salish word for ‘half-moon’,[citation needed]describing the shape of the bay.)”

When I got a chance to visit White Rock in British Columbia, my curiosity actually interested why the place called “White Rock”. And then my ex-colleague at work based in Burnaby mentioned that there was existing physical white rock along the seashore. And after he mentioned that information, I requested him if we can go there to see it for real. And the photo above was the “White Rock” we saw at Semiahmoo Bay with the Pier at the background of it. The snapshot was captured last June 2008 which part of my British Columbia adventure photo collection.

 

 

Structure : British Columbia (BC) Legislature Building

BC Provincial Legislature Building

Structure (Post#2) : British Columbia (BC) Legislature Building

BC Legislature Building is one of the significant structure that are noticeable within Victoria in Vancouver Island. This is the building where Members of Legislative Assembly to create, review and debate whether they pass or reject the law. From the shore, this building seems like a castle because of the architecture structure design that it has that is truly admiring to whoever got a chance to see this building. I never got a chance to enter this building as I only spent one day in Victoria during my 5 days visit in British Columbia province in Canada last June 2008.

Chromatic Outlook : Vancouver Downtown And Vancouver Harbour

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Chromatic Outlook (Post#21) : Vancouver Downtown And Vancouver Harbour

During my short visit in Vancouver, one of the public transportation that I had a chance to experience was sea bus. After my half day tour in North Vancouver, I took sea bus so I can immediately cross the harbour to reach Vancouver Downtown straight to Vancouver International Airport located at Richmond. Photo captured last June 2008.

View At My Window : Telus World of Science (Vancouver)

Telus World of Science in Vancouver Downtown

View At My Window (Post#17): Telus World of Science (Vancouver)

As I passed this noticeable, shiny, amazing and unique building I was quite surprised to learn that a similar museum that I found in Alberta  does exist in British Columbia with its own identity. Traveling in Canada, I found three buildings that both existing in two provinces. The following buildings such as Royal Museum, Telus world of Science and Provincial Legislature are existing in Alberta and British Columbia. Photo captured last June 2008 while inside the bus.

Chromatic Outlook : Race Rocks Lighthouse

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Chromatic Outlook (Post#14) : Race Rocks Lighthouse

Photo above was the Race Rocks Lighthouse that I saw while I was still in whale watching adventure when I visited Victoria City in British Columbia province of Canada. As per Wikipedia, this lighthouse is just one of the lighthouse that was built on the west coast of Canada between 1859 to 1860 which is quite a historical lighthouse because of its age. Photo captured last June 2008.

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Black and White View – Jul 11, 2016
Black and White Wednesday – Jul 13, 2016
The Weekend in Black and White – Jul 15, 2016

Panoramic View : Cleveland Reservoir

Cleveland Reservoir

Panoramic View (Post#14) : Cleveland Reservoir

Cleveland Reservoir or Cleveland Dam is also known as Capilano Reservoir or Capilano Lake which located in North Vancouver at British Columbia Province in Canada. The name used after late Ernest Cleveland, the first Chief Commissioner of Greater Vancouver Water District. The reservoir used to store drinking water of Lower Mainland as per Wikipedia. Photo captured last June 2008.

This post has been updated to add the link of and to participate in the following:
Skywatch Friday – April 29, 2016
Scenic Weekends – April 29, 2016
In Heaven – April 30, 2016
Through My Lens – May 02, 2016
Our World Tuesday – May 03, 2016
Travel Tuesday – May 03, 2016
Outdoor Wednesday – May 04, 2016
Water World Wednesday – May 04, 2016
Watery Wednesday – May 04, 2016
Wednesday Around The World – May 04, 2016

Chromatic Outlook : Coal Harbour

Vancouver skyline view at Coal Harbor from Stanley Park

Chromatic Outlook (Post#11) : Coal Harbour

During my walk around the famous Stanley Park in Vancouver with my colleagues at work, I had a chance to see Coal Harbour. Photo above captured last June 2008 which shows the Vancouver skyline at Coal Harbour.

Old post for Stanley Park walk
Stanley Park – Vancouver’s First Park

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Black and White View – Jun 6, 2016
Black and White Wednesday – Jun 8, 2016
The Weekend in Black and White – Jun 10, 2016

View At My Window : Some British Columbia Islands

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View At My Window (Post#10) : Some British Columbia Islands

From Vancouver, I took a sea float plane to Victoria City. The photo above was part of photos that I took while we were up in the air. Snapshot taken last June 2008. I tried my best to name all the islands as I can (please bear with me if in case I named some incorrectly).

Some post related to Vancouver Islands and others:
Greater Vancouver, British Columbia’s Islands, Vancouver Island and Float Plane

Name Of The Place : Victoria City

View in Victoria Inner Harbor from Stellar boat

Name Of The Place (Post#10) : Victoria City

I had a chance to visit Victoria City, a capital city of British Columbia province in Canada last June 2008. When I arrived at the inner harbour of this lovely city, it was the first place that I saw with fantastic surroundings on its harbour. For me, it kind of romantic place for travelers.

I had a previous post telling some adventures in lovely city.
Victoria – Lovely Capital City of British Columbia
Royal British Columbia Museum
British Columbia It Is Your Turn

Precious Moment In The Mountain : Cypress Mountain

Vancouver Downtown Skyline from Cypress Mountain

Precious Moment In The Mountain (Post#10) : Cypress Mountain

As part of my Whistler tour during the time that I visited British Columbia in Canada, we did stopped at Cypress Provincial Park located in Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. The scenery to be found while at the mountain was the overlooking of Greater Vancouver. The photo above was Vancouver Downtown Skyline which captured last June 2008.

I had another post regarding Cypress Mountain.
Metropolitan Vancouver From Cypress Mountain

Name Of The Place : Canada

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Name of The Place (Post#8) : Canada

Before flying back to Manila, while roaming around in Vancouver International Airport, I saw an interesting thought which says “thinking canada”. It was true that while we were waiting for our flight schedule we already missing Canada. For a short period of time, I saw a lot of beautiful places that inspires me to continue exploring the beauty of nature that existing in our world. I never regret starting traveling and discovering the world we live in.

I have many posts that tackles my travel experience in Canada, both in Alberta and British Columbia province. As too many posts just visit Countries page to check one of them.

Name Of The Place : The Butchart Gardens

Butchart Garden

Name Of The Place (Post#7): The Butchart Gardens

I captured the photo above when I had a chance to travel Vancouver Island last June 2008. This garden is popular place to visit together with Victoria City tour which is capital city of British Columbia province in Canada. The said garden is located at Brentwood Bay, BC.

I had previous post related to the garden
The Butchart Gardens – A Magical and Refreshing Garden

View At My Window : Lions Gate Bridge

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View At My Window (Post#4) : Lions Gate Bridge

The photo above is Lions Gate Bridge located in Greater Vancouver. The bridge connects Vancouver (South) to West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Under the bridge is Burrard Inlet and Vancouver Harbour. I captured this photo during my Whistler Tour last June 2008 in British Columbia, Canada while inside Whistler Mountaineer train.

You can also look at my post for my Whistler Tour stories:
Whistler – Warm Haven in Cold Paradise
Squamish – With The Chief, Canyon and Tantalus
Brackendale Forest and Shannon Falls
Metropolitan Vancouver From Cypress Mountain

Precious Moment In The Mountain : Blackcomb Mountain

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Precious Moment In The Mountain (Post#2) : Blackcomb Mountain

The photo above was captured after reaching the summit of the mountain through gondola rides. This was one of the mountain where the Winter Olympics in 2010 was held. The mountain is in Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. I was in Blackcomb mountain last June 2008 when I got a chance to visit the province after almost two months of training and work from Edmonton, Canada before flying back to Manila.

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Blue Monday – Aug 29, 2016
Through My Lens
 – Aug 29, 2016
Our World Tuesday – Aug 30, 2016
Travel Tuesday – Aug 30, 2016
Outdoor Wednesday – Aug 31, 2016
Wednesday Around The World – Aug 31, 2016
Skywatch Friday – Sep 2, 2016
Scenic Weekends – Sep 3, 2016
In Heaven – Sep 3, 2016

British Columbia It Is Your Turn

The chance that I got to be able to visit some parts of British Columbia was not an ordinary chance. When I got a single entry visa to Canada, I knew that it was a one-time chance to see this huge country at North America. After grabbing all my opportunity to see Alberta, the province of Edmonton where I was assigned for few weeks of work and training, I tried my best to get the opportunity to see British Columbia as well.

I remembered that it was less than two weeks before I left Canada to go back to my country, I requested my boss if I can fly earlier to Vancouver since it was the same route when I fly back on the actual date of my return in Philippines. I told my boss, that my route will be Edmonton to Vancouver and then Vancouver to Manila. At first he never agreed because he thought at first that my route was Edmonton to Toronto and Toronto to Manila. After correcting his thoughts about my flight, he told me that he will think about it.

After few hours passed, my boss called me back and told me that he was going to make my travel a business official, because the team that I worked with has collaboration with the team in Vancouver, my visit becomes semi-business trip, because there were few days left and the only thing that I can do in Vancouver was to meet the team.

My last day in Edmonton was Thursday (June 12, 2008) and that was the same day my colleague celebrated the 10th year anniversary in the company and somewhat my farewell to the team as well.

When I came to Vancouver, I tried to plan ahead the five days that I spent in British Columbia.

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The following places that I had been with were:

1. White Rock and Richmond
2. Whistler, Whistler Village and Blackcomb Mountain
3. Squamish – Stawamus Chief, Squamish Town, Cheakamus Canyon, Tantalus Mountain Ranges
4. Brackendale and Shannon Falls
5. Greater Vancouver – Cypress Mountain
6. Greater Vancouver – Stanley Park
7. Greater Vancouver – Grouse Mountain
8. Greater Vancouver – Cleveland Dam
9. Greater Vancouver – Capilano Fish Hatchery
10. Greater Vancouver – Capilano Suspension Bridge
11. Greater Vancouver – Burrard Inlet / Vancouver Harbour
12. Greater Vancouver – Vancouver Downtown
13. Greater Vancouver – Vancouver Airport
14. Vancouver Island – Victoria – Butchart Garden
15. Vancouver Island – Victoria – Strait of Juan De Fuca
16. Vancouver Island – Victoria – Race Rocks Light House
17. Vancouver Island – Victoria – Royal BC Museum
18. Vancouver Island – Victoria
19. Greater Vancouver, British Columbia’s Islands, and Vancouver Island

Royal British Columbia Museum

Totem Poles inside the museum

While thinking of similarities of the place that I found in Alberta and British Columbia province in Canada, I realized that Victoria is the capital city of BC. In Edmonton there is Provincial Legislature Building and Victoria has it as well, Edmonton has Royal Museum and Victoria has it as well. Edmonton is capital city of Alberta and that’s what Victoria is in BC.

As part of my tour, after whale watching activity, we visited BC Royal Museum.

Here are some of photos I captured during my visit in the museum and some learned information during the tour.

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Museum Entrance

1. Natural History Galleries (2nd Floor)

Within the Living Land Living Sea section of the museum displays the diverse geography of the province from prehistoric to present day.

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Woolly Mammoth – popular in the museum which depicts the last line of mammoth species.

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Other living things displayed in the gallery

2. First People’s Galleries

(3rd Floor)

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TotemTotem Gallery – shows the art style of the Coastal First Nations of BC.

House of Chief Kwakwabalasami

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House of/Big House – Jonathan Hunt House (Chief Kwakwabalasami of Fort Rupert)

Snow Shoe

Snow Shoe

4th Floor

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Haida Canoe – was once used by Coast Salish people in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

3. Modern History Galleries

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(3rd Floor)

At Century Hall, some photos capture are the following:

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1900s Cabinet Collection

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1912 Model T Ford – An automobile during 1900

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Livery – Where the blacksmith uses metal to bend, shape and cut. Based from information in the museum, the blacksmith main job are shoeing horses, making repairs for carriages and hiring horses and buggies

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Port Moody – Train Station

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Century Hall – Old Town Vicinity

(5th Floor)

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Hotel

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Victoria – Lovely Capital City of British Columbia

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After more than half an hour of flight we arrived at Victoria harbour. Before going to whale watching adventure I did a quick walk in the area to see the beautiful place that I was at the moment. The inner harbour of Victoria City in Vancouver Island was lovely for me, though I saw a lot of boats, yachts ferries and docking stations, I still saw the beauty of its place. This was the first harbour that I saw that feels good. It seems there was a balance in the place.

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Victoria Inner Harbour Snapshots During My Walk

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Victoria Inner Harbour Snapshots while at Stellar boat on our way to Whale Watching Adventure

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Snapshots after returning to Victoria from Whale Watching Adventure

After coming back from Whale Watching Adventure, we arrived again at the inner harbour. I walk again in the area before we visited BC Royal Museum. As I saw the surroundings of the place, I felt I like it more and more, I was amazed with the settings and design of the harbour and thought that Vitoria City is the kind of place that I dreamed to live someday. During my walk at the harbour I did not miss to see Empress Hotel and BC Provincial Legislature Building.

After visiting the museum we went straight to The Butchart Gardens, and along the way I had a chance to capture some snapshots while we were driving at Beach Drive.

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Snapshots at Beach Drive in Victoria On Our Way To The Butchart Gardens

Whale Watching, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Race Rocks Lighthouse

After I arrived in Victoria inner harbour through floatplane, my first scheduled activity was whale watching. From inner harbour airport of Victoria I was instructed where to go next so I can meet the group that I will be joining for whale watching. It was my first time to join such an adventure and I never seen a whale for real.

I arrived at the dock station where the whale watching tours that I will be joining was located. At first, I thought I am the only one in the tour because I haven’t seen much of people where I was standing. I met the guide for the whale watching adventure and then he gave me an overall uniform. At first I was confused why I need it, but when I saw other people in other boats wearing the same thing, I just followed as what instructed to me. Then, people coming by one group and another. When all of us were ready wearing our track suit and warm jumper uniforms, we hopped on the boat. I sat near the rear side of the boat. When every body were on boarded we almost filled up all the space in the boat. The next thing happened was, we started moving away from the harbour.

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Snapshots during whale watching

After few minutes passed and we had some distance from the harbour, our captain and tour guide in the boat gave us a warning to hold on tight which I did and then we hit the sea as if we were racing with another boat. Every time there’s a big wave our boat didn’t slow down and I knew that was one of drivers trick for us to made us feel we were like riding a roller coaster. Everyone seems enjoying it, I enjoyed it. While we were looking for the whale I also took the chance to look around the surroundings and took a quick snapshots. We moved from one place to another, still trying our luck to catch a glimpse of whales. It took us a while in the sea. And I estimated 30 to 40 meters from us, we saw whales, there were two whales that we saw. They showed their selves to us trice but it’s really quick, and for those times I was not lucky to take photo shots as we don’t knew when they going to appear again. But even that was the case I was still lucky to see them in their natural habitat, in the sea.

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Race Rocks Lighthouse and surrounding rock islands

After looking for whales, we went around the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Western part of Vancouver Island. I like the sceneries from the boat. Some shots that I got were looking towards Vancouver Island, while other shots looking towards USA as we were near at the border area. We also visited the Race Rocks Lighthouse were we found small islands and rock islands in the area before going back in Victoria harbour.