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.

Hidden Panorama - BC

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

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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.

Royal BC Museum

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

House of Chief Kwakwabalasami

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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Kitchen

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Hotel

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