2009 Alaska travel blog

Tsawwassen, BC - ParkCanada RV - Site 6

Ferry coming in to pick us up

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Sidney was on the way while riding the bus to Butchart Gardens

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The trip over from Fort Langley was only 30 miles but it took about an hour due to all of the traffic. The traffic is really bad here, no matter what time of day. There's just not enough road for all of the cars and they have stop lights that are about 100 yards apart and not timed. The access road to the campground made me think I was back in Jackson, MS and their Yahoo Clay with all of the dips which the mothership didn't like at all. The campground we are in is the worst to date but will suffice since we don't plan to spend much time in the motorhome. You can see by the picture there is barely enough room to park must less camp.

Once we had camp set up Friday we went to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. This is a once thriving canning plant that has been set up as a Historical Site to explain that way of life several years ago. Like most of the canneries in the Vancouver area, salmon was the main product canned. They have done an outstanding job of preserving all of the equipment and processes and advances used during the many years of operation. I didn't take any pictures as they wouldn't have been able to explain it well plus I FORGOT THE CAMERA AGAIN!

Saturday we spent the day going to Victoria, Vancouver Island and seeing the Butchart Gardens. This required a 95-100 minute ferry ride as well as a 50 minute bus ride once we got off the ferry. We didn't take Libby as that would have cost another $45 each way and the bus was just as fast and a lot less expensive. The ferry terminals remind you of an airport with wide passageways, escalators and all. The gardens are the premier garden in the area. Doris wanted to see tulips and boy did she see tulips in every variety and color you can imagine. There were so many honey bees, there were several places you could hear their constant hum. I have included a lot of pictures of the flowers. If they are not your thing, once you get to the first flower picture, flower pictures are all that is left.

Tomorrow we only go about 100 miles to Hope, BC for a couple of nights. There are supposed to be some very interesting tunnels in that area we wanted to see as well as another garden.

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