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Friday, March 24, 2017

Walked Mt. Tolmie and met Aliya 

Two Chickens This morning we walked 3.8km on our clockwise route over Mt. Tolmie. It was a balmy 10°C (50°F.)

At the Interfaith Chapel we met our granddaughter, Aliya. She was walking Finnerty Gardens on a break between classes. She is a third-year University of Victoria student there.

We noted the sign outside the Interfaith Centre that Muslim prayers will be held in the afternoon. It appears their prayers may already have been answered by the Canadian House of Commons who passed anti-Islamophobia motion M-103. The motion passed 201-91 votes.

The motion, known as M-103, became a matter of acrimonious debate, with opponents painting it as a slippery slope towards limiting freedom of speech and even bringing in Sharia law to Canada. Liberals and Conservatives accused one another of playing politics with the reported rising tide of prejudice and hate crimes facing Canadian Muslims and the hundreds of thousands of immigrant Muslims.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Walked Fantastico to Spinnaker's 

Victoria Harbour Marina 1  
Today we walked 3km roundtrip from Fantastico's restroom to Spinnaker's Pub along the Songhees Walk Way.

We photographed the construction site of the new Victoria Harbour Marina and other local points-of-interest.

A most pleasant day, with a cold wind to start but sunny and mild beside the water.

Afterward, we drove to Broadmead Village where we had lunch at Romeo's; she ordered her favourite salad and he his favourite baked, spaghetti and meat-sauce.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Walked Brodick and Selkirk 

He leads me beside Selkirk Waters . . .
This morning we had two walks: Feltham Park then Selkirk Trestle.

Walked Brodick Park while waiting for doctor's appointment then drove to Pro Patria parking and walked roundtrip along Galloping Goose Trail at Selkirk Waters.

Waited thirty minutes for lunch at ProPats.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Cuthbert Holmes Walk 

Cuthbert Holmes Park This morning we walked 2km in Cuthbert Holmes Park trying to gt a look at the construction of the new highway interchange but only got a picture of the sign.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

V2V Ferry Dock at Belleville Street Walk 

V2V Ferry Dock  
O.K., time to get back to posting some walking reports.

Wednesday we walked along Belleville Street in downtown Victoria, BC. It was very cold down there!

At a balmy 2°C it felt more like -10 below with a sharp, sou'wester trying to rip our heads off as we rounded Laurel Point. The walk was shot lived. But we did accomlish the mission: photos of the pile-crew removing piles from the habour floor with two large cranes.

V2V is going to rebuild on the site of the former Undersea Gardens. To lay persons, the fare structure for the new Victoria to Vancouver to Victoria service is questionable: $120-240 dollars per person one-way seems excessive to many. What couple is going to pay over $500 to go to Vancouver a back?

The V2V Empress is a 254-seat passenger vessel that will change the way you travel. With daily departures from Vancouver and Victoria, the 3-hour journey will transport you in comfort from the heart of downtown Vancouver, across the Strait of Georgia, through the unforgettable beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands, right into Victoria’s historic Inner Harbour, and back again.

The new 3½ hour-long route will leave from Vancouver Convention Centre docks adjacent to the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre daily at 8 a.m. and depart Victoria directly across from the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings at 2 p.m.

Therefore, V2V pax departing Victoria late in the afternoon will have to find overnight accommodation adding another $200 to their bill, if they choose to make the return trip aboard V2V.

The company has not stated whether or not their pricing is in US or Canadian funds.

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