Toronto to Victoria

Hey all,

I haven’t written anything in a while, but I think it’s because life has been a little crazy lately. Just over three weeks ago, I set out from Toronto with the car packed to the roof and Maverick flat in his litter box as if we were driving at G forces, and pointed the wheel West. It only took four or five days of driving, but  I passed through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, dallied in Drumheller, Calgary, and Canmore, then drove straight through BC and hopped on the ferry to get back home. The morning after arriving in Victoria marked the beginning of a crazy week where I completed my SVOP, MED A3, and ROC(M) certificates so I can now drive “non-pleasure'” (commercial) vessels, and after that I launched into a long interview process to find a good job for the summer on the water. So now I have a job, a place to live, a cat that is currently passed out on a windowsill, so he seems to not be totally traumatized from our drive, and it’s looking like a great summer on the island.

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Movers came & went, and all that was left was the last supper

Mav actually like travelling apparently; loved the hotels at least.

Mav actually liked travelling apparently; loved the hotels at least.

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I'm actually not sure which province this is.. Either SK or AB

I’m actually not sure which province this is.. Either SK or AB

First view of the badlands

First view of the badlands

Ferocious as always

Ferocious as always

Massive ammonite, fossilized into ammolite

Massive ammonite, fossilized into ammolite

Dinosaur Provincial Park, where real dinosaur fossils were found by yours truly

Dinosaur Provincial Park, where real dinosaur fossils were found by yours truly

Pretty rock with raw garnets exposed

Pretty rock with raw garnets exposed

Then I got to see the happiest little boy (and his wonderful parents) in Canmore

Then I got to see the happiest little boy (and his wonderful parents) in Canmore

Notice the awesome sand tiger stuffy he loves. Only aquadork presents for Linden!

Notice the awesome sand tiger he loves. Only aquadork presents for Linden!

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Mav got really excited about BC and took over driving for a bit

Mav got really excited about BC and took over driving for a bit

Going through Active Pass

Going through Active Pass

Home, sweet home

Home, sweet home

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am so incredibly happy to be on the island again, but leaving Toronto wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I met and fell in love with some really amazing people back there, and it was so hard to leave the Fish Mafia. I can’t wait until they come visit, or I go back to visit, but either way, I could not be more excited to see their beautiful faces again. And I will show them why I love Victoria as much as I do.

Ten Mile Point

Ten Mile Point

You know you're back among your people when you buy a scooter with a milk crate zip tied to the back

You know you’re back among your people when you buy a scooter with a milk crate zip tied to the back

He seems to have recovered well

He seems to have recovered well

Sea lions in the Salish Sea

Sea lions in the Salish Sea

Pretty little clown nudi at my new job

Pretty little clown nudi at my new job

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A huge ctenophore bloom is just off the Oak Bay marina right now

A huge ctenophore bloom is just off the Oak Bay marina right now

Chubby little harbour seals in the marina, waiting for food

Chubby little harbour seals in the marina, waiting for food

Putting Crazy Run through her paces; caught two salmon that day

Putting Crazy Run through her paces; caught two salmon that day

'Little' Finnegan and I

‘Little’ Finnegan and I

Out at Pat Bay mudflats, collecting for work

Out at Pat Bay mudflats, collecting for work

Not sure how, but this little guy was gilling and very determined to look like mud

Not sure how, but this little guy was gilling and very determined to look like mud

And to top it all off, after what should be a great summer with a little side of Stampede thrown in, I’ll be heading off in the fall to begin my masters with Sean Rogers at the University of Calgary! Not sure whether I’ll be at Bamfield full time to start (which would be amazing) or at U of C, but this summer is just a warm up for a very interesting couple of years to come.

I’ll keep you posted on my misadventures. Til next time,

 

Sara x

 

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Beautiful British Columbia

That’s actually what it says on our cars’ license plates: “Beautiful British Columbia”. I find that the provinces typically have their license mottos pretty spot on. I’ve never met an unfriendly Manitoban, so “Friendly Manitoba” seems pretty fitting. Ontario is definitely there for you to discover; in fact, I’ve been living in Toronto for eight months now and only today did I discover that Hamilton, an hour’s drive away, is apparently home to some amazing waterfalls, including Albion Falls. Nova Scotia proclaims that it’s “Canada’s Ocean Playground”, which I would have a hard time not believing. And just to cover all bases, the commemorative plates for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics state that BC is the “Best Place on Earth”. To defend BC’s latest claim, I thought today’s post would be a tribute to my homesickness and the beauty of my home province.

Francis King Park Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Francis King Park
Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2010

Englishman River Falls

Englishman River Falls

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Bamfield, 2011

Bamfield, 2011

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Goldstream Park, Little Victoria Falls Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2011

Goldstream Park, Little Victoria Falls
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Salish Sea

Salish Sea

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Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park

Ucluelet

Ucluelet

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On the road to Ucluelet

On the road to Ucluelet

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Finnegan on the way to Ucluelet

Finnegan on the way to Ucluelet

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Sidney

Sidney

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Strathcona Park Copyright Jon-Mark Photography, 2011

Strathcona Park
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Sarita Falls, Bamfield

Sarita Falls, Bamfield

Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove

Aguilar Point, Bamfield

Aguilar Point, Bamfield

Ross Islets

Ross Islets, Deer Group Islands

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