Hope this inspires some people to take a camera to an ordinary place and gain a whole new perspective on something you take for granted or got sick of. Burnaby Lake Trail is an extremely standard trail for Vancouverites, but my camera definitely lent me an alternative perspective on a place I pass by every week.
Aghhhh, I love Lightroom! Hahaha. Stay lucid peeps.
This past weekend, I got the opportunity to visit the Eastern coast of Vancouver Island. What a wonderful place with hidden gems inland and by the sea shores. The island is cozy and speckled with populated, busy towns- all of which have their own unique features. I went to all of these places:
Nanaimo, Parksville, Coombs, Duncan, Victoria, and Chemainus.
The BC ferry, from Vancouver Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, marked the beginning of my weekend adventure. I can totally see why Derek from Grey’s Anatomy has a thing for ferry boats. If you stand near the bow of the ferry, watching the ocean waves rush past you, you get surge of motivation and inspiration (starts the day a good way, am I right?). Plus, the view was spectacular and the lighting was on point.
Next stop from Nanaimo, where I stayed overnights, was Parksville, which was a homey, welcoming town. The lunch stop at Bread & Honey Food Company was delicious (praise the spicy tuna sandwich!). I had to visit Parksville beach because it looked so pretty on google images! The precise location of photo below is not 100% because we simply typed in “beach” into a GPS, and the robotic woman did all the navigating work. I am sure the various seashores near Parksville Community Beach all have spectacular, serene sceneries such as this one:
Little QualicumFalls, near Parksville,was a tourist attraction that entailed a small hike. Basically, it was a loop, going up and down, along the waterfalls that ran down the streams from each other. Near the lowest portion of the waterfalls, you see this view below. And near the upper most portion of the waterfalls is a steady, tranquil stream that small children were playing in.
Definitely stop at Coombs if you are passing by. The Old Country Market not only has a fruitful collection of everything you need in a kitchen and in your stomach, it has fricking GOATS ON THE ROOF. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday.
Next day, I hit Duncan. It was a friendly, cultural town. The historical museum was cool. And the totem poles that were scattered around the busiest streets of the town were extremely beautiful. The craftsmanship of these storytelling art pieces were top quality. The Sea to Sky totem pole (featured image), by Harold Alfred, is a representation of BC’s best elements, water and air.
Next was Victoria, BC’s capital. I have previously visited Victoria, so this time I went for 2 things: Red Fish Blue Fish and Parliament Building Tour. The fish and chips at Red Fish Blue Fish was AMAZING-no wonder I had to wait one hour to order. The Parliament Building is an architectural wonder. If you think the exterior is awe-ing, wait till you visit the inside of the building. Gold molding, mosaic flooring, and velvet draping make the parliament building truly formidable.
On the return trip from Victoria to Nanaimo, I made a pit stop at Chemainus, where I found the cutest ice cream shop- Baby Bear’s Ice Cream Shoppe. You are given a coin upon your payment and order, and they make the waffle cones right in front of you! Then, you can lounge in the three bears/fairytale themed garden. So cute! Just curious, anyone else a super big bubblegum ice cream fan? Ahahaha.
Nanaimo, my homebase for the weekend, was an excellent place to take long walks on the beach or go kayaking. I had a lovely stay in Nanaimo! Some good food places would be Gabriel’s Gourmet Cafe for brunch and Power House Living Food for creative, raw, vegan food.
Venturing Vancouver Island was very fun! And I know I will be back one day to explore the islands more! Highly recommend to everyone. Thanks for reading! Ttyl.
PS. I got Lightroom, and I am obsessed with the way my photos are turning out! The application is very pricy but the results are so worth it.
My backyard is a beautiful coastal rainforest, a prominent feature throughout Vancouver. The trees in these reclusive rainforests stretch into a grey infinite of history and time. I tilted my head back to capture the monumental trees but with great effort. An afternoon well spent, indeed.
The last photo deserves a comment. Can we please all note the graffiti?
Outdoor hot spring is way better than indoor hot pool. Only if it is secluded. The hot water was relaxing but when I glanced across the pool and saw a couple embracing…Things got awkward. Especially when you are with your family. Nonetheless, I took some great photos of the village around the hotel. Even after Christmas, the village still had Christmas lights strung up, all festive and jolly.
The Lakeview Restaurant was adorable.
I was taking photos of the people around me and every photo turned out great because of the blurred christmas lights in the background. 🙂
Grandma gave me consent to post this photo! Big thumbs up to her.
These twin trees sat right outside of my hotel room. I had a crazy desire to draw them. Look at them. They’re like brother and sister. Or sister and sister?
The view from the hotel room was amazing. If only the weather was better.
I could also see the snowy mountain tops from my room! I wonder if bears live in there.
Hotels give me the creeps. When you look down the hallway, no one is ever there. And everything looks oddly symmetrical.
Overall a great stay/vacation. I enjoyed spending time exploring the small town. Great vacations don’t have to be long overseas at an exotic location (although still very nice). Just spend time with your family and enjoy every moment! 🙂