June 27 - This will be my last post about our June 2006 visit to BC. It's taken me almost a month since we returned to Tucson to finish writing about our experiences. We had a fantastic time, filled with friendship and cultural riches. The scenery, flora and fauna of British Columbia and Alberta are without compare. Heartfelt thanks to our friends and all other Canadians who were so hospitable to us. We can't wait to return!
The crest of BC Ferries (a reminder that Queen Elizabeth II is Monarch, i.e., Head of State, of the Commonwealth Nation of Canada. "[T]he Monarch is advised solely by Canadian federal and provincial ministers. Effective with the Constitution Act, 1982, no British or other Realm government can advise the Monarch on any matters pertinent to Canada." [Wikepedia]): Bowen Island taken from the ferry to Horseshoe Bay:View north from the Bowen Island-Horseshoe Bay ferry:"Cool" Spirit Bear at Park Royal, a community near the Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal:Lion's Gate Bridge, which links Vancouver to the North Shore over the Burrard Inlet:The Spirit Bear at the Vancouver airport:Take-off and last sight of Vancouver:View of some of the Gulf Islands (including Galliano, Saltspring):Last photo - the Olympic Mountain Range.I wanted to continue looking at the beautiful scenery, but we were asked to lower the window shades on the plane so they could show a movie. When the movie was over, we were flying over heavy cloud cover just north of Phoenix.