Not that long ago, Victoria, British Columbia was Canada’s wild western frontier. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, northwest of Seattle, Victoria was established as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company in the 1840s. Victoria saw its population explode from around 300 to more than 5,000 in a matter of weeks when the discovery of gold brought thousands of hopeful miners to the area. A couple of decades later, Victoria became the provincial capital of British Columbia, and the city has never looked back.
Every path leads to another spectacular view. It’s Fantasyland for the horticulturist and Wonderworld for the masses. Famed Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a blue-ribbon showplace in one of the loveliest corners of the world. Visitors marvel at the variety and harmony achieved by co-mingling easily recognizable flowers like dainty purple daisies and ruffled pink geraniums with unusual specimens such as teardrop fuchsia and delicate drooping trout lily. Since passing the century mark in 2004, privately owned Butchart Gardens has featured more spectacular scenes than ever within its 55 acres.
Mountain Man Adventuresis located near Sun Peaks Resort in Interior British Columbia. The snow in the Interior is light and dry, perfect for running dog teams in the woods. Chris Schwanke, one of the owners, showed us around the kennel and explained his philosophy. He acquired the kennel last year and has been working hard to socialize the dogs so they are comfortable being handled by different people. He wants people to understand how special these canine athletes are, and took the time to introduce us to every dog.