Thursday, November 4, 2010

Topping the steeple - Update

After almost a year, the church of St. Jean Baptiste steeple (topic of the previous post) is finally getting its new cross.
The new copper cross begins its journey to the steeple top.
It's placed onto the new supporting structure.
Oooops! The cross is facing the wrong way!
Rotating it won't work due to the orientation of the hexagon base.
A review of the engineer's drawings shows that the orientation of the cross was not clearly specified.Ouch! The cross will not be erected today. A fix will certainly need to be worked out.


A bit of overnight "tin-bashing" has re-oriented the cross relative to its base. Compare this image with the first one in this post to see what was done.
Problem solved. The new cross is finally in place and facing the right direction.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Topping the steeple

At the corner of Lillian Road and Richmond Avenue sits the church of St. Jean Baptiste which caters to the growing community of Victoria's expat Quebecers.And topping its steeple is a rather unique piece of architectural adornment.The cross that originally topped the steeple had been blown down during a windstorm on Good Friday.

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's getting a bit chilly

Now that we're getting close to winter the weather's getting a bit chilly. The folks at the Koffi Shop on Haultain Street have taken pity on the tree in front of their shop by dressing it up in fine winter woolies.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Vultures over Oak Bay

While walking along Beach Avenue in Oak Bay...
we spotted a large flock of birds in the distance.
At first, because there were so many of them, we thought they were crows.
But as they flew closer it was obvious they were too large to be crows. Instead it began to look like a congregation of eagles.
But then, as they got closer still, it was apparent that these weren't eagles at all. These were Turkey Vultures.A very rare sight to see so many in one area. Within about five minutes they had all dispersed leaving just a clear blue sky.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Victoria, being an island city, offers many opportunities for lighthouses.

Some, like the Fisgard lighthouse, provide guidance for ships passing in the Georgia Strait:Others simply offer guidance to passing ducks:While many only offer guidance to passersby:Or guidance as to the preferred brand:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Victoria Classic Boat Festival

Classic boats from all over the west coast and as far away as Hawaii come to Victoria's inner harbour each Labour Day weekend to be admired by the enthusiastic crowds.
You could even get your photo taken with a living statue of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thar she blows!

Depending on who you speak to this is either a rare, or common, occurrence - Grey whales in Ross Bay.Once spotted the call goes in to the local radio stations which broadcast the news that attracts a flotilla of whale watching tourist laden craft to the spot. You've got to be quick though. These whales break water for just a brief moment and reveal just a small part of their back as they blast a spray of foggy breath.
Click on image to embiggen.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Victoria is a government city

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is a government city. Hence it is home to various government ministries. Ministries such as the:
Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Casual LivingMinistry of Casual Living?

Actually, the Ministry of Casual Living is a window gallery mystery box located in the city's Fernwood neighbourhood. It is a volunteer and artist run group that has been in existence for eight years. They've displayed works by everyone from utter crazies to people you could safely give your last ten bucks to.
More information about the Ministry is available by clicking HERE

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A chapel surrounded

Gifted to the Royal Jubilee Hospital in 1909, the Pemberton Memorial Chapel has become completely surrounded by the hospital complex. In 1972 the City of Victoria designated the Chapel a heritage building and was carefully restored as a multi-faith sanctuary for patients, their families, staff members, and the community 24 hours a day.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

St-Jean-Baptiste Day in Willows Beach Oak Bay

Something we had not realized until we moved to Victoria was how strong the French Canadian presence is despite making up just 2% of BC's population. Today was St-Jean-Baptiste Day in Willows Beach Oak Bay. Every year, on the 24th of June, all Québécois get together with friends and family to celebrate their National Holiday; la Saint-Jean-Baptiste. It is a privileged moment to celebrate their identity, pride of what they were, are, and dream of becoming.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Beachcombing in Ross Bay

Ross Bay Cemetery's south side faces Ross Bay on the Pacific Ocean. When the tide is high, winter winds would blow waves into the cemetery causing severe erosion. In order to absorb the energy of the waves and reduce the damage they cause, the city dumped tones of pebbles on the beach just a few years ago. However, the relentless waves now push the pebbles ever higher on the beach towards Dallas Road posing a danger to passing traffic. As a result the city engineers have decided to comb the beach with an excavator to smooth out the pebbles and push them back towards the water line.The excavator is also used to move wayward logs to help form a barrier along the shingle beach.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cause to pause - The Gulf oil disaster brought home

The continually updated website at enables you to center the impact of the current BP oil disaster anywhere on the globe. Particularly frightening when centered on your home town.

Goofy cars

Victoria is the only city where we've seen these vehicles en masse. In fact, I don't think we've seen them in any other part of the country. The micro trucks are known as "Kei Trucks" and are imported from Japan. Some brands include Daihatsu Hi-jet, Honda Acty, Mazda Scrum, Mitsubishi Minicab, and Subaru Sambar.
Developed in the 1960s, they are all right-hand drive and feature 660cc water-cooled gasoline engines. Owners will very often go to great lengths to personalize their trucks with elaborate paint schemes.