Before all the craziness of school started, we decided to set aside one day to explore Victoria! It is a place that I’ve always wanted to go to, as I’ve heard so many people raving about the Butchart Gardens and the Parliament Building and I’m glad to finally see them for myself! We were really privileged to have Nickey as our tour guide – this guy knows all the places to go and he can travel without a GPS! He’s like a walking wikipedia/navigator, he can answer all our questions!
We covered so many places in a day, and I love how Victoria has this vintage charm to it – the castles, heritage buildings, artistically planted gardens, all came together to paint this perfect picture of a city.
The hiking craze didn’t end after Garibaldi. 2 days later, I attempted hiking Dog Mountain which is close to Mt Seymour! If you’re looking for an easy hike not too far away from Vancouver, I’d recommend Dog Mountain! 45 minutes drive and a 2-3 hour hike up and down. The only reservation I had was the crazy number of flies at Dog Mountain that I read in reviews… but honestly, the fly situation at Garibaldi was worse..
The four hikers for the day! 🙂 They were so kind to teach me Cantonese along the way haha now I think I’ve one too many languages jumbled up in my brain.
With all the festivities/public holidays, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share some pictures of fireworks that I got to enjoy during the Celebration of Lights Festival! Its a yearly musical fireworks competition held in Vancouver and usually 3 different countries compete for the best fireworks display. Its way better than any other fireworks shows because its a competition and it lasts for almost half an hour! This year, Canada, UK and Thailand competed so there were 3 nights in total, but I chose to go for Canada’s display since I couldn’t make it on the other two nights. And guess what, Canada won! 😀
When your schedule gets a little too routined, find activities that will help to inject some life into it! For me, I’ve discovered a new hobby of mine – hiking! It’s healthy, good exercise, and the view is always so rewarding at the end. Talk about delayed gratification! It’s also perfect for summer so I’ve been taking advantage of the amazing weather we have here in Vancity to do more outdoor activities before we lose Vancouver to the rain.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to complete the Garibaldi Lake Hike with 10 other people! Initially, the weather forecast did not seem promising (Chance of thundershowers!) but we bit the bullet and went ahead with it and thank goodness we did because when we reached Garibaldi Provincial Park, the skies cleared up and the scenery was beautiful! It took us about an hour and a half to drive there, its past the Chief (the previous hike we did), and really close to Whistler!
I love short getaways like this, because it really frees the mind from all worries, like a little escape from reality! It was especially relaxing when we visited this city as it felt more like a countryside, and we lived the country lifestyle – eating fruits right out from the garden, being surrounded by mountains and lakes, and driving miles and miles to get to our destinations.