Crossing the final border

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This is it, my last country in this big trip around the Americas! I am now in Canada.

After staying with my friend Miranda, in Bellingham,and having lots of laughs catching up with her and meeting her family and friends, I crossed the border with one of my parents' friends and went to stay with them for a couple of nights. It was very relaxed, hanging around their big house in the countryside, although I did help in the garden for an afternoon and I now have a sore body from shovelling manure! My fault, I should have adopted more ergonomic positions for the work, such as lying on a sofa watching TV with a beer.

On Saturday I took the ferry over to Vancouver Island, from Tsawassen to Duke Point, and went to stay with my uncle and aunt in Nanaimo. The island is very beautiful; I expected the pine forests, but not that it would be quite so mountainous! We went down to his boat at Ladysmith to make some final preparations for a boat trip he's going on and also took a drive around Nanaimo and Chemainus, which is now famous for the decorative murals around the town. It used to be just a logging town.

Today we went down to Victoria, the capital of British Colombia and bottom of the TransCanadian Highway. The port is pretty, the government building very grand, but the highlight for me was the view over the water to the Olympic Mountains, which are in the USA.

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Chemainus, town of murals
Chemainus, town of murals
The US/Canada border follows the 4…
The US/Canada border follows the …
A Bagel BELT at Tim Hortons.
A Bagel BELT at Tim Hortons.
Victoria harbour
Victoria harbour
The end of the TransCanadian highw…
The end of the TransCanadian high…
Looking south from Vancouver Islan…
Looking south from Vancouver Isla…
photo by: Vikram