British Columbia - Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

This is Fort Rodd Hill, and this is a 1950s M1A1 anti-aircraft gun.

And this is Fisgard Lighthouse next to the fort.

This is Mount Tzouhalem, seen from Tzouhalem Road in Tzouhalem. The last photo looks north across Cowichan Bay, and the others are east, featuring St. Anne's Church in the 3rd photo.

A few minutes south of there, this photo looks west past Cobble Hill at Koksilah Ridge.

Chemainus Road (Highway 1A) views of Stuart Channel and Davis Lagoon off the Strait of Georgia. Photos look generally north from between Saltair and Ladysmith: Ladysmith Harbour and Woodley Range on the left, Coffin Point and Coffin Island in the centre, Valdes Island (rear) and Thetis Island (front) to the right.

Back to Nanaimo where I disembarked from the ferry, this mural on the north side of #30 Front Street features Operation Genesis, the final commission of HMCS Saskatchewan. The British World War II ship started life as HMS Fortune in the 1930s, served through 1945, and was scrapped, but for whatever reason, its bell lives in Nanaimo.

The Hudson's Bay Company bastion at #98 Front Street was its headquarters and essentially fort to defend its coal mining operations on Vancouver Island, which the Company then leased from the Crown. It was built in 1855 and served until 1866, at which point the island joined BC.

Looking north across Departure Bay from the ferry docks toward Newcastle Island.

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Trans-Canada Highway 1

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