Victoria, BC Canada

After Hydraulic lake close to Kelowna, Canada, we moved on to Victoria,Vancouver Island. The ferry we picked left close to Vancouver and it took about 1 1/2 hours to Victoria. Victoria is one of a kind. It’s British touch in the downtown area and its cute fisherman’s wharf, absolutely worth a visit. It even crossed my mind imagining moving here one day, what an impact. We were able to stay at a friend’s house for a night, who also took us fishing and crab hunting the next day. Thanks man! Now we are again camping with family with a spectacular view close to Victoria, right across the Sidney islands. It is called “Island View”, simple, but great spot. Affordable camp spots and short drive to downtown Victoria.


Hydraulic Lake, BC Canada

After the hussle and bussle of the America’s Cup in Bermuda, we now made our way to Canada BC to spend some time with family and friends. We camped at Hydraulic Lake, which is close to Kelowna. Up in the Mountains we were able to escape the heat and chillax for a few days. The kids had a blast playing outside all day and besides eating a whole lot of sunflower seeds and drinking, we went fishing, swimming, biking and a tiny bit of Kiteboarding.

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Bermuda, what did I not like?

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The America’s Cup 2017 is finished and oh boy, was it a spectacle. There were lots of highs and after reflecting everything ones again, there were a few lows as well. First one which comes to my mind are the Portuguese Man of War, also called blue bottle. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful (and sometimes fatal) sting. We spotted them on many days at the Beaches, depending on wind direction.

Another annoying thing could be the Busses. I am not saying the Bus system is bad. They do try their best to accommodate those people, who cannot have a car. It is not possible to rent a car, but it is possible to rent scooters. Given the fact that it’s left side driving, this option is for many not imaginable. For me, it wasn’t an option with our 3 year old, so it was either Bus, or Taxi. But, hey, who can afford a Taxi every day? So, Bus it was, and sometimes first the Bus and than Ferry, which was always nicer. I did have a Ferry breaking down and a Bus break down. Busses also tended to be too full to stop, came late or not at all or happened to see you…. NOT. Fun thing, when you have 3 bags of groceries, a stroller and a sleeping child in your arm. Hurray! 🙂

The humidity can be a bit of a challenge for some. But a dip into the wonderful turquoise water makes up for that in no time.

Beaches in Bermuda

Isn’t that what Bermuda is mostly about? You cannot beat the color of the turquoise water. It’s simply beautiful. Here is a collection of some of the beaches we visited. The first four are the kid friendliest ones, since they are very protected.

Tobacco Bay in St. George

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Jobson’s Cove in Warwick Parish

 

Snorkel Park at Royal Naval Dockyard

 

Admiralty House Park and Clarence Cove, lots to explore

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Elbow Beach in Paget, the part with public access and  Elbow Beach Resort, where you can find some fine restaurants and there is fun nightlife happening every Friday.

 

 

Pink Beach, Tucker’s Town, great food and sitting area at Pink Beach Resort

 

Warwick Long Bay, Warwick Parish

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Famous Horseshoe Bay, Southhampton Parish. it can get pretty busy here, lots of Cruise Ship guests like to visit this spot.

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Gibbs’ Hill Lighthouse in Bermuda

After climbing up a set of about 185 steps, you have a complete view of the entire island. And if you get hungry, combine this trip with a lunch or dinner at the famous Henry the VIII on South road. They have tasty Sushi and they serve my favorite Bermuda IPA “OnDeRock”. Funny story was when my friend ordered the IPA by it’s name and the waitress brought him a glass with ice and a glass with the beer. Luckily she did not put the ice into the beer, LOL.

At the lighthouse is a cute little souvenir store and it’s only $3,- for the climb. You can get to the railway trail for a walk across the street from the lighthouse and there are always beautiful flowers and butterflies. It’s well worth the sweat.