Proper British weather – in British Colombia ! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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After months of beautiful weather and constant sunshine – we finally feel at home! Grey, drizzly rain, squelchy autumn leaves underfoot and being splashed by dirty water as buses speed through the puddles!! πŸ˜†

Beth recommended a trip to Bowen Island with the passenger ferry costing just Β£4 for a return fare. Canadian customer service is fantastic with a crinkly faced, salty old seadog keeping us all amused in the waiting room! Although we didn’t see any whales on the journey across to the island – residents told us that more whales have been spotted in the last year, than in the past 10 years, and although lovely to see, they are unsure if it is the result of global warming. The island was masked in long, slow moving fingers of mist, the type that wets you very slowly but ends up getting through your clothes and soaking your skin. Fortunately the shop and cafe owners kept us regaled with local stories, myths and gossip. The island is a very spiritual place attracting residents who obviously enjoy the local cannabis store! The museum offers a fascinating insight into the islands history – a logging family bought land by the shore, building a hotel, shops and a dance hall that held over 800 couples attracting over 100,000 visitors in the summer of 1935. I think we were the only visitors that day – but enjoyed the Christmas tree display by local businesses, lunch in the microbrewery and freshly roasted coffee by the dock waiting for our return ferry.

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