Exploring Campbell River
Breakfast was eaten overlooking the river; watching swooping seagulls, and listening to random bits of conversation from other hotel guests.
Without a car and seeing a very nice walkway in front of the hotel populated by bicyclists and people walking or running, we decided to take a walk. A marker denoting the 50th parallel is right in front of our hotel and we took our picture relying upon a bit of driftwood to prop up the camera.
We continued up the hill, passed the Museum—closed on Monday— and made our way to the Quadra Island ferry. I spied the Yarn shop, stopped in on the recommendation of a QuiltArt member, bought some lovely cotton sock yarn, and made arrangements with the owner of a B&B for our return stay.
The Maritime Heritage Center was open (at noon) and we were lucky enough to arrive just as a guided tour was starting. The highlight of the center is the BCP 45, which was the centerpiece of Canadian $5 dollar bill for many years. All the other visitors were Canadians, and they all pulled out their wallets to see what was on their $5 bill.
The temperature dropped several degrees and I was chilled through by the time we got back to the hotel. Supper was at Freddie’s Pub; Glen indulged with several local beers on tap while I had some rather sour red wine. The vegetarian penne pasta was excellent and we were entertained by the bits of overheard local conversation; working and repairing boats, a method of reducing cigarette consumption, the plight of the logging industry, the busybodyness of the environmentalists, and so forth.
We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that knew about the freighter cruise and really seemed rather envious of our trip.
Tomorrow we will see for ourselves.