Tag Archives: British Columbia

Sylvia Hotel

The Sylvia Hotel is a Vancouver landmark. Built in 1912 next to the waterfront and Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, it was the tallest building in the area and originally contained swanky apartments for the affluent. It became a hotel after World War I.

Circa 1920

It went through a short period of decline but was designated as a heritage building in 1975. Since then its fortunes have increased.

The Sylvia as it looked today.

After a long walk through Stanley Park it was a great place to stop for some lunch and a break.

Greetings from Vancouver. 🙂

Meet Annie

Say hi to Annie, probably one of the most adorable bear cubs ever.

Annie decided she wanted to come to Canada, so she waited her turn at the border crossing at Stewart, British Columbia – Hyder, Alaska, and then lined up to be processed by Canada Border Services.

However, poor little Annie didn’t have her papers so she was apprehended for the winter by Northern Lights Wildlife Services.

And a good thing, too. At 10 kilos (21 lbs) Little Orphan Annie is much too small for her age. She was born this spring, somehow lost her mother, and has been trying to find enough to eat ever since. Normally, bear cubs stay with their mothers until they are about 18 months old.

At the wildlife centre, she is apparently doing well with the other rescued bear cubs, and is eating lots and gaining weight.

The full article on this sweet little bear is here.

Border jumping bear cub captured, transferred to Smithers wildlife shelter

Welcome to Canada, Annie. 🙂

Lovely Okanagan

The Okanagan is returning to normal.

The Okanagan city of Penticton was recently threatened by a forest fire. There were evacuations and many people were on alert.

Through the unceasing efforts of firefighters and pilots, the fire was doused with nearby lake water and is now under control. The alert has ended and everyone is safe.

I wish a quick end to the fires in California and safety to everyone in its vicinity.

Monday Marvellous: Arriving Home

Last Monday we arrived at home in the Okanagan after our long drive from Northwest Territories. It was so good to get here after a tough and busy time of it.

Driving through the Rocky Mountains
Passing a mountain lake.
Almost there. Okanagan Lake is at the right.

Monday greetings from Penticton and the Okanagan Valley. Have a good week. 🙂

Okanagan Valley

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley …

… is a special place.

As I continue to work in the Northwest Territories, I always miss it, but it seems that because of the lockdown, now more than ever.

I hope I am able to go this summer, but there are no guarantees.

In a world that seems to be turning in on itself, (or is it just turning on us? Is it human arrogance to think that because humans are suffering, the Earth is suffering?) missing home is a very minor thing, but it’s an important touchstone and foundation for us all, even if home is a backpack.

On this June 1, I wish you all a lovely and safe month with good weather, rain when you need it and no lower back pain. 🙂