This is Butchart Gardens, the lovely place where my mother wouldn’t get out of the car when she was my age. She told my aunt, “It’s too bourgeois.” Now, she has taken me here on a 24 mile bike ride to see these charming landscapes that are in fact somewhat bourgeois, but I don’t mind. It is a garden none-the-less, and vibrantly inviting.
This was my first time to Canada, and it quickly became one of the most enjoyable places I have ever been. We rode a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, then to Salt Spring Island to the lovely town of Ganges – where I put down my camera and my mother, brother and I went kayaking, hiking, and biking for three days. Every person I met in Canada was extremely welcoming. A guy I met at a video story told me his tale of adventuring from South BC through Yukon Country to Alaska, and it sounded like driving into a gorgeous, natural past. Maybe next summer that’s where I’ll be.