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One of the most breathtaking experiences that I have had was visiting The Butchart Gardens in the Springtime. The grounds were immaculate and the flowers planted by gardeners experienced with presenting true beauty.  2016 was my first year with a Butchart Gardens membership and it was the first time that I visited in the Spring. With Spring of 2017 delayed on the West Coast, and while I recover from a little operation, I wanted to finally publish this post. Please join me as I look back to my visits from last Spring to The Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens are located in Brentwood Bay near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and are a 1.5 hour ferry sail and short drive from Vancouver. The gardens were established by Robert and Jennie Butchart and have been in existence for over 110 years. The Butchart family owned a quarry on the grounds and when the limestone was exhausted, they embarked on turning the site into what is now known as the Sunken Garden. The Japanese Garden predated the Sunken Garden and over the years, much of their property was turned into various gardens under the guidance of Jennie Butchart. The gardens were named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 and currently have about one million yearly visitors from all over the World.

This is a long post but I could have easily added another 30 photos. Let’s get started. What do you think of this scene from the Italian Garden? We’ll get there very soon.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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With so much absurdness and negativity in the World — and I’m only talking about the real news — I thought it was time to publish something light. I hope you don’t mind. Last Spring, I unexpectedly met someone for the first time on the grounds of the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Such a pleasant, peaceful visit. Please meet…

Roger the Marmot 🙂

Roger is hiding here. Maybe he’s a little shy… C’mon Roger, come out and say hello.


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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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For the past three years, I have visited Victoria, British Columbia, Canada during December. Not only were the downtown streets and shops elegantly decorated, the grand buildings including The Fairmont Empress Hotel and The Parliament Buildings were as well. For this post, I’ll include photos from all three trips with a Christmas theme featuring the harbour and The Empress. Located on Southeast Vancouver Island, Victoria was named for Queen Victoria, and is the capital of British Columbia. It’s one of Canada’s oldest cities and in 2012, celebrated its 150th anniversary.

From the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, just south of Vancouver, BC Ferries, normally operate sailings every one or two hours, depending on the day. The trip to Vancouver Island takes about 90 minutes. I took this photo from a very chilly deck while crossing between the Southern Gulf Islands. This ferry serviced the Gulf Islands.

Photo of a British Columbia ferry, bright blue water, cloudy sky, Gulf Islands

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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