GWA Region 7
April 15 -19, 2004
Qualicum Beach BC


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The next picture, I could not resist taking…a typical Canadian scene isn’t it…a Tim Hortons on every corner…J our coach was on the way to the Tofino Botanic Gardens and took a rest stop here…of course we all said we had to use the restroom but there was also two other reasons…coffee and donuts and the chance to take some pictures of some beautiful blooming trees – which you see two of here.  By the way, the coach was paid for by Victoria Tourism and supplied by Roundtrip Vacations.  We made another quick stop on the way – this time to see some huge rocks and lots of water…you can see Jim standing on one of the rocks – this will give you an idea of how huge these were…if only I could get a few of them home for my own garden!



We are now at Tofino Botanical Garden and again, a table was set up with some wonderful hot soup and sandwiches that tasted so good.  Some of us ate while others took a short tour, then it was reversed.   The garden is in about a zone 9 for you to get an idea of what can be grown here.  The Sculpture Collections exhibits work by local and international artists. Four pieces of Michael Dennis are featured in the central garden this year. .I also took a picture of  Mary Comber Miles as she happened to be here this day showing a wonderful collection of her botanical prints.  I decided to purchase one called Ranunculus lyalli (Ranunculaceae).  This is also called Mt. Cook Lily and found in New Zealand.  She is shown here holding up my print #1 of 10.



The picture with the driftwood on the beach is part of  Wick Centre, at the Pacific Rim National Park.  We enjoyed an interpretive tour of native plants with First Nations Ethnobotonist Giselle Martin.   It was a beautiful walk through trails that are clean, offer a wonderful view of the ocean and each point of interest is sign posted so you can read them while on your own walk.  Many people there just walking and enjoying the beautiful weather.  I have some pictures of us down at the beach - enjoying the water to dipping their toes into it - the driftwood and shells on the beach are a picture in themselves.  Of course the sun choose this time to really shine bright, but at least you can get an idea.



Our next stop was Cathedral Grove Park…that starts with a picture of a very tall tree with moss all over it and continues on through.  Quite a magical place really and so quiet.  For more on this, please visit their site at




  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row