Stone Butter Church: built in 1870, abandoned in 1880. Here it sits covered in graffiti and supposedly haunted. It certainly feels creepy ...
Catching Z’s. Kinsol Trestle is very cool sight near Shawnigan Lake bear Duncan. An easy 20 minute walk from the parking lot.
The main attraction to our hike was to see The Abyss, and earthquake “crack” that’s about 16 inches wide, but the hike around the surrounding Extension Ridge Area was better than expected. Yes, the area is mostly clear cut and not so pretty, but the views westward, small gnomes placed upon the trail, “altars” of toys, and petroglyphs (saw some real ones but I’m not really sure the pictured one is real ... a little too “spaceman”/ChariotsOfTheGods) make the hike well worth it!
Nice high ceiling, warm fireplace, and a wide selection of good beers. Well worth the visit ...
A good start to a long weekend with good friends. Love Shack Libations in Parksville is only open Saturday and Wednesday, 4 hours each day, so it was a real treat when friends brought out a full selection of their beers. This Porter was my favourite.
Reconciliation Pole at UBC. Here’s the story of the pole from a UBC press release: Thousands [68,000 according to the carver himself] of copper nails are important markers on a carved pole installed on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The nails represent thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools, hammered one by one by residential school survivors, affected families, school children and others. Officially known as Reconciliation Pole, the 55-foot red cedar pole was carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida master carver and hereditary chief. The pole tells the story of the time before, during, and after the Indian residential school system – a system that began in the 1800s and ended with the last school closure in 1996. Reconciliation Pole, jointly commissioned by the Audain Foundation and UBC, is a permanent fixture at UBC’s Vancouver campus, symbolizing the experiences of residential school students and the path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The bottom half of the pole represents the time before Indian residential schools and features salmon, a bear and a raven. A schoolhouse, fashioned after a residential school Hart’s grandfather attended, is carved in the middle with students holding hands above it. The top half of the pole represents the time after residential schools and features spirits, family, and a canoe. On top of the pole is an eagle about to take flight, which Hart said represents “the power and determination needed to look towards the future.” Hart carved the pole from an 800-year-old red cedar tree in Haida Gwaii, on B.C.’s north coast, before it was barged down to Vancouver. #reconciliation #reconciliationpole #UBC #haidacarving #cedarcarving #haida
Maybe it was the loaded grilled cheese I had with it but this wild Ale from Castor Brewing in Quebec was excellent: loved how the wild yeast and hops create a wonderful mix of tropical fruit/pine/melon all held together with a tangy backbone. Balanced perfectly. Love it! #castorbrewery #lecastorbrewingcompany #qccraftbeer #coloradowildale #cdncraftbeer #wildale
Two amazing beverages I enjoyed last night at The Pharmacy Bar in Toronto (see my previous post for info on that cool bar!). Cerveza Sin Frontera is kind of a collaboration between Jester King (Texas), Crooked Stave Beer Project (Colorado) and Brasserie Trois Dames (Switzerland). The idea was to brew an identical recipe, fermenting in Spanish sherry barrels using the unique natural yeasts of each area. The version I tried was from BTD in Switzerland. Awesome! --- Sidra Bere is produced by Sidra Bereziartua Sagardoak, a family-run firm that has been making cider in the Basque region of Spain since 1870. Funky, creamy but still with a nice backbone of acidity. Not at all your typical cider! Loved it. #cervezasinfrontera #sidra #sidrabere #jesterking #brasserietroisdames #crookedstavebrewing #farmhousebeer #collaborationbeer #pharmacybar #torontolife #torontonightlife