If you’re a parent who works from home, summer and work-productivity are antonyms. I finally figured that out this year, around early July. When my family and I skipped town on a vacation to British Columbia, I switched off my email and social media for 10 days. No work; no distractions. I read books, and found my way back to the streams of creativity that came more easily before social media. Maybe one day I’ll write fiction, if I can keep close to those creative harbors.
I also soaked up Vancouver and Victoria, two lovely cities in British Columbia, on the western edge of Canada. If you have the chance to visit Vancouver, Victoria, or both, go. As my husband described it, it’s like a cross between the United States and Europe—culturally unique, English-speaking, with excellent food.
Since pictures do a better job of relating the area’s natural beauty, I’ll let my photographs tell the rest of the story.
Part of the parliament buildings in Victoria Victoria feels remote and sleepy, and the people are quite friendly. A small lake in VictoriaViews along the drive from Vancouver to Whistler, the former Olympic site and mountain town about two hours northThe Stawamus Chief, a place to hike–or, in our case, admire from the road.