Posted by: cherylyoung | March 29, 2015

If you come to Victoria B.C You’ll get the boot!

Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

These boots were made for style
Victoria’s venerable Viberg Boots continues transition to fashionable footwear

By Sarah Petrescu, Timescolonist.com March 14, 2011

For several years now, I’ve walked past one of Victoria’s best-kept fashion secrets nearly every day without a second glance.

Perhaps it was the shop’s giant boot doorstop, the cluster of firefighters or construction workers browsing inside, or the tiny storefront display that threw me.
Luckily, a few fashion-forward men tipped me off to Viberg Boot Company (662 Herald St.) and the buzz it is gaining worldwide.

Viberg has spent 80 years mastering the art of indestructible workboots.
More recently, they’ve capitalized on an Asian fashion market obsessed with hand-crafted heritage brands, so much so it has become half their business.
Now they’re riding a wave of trends in heritage, blue-collar styles in North America and Europe.

“The whole Americana thing was taking off in fashion.
We’re probably…

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Posted by: cherylyoung | March 27, 2015

Vancouver Island marks the return of the Brant Geese

Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

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Brant Geese Migration – The Little Sea Goose

Black Brant. The name is magical, and it carries with it a suggestion of distant places and amazing journeys.
And so it is with this diminutive little goose, which pays an annual visit to British Columbia.

The Black Brant is the western North American subspecies of the Brant, (Branta bernicla).
Black Brant are truly international travellers.
They nest in Arctic coastal lowlands, in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. Never venturing far from salt water, they migrate south to winter.

Numbers formerly wintered in coastal British Columbia, but it is believed this changed as a result of active market hunting for the Christmas table.
Now, only a few stay in the Haida Gwaii islands, and Boundary Bay on the Lower Mainland, with the vast majority travelling to the coastal lagoons of Western Mexico.

When it is time to move north again to breed…

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Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

 
From its boom town status at the turn of the twentieth century to its r

eputation as the Whiskey Gap during the prohibition era of the

1920s, Fernie has inherited a unique and colourful history.

A town with a strong history of coal mining, Fernie was named

after mining magnate William Fernie who helped develop the

town into the  industry’s  largest centre in the Elk Valley region,

after he hadreported a major coal  discovery in 1897 that led to

the formation of the Crowsnest Pass Coal Company.

The founder of the city met a tribe of Indians during one of his

many prospecting trips.

 Enquiring about the source of the shiny black stones that

adorned a necklace worn by the Indian Chieftain’s daughter,

the Chief agreed to reveal the origin in return for  the

prospector agreeing to marrythe princess.

William Fernie never kept his promise, and refused…

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Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

Marine Mammals of BC: Sea Otters & River Otters

Otters are often seen along the British Columbia coast.

  

It is a little confusing, though, because the species most often

 seen in these waters is the River Otter (Lutra canadensis).

  

This species is one of the most common mammals along the

 beaches and rocky shores, but it almost always is found near a

 source of fresh water.

 

 Normally three pups are born to a female, and they may spend

 two to three months in the den on land before venturing out.

 

 Groups of River Otters almost always consist of females

and their young.
 
 
River Otters catch fish, and eat a lot of crabs and other
 
 invertebrates along the shore.
 

 They have been observed drowning a Canada Goose in shallow

water and hauling it away.

 

The single pup may be born on land…

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Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

Nancy Greene Provincial Park is nestled in the Monashee

Mountains and is known for its alpine and Nordic skiing.

  The park and a nearby provincial recreation area are named

 after Canada’s world-famous Olympic skier Nancy Greene,

who originated from the Rossland-Trail area. 

 

 These parks encompass 8,100 hectares of mountain wilderness,

including the subalpine Nancy Greene Lake.

 

The park offers opportunities for a variety of recreational

 activities including canoeing and kayaking. 

 

 Anglers frequently have good luck catching rainbow trout in

Nancy Greene Lake.

 

 During summer and fall, hikers can take advantage of the more

 than 20km of low-elevation trails offering spectacular views

of the surrounding landscape and its wildlife.

 

  A small band of mountain goats ranges along the west side of

Old Glory Mountain until winter conditions drive them down

 into Sheep Creek.

 

 Other wildlife found here are pikas, Columbia and golden-

mantled ground squirrels…

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Posted by: cherylyoung | March 20, 2015

A beautiful garden and a love story, only in Victoria BC

Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

The Abkhazi Garden is an exquisite heritage home and garden located in Victoria, British Columbia, a city well known for its wonderful gardens.

Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating their garden in 1946.

This was the year they married and settled in Victoria, after living separate lives touched by both privilege and tragedy.

They immediately began to develop their one-acre property, and continued to maintain and improve their wonderful garden throughout their lives together.

The garden is very discreet from the street, with only hints of what exists beyond the hornbeam hedge.

What the visitor does find is a garden that embraces a natural landscape that is unique to Victoria.

The garden is blessed with dramatic glaciated rocky slopes, magnificent native Garry oaks and gorgeous vistas.

The garden is designed to make the most of these remarkable features and it is the Abkhazis’ response to their landscape that qualifies it…

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In summer there is usually a fair collection of boats in

Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park, a small

picturesque all-weather anchorage located on the south

 side of Sechelt Peninsula on the Sunshine Coast.

 Smuggler Cove, perhaps the most popular on the

 Sunshine Coast, is a maze of rock faces, sand flats,

rocky nooks and mini bays, with three large anchoring

 basins for cruising boats.

The origin of the name Smuggler Cove is subject to

 much speculation.

 One theory holds that the bay was used by one

 Larry “Pig Iron” Kelly to pick up Chinese labourers to

 be smuggled into the United States after the building

of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

 Another story is that the concealed cove was used

as a transhipment location for the smuggling of bootleg

 liquor, produced on neighbouring Texada Island,

 into the US during the prohibition era.

 Given the cove’s proximity to Secret Cove, one can

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Posted by: cherylyoung | March 13, 2015

Open House Sat 1-3 pm in Saanichton

7848 Scohon Dr V8M 1L1
CS Saanichton-Central Saanich

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3 bedroom 2 bath bi-level home with 1 bedroom additional accommodation for the extended family. Backs onto Country estate, with valley views. New kitchen, new stainless steel appliances, mix of hardwood & carpet flooring, new bathroom, 2 gas fireplaces.

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Repainted interior and exterior, new decks front & rear. Single car garage with workshop (formerly a 2 car garage). Home is in move in condition. Tastefully decorated and great family home for the extended family, or mortgage subsidy. Very private rear yard and new shed with hydro. See 2 page list of imporvements.

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Listing Summary
MLS® No: 347933 List Price: $589,000
Status: Current Orig Price: $589,000
DoM: 2 Sold Price:
Sub-Class: Single Family Detached
List Dt: 2015/03/10 Pend Dt:
Beds: 4 Kitch: 2
Baths: 3 FP: 1
Parking: 0 Built (est): 1980
Fin SqFt: 2,260 Unfin SqFt: 169
Lot SqFt: 7,200 Lot Acres: 0.17
Title: Freehold M Assmt:
Finished Rooms
Main: 1 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Fin SqFt: 825 658 608
Entrance 13×5
Living 23×12
Dining 14×12
Kitchen 23×17
Mast Bdrm 13×11
Bathroom 3
Bedroom 12×9
Bedroom 11×9
Mast Bdrm-Addl. 11×10
Living-Addl. 18×14
Kitchen-Addl. 11×10
Bathroom 4
Ensuite 4
Workshop 9×9
Storage 9×8business card
Posted by: cherylyoung | March 13, 2015

Open House this Saturday in Saanichton

 
7848 Scohon Dr V8M 1L1
  CS Saanichton-Central Saanich
7 / 20
 
 
Remarks
3 bedroom 2 bath bi-level home with 1 bedroom additional accommodation for the extended family. Backs onto Country estate, with valley views. New kitchen, new stainless steel appliances, mix of hardwood & carpet flooring, new bathroom, 2 gas fireplaces. Repainted interior and exterior, new decks front & rear. Single car garage with workshop (formerly a 2 car garage). Home is in move in condition. Tastefully decorated and great family home for the extended family, or mortgage subsidy. Very private rear yard and new shed with hydro. See 2 page list of imporvements.

 

 
       
Listing Summary 
MLS® No: 347933 List Price: $589,000
Status: Current Orig Price: $589,000
DoM: 2 Sold Price:  
Sub-Class: Single Family Detached
List Dt: 2015/03/10 Pend Dt:  
Beds: 4 Kitch: 2
Baths: 3 FP: 1
Parking: 0 Built (est): 1980
Fin SqFt: 2,260 Unfin SqFt: 169
Lot SqFt: 7,200 Lot Acres: 0.17
Title: Freehold M Assmt:  
Finished Rooms  
Main: 1 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Fin SqFt: 825 658 608  
         
Entrance 13×5      
Living 23×12      
Dining 14×12      
Kitchen 23×17      
Mast Bdrm 13×11      
Bathroom   3    
Bedroom   12×9    
Bedroom   11×9    
Mast Bdrm-Addl.     11×10  
Living-Addl.     18×14  
Kitchen-Addl.     11×10  
Bathroom     4  
Ensuite 4      
Workshop 9×9      
Storage 9×8

 

Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

Tweedsmuir ProvincialPark encompasses

 an astounding diversity of landscapes and

conditions.

 Because access, facilities, and activities differ

 from north to south in the park, the park is

 divided into two sections, with the Dean River

 acting as a natural boundary between the north

 and south sections of the park.

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and Recreation

Area, at over 981,000 hectares is one of British

Columbia’s largest parks.

Most of the northern half of Tweedsmuir Park is

 encircled by the lakes that comprise the

Nechako Reservoir.

Ootsa Lake and Whitesail Lake define the north

 and west boundaries of the park respectively,

 while Eutsuk Lake bisects the park, turning

 northern Tweedsmuir into a huge, unpopulated

 near-island.

Most angling trips in the park begin at

 Ootsa Lake – mountain whitefish, rainbow

 trout, kokanee, and bubot are readily caught

 within the parks waters.

All fish caught in the park must be registered at

 park headquarters on Whitesail Lake.

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