Astoria, a Gateway to Oregon

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The four-mile wide Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River from Washington State, is a great opening for one of Oregon’s main gateways: Astoria. Established in 1811 and the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, it’s an historic city. East of … Continue reading

Spring in British Columbia: Victoria’s Historic Chinatown

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For a true taste of the Orient in British Columbia, Victoria’s Chinatown is the place to visit. Near the waterfront, the district is the oldest in Canada with its roots dating back to the mid-19th century. From a collection of … Continue reading

Spring is in the Air: Victoria’s Exotic Butterfly Gardens

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“A small piece of paradise” is how Victoria’s Butterfly Gardens was once described – and a more appropriate phrase would be hard to find. Thousands of exotic moths and butterflies flutter freely amongst lush blooms and foliage in this unique … Continue reading

The Butchart Gardens: Victoria’s Far-from-Secret Garden

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Brentwood Bay, near Victoria, is home to the immaculate Butchart Gardens. Dating back to the early 1900s, the Gardens began in a disused limestone quarry and have evolved into one of Canada’s major tourist sites. Featuring multi-coloured floral displays, themed … Continue reading