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As I mentioned a few blog posts ago, walks with my Dad are an important part of my life. The fresh air & exercise are important for physical health but catching up with my Dad and being involved in the world outside my own house are a helpful tonic when the winter weather is gloomy!!  A few weeks ago on a day we didn’t need full rain gear Dad suggested instead of our walk around town we should hop the ferry over to Alert Bay.  It’s been a few years since I was over there and it’s always good to wander around and see what’s happening with our neighbours two islands away.

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These retired double decker buses have been sitting beside the ferry line-up for a few years.  They’re a cheerful addition to an incredibly colourful community.  I’ve always enjoyed Alert Bay.  Folks are welcoming and friendly.  Everyone waves when you’re walking down the street and wants to know where we’re from.  They laugh when we tell them we’re all the way from Port McNeill.  It’s too bad these buses aren’t operational for tours or being used as a fish & chip wagon.  And wouldn’t it be fun to drive around Cormorant Island in this old London cab?

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Sadly U’Mista Cultural Centre was closed it being a Monday and winter so we wandered in behind to the “new” hospital which I’d never seen.  With huge logs holding up the portico in front it’s got a funky west coast look.  Right inside the doors heading into the lobby I took a few minutes to look at the glass display cases.  There are old patient registries and some slightly creepy looking medical instruments that look more like props in a horror movie.  For a town of only 1500 Alert Bay is well serviced.

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I have no idea what the history of this cute little house is but obviously someone has a tie to the fishing boat Daisy Mae II.  And how clever to have two homes sharing one staircase to the road.  I’m guessing it was built long before official community plans and building by-laws came to be.

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The gazebos dotting the main road from the ferry to the cultural centre are incredible.  Each one showcases local artists work.  And I’d love to know the story behind the second photo.  A small clump of commerce obviously long unused with the ramps disconnected and an old plane just sitting there.  After hours of walking and an early lunch of tea and toast at the café we headed back to the big island.  A lovely little adventure on a winter’s day on Northern Vancouver Island.  Blessings from the beach…

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