October is a mixed bag! There are lovely clear and warm autumn days, and rainy days with a chill in the air. It is a nice month to walk the trails around Nanaimo, and to visit the other lovely spots around the Island.
Living on the Island in October
Around Nanaimo - walking the waterfront
Looking across the harbour to the gap between Newcastle
Island on the left and Protection Island on the right.
The harbour is busy, even on a cool breezy October morning.
A different morning, with calm waters
Whatever the day, most walks end at the ice cream shop.
Autumn around Nanaimo
Piper's Lagoon, and the Garry Oak leaves have turned brown.
Maple leaves beside the lagoon
My favourite bench on the first hump.
Looking down on Buttertubs Marsh.
Down at the marsh...
I like the clouds in the water.....
The king of the neighbourhood
Arbutus berries in October
North of Nanaimo - "Up Island"
The Fairwinds Golf Course, Lantzville
Victoria and the South Island
Around Victoria Inner Harbour
The Empress Hotel and the Inner Harbour.
Tourists off on a whale sighting tour
The Coho coming in from Seattle and a water taxi
A few of the floating homes at Fisherman's Wharf
Historic buildings on lower Johnson St.
The window above the door of Murchie's, Government St.
Inside Monro's Books, Government St.
Beacon Hill Park
Butchart Gardens in October
Hatley Castle - Royal Roads University
hatley Castle, before vines were removed.
The lawns down to the lagoon
The big cedar, the path to the Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Gardens
A trumpeter swan with the black beak and a mute swan with an orange beak.
Swans with a blue heron
The Esquimalt Lagoon is in front of the castle grounds.