Sunday Special – Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada

This weekend I took an overnight trip to the capital of my province of BC:  Victoria. It has been a number of years since I had been there and as a result I have forgotten what a nice little city it is to visit. Located on the southern portion of Vancouver Island, my travel companion and myself arrived via the short ferry ride with BC Ferries and then hopped a public bus for the hour long ride into town (I don’t own a car). 

The main purpose of this short sojourn was to visit a temporary exhibit at The Royal BC Museum, located on Belleville Street, right in the heart of the city. The exhibit that I was interested in was about mammoths! Yes those big, oversized creatures that once roamed the earth. It was a great exhibit with plenty of information. The displays included fossilized bones, reconstructions of these glorious giants and numerous videos and information placards (of which I watched and read all). What I found the most interesting was a section dedicated to Lyuba. Lyuba was a month-old baby Woolly Mammoth that was incredibly preserved and fully intact when she was discovered in 2007 in northern Russia. She had been frozen in the tundra for tens of thousands of years! The discovery of Lyuba was integral in learning more of these amazing creatures and their similarities with elephants. 

Below are some of my photos from the exhibit. The quality is limited due to low lighting and no flash use but you’ll get the idea. Additionally, if you are ever in Victoria I do suggest a visit to the Royal BC Museum. They have permanent collections (of which I will go another time to visit) and temporary exhibits for months at a time. 

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World. 

Information placards


Lyuba in her well-preserved condition


Woolly Mammoth information placard

Information placard

Big bones! They’re the real deal.

Replica of a Columbian Mammoth – the biggest kind!

Information placard

Mammoth proportions!

Up to 16 feet long!!!

All sorts of mammoths

Mastodon skeleton replica

Information placard

Elephant skull replica

Elephants are relatives of mammoths

Evolution happening due to poaching. Stop poaching!!

This saddening and frightening.

Replica of a Woolly Mammoth

Sunday Special – Terrace, Canada (where I am now)

This weekend I am visiting my sister in northern British Columbia in a small town called Terrace. As I come up here every year I have posted some info about the area before, though each visit is always different. This post will stray from its usual format as it will be photos of our activities here. Food, friends and furry creatures will be showcased. The fall colours here are quite spectacular, despite the gray clouds plump with rain, waiting to catch us unprepared and having us escape to warm fires. My best friend has joined me on this weekend getaway, after all she is family. Visits consist of errands, dog walks, dinner parties and pumpkin carving. Having been up here so many times previously the touristy activities are now moot. These trips are definitely ones where ‘hanging with the locals’ is expected – LOL. Sadly for me I have acquired a miserable head cold That has me napping and bonding with a box of facial tissue. The napping is not so bad. Here is a showcase of my weekend. If you want to know more about some great places to see in Northern BC, visit my previous post here.

Carving away

The finished products

Mine is on the left

Apples from the backyard tree will be used for apple sauce

Furry buddies

Fenwick in his puppy coat

Hilarious night playing games

Autumnal foliage

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

Sunday Special – Prince Edward Island, Canada

Summer here in Canada is not that bad. It can actually get very very warm and right now our dollar is somewhat weak so it could be an option for some of you to come visit. Of course I love to see all manner of cool things around this big blue marble of ours but there are places I want to see within my own “backyard”, so to speak. Canada’s smallest province is one of them. Prince Edward Island (PEI) is second only to the Yukon on my Canadian bucket list. Located in Atlantic Canada (east coast), this province may be small in size and population but is still historically significant as it is the birthplace of Confederation.

When I think of PEI two things come to mind: potatoes and Anne of Green Gables. Growing up it seemed most potatoes in grocery stores were from PEI. Today, agriculture is still a main industry along with tourism and fishing. As for Anne of Green Gables, well author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1884 – 1942) brought PEI to life with her story of a feisty ginger orphan named Anne. As many Canadians, I grew up reading some or all of the Green Gables series and then watching the TV mini-series staring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Jonathan Crombie. I really enjoyed that series. Though there is more to PEI than those two. Beaches, golfing, water sports, food (seafood at its finest), history, theatre and good music beckon. It seems to have something for just about everyone. With a small population of under 150,000 people in the whole of the province it speaks to me of a laid-back and chill vibe. Perhaps that is why it is referred to as “The Gentle Isle”. I hope you visit it one day just as I plan to do.


View of downtown Charlottetown, capital of PEI – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Martin Cathrae


Cavendish Beach, PEI – Photo is Public Domain

Sunday Special – Northwestern Ontario

Today’s place is where I am currently visiting – Northwestern  Ontario. I pondered making a post about Thunder Bay but I did that a few years ago here. So today I’ll expand on the area surrounding the city I was born and raised in.

The Canadian province of Ontario is, more or less, divided into Northen Ontario and Southern Ontario (where Toronto is). The former is further divided into Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario. I grew up in the latter subdivision.  This region is the least populated of Ontario with over 50% of its population residing in Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior.  Other smaller communities include Kenora, Dryden, Fort Francis, Red Lake and numerous First Nations communities.

Big size and small population means plenty of natural beauty. It is part of the Canadian Shield (made up of Precambrain Rock), has extensive mixed forests and an abundance of fresh water lakes. This results in summer activities of fishing, boating, hiking and camping being equally popular with locals and visitors alike. Winter months draw ice fishing and snowmobiling enthusiasts and every everyone is familiar with ice hockey and curling sports. If you are visiting this area it is, in my opinion, best to fly into one of the communities and then get around by renting a car. And please remember that Canada is an enormous country and this area of it is no exception but the view is worth it.


Kenora waterfront – Photo credit: P199 – Wikipedia Commons



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Former rail glory, Thunder Bay – Photo credit: Taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World


Map of Northwestern Ontario – Photo credit: Public Domain