Monday, 1 July 2013

Post #6 We visited Crofton on Vancouver Island

The first step in visiting Salt Spring Island is in getting to Crofton. This is where you can get the ferry. I haven't been on a ferry in a long time. We missed the previous one, and took a lovely walk on the beach. There were a couple of bald eagles, as well as the ubiquitous sea gulls and crows.

Goodbye, Ferry!

Tide was out!
This place was for sale!
Only $595,000 or so, as I recall!
Unfortunately, there is a camping site on its left,
and the Crofton pulp mill on the other side.

Then there were the amazing birds!
Can you see the eagle?!
 
Pick on someone your own size!

See the Crofton mill pulp in the background?
We walked along the pier

"Remnants of cars of molten slag from the smelting process at the Henry Croft Smelter, which operated from 1902 - 1908." It is amazing how much wealth, in terms of natural resources, that the white colonists extracted from this land. From the lumber barons to those who built the railroads and those who benefitted from investments in Crown Land. Many have made a fortune from manufacturing, in ensuing years from Fordism (standardized products; assembly lines and definitive tasks) and Taylorism (machine and worker efficiency in the name of profits; which has resulted is outsourcing and overseas exploitation of cheap labour).
Finally, the temperate climate means that flowers bloom early and fruits appear quite early. The sea weed was startling.

14 comments:

lindaakacraftygardener said...

We have been to all the other places you have shared but never to Salt Spring Island ... which is at the top of the list for our next visit. I really enjoyed seeing all your photos.

Karen Traversy said...

Thanks for visiting Bridgit's Bell and your lovely comments! I tried to leave a comment on Google + but it =said I wasn't allowed.
Your trip to Vancouver Island looks wonderful.

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Oman said...

That was a beautiful way to spend the day, The sea, the birds, the views ahhh I love it.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a fun trip! Seeing the eagle is always a treat! Nice beach and I love the gulls too. Thanks for sharing your trip!

Carver said...

Great shots. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Red said...

Vancouver Island seems to have much wildlife and a lush plant growth. Go to the market near Parksville It has a sod roof. Inside there are a million trinkets

Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

I 'd love to visit Vancouver Island someday. Looks so raw and beautiful. Love the shots of the eagles.

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots. Those bird photos are amazing.

Hope you had a great Canada Day!

Randi said...

What exquisite captures for the day.
Hope your week is going well!!

Fun60 said...

I enjoyed coming with you on your walk. A great place to visit.

Arija said...

Lovely shots of the island and great setting for the house, not so much for the neighbours.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Not a bad place to wait! Lovely pix. Thanks for hosting OW..even recallitrantly..if that's a word :))))

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thanks for taking us along your walk. What a lot to see.

I love your quote. I'm a hard nosed capitalist as anybody but sometimes you have to back off and see what is happening. After all the timber is cut and the iron extracted then what?