Monthly Archives: August 2009

Rock climbing!!

Every morning the students have English classes with Kathy, but in the afternoons they get out into the community for a variety of activities. Today’s activity was Rock Climbing – which none of us had done before. The girls were great, and really tried their best. EVERY student got to the top of the climbing wall. Best climber was Kazumi, who had a very natural style. Biggest effort was by Eri ‘Ganchan’ who just wouldn’t give up, but kept going to the top of the medium-difficulty climb. She used many calories on the way up!! Our guide today was Pascalle, and she brought her son, Mathieu, with her to join in the activities.


Today was a day off for everyone, so most of the girls decided to go shopping or do activities with their host families. It was another beautiful day here, so Theresa (our coordinator at VIU) invited me to go kayaking around the islands in Nanaimo. We rented two kayaks (about $38 for 3 hours each) and paddled around Protection Island. Even though it was warm and sunny, we were paddling into the wind and waves so we were forced to make a stop at the Dinghy Dock Pub for a beer. Probably paddled about 10-12kms. Great day!!

Vancouver – In the city

After our time at Capilano, we went to Grouse Mountain… a large mountain that overlooks Vancouver City. The cable-car ride was amazing! It’s very steep, and the views are fantastic. After that, the girls had a few hours to go shopping in Vancouver City (on famous Robson Street) before catching the ferry back to Nanaimo.

Vancouver – Capilano

Capilano Suspension Bridge (their blog) is a wonderful nature park just north of Vancouver. From the entrance, you take a suspension bridge acroos to the park area. The bridge is 136 metres long, and 70 metres high, and it moves a LOT! Some of the students were shaking by the time they got across! Very exciting. In the park, you can walk along walkways in the trees – up to 30m above the ground. The environment is beautiful with huge trees and an incredible river valley.

Vancouver – Getting there…

Today was our day trip to Vancouver City – a 2-hour ferry trip from Nanaimo by ferry. We traveled in one of Vancouver Island University’s 14-seater buses, and Emily was our guide for the day. Here are some pictures from the trip.