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Notes on the Geography of Canada (B.C.): Victoria's Waterfront 2

The peregrination continues.

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Whale-back rock, just west of the Oak Bay Golf Club.

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Oak Bay has blocked off more of its waterfront than Victoria; much is held in grand estates.

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Commercial developments along the waterfront are sparse: here, a beach hotel--subsequently demolished and replaced by something bigger.

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More common are apartments, even a few high-rise ones, like the one here. In the foreground, Willows Beach, crowded on summer days but otherwise very quiet.

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Apartments began creeping into Oak Bay sometime around World War II.

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Through the 1960s, pedestrian apartment blocks replaced houses.

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Pack 'em in. Stack 'em up.

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Lest anyone think that such things were done only in Oak Bay, we backtrack to Beacon Hill Park, just west of which this baby stands.

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Back to the Oak Bay coast: the view is east, toward Mt. Baker in the Cascades. The dawn was bright.

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Occasionally, a homeowner decides to declare war on historic styles. Or perhaps the owner was suffering from light deprivation, common enough in the long, dark winters.

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Gordon Head still had bits of open headland and beach in 2000. The headland is a house now.

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The beach and the headland beyond was set aside as a park once the land behind it was carved into tiny lots.

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A summer morning: what could it be?

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Perhaps you can make out the spray; it was certainly audible as the whale rose and sank, minute by minute.

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A little sharper.

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Looking back from the same beach toward the new housing development, an edge of which can be seen.

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A closer view of what had been a raw headland, occupied only by cormorants and eagles.

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Farther back, homes cluster on what had been the property attached to a large house from the 1930s.  It was removed.


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