TD Canadian Children’s Book Week – Beautiful British Columbia!

It still tickles me that you can leave your home in Wolfville, NS at 5:30 am and be in Vancouver, BC at 11:30 am (including the four-hour time difference, of course) – but still, that’s pretty fast to go coast to coast – about 6,000 kilometers if you were driving, which thankfully I wasn’t. But I did successfully navigate the rental car out of the Vancouver airport to Surrey – thanks to the Avis guy and Yahoo maps.

I’d forgotten how amazing the mountains are! I worked at Waterton Park in southern Alberta in 1981, and haven’t seen a mountain since, I don’t believe. I’m kind of smitten, and I’m so busy staring at them that I fear I might go off the road!! I did pull over to take the pic on the right (click on it to get the full effect), and the one below is the view from the hotel. The guy who owned the barns was giving me a funny look so I tried to explain to him that I was just taking a picture of the mountains between his barns.

So I haven’t even met any kids yet, but the fun begins tomorrow. It’s full-on summer here, too – saw some lilacs today and lots of rhododendrons. All the trees are in full leaf, too. So far, so good… Thanks for tuning in! And thank you TD and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)!P1000499P1000503

7 thoughts on “TD Canadian Children’s Book Week – Beautiful British Columbia!

  1. I so wish I was in BC now so we could see each other. It is so beautiful there and now after seeing your pictures, I am a bit homesick. Enjoy every minute! The kids will love you.

  2. Susan

    Jan – have a wonderful week. It is going to be incredibly busy from what you told me. Your picture is of Mount Baker in Washington. It dominates looking south from the Surrey and area. It reminds me of many happy memories living in the area in the 70’s. It really is “Beautiful BC”.

    1. Thanks, Susan – saved me Googling the name of that snowy one! I’m already feeling I should’ve brought Don along – I’m not sure if he’s ever been to BC; maybe once. Hope spring will have sprung fully in NS when I get home!

  3. I was born in B.C.–left when I was two and a half years old. My late parents used to subscribe to “Beautiful British Columbia Magazine” since its inception in 1959. I always loved it. Have fun with your fans–the ones who know your writing now, and the new ones to come!

  4. mirkabreen

    What a gorgeous place. And, yes, maybe if we travel on the now-defunct Concord from east to west we can even travel back in time?
    Enjoy your stay on the continent’s west coast.

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