Beautiful British Columbia

Beautiful British Columbia

By Judy Murphy


I grew up in Victoria, B.C. One of the most beautiful places on earth. This summer, despite the pandemic, I flew to Victoria with my husband and two-year-old son to visit my parents. After three intense months of lockdown, we needed a break.

Our two-week trip allowed us to breathe again. My parents helped look after our son. We took walks as adults and not parents. We got back to ourselves in many ways. It was especially meaningful for me as the West Coast will always be my home.


View looking out over a blue lake on a sunny day with evergreen trees in the foreground

East Sooke Regional Park overlooking the Juan de Fuca Straight and the Olympic Mountains


Top: Man in shorts and a ball cap walking away into waves with a toddler in a red shirt. Bottom: Woman in a sun hat smiling and holding a toddler at the beach.

Everyone enjoying the beach


Heron standing in calm, shallow water with reflection

A great blue heron looking for food


Man and toddler in a kayak on calm water

Inflatable kayaks! Who knew how amazing these things were?


Top: Salmon, zucchini and potatoes on a colourful floral plate and red tablecloth. Bottom: Round cake with white icing decorated with red and purple flowers.

In celebration of my birthday: sockeye salmon with potatoes and zucchini from the garden and devil’s food cake for dessert. My dad made dinner and the cake. My incredibly talented sister decorated the cake. My mom set a beautiful table, as she always does (not shown).