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RE: Yukon gold TV shows... What is the real reality?

Gold Rush I believe is televised all around the world. I wonder how many international viewers realize that Yukon is in Canada ? The producers seem to go out of their way to not mention...what country all this is happening. Why, I don't know. I think that is done for the American audiences. "If it's not in America, who cares!" Many Canadian shows do this, Rookie Blue and Flashpoint were two examples. They didn't really hide the fact that they took place in Canada, but they didn't really advertise it either!
Orion 02/26/15 10:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Victoria and Vancouver, BC

Victoria, in no particular order. Walk around Inner Harbour, take harbour water taxi to Spinnakers for craft beer lunch overlooking harbour, continue along Songhees Walkway to West Bay Marina and take harbour ferry back, walk other way around harbour to Fisherman's Wharf and have Fish & Chips at Barb's. (2nd lunch!). Walk back to Royal BC Museum, the best small museum I have seen, if there is a good IMAX show, watch that too! Walk over to The Empress Hotel, have tea, or go to the Bengal Lounge, have a curry or a cocktail or both! Walk up Government Street for tourist shops as far as Chinatown, which is centred on Fisguard Street. But don't go as far as Fisguard, but turn to left one block early on Pandora for 1/3 of a block and look out for the red 'Fan Tan Alley' sign. Turn right into the alley which is only 3' wide and enter Chinatown this way. The motor cycle scene from the Mel Gibson/Goldie Hawn movie "Bird on a Wire" was filmed here but they make it look about three miles long! Have dinner at the Scottish pub 'Bard & Banker' or Irish pub 'Irish Times' . All these places can be walked to, but the walk to West Bay is the farthest. Next day drive out to Butchart Gardens, via West Saanich Road, which almost looks like an English country road.If you are there July or August, they have a fantastic European style Fireworks. For lunch or dinner, you could carry on another mile on W. Saanich Rd in Brentwood Bay, where some very nice people live! If you wanted to have a day trip out of Victoria, then you could easily make it as far as Cathedral Grove to see some of the biggest trees, and maybe stop in at Coombs to see goats on the roof of the market!
Orion 02/16/15 08:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Costco - Am. Express part ways

Costco Canada switched over January 1st this year. We didn't bother getting the Capitol One card as the Canadian version does not have the 'no foreign exchange fee' option.
Orion 02/12/15 03:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: how much cash?

Is there a Canadian Walmart equivalent? Yes, it's called Wal-Mart! ;)
Orion 02/10/15 07:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Big snow. Really big snow.

My wife grew up in Kitimat and has pictures of herself standing on snowbanks as high as the power lines going to her house. She says that snowfalls similar to these were common when she lived there but not since she left there.
Orion 02/08/15 03:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Illinois to Vermont via Canada

Just thinking what I would have to do to cross the border. Odd comment, to most people, crossing a border is no big deal! :)
Orion 02/07/15 02:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: are you financially savvy?

Take a huge piece of paper 1/100" thick. Fold it in half fifty times, how thick will it become?
Orion 02/02/15 06:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Did you leave room for dessert?

If Socrates spoke in the desert where no woman could hear him, was he still wrong?
Orion 02/01/15 04:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Snow anybody???

Here on the frozen wasteland of southern Vancouver Island, we have yet to have ANY snow this winter, although we did have a light dusting for one day at the end of November. We almost certainly wont get any significant snowfall now. The daffs. are all up, they have started to work the fields, crocuses are beginning to come out, snowdrops are almost over, and we have some nameless flowers in full bloom.
Orion 01/28/15 06:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anybody watch the launch

I travelled 5000 miles to watch the lift off of Apollo XI, but I still don't know to which launch you are referring to. After my own experience, my favourite launch story is what happened to my daughter a few years ago. She was able to be a Canadian rep. at Epcot in Orlando for a year. It was the time of her life. There were a few shuttle launches while she was there, and on one occasion, rather then going there, they decided to have a party, as it was a night launch. She was in residence in the Disney complex. They had the countdown on the TV, "10-9-8-7", they were all on the apartment balcony that unfortunately faced the wrong direction,but they were on the top floor, "Ignition Sequence, 7-6" Suddenly, over the top of their apartment building, the whole sky flashed and was a blue whitish colour. "5-4-3-2-1- LIFT OFF" The sky to the east, over the top of their building was getting brighter and within a few seconds, a brilliant white light rose slowly over the roof. Just then, the phone rang, it was my daughter's friend, phoning from back home,where it was cold and raining, the friend that was left behind, still there in the 'same old'. "What you up to" her friend said, in a sad, left behind kind of way. Now I think my daughter should have said "Not much, how about you" But no, she said "We're all out on the deck, in the heat, drinking Pina Colados, watching the Space Shuttle take of from the Cape!" - "How about you?" :)
Orion 01/22/15 08:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: 1966 LeMans winning GT40 to be restored!!!!

Yes! British engineering at its finest! I remember sitting in one at the local Ford dealership in Wales around 1966. When Ford USA did their version in 1995?, they couldn't get it a low as the original, 40", and for a while were going to call it the 'Ford GT45' but chose Ford GT instead.
Orion 01/22/15 01:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV on a ship

Really they would ship something out of Galveston to Alaska? Wouldn't it be easier to transport it to the West coast rather than taking it all the way down to the Panama Canal and back up again?
Orion 01/16/15 06:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ceiling fan direction.....CW or CCW ?

That seems to indicate that all fan blades are canted the same direction. Yes it does, but in any event, by flipping on & off the fan quickly, you can tell which way it's going to push the air. This is easier for me to remember whether it is C.W. blow down and C.C.W. blow up, or is it the other way around? :)
Orion 01/15/15 09:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ceiling fan direction.....CW or CCW ?

I would think that fans could be built differently so that in some, CW pushes the air upwards, in others downwards. You would have to look at the blades, visualise them rotating slowly and see which way they would move the air. The edge of each blade that moves into the air as it rotates is the 'leading edge' , if this edge is higher, closer to the ceiling, than the trailing edge, then it is going to move the air downwards as it rotates, and vice-versa.
Orion 01/15/15 07:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Trans Canada highway

What part of the Trans Canada are you thinking of driving on? On the road itself, on some areas it is two lane, others multi-lane. As for the area along side the road, again it depends what part. In the mountainous areas of Canada, I guess you could say it looks a bit like Alaska but across the prairies it looks like Kansas!
Orion 01/13/15 09:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Next question-TC-1 from AB to BC

You have several choices to drive that route. All scenic, some more than others. The Trans Canada is not the fastest route, as the section between Kamloops and Hope passes through the scenic but rather twisty Thompson & Fraser Canyons. The alternative route is Hwy 5 between Kamloops and Hope, which is a four lane freeway. Another alternative would be to take Hwy 97 down through the Wine & orchard country of the Okanagan. A bit longer and slower, but much of the road travels along the various lakes and you could stay on this road to Osoyoos and the 'Pocket Desert' before heading east towards the coast. On edit, didn't see your first question! Note I didn't even mention Hwy 5 as 'dangerous'. In fact, much of it is kind of boring!
Orion 01/13/15 12:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How Cold is It?

We are warming up the Island for you already Lonnie. We are warmer today than OKC, (41/46) but early in the week, when your lows are going down to 25, our lows will only be in the 40s. We have stuff coming up in the yard!
Orion 01/11/15 10:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Port Angeles to Victoria

As others have said, you can walk on the ferry from downtown to downtown. If you wanted to see the Gardens, there are all kinds of tours out there, or just jump on a city bus that goes right there ($2.50?). If you wanted to see a little more of the Island and you could come on the weekend, one of the car rental companies does a $9.95 per day special, 100 km per day, for Friday-Monday. That would give you enough for the 'Circle Route' up through Port Renfrew, or almost enough to go 'Up Island' as far as Cathedral Grove .
Orion 01/05/15 02:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tim Hortons comes to town..

Yes, I had my first 'Dark One' in a blacked out store in Hamilton, ON. You can't really call BK an American company now as it moved its HO to Canada because of our LOWER taxes! Who would have thunk that!
Orion 12/31/14 12:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Tim Hortons comes to town..

If we're just after a coffee, and there is a Timmies or a McDees to choose from, it will be the McDonalds every time. The coffee is just as good, if not better, but I hate the cups at Timmies, those stupid lids that catch your lips!
Orion 12/30/14 12:54pm Around the Campfire
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