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Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #4 – The Malahat

All photos taken on our July 22, 2021 trip to and from Nanaimo.

‘The Malahat’ is the term commonly applied to the Malahat Drive, a 25 km (15.5 mi) portion of the Trans Canada Highway 1 running along the west side of Saanich Inlet and to the region surrounding it. The road was first cut as a cattle trail in 1861 and was then upgraded to wagon road standards in 1884. It became a paved road in 1911. Its name comes from the Malahat First Nation, whose ancestors used the local caves for spiritual enhancement. The Malahat Drive climbs to a summit of 356 m (1,156 ft), and the mountain is considered one of the most sacred sites on southern Vancouver Island.

Source: Travel British Columbia

After coffee and breakfast, we set off for the 80 minute drive to Nanaimo for a visit with some other relatives. Shortly after Victoria, the Malahat Drive rises up to present some great views of the Saanich Inlet. We were short on time, so did not try out the new Malahat Skywalk.

Not sure what this soaring bird was. Perhaps an eagle or osprey, but my photo was from too far way
Saanich Inlet
Saanich Inlet
Near the summit of Malahat Drive on the return drive
near the summit of Malahat Drive
Descending from the Malahat summit

Published by kagould17

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6 thoughts on “Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #4 – The Malahat

    1. It is gorgeous. As to viewing, it is best to pull into one of the viewpoints and ponder at more length than to avert your eyes from the Malahat for long and that was what we did. Thanks for reading. Allan

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