Through the Uplands to Telegraph Cove

Connell ventures beyond Cadboro Bay to tiny Telegraph Cove where he encounters an interesting example of Nature’s rock work and the remains of the work of a past generation of people. From the Victoria Daily Times, March 12, 1932- The Uplands car for about half a mile before it reaches the terminus runs through aContinue reading “Through the Uplands to Telegraph Cove”

January by the Sea

Connell visits the rocks below the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point on two separate occasions, once in winter and once in summer. In the winter visit he focuses on bird life and geology and in the summer he befriends two young fishermen and teaches them about marine plant life. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, JanuaryContinue reading “January by the Sea”

Breath of Spring in January

Connell returns to the Lansdowne slope paying particular attention to the winter bird life along the way. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, January 25th, 1942- Frost and snow have gone for the present, at least, and today has been a delightful foretaste of spring. A light rain in the morning gave way to one ofContinue reading “Breath of Spring in January”

Esquimalt Lagoon and the Coburg Peninsula

Connell takes in some of the history, bird life, geography and more along the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon and Harbor. From the Victoria Times, January 30th, 1932- The old Belmont Road is now open right through to Esquimalt Spit and crossing the narrow entrance of the lagoon enables the traveller on foot or by carContinue reading “Esquimalt Lagoon and the Coburg Peninsula”

Old Road and Veteran Oak

Connell ventures to the southern slopes of Pkols/Mount Douglas to see an ancient oak tree. He observes other flora and fauna along the way while sharing interesting pieces of European folklore associated with some of the introduced species he encounters. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, October 30th, 1938- October days are the best of allContinue reading “Old Road and Veteran Oak”

Wild Things at Beacon Hill

Connell takes a summertime ramble to Meeqan observing some of the natural and human history of the park. From the Victoria Colonist, July 4th, 1943- Fortunately there still remains in Beacon Hill Park a large part of the original tract of land more or less as it was a century ago. The fine old oaksContinue reading “Wild Things at Beacon Hill”

Midsummer in the Wild Uplands

In this article Connell walks cross country from Richmond Road to the Uplands making note of the human and the natural scenes along the way. From the Victoria Colonist, July 11th, 1943- I left the Mount Tolmie car at a little street south of Lansdowne Road: it is a “street” on the map and onContinue reading “Midsummer in the Wild Uplands”

At Woodside by the Sea

“Some homes are destined for happy occasions, for large house parties and banquets, and any excuse at all for social entertainment with every guest entering into the festive spirit to ensure a jolly good time for all concerned”. Follow Rev. Connell to the historic farmhouse in Sooke, thus described by a contemporary writer, and thruContinue reading “At Woodside by the Sea”

February Grey and Green

Reverend Connell paints a visceral portrait of the hills and farmlands of Strawberry Vale and the Colquitz River valley in late winter. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, February 22nd, 1942. The bus as it runs along Burnside Road gives a broad view of dark sloughed fields with a background of dark timber. It is surprisingContinue reading “February Grey and Green”

 Old Orchards by the Colquitz           

In the fall of 1941 Rev. Connell set out to find the remains of a heritage orchard on the banks of the Colquitz River. His narrative weaves together the environmental and settler histories of the area. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, Oct. 12, 1941. I have just returned from a visit to the Provincial ArchivesContinue reading ” Old Orchards by the Colquitz           “