Joyce suggested we take a day-trip up the road to Duncan on Vancouver Island. Really? For starters, we had no idea where Duncan was or why we’d drive all the way up there. But Joyce and Jerry were visiting us for a few days on their whirlwind trip to the Pacific Northwest, and we decided if that’s what they want to do…
Who knew that Duncan’s streets are dotted with 40 totem poles? We started off with a helpful map provided by the Visitor’s Center.
Some Totem Poles rose up from sidewalks. Others stood in a few small grassy areas. One purpose of the poles was to attract visitors to Duncan, so we imagine the city thought it important to place them right in the business district and not in a separate larger space away from the shops.
What a wonderful idea to walk through town and, at the same time, see the beautiful totem poles. Alas, the totem poles may have exceeded what the city and the Cowichan tribe had ever dreamed possible. The totem poles truly are wonderful pieces of art, but, in their confined spaces, we found it difficult to view and fully appreciate them.
That’s not to say we didn’t think it was worthwhile to visit wonderful little Duncan and see these amazing totem poles. We spent quite a long time visiting each and did a little shopping as well. Mission accomplished. When we finished, the lovely Hudson’s On First restaurant welcomed us, and we dined very well indeed. The combination of the Totem Poles and Hudson’s On First turned the trip to Duncan from worthwhile into truly memorable.
If we had ended our day then and there with Joyce and Jerry, we all would have been happy, but, we had planned one more stop to make on our drive back to Victoria, and we hoped our friends would enjoy it: 18 holes of miniature golf! One of us made par, 49, which means three of us didn’t, but we’re not naming names here. What a glorious day!