Monday, July 6, 2009
Poor ol' Fosina Ross
The first pic is not my photo, I swiped it from here (sue me). It's McNeill Bay, in Victoria (well technically in Oak Bay, a city squished right beside Victoria). It's a very nice place to walk, jog (yeah, right) or ride your bike along the water.
Here's a plaque that basically says that McNeill Bay was where the SS Beaver (heehee) anchored before landing to scout out where 'Fort Victoria' would be built and it was, in 1843, the first few days of Victoria's existence. Of course, the place existed and had been settled quite happily prior to Whitey showing up but fessing up to this that would meaning having to redo the plaque.
The view is great. It's the sort of place that is beautiful to see from and that's hard to capture in a photo... hard for me to, I mean.
The actual beach is not really a great beach as the road is smack, right there and wave break is just functional concrete.
When on the beach, if you turn your back on the water you are met with another commemorative plaque! This is to Fosina Irene Margaret Ross who 'gave this esplanade to the people of Oak Bay.' Could it be uglier?
I especially like how it's so lovingly placed next to a storm drain.
And I always wonder did she get shafted in this deal? Or was she such a royal bitch that she had that coming? I've been wondering for years...
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