4348
Washington/British Columbia

Northwest Waterways: Seattle to Victoria to San Juan Islands

Seattle’s innovative culture, the grand Parliament of Victoria B.C., the blooms of Butchart Gardens, the serenity of the San Juan Islands — see it all on this grand Northwest adventure.
Rating (4.83)
Program No. 4348RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,649

At a Glance

Journey scenic Puget Sound by way of its marine highway to experience the idyllic Pacific Coast and three iconic communities along its shores. Explore Seattle, Victoria and San Juan Island as you discuss the combination of history and geography unique to each place and look ahead to what the future holds for these spectacular Northwest locales.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking field trips in each location, up to 5-10 blocks each way. Dirt paths or uneven surfaces at several locations. Standing during outside venues for periods of up to one hour at a time. Elevators not always at historic buildings or venues.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about Seattle history on visits to Museum of History and Industry, Pike Place Market and the Hiram Chittenden Locks.
  • Enjoy botanical beauty and indulge in Afternoon Tea within the spectacular Butchart Gardens.
  • Experience the unique island lifestyle in the San Juan Islands, abundant wildlife and the scenic natural beauty of one of the nation’s newest National Monument lands.
Featured Expert
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Russel Barsh
Russel Barsh studied human ecology and law at Harvard before coming to the Northwest in 1974 to teach at the University of Washington, and advising Native peoples in Puget Sound, Alaska, the Arctic, northern prairies and Atlantic Canada on land and environmental issues. Now, as the director of KWIAHT (Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea), a local nonprofit laboratory, he conducts research on salmon ecology, native food plants, water quality, and other targets for conservation in the San Juan Islands.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lorraine McConaghy
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Teddy Deane
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Michael Vouri
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John Adams
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Old-Square-Toes and His Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas
by John Adams
John Adam's bestseller Old Square-Toes and His Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas serves as an important source of information regarding the first Governor of British Columbia. At the pinnacle of his career, Douglas was knighted by order of Queen Victoria. Considering his modest, mixed-race beginnings in South America, his lofty status is, indeed, remarkable. Equally so is the life of his wife, Amelia. She was also of mixed blood, her mother being Cree and her father Irish. But unlike Douglas, who was educated in Scotland, she never left the northern forests until they married. Their ending up as a knight and lady of the British Empire was an unusual achievement. Old Square-Toes discusses the Douglas's' diverse experiences of astonishing contrasts, from crossing North America by canoe to touring Europe by train, from Native uprisings to the frantic gold rush. Besides finding glory, they also faced grief in losing seven of their beloved children. This is a story of the adventure, heartbreak, and devotion that lies at the roots of western Canada. Author, historian and heritage enthusiast John Adams is well known in Victoria. A regional manager for BC Heritage, he also lectures in museum studies at the University of Victoria. ISBN 0-920663-77-X
North Puget Sound: Afoot and Afloat
by Marge & Ted Mueller
An insiders guide to the North Puget Sound region of Washington State.
The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest
by M. Wylie Blanchet
After her husband died in 1927, leaving her with five small children, everyone expected the struggles of single motherhood on a remote island to overcome M. Wylie Blanchet. Instead, this courageous woman became one of the pioneers of “family travel,” acting as both mother and captain of the twenty-five-foot boat that became her family’s home during the long Northwest summers. Blanchet’s lyrically written account reads like fantastic fiction, but her adventures are all very real. There are dangers—rough water, bad weather, wild animals—but there are also the quiet respect and deep peace of a woman teaching her children the wonder and awesome depth of the natural world.
Friday Harbor
by Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri
A book that reviews the rich history and residents of Friday Harbor throughout the past 100 years.





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