Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

November 17, 2010

Lunch at the Sticky Wicket & Thunderbird Park

This was the car I rented.  I chose it because I also drive a Hyundai Elantra, except this one was a wagon.  I wasn't terribly crazy about being given a larger car than the one I'm used to driving, but fortunately the traffic wasn't too bad and I know my way around fairly well.  

I may have driven in Canada in the past, but it was always my own car and never one with Canadian plates.

One of my Facebook friends who lives in Victoria said Big Bad John's is a Hillbilly Bar.  Peanut shells on the floor and stuff like that.  I'll have to check it out next time. If you check out the link, you can see a photo of the bras tacked on the ceiling and walls.


I really like this drawing. It cracks me up.

The Sticky Wicket is a British Pub, located in the Strathcona Hotel.  It's a great little restaurant.  Val, I didn't take a picture of it, but there was another red phone booth outside the entrance.

This was a delicious lunch.  Pity I lost it later.....

I had to walk up to this funky art/bench installation next to the Queen Victoria Hotel, on Douglas Street.  The info plaque said that it was placed there in 1997.  I first saw it in 2005.

Looks like a real mattress, doesn't it?

You'll be in for a rude awakening if you flop on this and think it's going to be soft.  It's made of cement.

I love Canadian traffic signs.  I don't know why.

I stayed at the Queen Vic for my 2005 trip on the Clipper.  Great hotel, but a bit of a walk from the ferry.

I also like visiting Thunderbird Park whenever I'm in town, as I have always loved totem poles and I admire the time it takes to make them and attention to detail in the carvings.  The only thing is that it's next to impossible to get a decent photo of the totem poles because of the direction they face vs. the shade or position of the sun, no matter what time of I day I visit.  So I apologize for these pics.  


  1. In case the expression puzzles your fellow Americans, the expression 'sticky wicket' derives from the game of cricket and describes where the pitch is drying out after rain or whatever. A crust forms on the surface and the ball behaves erratically. It can make batting difficult if not downright dangerous.

    Jus sayin.

  2. JoJO, i just fed Buddy the hamster! That's cool. I think all your pics are neat. I have issues with shadows in my pics, been driving me crazy lately, actually. hum. have a good day!

  3. That lunch is massive! I think losing it was probably your stomach asking you to suffer from bulimia ;)

    On a more serious note, Hyundai are Korean, right? They do NOT dispose of the dogs and cats they eat in a way that is kind to the animal. Sorry if you didn't know that.

  4. WR - I knew it was cricket related. They have a lot of cricket gear inside.

    Jean - Thanks! Shadowy pics drive me nuts too!

    Val - In my defense, I didn't eat all the fries. I was soooo hungry though by the time I ordered lunch; I hadn't eaten anything since dinner w/ Moriah the night before. Didn't know about Korea's animal practices when I bought the car. I go for price and reliability when I buy a car.

  5. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Last time I was Thunderbird Park, it was monsooning - and your lunch would last me all week ;0)

  6. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Hello from the Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites!

    Thank you so much for mentioning us on your blog.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in 2005.

    Just an FYI - we offer a free shuttle service to the Co-ho and Clipper Ferry, so if you find the walk a bit too long, just let the hotel know and we are happy to make arrangements for you.

    Hope to see you on your next trip to Victoria!

    Executive Assistant
    Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites

  7. Whoah, that's so cool!

    That lunch, Di, I could finish in under a minute ;-) to speak.

    Jojo, I think I know now where MY mattress was manufactured. :-))

  8. Anonymous12:16 PM

    You love Canadian Traffic signs? LOL

    That's cool you heard back from the Hotel.

  9. Anonymous1:36 AM

    Wow, how nice was that to have the hotel leave a comment? They should use your beautiful snapshots and make postcards out of them!

  10. I'll definitely stay at the Queen Victoria when I go there! Once it becomes more than a daydream, that is.