Where Eagles Dare to Fly
By Peggy Law
Victoria has some of the most beautiful and exciting places to visit, either on foot, by bicycle, bus or car. I have enjoyed many of these places, but journeying just a few miles north is one of the most exhilarating sights imaginable. And if one can brave the difficulties caused by construction, a trip up the Malahat is rewarding.
Two friends invited me to lunch, one day recently, and we ventured north. I had driven the “Mat” many times, but had never taken any of the side roads. This was a new experience. The colours were spectacular and beautiful, the dark green evergreens, the first tinges of red and yellow of the deciduous trees, foretold of the coming winter when this route is not a recommended one.
Suddenly, a road beckoned off to the left, with no on-coming traffic. So off we went, climbing higher and higher. It was a winding road, on top of the world, but we finally came to our destination, The Aerie, a spreading hotel, spa, condominium complex set in a wonderland… truly the “Hat” of the world.
Lunch was delicious but the view was mesmerizing. The surrounding forest of trees had been topped at window-level, and the view was stupendous.
We could see the boats at anchor in Brentwood Bay, the long reaches of Finlayson Arm, the ferry terminal at Mill Bay, and even a fabulous stretch of Georgia Straits. We were truly masters of all we surveyed.
And the crowning glory came to make our day when five great eagles performed a stately show for an enchanted group of diners.