Shore Lunch

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

Today, we were leaving Port Renfrew and heading to Nanaimo to drop K and Benji for the ferry back to Vancouver, then the remaining 3 of us were going to Victoria to visit Pat’s Dad. It was a journey of some 3 1/2 hours all told, so we got busy looking for a suitable lunch stop along the way. Nothing jumped out at us….

….until we looked at website for the little marina restaurant in our own back yard in Port Renfrew. Bridgeman’s is a small restaurant located in the Pacific Gateway Marina. It’s hours and days of operation, vary with the season. It just so happened that they were open at 11:00 AM, for lunch today, so we adjusted our travel plans to suit.

Here is the intro from their web page

WELCOME TO BRIDGEMANS WEST COAST EATERY

Pacific Gateway Marina has great West Coast fare to go with our world class marina in Port Renfrew, BC. We offer dishes at our restaurant that are imaginative, yet grounded in the unique hard working community we serve. From the greeting you receive until your final goodbye, we’re building bridges one customer at a time.

They offered what we wanted – fish and chips and had veggie options for B & K. Better still, they had outdoor picnic tables available, so we could dine al fresco and keep Benji with us.

While we had walked by and looked at the place many times, it never dawned on us that while the structure appeared permanent, the kitchen was in fact a food truck (trailer). How innovative! We placed our order and paid for it and sat outside to await our meals.

As we waited, an RCMP helicopter appeared and settled on the adjacent helipad. An Environment Canada agent got out and drove away and the chopper took off again. Following are those shots.

On approach

Ready to land

Chopper over Bridgeman’s

and away they go

This sign was hilarious and likely referenced the fact that the population of the whole village was only 144. No issues keeping away from people here.

the local “angle” on keeping socially distanced at the Marina

Looking back up the bluff on the coast. The cottage you can see was out front was forward and to the right of the cottage we were in.

Marina view

Lunch over, we loaded into the car and drove off to Nanaimo. What a great break we had here.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

17 thoughts on “Shore Lunch

    1. This was a case of the reality exceeding our expectations. WE had only been here once before for about 3 hours, but knew we wanted to come back. Thanks for coming to port Renfrew Lynette. Allan

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    1. If we had not had a schedule to keep, we would have done just that. There are many memorable places we have had this type of al fresco dining…lots of piers on the island, fisherman’s pier, Vancouver….Jackson Bay, New Zealand…Corniglia, Italy and Nice, France. The food and the views were all spectacular. Thanks for reading Ann. Allan

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