Local Crafts at Ogden Point, Victoria Vancouver Island 2017

One of the joys of coming down to take pictures of cruise ships at Ogden Point is discovering the many local crafts made by local artists. You will not find this type of quality at your local mall for sure. If you do come into a port , please take the time to visit port crafts which are normally in the dock area. Majority are reasonably priced and majority will take credits cards or your currency . My problem is I cannot resist at times so end up supporting local artists and of course my family end up with surprised presents  🙂

The below picture is the large tent now used by our local artists. IMG_3017

 

 

 

At Ogden Point July 15th 2017
First local Artist and Jeweler who makes lovely products
https://www.facebook.com/CoralBarclayFineArtist/
https://www.coralmbarclay.com/ 

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Next vendor at  Ogden Point July 15th 2017
This is PolyGems who use Polymer Clay to make a lot of their products. Newest are soaps and small paintings.
http://www.polygems.net/
https://www.facebook.com/polygems123/IMG_3034

Next  at Ogden Point July 14th 2017
A new local vendor selling at the cruise port, course I bought an item for Liz 🙂
– Fused Wood & Resin Jewelry –https://www.facebook.com/arteakjewelry/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/arteakjewelry
Instagram = @arteakjewelry –

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Liz now has a lovely Burl wood and resin necklace.. check out her above website.

Next  at  July 7, 2017 Ogden Point -Cruise Terminal
One of our Local Craft Vendors Handcrafted Honey , scented honey candles and more. #ogdenpoint #theyoungwildandfreeshop
https://www.facebook.com/theyoungwildandfreeshop/
http://www.theyoungwildandfreeshop.com/product/infused-honey

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Now have some honey at home 🙂 🙂

Next at July 7, 2017 Ogden Point -Cruise Terminal
One of our Local Craft Vendors Handcrafted Leather / Stone bracelets and more. Ready to serve you #wovenstoneco #ogdenpoint
https://www.facebook.com/wovenstoneco/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wovenstoneco

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Well I now have two men’s bracelets , one is brown leather and wood (Handcrafted with Genuine Leather, wood, Grainstone, and Fancy Jasper gemstones) .while other is black with lava stones as in (Genuine Leather, Lava Stone, Hematite, & Black Agate gemstones.) Course Liz, grandchildren have benefited.  🙂

Ogden Point July 28, 2017
A cool but sunny evening with three ships in, 
 HAL Eurodam. Ruby Princess and NCL Jewel.
Here is a new vendor , come on down and shop
Sweet Silver Sea Shells Sweetsilverseashells Handmade Jewellery with a Beachy Boho Style www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SweetSilverSeaShells
https://www.facebook.com/Sweetsilverseashells/
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As I discover more vendors ,  I will add to this section.

For the moment here is one of the cruise ships moored near the Artists Craft tent

HAL MS Amsterdam on July 16, 2017

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Sorry about not posting for a few months .. Stay tuned / Rob  (aka RobBar)

 

 

Growth in Cruise Activity Increases Economic Prosperity in BC

Found this informative item today showing the full Cruise economic activity growth for British Columbia for year ending 2013.

The 2013 cruise season saw a considerable increase of 11% in passengers over the previous season.  More than 1.3 million passengers visited the BC communities of Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Victoria on a total of 455 calls in 2013. This cruise activity generated an estimated total economic impact of $1.6 billion to the BC economy.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1283393/growth-in-cruise-activity-increases-economic-prosperity-in-bc

Victoria will welcome 214 cruise ships and 462,000 passengers in 2014.  / estimated/ A new water shuttle will be used to transport passengers from Ogden Point to downtown, providing a new and exciting experience for passengers.

 

Ogden Point , Victoria Canada: 2014 Cruise Passengers – Boat Shuttle to Inner Harbour

English: The The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, B...
English: The The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week I told you about a suggestion to have a Gondola System in place to move passengers from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour of Victoria. As in all things new for Victoria , the local James Bay Community met with the developers to say NO. At this point they have elected to consider another option and the Harbour Authority meanwhile came back with  a proposal for 2014 that will allow passengers to either take double decker buses (High Volume) or a boat shuttle ( tender) into the Inner Harbour itself where you can dock almost across from the Fairmont (Empress) Hotel.

On another note , cruise ships with berthing, passengers, crew and dry-dock repairs, upgrades brought in about 200 million dollars over the last two years including around 680 jobs per statistics of the GVHA (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority) published this weekend.

http://www.timescolonist.com/boat-shuttle-for-cruise-ship-visitors-a-bid-to-pacify-james-bay-1.759167

Victoria , Canada: Cruise Shuttle 2014 via Gondola

This week it was announced that a company in responding to ways to shuttle cruise passengers to the Victoria downtown including wheelchair passengers has proposed a Gondola system, much like used for skiing or across rivers.

The intent is to move passengers from Ogden Point to downtown Victoria in about five minutes following a route over two streets just above tree top level in a covered unit ( 8 passengers).    Cost might be around $10 Cdn return which is on par with current shuttle costs.

This is in response to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for ways to reduce traffic, noise, pollution during the cruise season and to give passengers and crew more options of travelling back and forth to the city centre.

See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/10m-gondola-plan-would-carry-victoria-s-cruise-ship-visitors-1.724802#sthash.5QNXiLjL.dpuf