Much to everyone's surprise, the sun (almost) came out after we tied up. A watery, pale, but palpably warmer light brightened up the waterfront and Rupert looked attractive for a few hours. We had plenty of daylight left (the summer days are long indeed) and I went off to scope out the grocery stores and explore the core of the town. It's a modest hike from the Floats to downtown; along the way one can pass through the "tourist district" (confusingly called Cow Bay but not to be confused with Cowichan Bay in the Southern Gulf!); here I saw a promising local art gallery and an indigenous cultural museum (the Museum of Northern BC) which I noted for future reference...
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