PEOPLE ‘N PLACES: Victoria cyclist has staying power

Alice Marie Hertel joins more than 350 other cycist for the B.C. Lung Association’s Bike Trek

PEDAL POWER … This town’s Alice Marie Hertel joined more than 350 other cycist for the B.C. Lung Association’s 30th Annual Bike Trek earlier this month.

It was Alice Marie’s 12th time taking part in the ride.

To participate, cyclists are required to raise a minimum donation of $500 and in return receive a fully supported route from start to finish with rest stops, food to fuel their 200-kilometre journey from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back.

“Trekkers” have raised more more than $6 million to help fight lung disease.

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WHALE OF A BOAT … There’s a plenty of smiles at Orca Spirit Adventures with the addition of a new vessel to its already impressive Victoria Whale watching fleet.

The Catalina Adventure is an 80 foot catamaran with a capacity of 170 passengers.

The Catalina Adventure is a high speed foil-assist vessel, specifically designed for marine wildlife viewing. The hydrofoil assist allows it to get above the waves making it more environmentally friendly with ultra-low emissions and quiet operating levels, says Lauren Douglas, director of administration and sales.

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