An international traveller has been reunited with his camera containing footage of his trip in Canada all thanks to the efforts of a Victoria man.
On Sunday, July 19, a group of people were walking around the Breakwater Market at Odgen Point when they noticed a Nixon D700 camera left on a bench by the gorge.
After 30 minutes of waiting for the owners to return, the group decided to turn it into the information tent at the market.
The camera then made its way into Larry Freeman’s hands and the market manager jumped into action to identify the owner.
“I had a quick look through the pictures and found a picture of their motor home with the license plate number and the Fraserway RV contact information on it,” he said.
Over the next few days, Freeman tried contacting the RV rental company to forward his information to the camera owner. The owner then contacted Freeman and told them they had already left town.
Through a series of emails, the duo coordinated to have the camera shipped via Air Canada to Prince Rupert, which was the travellers’ next destination.
And on Friday, the owner was reunited with his camera.
Stephan Braun is a tourist from Germany who was travelling across Canada with his wife in an RV.
He had only been in Victoria for a day when he lost the camera.
“It was our second day in Canada and it was jet lag and stress and I lost the camera. I had nothing to take photos with then I got an email from Fraserway who said Larry had the camera. It’s my hobby. I was very, very happy to have it back” laughed Braun.
“I was very surprised because the people were are very friendly. In Europe and Germany, there are too many people in one place, here there are less people in Canada so maybe that is the reason why people come together better and are more friendly, Larry Freeman is a good example.”
Freeman is just happy he could return the camera to its rightful owner.
“It was an expensive camera for one, and the other thing is that if I lost my camera when I was on holiday like that, I hope someone would go through the effort to do that for me as well,” Freeman said.