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Nautical Nights Speaker Series: John MacFarlane (When Rivers Were Roads)

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The image is of a starry night sky with a comet crossing the lower left corner. The sky is above what looks like a mountainous bay with the glow of city lights on the left side. The Words Nautical Nights Speaker Series are distributed across the middle

Nautical Nights are back! This fall, join the Maritime Museum of BC in-person and online for nights of riveting nautical stories, histories, and discussion.


This month’s speaker: Susan Simmons

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Possibilities: How I Went From Barely Walking to Swimming Across the Juan de Fuca Strait

“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over twenty years ago, I have chosen a lifestyle that manages the disease through physical fitness and diet. My number one form of exercise is swimming and my diet is vegan. Both minimize the stress on my body, making it possible for me to live an active life.

Swimming in the open water provides me with a special kind of freedom. Multiple Sclerosis is a cruel disease. While one of the best ways for me to manage it is to exercise, exercise is also one of the things that can cause me to over heat and potentially lead to damaging attacks. The open water keeps me cool where I am free to exercise.

I wholeheartedly believe everyone is worth the effort it takes to be healthy, and for those of us with disease our first line of defence should be a healthy and fit self.”

About the Speaker – Susan Simmons

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada I am the daughter of two incredibly loving parents, Barbara and Richard Simmons – they have been married for 57 years and together for 60. I am blessed to have 3 incredible sisters; Laura, Robin and Valerie, and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

I now live in Victoria, Canada with my life partner Ray. We have been together for 25 years. My life is enriched by his presence and the quiet moments we spend together on the water; Ray in his kayak and me swimming.

Ray and I were both child athletes and strongly connected to our families and communities. We value the natural environment, good health and communities.

Read more about Susan here: https://susansimmons.ca/my-story/ 

This event will occur simultaneously in-person and via Zoom. As the in-person portion is an indoor event, as of September 13th the provincial government has mandated that the Maritime Museum of BC will require proof of vaccination. 

By September 13, you must be partially vaccinated.
You’re partially vaccinated with 1 dose.

By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.
You’re fully vaccinated 7 days after dose 2. 

We ask those unable to provide this information to join us on Zoom.



November 18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Maritime Museum of BC
744 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC V8W 3M6 Canada


Maritime Museum of BC