Victoria, B.C. Canada

Last year, my mom and I took a week long trip to Seattle and decided to take the Victoria Clipper up to Victoria,B.C. Canada… I had been there before but my mom had no idea what to expect… She was pleasantly surprised! Victoria is so vibrant… So much natural color… The ocean mixed with the forests… It’s quite something, to be honest… The Victoria Clipper drops you off in the harbor just off of the parliament building… You can walk from the dock to pretty much everywhere downtown… If you’re a walker, you will love the downtown area of Victoria… From China Town to downtown’s Government St shopping, there is plenty to see and do… If you’re not a walker, you can rent a water taxi that will take you from one end of the harbor to the other…

One of the touristy places that I would highly recommend seeing is “Butchart Gardens”… The Victoria Clipper company offers a shuttle up to the Gardens – it’s about an hour out of town but if you take the shuttle tour, the driver will give you an in depth history of Victoria, the Gardens, and a wee bit of Canada’s history as a whole… And who doesn’t like being able to take a little history home with you, eh? The Gardens are 55 acres in area – there’s a gift shop, several nice bathrooms, little coffee/hot chocolate shacks, and even a concert area… It does rain quite a bit on the island so they’ve even been thoughtful enough to provide free umbrellas to use while you take your time taking in all of the magnificent views… Again, can’t say enough — definitely worth seeing at least once…

The “Empress Hotel” is also a must see!! The Victoria Clipper package we bought included a one night stay in a beautiful room there… Everything is classic old victorian style from the inside out… Large windows you can open from the bottom up (my mom had a giant bird sit in the window next to her while she was reading — that was great until the bird tried to get inside — then we both went into panic mode! Ha! No birds were harmed in the duration of our stay!), wonderful lush beds, marble bathroom floors with tiled walls and granite counter tops, nicely kept old fashioned wallpaper… Quite romantic to say the least… We both agreed, we’d stay there again in a heartbeat…

When it comes to the food… So many places to eat… We heard that the best place to get fish and chips (found this out after we had already eaten – forgot one of the basic rules of traveling – always ask around before you eat so you don’t miss the best places!) was right down on the harbor – a place called “Red Fish Blue Fish” (http://www.redfish-bluefish.com) — you won’t be able to miss it as the line is continually LONG… There’s also a wonderful bakery/coffee/tea/sandwich place called “Murchies” (http://www.murchies.com) on Government St where all the shopping is… We ate there a few times and wished we’d had more time to go again… Delicious doesn’t begin to describe this place…

Victoria leaves you with a great need to explore more of British Columbia… It’s certainly on my list of places to return to and adventure more in…

-Haven

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