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  • Day25

    Victoria, Kanada

    June 13, 2016 in Canada

    An unserem zweiten Day-Off haben wir den unteren Teil von Victoria erkundet. Wir haben eine Tour durch das Gouvernment Bildung gemacht, sind dann am James Bay lang zum Fisherman's Wharf und weiter bis zum Beacon Hill Park gegangen. In dem Park war sogar ein kleiner niedlicher Streichelzoo :)

  • Day20


    June 8, 2016 in Canada

    Heute hatten wir unseren "Day-Off" und sind nach Victoria gefahren. Zu erst sind wir in das "Empress" Hotel gegangen und ein Mitarbeiter hat uns super Insider Tips gegeben, was wir Downtown alles machen sollten. Wir haben nicht alles geschafft aber machen den Rest auf jeden Fall am nächsten Day-Off. Es ist eine super schöne Stadt direkt am Meer mit toller Architektur und vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten :)Read more

  • Day34

    Crossing the Border

    August 1, 2017 in Canada

    The day began with my eagerly anticipated seaplane flight with Kenmore Air. It was a 30 minute tour over the city in a DeHavilland Turbo Otter and me being me naturally I snagged the best seat. The flight was worth every cent and I'm so glad I decided to take in the city this way. Oddly enough there was even another 'Beard' on the plane from Missouri - a long lost relative? The staff at the terminal were very accommodating and let me keep my luggage there whilst I sat in the adjacent park made calls home and generally watched the world go by on Lake Union.

    Eventually I grabbed an Uber to Pier 69 to catch my clipper to Victoria. This would be farewell to the US for the best part of two weeks. I met a lovely mother and young son, Chrissy and Noah, who kept me company and were kind enough to save me a good seat on a window table with them as they had priority boarding. Chrissy pretended I was the nanny. Despite the lovely company, the steady motion of the ferry quickly sent me to sleep and I napped for nearly two hours.

    On arrival into Victoria (Vancouver Island), I instantaneously loaded my uber app to find that there were no Ubers here. What on earth would I do now?! Obviously I got a cab and arrived at the hostel just in time to snag the last bowl of free dinner. I sat in the hostel lounge and spent a good few hours sifting through my Orca photos. There was no doubt about it. I had to see more whales.
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  • Day35

    Thumbs Up!

    August 2, 2017 in Canada

    After sleeping on my urge to see more Orcas (was I being greedy?) I more or less leapt out of my bunk and went downstairs to the front desk to enquire. All the hostels are generally exceedingly helpful, booking tours etc for you on request and generally getting at least 15% discounts. They found me a spot on a tour with 'Prince of Whales' on an RIB with only 11 other passengers. I couldn't help feeling I was gonna need a bigger boat. Jokes aside it was relayed to us in San Juan that there had been no recorded attacks on humans by Orcas in the wild. All known attacks have occurred in captivity. Sends a pretty clear message don't you think?

    Again, being my cheeky self I snagged the front seat on the boat along with Father and young daughter - Dave and Adelaide. They were such good company. Due to the noise of the waves when at speed our tour guide, Ric, asked us to give him the occasional thumbs up just so he knew we were doing ok and weren't getting motion sick. If things weren't going so well we had to give him a thumbs down on top of our head. Little Adelaide didn't fully understand so I told her that by giving Ric the occasional thumbs up he would know we were having a good time and that would make him happy. She got this and every few minutes would turn around to her Dad and I and say 'Thumbs up?!' . If my explanation was accurate I'm sure we made Ric a very happy tour guide!

    The ride on the RIB was a thrill in itself bouncing across the water at high speed. I'm sorry I forgot to ask how fast! Regardless, it was a bit like a rollercoaster. Thankfully the water itself was very smooth so no motion sickness experienced. The eery part of the tour was the effect the nearby forest fires were having on the visibility. Once we were less than half a km from the shore it disappeared and we were surrounded by a thick smog watching only grey still waters waiting for a dorsal fin to emerge. We were incredibly fortunate to find a pod of transient Orcas which we happily watched dive and resurface for over half an hour. Nothing can quite describe the fear and excitement that comes with waiting for whales to resurface. There's always that mixed feeling of hope and fear that they will resurface right next to the boat. It's definitely a new natural high I hope to experience again some day. I'm grateful to the friends and family who persuaded me to take this second tour. 'Carpe Diem' as my friend Jon rightly said to me. Whilst a little greedy it's not exactly something I'll get to do again anytime soon!

    A couple of interesting whale facts for you. Orcas do not sleep. They rest one side of the brain, leaving the other side active (along with the corresponding eye) and rest on the fin similar to how Albatross 'sleep' on the wing. Orcas will also prey upon humpack calves despite adult humpbacks being far bigger in size. As a result, humpback whales communicate in whispers so as not to be heard by their predators.

    Whilst we waited for the lone humpback to surface in another part of the Salish Sea, Ric told us she had been known to swim on her back and wrap her massive fins around the boat and simply hug it for a short while. I still don't know if he was having us on but needless to say it increased the fear and excitement somewhat!

    After watching the graceful but shy humpback for a short while we raced across the sea to a beautifully picturesque lighthouse at which a small colony of sealions were resident. Believe it or not these had migrated from San Francisco to fatten up leaving the girls behind - bit of a lads holiday if you ask me. They certainly looked like they'd been having a good time and were lolling around as if they were nursing bad hangovers.

    On return from the tour I had a couple of hours to enjoy the town before heading to catch my coach/ferry to Vancouver. Victoria is an interesting place. It was named after our own British monarch and it tries very hard to emanate everything about a quintessential British town serving high tea at the harbourfront hotel for example. Several people had told me I had to see Butchart Gardens which was a short bus ride from the town. The pictures did look beautiful. However on speaking to another tour operator she looked at me and said quite frankly 'You're from England aren't ya? You don't need to go there. I'm sure you've seen plenty of English gardens!'. She's right of course and I hadn't yet seen plenty of whales!

    The journey to Vancouver was stunning travelling down through further islands at sunset. Another Orca pod was even spotted but sadly I was in the wrong place! I can't complain though.

    Since travelling alone I've been taken aback by the sheer kindness of strangers. Aside from the friends I've already mentioned I got chatting to a chap on the ferry from Vancouver who had just been to the Island to source student accommodation for his son. I told him a bit about my trip and he made some recommendations for Vancouver. It transpired that there was a massive fireworks display occurring tonight and thankfully Jericho Beach (where my hostel was located) would be one of the best places to view them. As he left to relocate his family he came back and asked if they could give me a lift as they lived close to the hostel. Of course I wouldn't have accepted but I'm certain the offer was kind and sincere. Similarly when I wandered down to the beach that evening to catch the fireworks I got chatting to some more locals who offered to show me around the city the following day and invited me to dinner. Again, I thanked them but opted to play safe. You have to when traveling alone really but it does show the slightly sad state of the world we live in when we are forced to second guess the kindness of strangers.

    I can't lie, the hostel itself was a bit of a disappointment. Despite the great location there was no amenities to speak of and the vending machines inside all empty. It's a good job there was a free food shelf in the kitchen where I managed to snaffle some hummus to go with my tortillas! I believe it's an old military barracks so it had quite a stark feel about it too. Still, I had my own room with comfy double bed so shouldn't moan.

    The fireworks were nothing short of spectacular. Apparently they were part of a competition hence the added WOW factor. Someone on the beach had tuned into the accompanying music from across the water. There seemed something a little sombre about the music with tracks such as Coldplay' s 'Fix You' and Harry Styles 'Sign of the Times'. I wasn't sure if it was referring to the forest fires but even so it was comforting to hear a little piece of home. The lads I met joked that the fireworks display was my own personal welcome to the city. Let's pretend it was shall we?
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  • Day4


    August 30, 2017 in Canada

    Wow what a day - biking this morning and then whale watching, after a lovely lunch. When we set out all kitted up at 5.30 who would have thought it would be 9.30 before we got back in, having travelled 65 miles and seen hump back whales and orca's. On both of our bucket lists. Thank you Carol and Simon for the whale watching trip and Gill and Steve P for the bike trip. Awesome memory day.

  • Day3


    August 29, 2017 in Canada

    So we are playing a little bit of catch up after an interesting day yesterday. Starting out with collecting our car from the airport and then playing chicken with right hand turns on our way to the Calipino Suspension Bridge. OMG that was truly amazing and scary. Gill and Steve thank you for Tig's experience. IT truly did wobble, but not helped by some of the other people on the other side. After visiting, we thought we might have some time to go up to Grouse mountain, on arrival we found out that they had had some sightings of bears, but unfortunately we didn't really have time to take the trail. And also it was sooooooooooooooooooooo hot. So we had a quick look around, we had wanted to go to see the lumberjack's but that meant going up on the gondola, which we hadn't really planned in. So off we went to find the ferry to Victoria. Then came Day 2. Last night we did find a really cool bar for dinner and live music. I even contemplated eating oysters. But Gilly P I am going to save that until I am with you . Under close supervision. One pint and we were out for the count. Not bad having been awake since 2.30 in the morning.Read more

  • Day3

    Victoria - Day 2 catch up day

    August 29, 2017 in Canada

    Today was a day of firsts, first time we've been in a seaplane, and first time I heard Tig say he enjoyed some Gardens. Tig surprised me with a trip around Victoria via seaplane, all very exciting, even though some of our passengers didn't think so! Then off to Butchart Gardens - thank you for the recommendation A&A - it was amazing, so many colours working in harmony in the different gardens.
    Tonight its another walk, to a famous fish n chip place, then maybe a ride home in water taxi
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  • Day58

    Victoria BC, Canada

    September 24, 2017 in Canada

    We have had the perfect weather to explore this beautiful town...After having a leisurely breakfast we headed to the Beacon Hills garden, a lovely park not far from our hotel, there was a lake with lots of bird life. After that we walked to the other end of town to a Wool Shop...I was amazed at the different amounts of skeins available. We saw a fellow winding the wool on a machine. Better than the old days when I would have to hold my hands up while my mother would wind it into balls.
    We then walked to a market to get some ham and tomatoes to make a sandwich.
    In the afternoon we decided to look at the museum, but there was a considerable charge to get in, so we decided we would do a harbour tour on a little water taxi, it was good as we got to see quite a few sea planes landing, also the cruise terminal, where the Emerald Princess was berthed and another 2 expected later in the night.
    We got off the little taxi at Fishermans wharf to look around and have an early dinner of fish and chips...yum!
    At the wharf there were "float homes" houses on water...very was for sale, I looked up the website, it was $339,000, but the mouring fees were $812 per month, plus taxes...
    We got the water taxi back to downtown and walked back to the hotel....
    We will need new shoes when we get home with all the walking and a foot massage to go with it.....
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  • Day56

    Kamloops to Victoria Island BC

    September 22, 2017 in Canada

    After a cloudy start, we had the perfect day for a ferry crossing. It took 1.5hrs to get across, which beautiful scenery along the way. First we stopped at a town called Hope at a cafe, which served real coffee and we also could get a flat white...6/10 though. It was strong enough but it's the flavour, it's not smooth like ours. We then travelled through farming areas, saw lots of blueberry farms, also corn. We didn't go right into Vancouver as they have a ring road now to the ferry terminal.Read more

  • Day2


    August 19, 2017 in Canada

    Although we love Seattle, our visit to the city was short lived. We boarded the 9am ferry for a 2.5 hour trip to Victoria. The entire journey was really scenic: lots of green islands lining the Puget Sound, the snow-capped mountains of the Olympic National Park in the backdrop, and the bigger waves in the Strait of Juan de Fuca crossing into Canada, all under blue skies and sunshine.

    We arrived in beautiful Victoria and met Johanna's sister, Ludia, and her boyfriend, Tim, who had arrived the night before. We explored the downtown area and grabbed a bite to eat before heading to Fisherman's Wharf for a kayak trip in the harbor.

    It was seal pupping season so we were hoping to see some baby seals but unfortunately the wind had picked up at the beginning of our trip and we didn't make it to the pupping area. While we did see a few seals, it wasn't quite as exciting as we had hoped.

    For dinner, we found a highly rated burrito/taco joint that didn't disappoint. It was the first time for half of the party to try a burrito and it probably won't be their last. We capped off the night with a few cocktails at a lively bar.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Victoria, فكتوريا, Viktoriya, Виктория, Βικτώρια Βρετανικής Κολομβίας, Viktorio, ویکتوریا، بریتیش کلمبیا, ויקטוריה, Վիկտորիա, YYJ, ビクトリア, ვიქტორია, 빅토리아, Viktorija, व्हिक्टोरिया, Victòria, Виктори, ਵਿਕਟੋਰੀਆ, وکٹوریا, Viktoria, Викторија, விக்டோரியா, วิกตอเรีย, Wiktoriye, Вікторія, وکٹوریا، برٹش کولمبیا, 維多利亞

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