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  • Day58

    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

    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

  • Day51

    From the Rail Terminal in Vancouver we caught a coach that would take us to Vancouver Island, onto the ferry and to the British Colombian capital of Victoria- a pleasant trip.
    Denise was waiting for us as promised and took us up to our apartment. Scored -what a beautiful place to spend the next few days. Once settled we headed off to find supplies for a spot of home cooking during our stay but not tonight.
    Dinner was across the road and down an alley to Rebar for a lovely vegetarian meal.
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  • Day53

    Just as well we have an inside event planned today as it is raining. Not heavily, but still an ideal day to, be inside rather than out walking in it.
    The concert was a charity gig to raise funds for an organisation called Musicounts. They take musicians and instruments out to the schools to encourage students to get into music.
    The first artist was a young Vancouverian, Chersea, who had been given support and encouraged by the organisation while a high school student. Next, Quoia. Also from Vancouver, they had worked with the organisation taking their music into schools across Canada. They were followed by Laura Mina Mitic, a local with the voice of an angel. And the highlight of the session - Mobi and his support singer, whose name I unfortunately missed.
    Lucked into into that one!
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  • Day54

    Originally we had planned to just have the 3 nights here in Victoria, hire a car and travel around the island. However, we both feel like we need to stop and recuperate a bit. We have been on the move for a while. Unfortunately we were unable to stay in our gorgeous apartment and so we moved around the corner to The Janion.
    I thought I had grabbed a bargain but forgot about the taxes being added on afterwards. And we were really whacked with them. So not a bargain but still in a central position and at the moment Neil still needs not to overdo the walking. The apartment is a micro apartment, the bed a pull-down, operating as a table and chairs by day, a bed by night. All fairly new and although very small and limited for space it appears to have everything we need.
    The sun was still shining once we had shifted in and completed another grocery shop so another walk was in order, in the opposite direction to the first.
    The walk, also along the waterfront, was a lot longer than I had anticipated and we ended up in the suburb of Esquimalt. No gelato at the end of the rainbow so the search was on for one on the way back. Neil needs his rewards! And so much for Neil not needing to overdo the walking!
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  • Day142

    Our stay in Victoria was a wet affair. After arriving via the Greyhound bus, we walked with full packs to our airb&b which was quite tiring. The annex was really cool, we had our own kitchen and living room. Downtown Victoria is a fairly small place and was nice to see all the old stone buildings. The place looks very British, but then it would seeing as its a British colony. After chilling out for the first night we decided to visit the parliament building and after handing over maddies two knifes to the police, we were allowed in! Parliament was in session so we stayed for the P. Q's which was interesting, but then quickly got annoying with all the jeering and banging on tables from the two sides. It felt like we were back at school. We also did a brewery tour and visited about 3 or 4 over the course of a day. This was really cool and a nice way to get out of rain. On the 3rd day we had booked a Zodiac boat to go out and see the whales, but this was canceled due to the fact not enough people had the guts to get on the zodiac boat, pfffft! Anyway, we eventually got out there on the big boat and could see the USA on one side and Canada on the other. Our sole purpose was to see whales, killer whales. As we had rain gear on we ran straight for the front of the boat, Maddie had warned me to put layers on 'it'll be freezing out there' she said. 'it'll be fine, the suns out' I replied. Well we barely got out of the Harbour and the ran started and then the wind picked up! The layers came on! Maddies correct again. We didn't see much at the start and then we started to see the spouts of the humpback whales. It really was amazing. One in particular got a bit agitated and did a side roll at the boat kicking a big wave up. It's was awesome to watch, but left me feeling a little annoyed with the captain for getting too close and provoking the whale. When the whale watching was finished we visited a lovely bar and also the library. We took a taxi boat to the old Harbour and looked at the old house boats before retiring back to the annex. Victoria is a beautiful city that can be done in a few days. Highly recommend a visit!Read more

  • Day57

    Our final day in and a beautiful sunny day greeted us. We have walked many kilometres while here and today was no different but we hadn’t made it to the beach as yet so off we trekked.
    While passing the Fairmont Hotel we decided to have a closer look at their gardens and found their bee hives. Having their own bee hives seemed like a no brainer when they have such beautiful flowers in their gardens to attract many bees 🐝🐝.
    The walk along Holland Point was nice and Beacon Hill Park was stunning.
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  • Day52

    So we ave a few indoor activities planned for while we are staying in Victoria but today was beautiful, too nice to be inside, so it was a wandering - we started the day searching for a juice bar that Neil had read about. The juice shop was closed out but we did find out that Mobi was to be playing a charity concert tomorrow. in the Atrium. After purchasing tickets at a nearby record store we headed down to the Johnson Street Bridge (commonly called the Blue Bridge), along the Harbour past the marina, up to Parliament Building where a First Nations event was occurring outside on the grass back to the harbour to the Fisherman’s Wharf and on and on til we decided to head back or we might not make it back.
    Neil availed himself of a gelato at the wharf, of course.
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  • Day55

    A dedicated indoor day, dedicated to improving our minds and learning sumpthin!
    Love museums and this one was no exception. They had two special exhibits. One about the meaning of family and the changing nature of the definition of family and another about the heroic efforts of cancer victim, The rest of the museum had their regular exhibits but it was all highly informative and brilliantly done.
    We took, another route back and visited Chinatown and walking down Fan Tan Alley, a very narrow alley lined with interesting shops.
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  • Day56

    Today - Parliament House, originally known as the bird cage. Kid you not. The original parliament was a collection of different buildings of various styles and said to resemble bird cages. We had a free guided tour of the building which was excellent. We had a very enthusiastic guide. She was interesting and had an excellent sense of humour. We certainly learnt a lo more by having the guide than we would have had we gone round by ourselves. After the tour we were in time to attend Q and A time in the House of Representatives - enjoyable way to round off our Parliament experience.Read more

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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