A 70th birthday present from my son and daughter: a long weekend in Victoria with just the three of us. The trip started with a two and a half hour ride on the Victoria Clipper from downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner Harbor. What a comfortable way to travel!
Jennifer reserved this town house through AirB&B.
Our first day in Victoria mainly involved checking out various food options.
Not to overdo the gastronomy thing, but…..
We spent the morning at Fort Rodd Hill, one of Canada’s Historic Sites west of Victoria.
Next stop was the Hatley Castle and Gardens, now on the campus of Royal Roads University.
Even in winter, the gardens are a nice place to visit.
Last stop of the day was at French Beach Provincial Park.
Our town house was only a couple of blocks from Beacon Hill Park, a 200 acre park in the heart of Victoria, so the next morning we headed over to check it out.
Sunday afternoon we drove up the Route of the Totems to Duncan, home to 39 totem poles located throughout downtown.
But if you thought Duncan was a cool place because of all those totem poles, just wait…
Monday, our last day. The Clipper doesn’t leave for Seattle until 5:00 PM so we had time for one more educational activity.
On our way to the pier, we passed the Parliament Building.
And just as we were getting on the Clipper, this happened…
Whew, barely made it on board with our lives!
Thanks, Jennifer and George, for a great 70th birthday present!