Victoria, BC

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!

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George and John

No need to fasten seatbelts

Jennifer

Lots of room to move around the cabin

Lots of time for a friendly card game

Time enough for a friendly card game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer reserved this town house through AirB&B.

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Our first day in Victoria mainly involved checking out various food options.

Chinatown for dim sum

Chinatown for dim sum

Beer and poutine at the Beagle Pub

Beer and poutine at the Beagle Pub

The owners here obviously didn't hold the Maple Leafs in high regard

Different pub but the owners here obviously didn’t hold the Maple Leafs in high regard

The Victoria Public Market is a good place to forage for dinner stuff

The Victoria Public Market is a good place to forage for dinner stuff

Not to overdo the gastronomy thing, but…..

Breakfast at John's Place

Breakfast at John’s Place

Daughter and father

Jen and me

The son

George

We spent the morning at Fort Rodd Hill, one of Canada’s Historic Sites west of Victoria.

This was one of Canada's coastal artillery defense positions from 1878 until 1956

This was one of Canada’s coastal artillery defense positions from 1878 until 1956

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These people hadn't heard that their post had been decommissioned

These people hadn’t heard that their post had been decommissioned

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7,662 km to London

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Sentry Geese

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The Fisgard Lighthouse was built in 1860 and was the first lighthouse on Canada’s rugged west coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was the Hatley Castle and Gardens, now on the campus of Royal Roads University.

The castle commissioned by one of Canada's coal barons and was completed in 1908

The castle commissioned by one of Canada’s coal barons and was completed in 1908

Even in winter, the gardens are a nice place to visit.

Signs of spring

Signs of spring

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Snowdrops

This wisteria was probably planted in 1908

This wisteria was probably planted in 1908

Peacock

Peacock

Papparazzi and Peacock

Papparazzi and Peacocks

Landscape with George

Landscape with George

Landscape with Jennifer

Landscape with Jennifer

Last stop of the day was at French Beach Provincial Park.

Looking out at the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Looking out at the Strait of Juan de Fuca

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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.

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Interesting statuary

The Moss Lady

Lots of ducks

Lots of ducks

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More ducks

Yet more ducks

Yet more ducks

Yet even more ducks

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A Giant Sequoia

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Peacocks roosting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadians are so polite

Canadians are so polite

A classic

A classic parked on the street

Sunday afternoon we drove up the Route of the Totems to Duncan, home to 39 totem poles located throughout downtown.

A sun break along the way

A sun break along the way

A photo of a trash can on another trash can along the highway

A photo of a trash can on another trash can on the highway

Starting along the Totem Trail in Duncan

Starting along the Totem Trail in Duncan

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But if you thought Duncan was a cool place because of all those totem poles, just wait…

Duncan is also home of the world's largest hockey stick!

Duncan is also home of the world’s largest hockey stick

Monday, our last day. The Clipper doesn’t leave for Seattle until 5:00 PM so we had time for one more educational activity.

The Victoria Bug Zoo!

The Victoria Bug Zoo

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Who knew that scorpions floresce under UV light?

 

On our way to the pier, we passed the Parliament Building.

The BC Parliament Building

The BC Parliament Building

And just as we were getting on the Clipper, this happened…

Giant bugs escaped from the Bug Zoo

Giant bugs escaped from the Bug Zoo

Whew, barely made it on board with our lives!

Thanks, Victoria, for a great weekend

Thanks, Victoria, for a great weekend

 

Thanks, Jennifer and George, for a great 70th birthday present!

 

 

 

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