Blogs from Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, North America - page 3


We dock at 1 pm and head out to Buchart Gardens. Joe has never been here and I am anxious to see his reaction. We immediately head to the Sunken Garden and I wish I had a picture of Joe's face when he first saw it. It takes a lot to impress him but he was rendered speechless. All he could saw was WOW! Last time I was here I couldn't walk much so I loved that I could go down the stairs to the floor of the garden and explore to my hearts content. This is truly sensory overload and to think it was the vision of one woman who turned a limestone quarry into this magnificent garden. The history of the Buchart family and the garden is worth reading. Although the garden was quite ... read more

Canada Trip 13 July – 7 September 2016 Pam & Tom Usher with Sheryl Shanahan Victoria 13-16 July 2016 After a 13.5hr flight with Air Canada from Brisbane, we arrived at 7.30am in Vancouver then caught a 12 minute flight across to Victoria. Everything went well and other than being tired we arrived at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on the waterfront. It was a beautiful spot and beautiful hotel. We were upgraded so that we had a harbour view, which was lovely. We looked out, watching the boats and sea-planes come and go. We were close to the Parliamentary buildings which housed the Legislative Assembly and the story of the parliamentary system in British Columbia. Victoria is the capital of the province of British Columbia. It is located near the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It ... read more
Fairmont Emress Victoria where we stayed (1)
Victoria Waterfront (28)
Parliament Buildings Victoria (51)

Our visit to Butchart Gardens - both during the day and after dark.... read more
Burchart Gardens Vancouver Island BC (46)
Burchart Gardens Vancouver Island BC (2)
Burchart Gardens Vancouver Island BC (22)

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria December 13th 2015

Perhaps somewhat unusual for a Travel Blog but while doing Christmas cards Heather suggested "why not post a Christmas letter on the blog ?". My initial reaction was W H A T ? ? ! It's a Travel blog, but then why not ? So if you have been eagerly awaiting another dreaded Christmas letter you have logged in to take a look. A bonus is that there might at least be some pictures. A quick summary. We moved. Summer was sunny, blue skies, and gorgeous. No real travel. Seasons seemed to change overnite and suddenly here we are entering the windy, wet, winter, or "the rainy season" as I call it. Next, what you've been searching for, the letter. Well, it’s that time of year again so Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy, ... read more
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patio with text

An update from last entry had many things happen with work, family, and specifically Helen's immigration. I completed my duties as a teacher, department head, registrar, and curriculum designer at Maple Leaf. The last few months of school involved me setting the stage for the future Wuhan Maple Leaf without Ben. Major projects included setting up the wireless provincial exams, making purchase orders for next years technology requirements, training the new BIT department head and support teacher, finishing my curriculum designing and preparing the Grad Dance. Every day was so productive and necessary but by the end of it everything went great. Grad dance (or prom) went great with student volunteers. Highlights of the prom include a large poster, commercials and music video. The dance had live school bands and plenty of catering, contests and games. ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 20th 2015

It was a long 30 hours, having departed on Thursday, 24 September from Brisbane at 6.00am into Sydney from where we flew to Vancouver, boarded another flight into Victoria, arriving at 11.30am on the SAME day! A little recovery time and a shower later on what was a very showery and grey day, we walked for about 5 hours taking in some of the local area and just doing our best to stay awake until evening. The British Columbia Parliament building is spectacular and grand in every detail! We were speechless at the beauty of its interior. Our hotel is well appointed, overlooking the picturesque Victoria Harbour, with large car and passenger ferries docking out in front of us, along with many other large and small water vessels. Everywhere in every bar and hotel "happy hour" ... read more
Inside Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 10th 2015

At night we think about what happens next. We got some more money than expected so we think about renting a car for a week and see the Island. BUT it is crazily expensive!! So we end up looking at cars in Craigslist again. We make a trip to Victoria on Wednesday the 9th of September to check some adds. A dealer offers us a 3.600 cad minivan, with not much space but it could do if we get cozy. We decide to buy it, but not today, let us come back tomorrow with the money. Diego checks the net once more and… there it is, a big, nice and cheap GMC Safari from 1992. It is 23 years old, in very good shape though. We get it registered incredibly easy and head back to Cobble ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 6th 2015

Geo: 48.4644, -123.38Home again...September 6thI'm happy that we packed last night before bed. This morning we enjoy our breakfast as we look out over Victoria Harbor one last time, and soon set off to the bus stop.Jeff has figured out that land transpotation for this whole trip has cost us exactly $20 Canadian or about $18.50 US. Bus fare is only $2.50 each and transfers are free. Let's hear it for public transportation!When we get to the airport and head to the counter to check our bag, who is standing there but John and Janet!! What a marvelous surprise! Their flight is a couple of hours after ours, but they had to come to the airport early to return their rental car. What great timing. The four of us walk to our gate, and we chat ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 5th 2015

Geo: 48.4644, -123.38Butchart Gardens, VictoriaSeptember 5th Did you know that Canada also has a Labor Day holiday? But I guess in their case it would be "Labour Day", eh? We didn't either and it is the same weekend as the holiday in the US. This weekend. Had we known we might have switched our sightseeing agendas between today and yesterday. Today we are going to Butchart Gardens, and with it being a holiday AND the last Saturday night of the Butchart Gardens fireworks show, we're sure to be in a crowd.We walk a few blocks from the hotel to catch the bus and we're on our way. The Butchart Gardens are built over a limestone quarry, and the area is still owned by the Butchart family. It is unbelievable. Imagine one of the biggest, most beautiful, ... read more
Moon jellyfish
Some of Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 4th 2015

Geo: 48.4644, -123.38Victoria, B.C - September 4th Today Jeff and I wandered hither and yon in Vancouver, once we got out of bed, took (another!) shower and donned CLEAN clothes that is. John texted us while we were at breakfast that he was on his way over to pick up his clothes and pressure cooker. It took him longer to arrive than we thought it might because he was once again waylaid by the wooden boat show. According to him, this is a "must see" event. Jeff and I decide to walk down to Fisherman's Wharf, which is a couple miles from our hotel, and, coincidentally, we have to walk by the boat show. WOW! John was right! These boats are gorgeous! There were many boats open for the public to board and one of my ... read more
Float house
Crown Princess cruise ship
Us on the Olympus

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