Blogs from Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, North America - page 4

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It's 9.31 on the 18th July. I haven't got round to writing a blog for a few days now as we've been moving on from Victoria and on to Seattle. We're settled in now here in Seattle however, so I will write about Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of our last week. Monday was a fairly uneventful day, with Donna going back to work and Bob having to go in for a meeting. So in the morning I got up early-ish, wrote my last blog and had some breakfast, by which time everyone else was up. Bob came back at about 12 and was now actually on holiday. Around that time Rosie and I decided to head out to the plaza, grab some frozen yoghurt and throw some ball, while Kate sunbathed and Matt watched a film ... read more
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It's 9.08 on 13th July. So now we're drawing towards the end of out time in Victoria, and we will be leaving for the U.S. in just a few days. In this blog I will write about our weekend here with Donna and Bob, and it'll be the the penultimate blog written in Canada. Friday I got up at a reasonable time - 8am maybe, and went for a run. As usual, the last of us were up by 10.30, and we were ready to discuss plans for the day. As we were going to watch a lacrosse game that evening, the girls were happy to spend the day sunbathing while Matt seemed content doing something on his phone. So, I decided to walk the hour or so down to the new mall that had just ... read more
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It's 9.38 on the 10th July. We're about halfway through our stay here in Victoria which, as always, has gone so fast. Today I'll write about Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I got up Tuesday at about 7.20 and went down to the park to do my usual routine of pull-ups, press-ups, squats etc., getting back by 8.30 to write my previous blog. From then until about 10 the others began to wake up and emerge from the bedroom. Everyone made themselves breakfast and we discussed what to do that day. It was still this funny kind of smokey overcast - not quite cloudy but not quite blue skies, so we decided to wait for a properly sunny day before we headed down to the lake. As we'd been into the city the day before it seemed ... read more
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It's 9.25 on the 7th of July. There's been a very welcome change of pace here in Victoria, as I'm sure you've noticed from my last blog. We've had a chance to kick back and relax here after the craziness of Toronto and The Rockies. It does mean however, there isn't so much to write about so these blogs will be a little shorter for a while. So Saturday. Donna and Bob had booked us in for the museum at noon, so we spent the morning having breakfast and showering and the like. By noon we were ready and Donna gave us a lift in to the city, dropping us outside the museum which was set back a little from the inner harbour, next to the government buildings. The museum itself was made up of two ... read more
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It's 10.47 on the 4th July. I think, after all of the excitement of Beaverfoot and travelling, this will be a shorter blog. I hope so anyway, the last few took me at least an hour and a half to write and another couple of hours to upload all the photos. So we woke up pretty late on Tuesday morning, having had very little sleep the previous 3 nights for whatever reason. It was the 1st of July, which was Canada day, so Donna and Bob had the day off. We emerged from our room at about noon, and had some breakfast. The first thing we were to do that day was to head down to the local supermarket to buy some food for the next few days. So, once everyone was showered and awake, we ... read more
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Sailing into Victoria we could see the approaching barren mountains of the coast looming closer, barren of any snow (okay, so it is summer isn’t it, and to paraphrase the Wizard of Oz, we’re not in Alaska any more)! Sharon headed to mass and then we headed up to the Lido for Breakfast. I got myself a serving of Swiss muesli in the Lido and some French toast to go with it. I had to wait because there wasn’t any premade ready to serve. Sharon got her scrambled eggs and they’ve reverted to the really soggy, chew, jerky-like turkey bacon. We went back to the cabin to don our “We don’t need Google” T-Shirts to commemorate this final day of Team Trivia at 10:00 AM in the Crow’s Nest. We stopped at the Explorer’s Lounge to ... read more


Geo: 48.4644, -123.38I wonder if the local eateries realise how good the Hop on Hop Off bus is for their business....we usually pick a venue that we see on the way. We have been spotting the Swan Inn on our rounds and so we settled on this as the brunch destination of the morning.We did call in to the Fudge Shop and Chinatown to stock up on supplies for tomorrow's ferry adventure. Our Chinatown adventure was made complete with a walk down Fan Tan Alley - the narrowest trading alley in BC. The Swan was an absolute treasure. Clam chowder to die for (@LizMcPhee!!!) and seafood prepared to perfection washed down with a locally brewed raspberry beer and a root beer - all with a view of the hustle and bustle of the entrance to the ... read more
Clam chowder was delicious
Finding Fan Tan Alley
Very narrow...no passing


Geo: 48.4218, -123.368We had been getting around from place to place on the red bus but today we were committed to getting a closer look at the harbour surrounds on foot. Lucky the map didn't have distances on it or we may have been daunted. Endomodo and UP keep us honest and credited us with 25 000 steps and 14 kilometres of tourist heaven. Ironically we started the day by organising some transport for upcoming events - a shuttle bus to "the" gardens and a dusk carriage ride for Friday. With those details in place it was off to Parliament.The facade of the building is magnificent and of course we have enjoyed the night time view from The Empress because the building has been outlined in some 4 500 lights - which make a distinctive daily ... read more
Guided tour of Parliament House
Blending with the splodge of oldies
Women making history


Geo: 48.4218, -123.368The dash across the street to the big red bus was completed as scheduled. But it seemed like all the other tourists were early birds as well and it was a shuffle and a squeeze to get a seat on the first shuttle. But with a bit of creative seat rearrangement by the tour operator a spot was secured for us.The hour trip dropped us off at The Oakes Inn for a leisurely breakfast and a little bit of relaxation in the sun until it was back on the bus for a return trip to The Harbour.Today was about THE MUSEUM and yes, the capital letters are justified. This would rate as a super hot 10 out of 10 spot on any itinerary in Victoria. It seems modest in its entry but when you ... read more
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Bus Rider
BC Museum adventure


Geo: 48.4219, -123.367Location, location. You can't beat it. Perched right on the Inner Harbour in Victoria it seems that all roads lead to The Empress. The boats, yachts, skiffs, ferries, kayaks, paddle boards and cruise lines, the sea planes, the buses, the bikes and scooters, the cabs and even the horse drawn carriages are at our front door. And right across the road is the Visitor Centre. And after doing a very very happy dance because we have an IRON at last (who would have thought this would be so special!) the Visitor Centre with the very helpful Ted was our first stop.Tried our best for room service team to be out by 10 am but it was closer to 11 before the day was under way. We opted for a two day Hop on Hop ... read more
Quick brunch - cooked in front of you
Bay Centre Courtyard
Potential for Whistler return!




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