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Follow the Brits to Victoria
by Dee Walmsley
aboard BC ferries on our journey to
now we have heard from the tourist bureau, and it is all true.
is more than one way to reach the island from the mainland. You can fly
you are going
for the day, leave your car in
you decide to take your vehicle, consider booking a reservation by
calling BC Ferries, unless of course you enjoy sitting in a line up of
cars, munching plastic cheese sandwiches from the snack bar. If you are
stuck in summer-time line-ups, grab a coffee and check out the craft
stalls. The Tsawwassen terminal offers a better variety of crafts than
The ferries usually run on time however now and again there is a thing called … mechanical failure or a walkout strike! Of course, if you are traveling in the winter months, none of this takes place; it doesn’t make much sense to strike if there are no irate tourists to hassle.
is a rural route, past dairy farms, quaint B&B’s, homegrown flower
stands, pottery stops and a First Nations reservation at
Often seen on this stretch of green treed winding roads are the island deer, a sub-species and quite small so beware.
Check your map obtained on the ferry; most roads left will take you back to Douglas or Blanchard streets, the direct route to the city, or you can continue going south the scenic route where you will join up with Douglas street on the outskirts of town.
in 1843 as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company,
to get there:
· High tea at the Empress Hotel will round out a day in the proper English manner.
· Tartan and English china shops are a shopper’s delight.
· Old British fish and chips and English sweet shops offer more treats for the taste buds. Roger’s chocolates have NO calories and are to die for.
Plan on lunch and an afternoon stroll in
One cannot leave the museum without a visit
to the salmon factory, farmyard, and stunning whale exhibit. Upon
leaving listen for the hourly carillon chimes.
Free time is well spent amongst the
intriguing masts of ships bobbing their invitation for a stroll along
the seawall in the
· An Ocean breeze cools the sun-filled air in this "sub-Mediterranean" city where the average summer temperatures varies from 65-90 degrees and the sun shines 2200 hours of the year.
When the sun sets over this magnificent
city, the Legislative buildings light up like a fairytale castle.
Visitors may then enjoy a Shakespearian Festival, the
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