Thursday, July 7, 2016


Victoria, BC is one of the nicest cities we have ever visited. The place is clean, the people are extremely friendly and the public transportation is extensive. The young people here are very courteous. Most of them would thank the bus driver as they left the bus. What happened to the USA?There is plenty to do and see. Butchart Gardens is the highlight of the visit and a must for anyone who has the slightest interest in flowers and gardening. It is a floral masterpiece. I would suggest a late afternoon arrival and staying until sundown, which around here, at this time of year, is around 10:00PM. Unfortunately, the last bus out was at 8:59 PM so we did not get to see the full lighted display of the plantings. I am sure it was just as magnificent and dramatic as the daytime view. Every Saturday during the summer they also do a ground fireworks display. I heard it is also very impressive. For more information on the gardens here is a link

In addition to the gardens we did a city bus tour that filled us in on all the history of Victoria. We also got to do a tour of the Government building and learned about protocol and the interaction between the queen and the government.

Below are some pictures, mostly of the gardens and the pictures do not do it justice. 

Our Marina in Victoria

Capitol Building at night

Government Chambers

Queen Victoria Impersonator

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