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Victoria, British Columbia

September 5th to 19th

We left Calgary on Saturday, a slight change to our normal Sunday re-location. The main reason for this was due to the relatively short period of time we would have in Victoria city as we plan on renting a car on the middle weekend and exploring part of the Vancouver Island coastline. So arriving in Victoria on Saturday would allow us to sightsee on the Sunday.

A visit to Downtown Victoria would not be complete without visiting the Inner Harbour and Fishermans wharf, home to 33 float homes, shops and eateries. Downtown was also the sight of a Blues Festival and we had the opportunity to sit at the Harbour and listen to a few of the musicians whilst the paying customers sat only a few metres away. Bonus. After walking the streets, admiring the architecture and visiting a few of the Sunday markets, it was time to catch the bus back to our accommodation and get ready for the next week of school.

Inner Harbour

Inner Harbour


Fishermans Wharf

Fishermans Wharf

Thursday was our 10th Wedding anniversary so we ventured 20 minutes down the road to the 5th Street Bar and Grill for dinner and a few drinks.

Anniversary Dinner

Anniversary Dinner

On the weekend we decided to rent a convertible for a couple of days. We figured since we are driving the coastline, we might as well enjoy some open air comfort. Our Saturday destination was Nanaimo and their Annual Harvest Festival. Along the coastline we made stops at Cowichan bay then to Chemainus, known for having over 40 giant wall murals and sculptures. The next stop was Duncan, home to numerous First Nation Totem Poles. The Nanaimo Harvest Festival was held in the Old City Quarter with local stalls with food and craft, a speakers tent, a number of live music stages and a chap using the suns rays through a prism to burn art onto wood. Quite significant as Alyssa is studying light reflection and transmission for her Science subject. Following we had a relaxing walk along the water front where we saw seals and Alyssa had a play at the spacious Maffeo Sutton park.

Convertible

Convertible


Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay


Chemainus

Chemainus


Duncan

Duncan


Sunlight art

Sunlight art

On Sunday we drove to Sidney, known as Canada's only booktown with 6 unique book shops. We had a stop at the Roost Farm Bakery for lunch and then headed to the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse for a sample tray of ciders, finally deciding to purchase a bottle of Applejack for our Sunday Funday treat.

sea-cider-farm-ciderhouse

sea-cider-farm-ciderhouse


Cider tasting

Cider tasting

Thursday we needed to re-locate to Downtown Victoria as our previous accommodation was double booked. Anyways, as it was virtually Alyssa's last day of school before holidays, we had plenty of time to explore more of the Inner Harbour and had a visit to Miniature World, home to over 85 dioramas and displays including the Great Canadian railway, 2 of the world's largest doll houses, Fantasyland, a tribute to Charles Dickens and the wonderful world of circus. Most displays had special effects of lighting, sound and animation. Dinner was had at Barb's Fish and Chips at Fishermans Wharf.

Miniature World 1

Miniature World 1


Miniature World 2

Miniature World 2


Miniature World 3

Miniature World 3


Miniature World 4

Miniature World 4

Our final day started with a couple of hours of school and then a visit to the Parliament House of British Columbia. Built in 1864 we decided on a self guided tour visiting the reception hall, the legislative chamber, the memorial rotunda, Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee window and the outdoor speakers chair. We followed this with some lunch at the Food Trucks located at the BC Museum during Summer and then an Inner Gorge boat cruise on one of the mini ferry's that frequent the Harbour. The peaceful narrated cruise up the historic Gorge waterway allowed us to see historic homes, working shipyards, travel under the Johnson Street Bridge and under the Selkirk trestles. We finished our stay with dinner at the Steamship Grill and some seafood overlooking Victoria harbour.

Parliament House

Parliament House

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