A trip to the BC capital of Victoria is mandatory if you are passing by, so we followed the crowd to the ferry. Parked the truck in the cheaper of the two lots (run by the First Nations people who own the land nearby), and traveled with just our camera and backpack.
The day turned sunny as promised … otherwise we would have postponed the trip!
The ferry is the main experience, as it winds its way for ninety minutes or so through the fantastic scenery of the Islands. It does NOT dock in Victoria, but in Swartz Bay.
They tried to sell us expensive coach tickets to Victoria, but we had done the research, and chose the much cheaper double-deck “city bus”. This takes ten minutes or so longer.
You can check out Victoria on the net, so suffice to say that it lives up to its “billing”. We did not indulge in the famous “afternoon tea” at the Empress Hotel, but did wander through their gardens. There, and all over that area of Vancouver Island, the flowers are magnificent.
In addition to Queen Victoria, Captain Cook rates a statue, and this is special to Elaine, since James Cook is an ancestor of her father’s family. I have to admit that there is a resemblance between the statue and Elaine’s dad! I cannot claim such illustrious forbears!
We managed to miss the 5 p.m. ferry, but this meant that we had a bit of a sunset and a moonlit ride back to the mainland. The shuttle bus met the ferry, we found the truck, and Elaine managed (by accident) to find an incredible short cut back to our “BC home” in Surrey.
Yes, we missed a lot, including the big Pacific waves on the west side of Vancouver Island, but we do plan to travel down through Washington, Oregon and California, and might just see the odd bit of the open Pacific along the way!