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Bastion Square

March 17-22, 2007

I hadn’t been to Victoria in ages (probably 15 years), so I treated this trip like I had never been before. My friend Heather (who went to the University of Victoria for two years and had lived in Victoria while doing so) and I played the role of tourists really well.

We left Vernon at around 8:30am. We were in for quite a long trip. The Vernon-Vancouver leg went smoothly for us. We made a stop for brunch at a truck stop diner in Hope (for about an hour), then hit the road again on full stomachs. We got to Vancouver and it was absolutely pouring rain (big surprise ;). We had to slow down not only because of the rain, but because of all the road construction along the route we were driving.

Looking up from the Inner Harbour
We also made a wrong turn in Langley, so had to backtrack, causing us to lose time, too. We finally made it to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, though. We ended up having to wait for about an hour for the next sailing, so to kill time, we roamed around looking at all the different kiosks. When we got onto the ferry, the ride was smooth sailing, albeit stormy and raining. (Note- the ferry is quite expensive. For our car and the two of us, it cost about $65CAD). The ferry took about 1.5 - 2 hours. Once off, we drove into Sidney, which is where our friend lives. It took about 15 minutes to get there, it that (to the first set of traffic lights down the highway from the ferry). Our friend lives right on the ocean, and it was beautiful.
Parliament Building
We ended up getting to her house at about 7pm. Yes, it was a long day. Our tourist-y vacation would start the next day.

We went to most of the major attractions in Victoria. A few of them, such as Miniature World, the Wax Museum, and Butterfly World, we decided to skip. Rather than writing about all these places on the blog, I’ll just write reviews about all of them. I will say this- Victoria is beautiful. The weather we had ran the gamut- we had warm, sunny weather some days, and rainy, windy, and cold weather on other days. Another great thing about Victoria is that the seasons seem to be a couple weeks ahead of other parts of BC, so when we were there, flowers had already started blooming. It was lovely.

Sidney, where we stayed, was also quite beautiful. It’s a quaint seaside town consisting of one main road. At the end of that main road is the Pacific Ocean with a nice, relaxing harbour. If you’re looking for an exciting nightlife scene, this is not the place for you. There was only one night that we actually went out here, and we ended up in a pub watching the Vancouver Canucks play the Detroit Red Wings on the TV. We had a really nice time, though.

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Bastion Square
Bastion Square
Looking up from the Inner Harbour
Looking up from the Inner Harbour
Parliament Building
Parliament Building
A smoke shop
A smoke shop
Another form of transportation
Another form of transportation
Parliament Building
Parliament Building
A nice tree
A nice tree
Parliament Building...again
Parliament Building...again
The Inner Harbour
The Inner Harbour
A nice, pink building
A nice, pink building
A ship that sails into the Inner H…
A ship that sails into the Inner …
A dock in the harbour
A dock in the harbour
Sidney
Sidney
sidney
sidney
Sidney
Sidney
Sidney
Sidney
Sidney harbour
Sidney harbour
Sidney harbour
Sidney harbour
The view from where we were staying
The view from where we were staying
The view from where we were staying
The view from where we were staying
Driftwood on the beach where we we…
Driftwood on the beach where we w…
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