A Jaunt to Canada

Did you rub your eyes over the featured image?  Get a sense of deja vu?  Yes, that’s the same photo that I shared here in black and white.  It’s eye-catching in color, too, isn’t it? Those clouds…swoon!

So, it’s about time that I finally sat down and shared about our trip to Victoria.  Here goes…Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend we drove to Seattle, hopped on the Clipper and kicked back for a little over 2 1/2 hours before arriving in Victoria.  The Clipper is the way to go.  We whiled away our time over a bottle of wine and a few rounds of Yahtzee, intermixed with map studying (me) and reading (the husband).

We arrived in Victoria around 6 pm and walked less than 1/4 of a mile to the Laurel Point Inn, our digs for the weekend.  Our room was large, with a balcony overlooking the harbor. Read:  sunsets!  Dinner the first evening was at an amazing (uh-maze-ing) Italian (Il Corvo) restaurant followed by a relatively early night in.  I’m still dreaming about those homemade noodles with homemade bolognese.

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We awoke on Saturday to partially sunny skies and headed to a local coffee shop for a light breakfast.  On the way I took advantage of the sparse crowds to take photos of the Parliamentary building, one of the most-recognized and photographed buildings in Victoria.   The puffy clouds made for beautiful color, but I so love the black and white.

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While we were eating breakfast I realized that we were very close to Beacon Hill Park, a 75 acre beauty established in the 19th century.  We walked through the park to the edge of the Straight of Juan de Fuca.  A paved path unfurled itself along the water, so we continued walking.  And walking.

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We reached Ogden Point and wandered out onto the 1/2 mile long breakwater (photos recently shared here and here).  There were tons of boats in the waters nearby fishing for salmon and ling cod.  Tons.  I don’t know how they didn’t tangle their lines.

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We followed a marked path from the breakwater to the cruise port.  It was empty.  Which was probably good.  I checked the port schedule and discovered there were three ships due that evening, two at 6 and one at 7.  Interestingly, one of them was the Ruby Princess, which was the ship that took us to the Caribbean a few years ago.  I thought it would be really cool to go back to the port and see it that evening, but come evening we were dog tired and didn’t make it over there.

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Did I forget to mention that we were on foot?  I may not have made that clear.  The Clipper is a passenger ferry.  Which worked just fine.  But, you set the two of us loose on a city on foot and the result is a lot of miles.  A lot.  We estimated we covered at least 10 miles on Saturday, a little less on Sunday.

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From the cruise port we made our way to Fisherman’s Warf.  Essentially a dock with some outdoor restaurants and houseboats on it.  It was cute, but small.  We loitered there in the sunshine (it was a beautiful day), enjoying an ice cream and watching people feed fish to the seals.

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Rather than continue our march we took advantage of the Victoria water taxi and zipped across the harbor to the Empress Hotel.  These cute little boats zig-zag all over the harbor picking up and dropping off passengers.  Once across the harbor we bought tickets for a 45 minute harbor cruise and, while we were waiting to hop back on one of those cute little boats for a ride and some history, took a quick spin through the Empress, gawking at all of the people spending $75 for the honor of tea at the Empress (okay, that’s Canadian, but it’s still too much to spend on tea) .

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Water Taxi in the foreground.  To the left, the Victoria Clipper, to the right (the building that looks like a cruise ship) our hotel.

After the cruise?  We walked some more.  Do you get the sense that Victoria is a very walkable city?  It is.  We wound through the downtown core…through China Town and Old Town, pausing for lunch at the Bard and Banker (a very cool pub in a building that served as a bank from 1885-1988), then walked some more before finally returning to our hotel.

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We opened a bottle of wine that we had acquired on our jaunt, and cracked open a box of maple leaf cream-filled cookies (because when in Canada….) and kicked back on our balcony to enjoy the sunset and admire the view.  Oh, and we did sneak back out after dark so I could attempt some night shots.

 

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This large and handsome guy perched on the edge of the building just above our balcony.

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Day 1 was a success.  Day 2…..LaNae’s Superbowl.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “A Jaunt to Canada

  1. Ok, I want to go now. I haven’t been to Victoria since I was a Girl Scout (junior high, I think), and my troop went on the Queen something. The tartan blanket I got there still lives in my car. The first and last photos are my favorites. Gorgeous.

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