The List: Item 30. Victoria, Vancouver Island

Ticked off The List: September 5, 2012

Victoria is a tourist must – if you have more than a couple days in Vancouver, it’s worth taking the ferry over to see the the beautiful city with it’s Legislature Building, famous botanical garden, The Butchart Gardens, and just take a stroll along the city.  The only drawback is the ferry ride itself, it’s quick and pleasant however is quite costly.  In fact, a short day trip does add up, especially with admission into the gardens, however when you see the beautiful sight it’s worth the price of admission.

Anh exclaimed that his mum would love the gardens and indeed when his parents came for our wedding this past July, they along with with my parents and some other friends all took themselves over to Victoria to see the city and the gardens – and loved it.  Anh’s dad is already wanting to plan a return trip where he can stay the night in Victoria to take advantage of seeing the nightly fireworks the gardens.

We started with an early morning ferry, the gardens and then into the city to have lunch and wander.  We had lunch at Red Fish Blue Fish, the Victoria equivalent of Go Fish complete with the long lines and long waits but delicious food.  Personally I prefer Go Fish, but perhaps that is in part to their policy where you can call in your order and walk over to pick it up without any lines (Anh doesn’t do well with lines).  Sated, we just wandered the streets and took the obligatory photos in from of the government building (Victoria is the capital of British Columbia) and after getting our fill of the city for the day headed back to Vancouver – and were lucky to be the last car to get on the ferry (literally).

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Aboriginal art is prevalent throughout

Aboriginal art is prevalent throughout

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Chilly early morning - dressing appropriately

Chilly early morning – dressing appropriately

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Not amused waiting in line for Red Fish Blue Fish

Not amused waiting in line for Red Fish Blue Fish

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We amused ourselves with taking photos.

There's a lot of selfies

There’s a lot of selfies

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Finally the food! Seared scallop sandwich with deep fried pickles.

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Legislative Building

Legislative Building

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Sometimes our selfies fail terribly - and it's epic

Sometimes our selfies fail terribly – and it’s epic

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