Our first stop on Vancouver Island in July was Victoria, the capital of British Columbia (not to be confused with Ottawa, the capital of Canada!).
Beautiful sunny day to enjoy a beautiful city.
Looking out over Victoria Harbor.
The famous Empress Hotel overlooks the harbor.
The harbor is full of charter and private boats & yachts.
Glancing back along the sea wall of the inner harbor. A very popular tourist destination, the inner harbor sea wall is always bustling with people, vendors, musicians and entertainers like this cowgirl painted to look like a statute. She was hilarious in her antics!!
The British Columbia parliament buildings, which house our provincial government, overlook the harbor. That's the building in the distance with the green dome roof.
An amazing hedge trimming artwork of a mother and baby orca whale. There are lots of orcas (also known as killer whales) in the waters around Vancouver Island.
A closer look at the Empress Hotel. Lots of famous people have stayed at this hotel. The hotel serves a very classy British style high tea in the afternoons (but we didn’t have the time nor money for that today!)
A favorite way for tourists to see Victoria is with the horse & buggy rides.
Queen Victoria, the namesake of the city.
The British Columbia provincial parliament buildings. Whenever there are protests or anything significant where the people are opposing or supporting the provincial government, people come here to the lawns of the legislature and march. One year they set up their tents and camped here for most of the summer to protest something.
Thinking about going for a swim in the fountain out front
of the parliament buildings.
Enjoying the sunshine with Marilyn on the lawns
out front of the parliament buildings.
We stayed at a motel on the far side of the inner harbor. This morning we got to see the floatplane arriving. Lots of business people fly regularly between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria for a day’s work. It’s about a ½ hour flight.
Enjoying our last morning view of the harbor before setting off to head up the island to our destination of Tofino.