Victoria, B.C., Canada.
Parliament Buildings and Harbour
The tourist info is located on Government Street near Humboldt (map
) and they can supply maps and walking maps of downtown. The Tourism Victoria
website has a wealth of information on attractions, boating, bus tours, cycling, dining, diving, fishing, garden tours, golf, kayaking, museums, sports, tours, and walking trails and more.
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 9W2. British Columbia’s past, present and future are alive at the Royal BC Museum. With a collection of more than seven million unique objects and documents, there’s something incredible to see every time you visit. Royal British Columbia Museum
World famous murals. We followed the "mural information" signs into town, very easy to find. We were not disappointed. Although there are other Canadian cities/towns with murals, these are definitely worth a visit. 35 murals and 13 sculptures depict the town's history, people and future. It's the world's largest outdoor gallery, and each year new artworks are added. Follow the footprints for a self-guided tour of Chemainus's colourful past, or take a tour via horse-drawn carriage or simulated steam train. City of Chemainus
Duncan, City of Totems, is located in the Cowichan Valley of southern Vancouver Island, 36 miles (60 km) north of Victoria. City of Duncan
We visited the downtown historical buildings and stopped for a much deserved coffee break. Ladysmith
Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park
has 800 year old trees. The largest Douglas-fir tree, over 9 metres in circumference. On Highway 4 to Port Alberni.
Our first night we walked to Barb's Place in Fisherman's wharf for fish & chips. Everyone had recommended it and we were not disappointed. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Since we had a laptop with Microsoft Streets & Tips with GPS, we could just query restaurants by name or type and get driving directions.
One thing we notice on the island is that coffee is usually 50 to 75 cents cheaper than in Alberta. We do notice that many of the buildings/homes had single pane glass, not very energy efficient. Also, some of the tourist attractions have garbage cans but no recycle bins for our water bottles, etc. We had a couple of rainy days but that's why they have indoor attractions.
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