I’ve wanted to travel to Vancouver Island for such a long time, inspired by tales of its majestic beauty, but it’s either been too deep into winter or we’ve been too far away each time we’ve been in the States to include it in our travels. But before we fly back to Chicago we’ve been able to travel up the coast from LA and made the easy trip from the mainland down to Victoria, the capital.
We took the Pacific Coast Line bus from Vancouver airport down to the ferry terminal, caught the 90 minute scenic ferry through Active Pass and then drove down to Victoria. Really much simpler than I had worried about when trying to find out how we’d go about it. There’s some great information here to get you started. It’s well worth the effort when you get there.
Henry was an absolute angel throughout the 12 hours traveling with 1 mini bus, 2 coaches, 1 ferry, 1 taxi and 1 plane journey. We were so proud of him.
One of the highlights of our stay in Victoria was a trip to Beacon Hill Park. Plenty to keep you occupied for a whole day, Henry had such fun at the children’s farm being fascinated by peacocks, alpacas, pigs, pony’s and a petting area with goats and sheep which Henry could touch and marvel at.
There’s a few lakes which you can picnic around, a great children’s park and of course lots of walking to be done. We showed up by a lake just as a wedding was ending which looked very romantic.
We were so fortunate with the weather being about 22 degrees. We blissfully strolled around under the trees with Henry racing around chasing after ducks.
There are many day trips you can do from Victoria, whale watching and Butchart Gardens being the most popular, but you can easily spend your days wondering around taking in the scenery, walking around Fisherman’s wharf looking at the floating homes and the hundred year old breakwater, or visiting the museums or miniature world, or simply whiling away the warm afternoons on the lawn of the stunning parliament building.
The impressive Empress Hotel.
Definitely take a trip if you can to the mildest part of Canada and enjoy the laid back vibe of the city by the sea.