Victoria, BC, Canada

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.

Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens

By day, take a ferry over to Victoria and enjoy the friendly, flowered English city.

The 18 mile crossing time is 90 minutes by ferry.  Car reservations and passports are required; walk-on passengers do not require reservations.  While in Victoria, you’ll have a vast array of activities to choose from including the world famous Butchart Gardens founded in 1904. From the exquisite Sunken Garden (once a limestone quarry) to the charming Rose, Japanese and Italian gardens, this 50-acre showplace still maintains the gracious traditions of the past.

Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C.

Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C.

The Royal B.C. museum is located in the Inner Harbour area. The well designed museum offers something for everyone. Also located in the Inner Harbour is the grand old Empress Hotel; be sure to browse thru the many intriguing shops and perhaps linger awhile and enjoy High Tea. Another interesting part of Victoria’s history is the Craigdarroch Castle built in the late 1800’s by Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.

Remember; Victoria is in a foreign country and a passport and picture ID are required to enter and leave Canada.