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Victoria - city of many activities

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A September 2002 trip to Victoria by Drever

Butchart Gardens Photo, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Victoria was the final leg of a trip that started at Calgary. Having only a day and a half in Victoria we simply did not have enough time to see all the world class attractions, museums, arts and entertainment, shopping, gourmet food and spas.

Victoria - city of many activities

Overview

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In the time available we visited the Butchart Gardens, The Miniature World, The Undersea Gardens, had a boat ride around the harbour and a bus ride around Victoria. These are described in separate sections. We were with a bus party and several went on a whale watching trip. They saw some, too.Quick Tips: There is so much to see in Victoria. We visited Vancouver after Victoria and was struck by its few visitor attractions. Give Victoria lots of time and Vancouver very little. Victoria boasts the mildest all year round climate in Canada. You don't therefore need to bring lots of warm clothing with you.Best Way To Get Around: Many of the attractions are around the harbour ...Read More

Butchart Gardens

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Attraction

Butchart Gardens Photo, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
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It’s amazing what a wonderfully attraction garden and old quarry can make. Put in some soil and plants and you have a sunken garden, a rockery, a nice cliff for plants to grow up, shelter and a sun trap. Hard work, an interest in hunting out plant and bird species an eye for design and you have a major tourist attraction. Jennie Butchart and Mr. Butchart between them had all the skills. The Sunken Garden was the start of Butchart. Later they created a Japanese Garden followed by an Italian Garden and a Rose Garden. Their house now contains the Dining Room Restaurant, offices, and rooms still used for family entertaining. We saw the garden in September and displays were slightly past t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia V8M 1J8
(250) 652-4422

Miniature World

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Attraction

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The first attraction we saw wehen we left our hotel was Miniature Worlds. The display outside persuaded us to go in and have a look around. It was time well spent. Miniature worlds have a strange fascination. They have the advantage that we can see the complete picture rather than part of it. There is also the sheer skill of reproducing, for example, a miniature bombed out German city with the effect of fire and bomb blast clear to see on the splintered charred timbers. Often the miniature can take much longer and require more skill to make than the original. Fact, fiction and fantasy can also be blended together and history brought to life. The miniature world has it all. In total there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2002

Miniature World
649 Humboldt Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 385-9731

Pacific Undersea Gardens

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Attraction | "Undersea Gardens"

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When walking along the harbour my attention was drawn to a boat with a large sign saying "Undersea Garden". I had been in boats with glass bottoms that let you see the marine life swimming around the boat. Wondering if this is what it was all about I eventually decided to have a look. Well I wasn’t entirely wrong. They had craftily lined the boat with glass tanks below the waterline. The effect was as though you were looking at marine life around the boat The idea was to extend Victoria’s reputation of being a city of gardens to beneath the tide-line. Of course there are bigger and better aquariums around but for the space available this one is rather clever. Naturally the fish had to be mostly o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Pacific Undersea Gardens
490 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 382-5717

Inner Harbor

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Attraction | "Inner Harbour Cruise"

Inner Harbor Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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When on holiday I always like to have a wee cruise. Partly to do with being a boat owner myself, I suppose. It also offers a very peaceful way of getting around and offers a different perspective on things. I was glad, therefore, to see that Victoria Harbour Ferries operate a fleet of small passenger ferries which travel around the harbour. We were able to step aboard without a reservation and we didn't have long to wait for there was a cruise departing every 12 minutes. The tour was scheduled to take 45 minutes. The cruise was like one of those sightseeing buses that are in so many cities. At the various stops---including Fisherman's Wharf, Ocean Pointe Resort, Coast Harbourside Hotel, Songhees...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Inner Harbor

Victoria, British Columbia