Victoria

Ok! You’ve seen enough of Seattle. How about traveling to a foreign country? A Canadian adventure can be as little as an hour north of Seattle.

To maximize your time in Victoria the capital of British Columbia, try booking a Kenmore Air seaplane from Seattle’s Lake Union to Victoria’s Inner Harbor. The hour flight takes you over Puget Sound cities, along the Straits of Juan de Fuca, with Olympic Mountains views, before landing in Victoria

My favorite way to travel to Victoria is to go to Pier 69 on the Seattle waterfront and take a passenger-only Victoria Clipper ferry. During this three hour voyage to Victoria; enjoy a meal, mountain views, and watch the shoreline - you may even spot an Orca Whale. www.clippervacations.com

The Parliament Buildings and statue of Queen Victoria greet you in this very British city. Go ashore to discover Victoria’s treasures - afternoon tea at the historic Empress Hotel, a horse-drawn carriage ride to Government Street shops, First Peoples Gallery at the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Chinatown Gate and Thunderbird Park totem poles.    

I feel a trip to Victoria must include a visit to the world famous Butchart Gardens.  Pick up a shuttle bus for the drive out to these unique Gardens. Stroll through the Rose, Japanese and Italian gardens and over to huge sunken garden displays of annuals, flowering tree and shrubs. On a summer visit see the gardens when they are illuminated in the evening.

If time is running short; you will find great packages to extend your Victoria visit. Check the B&B’s, hotels, and resorts that line the Inner Harbor. Use extra time to: experience the hunt for Orca Whales, try sea kayaking, bike forest trails, book a fishing trip or play a round of golf.

If your Victoria time is running short check out the B&B’s, hotels, and resorts that line the Inner Harbor. Use your extra Victoria day to join a whale watching cruise, bike forest trails, try sea kayaking, book a fishing trip or play a round of golf.  Victoria has it all!!

Canada’s major west coast city Vancouver is a fast seaplane flight from Victoria’s Inner Harbour over the gulf Islands across the Strait of Georgia for a landing at Coal Harbor. www.harbourair.com

I prefer a more leisurely tour to Vancouver. Leave Victoria and drive to Swartz Bay where you can board a BC Ferry sailing through the Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen. Back on shore take Highway 99 into the city of Vancouver.  For more details see my Vancouver page. www.bcferries.com

If you missed seeing the illusive Orca Whales; leave Vancouver Island at Sidney and take a Washington State Ferry through the San Juan Islands.  Stop at Friday Harbor to catch whale watching cruise to get a close-up look.