Museum of British Columbia, Victoria

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dean: We went to the museum today in Victoria, which is rated to be one of the best in North America...
... They are not wrong! They have some really interactive ways of getting the information across, such as an 18 hole crazy golf course (with each hole based on a different environmental issue and information on each as you wait your turn), a speed exhibition (with rowing machines, fast arcade games, and loads of other puzzles and games that demonstrate the physics and theories of motion etc). I think it was mainly based at children, but Alex and I spend about 3 hours just in this area, playing on all of the games and getting funny looks from the kids around us!
Upstairs were the "natural history" exhibitions, but again, these have been done quite interactively, with full size Indian houses etc recreated inside the museum. It was really good. We spent most of the day there.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is our last day in Victoria - we are jumping over to Toronto for a few days and then over to Niagra Falls and the US (and even better weather than you guys are having in the UK!!!).

Alex: We came to Vanouver Island on the Ferry from Vancouver - Dean's first ever! The ferry ride was really nice we could see the Olymus mountains in the US in the distance and we kept cutting in and out between little islands. If anyone is doing this trip - ignore the rough guide - they advise using a tour company to get over rather than public transport which would have cut the journey time a little but doubled the cost!

Victoria is nice, it feels quite British. Once again we haven't really "done" much just wandered around the town and along the shore and went to the Museum of British Columbia(surprisingly Victoria is the capital of BC not Vancouvcer) and got a feel for the place. We have also made good use of the library which allows you 1 hour a days free Internet access and lets you connect USB memory pens (most of the libraries haven't let us do that - the computers have been locked down)- hence all the updates!

The Museum of British Columbia was really good - it was obviously aimed at kids so me and Dean obviously loved it - they had crazy golf with each hole themed and with boards to make it educational (Dean won), Tobbogan race simulation machines (I won), chance to make cars out of lego and then race them (I won), pedal bikes to see how fast and how much horse power you could generate (about 0.5 hp between us). They also had some more serious exhibits about climate change (including a wooly mammoth - which had real ice all around it), some stuff about the First Nations/Indians, History of Victoria and BC (including a stand about the 80's including loads of toys and stuff with a load of little kids standing around saying "look at all this old stuff" - boo hoo). Its really bad we've got really sick of stuff about the First Nations and anything to do with the gold rush as we've seen it in every museum we have been to!
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