Ferries, Flowers, Fabulous Victoria!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

We've just returned from two wonderful days on Vancouver, Island, in Victoria, B.C. An hour and a half ferry ride on the M.V. Coho (a HUGE vessel!) took us over there (on foot) early yesterday morning, and back again this afternoon. This was our birthday present to each other, buying a two-day package which included hotel stay for a night on the island. One thing we know after spending two days on this delightful island - two days are not enough! We both hope to go back there some day - perhaps with the motorhome, so that we can stay a week and explore the whole of Vancouver island.
One of our tours was of Butchart Gardens, which is celebrating 100 years of blooms. Not your standard formal gardens - Butchart started out when Mrs. Butchart decided that she would like to reclaim the limestone quarry that her husband had mined out for his cement company! 55 Acres of flowering beautfy are open to the public - there's the Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden, and Rose Garden. There are more kinds of flowers, shrubs and trees than most of us see in a lifetime, never mind in a day, all designed for maximum viewing from the many paths and walkways. Here's a link to the website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/main.php
On our second day, we toured the Legislature Building housing the Provincial Government of British Columbia. (Often called the Parliament Building, but in reality, Parliament is located in Ottawa, the Capitol of Canada.) Built in 1893Much like the Parliament Buildings we toured last year Ottawa, these are beautiful Victorian "palaces", with beautiful domes, 23 karat gold trim, and beautiful stained glass windows. As our young tour guide explained the significance of some of the paintings around us - one of them came to life in the persona of Mathew Begbie, known as "The Hanging Judge", who along with first Governor James Douglas, helped provide order to the area in the late 1800's when the Gold Rush took hold.
I wore out two sets of batteries on the camera, took over 300 pictures, and do not have a signal that's appropriate for uploading a single one of them right now, so will just place a map pin, and go back to the usual promise "more details, and lots of photos to follow"
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