Victoria is a busy tourist destination and downtown has many night clubs, theatres, restaurants, pubs, more than enough places to suit everyone's idea of entertainment. Being the party people that we are not, we spent most of our time walking and taking in the sights. Our hotel was only a couple of blocks away. There are many hotels not too far from the harbor and you don't really need a car to get around the immediate area. More than enough to keep us busy and we were very happy to leave our car in the hotel parking area for our entire visit. We had taken the car ferry up from Whidbey Island (Washington State), and it didn't seem to take too long to reach Victoria. That was about it for the driving part and it was wonderful not having the hassle of trying to find a parking space.
This is what I learned at the Wikipedia site: "Prior to the arrival of Sir Francis Drake in the late 1700s, the Victoria area was home to several communities of Coast Salish peoples, including the Songhees. The Spanish and British took up the exploration of the northwest coast of North America beginning with the visits of Juan Perez in 1774 and of Captain James Cook in 1778, although the Victoria area of the Strait of Juan de Fuca was not penetrated until 1790. Spanish sailors visited Esquimalt harbor" (within the modern Capital Regional District) in 1790, 1791, and 1792." If you want to learn more about Victoria you can find more information here.The little boat in the picture above was always busy showing people around the harbor. If you want to try a faster route, instead of the car ferry you can take a sea plane. We might try that next time but I would hate to miss that ferry ride.
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