Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Watery Wednesday

There is a beautiful harbor in Victoria. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. We stayed here for two nights and would have stayed longer if we had more time, but like a couple of rolling stones we were heading south. We both look forward to returning one day after Gregg retires.

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.

Here is one of the whale watching boats. The same company also had a smaller pontoon boat.

It is a very beautiful city and the harbor seems to be its heart.

Thank you 2sweetnsaxy for hosting Watery Wednesday. To visit this great meme you can get to it by clicking right here.


24 comments:

  1. What a beautiful area, I can understand why you would want to return. I have friends that have to to BC and fell in love with it.
    Lovely pictures and all the boats are fantastic.
    Sunny :)

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  2. I love all your watery views from Victoria and appreciate the virtual tour. Thank you ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  3. wonderfull photos! Love to visit your blog!

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  4. thanks for sharing!
    a very beautiful marina!

    come by my place if you have the time!
    have a great day!

    xoxo

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  5. fantastic photos, beautiful reflections on water. thanks for sharing these watery photos of Victoria.

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  6. Hi Denise
    Lovely photos, love to visit some day :)

    Evelyn

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  7. Great shots of the harbour and its reflections. I am so pleased you did this post to give me a preview of our trip next year. We fly to Vancouva (13+ hours) doh! then
    to Victoria for 2 nights and we have booked a floatplane scenic tour too.

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  8. Victoria certainly looks a very attractive place to visit. Sun on sparkling water always produces lovely photos:-)

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  9. We were there this past spring and loved the area. Your beautiful photos brought back such lovely memories.

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  10. It is a beautiful harbor and busy with all the boats.

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  11. You always take such lovely photographs,the harbor and boats are a joy to see.

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  12. Victoria is on my bucket list. Your pictures are so beautiful.

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  13. What a fabulous trip, beautiful boats and reflections!
    Léia

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  14. Hi Denise, It is a beautiful city. We hopped a ferry over to Vancouver Island for a little get away. We ook the road over to Tofino on the west side of the island.

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  15. Thank you for your comment. Lovely watery pictures!

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  16. You have captured the beauty of the town. The water looks so inviting in your photos.
    Vast Mystery

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  17. Looks so beautiful Denise, and you captured it so well.

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  18. Beautiful shots. Victoria is a gem! My cousins live there so I've visited it often in various seasons. Always a great place to be. Hope you make it back some day.

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