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Oct 16, 2019 - Victoria - Last Day

In spite of the threat of rain, we sallied forth in search of adventure around Victoria, BC. Turned out that the weather cooperated and neither of us was in danger of melting! Our first stop, and one I would highly recommend was Craigdarroch Castle, which is not a castle per se but a large mansion. Nonetheless, the place is impressive! Situated in a nice residential area just beyond downtown Victoria, the mansion was built for Robert Dunsmuir, who alas for him died just prior to completion of the house. Dunsmuir was a wealthy coal baron who...

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Oct 15, 2019 - Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is located on Vancouver Island. While the weather was cloudy and then rainy, we sallied forth nonetheless. We walked around some of downtown Victoria, seeing part of the harbor area (including watching a seaplane land in the harbor), the Parliament building, and the Empress Hotel. The Empress is an upgraded grand hotel from 1908 and is elegant from its cultured and detailed landscaping to its opulent lobby. Attached are pictures of the hotel's front, a different kind of chandelier in the...

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Oct 14, 2019 - Canada - Thanksgiving & Victoria, BC

Yesterday we relaxed in the house of our friends, Barb & Bevin, before journeying over to their daughter and son-in-law's (Robin and Kevin) house for a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with their family. About a year ago, Robin & Kevin completed a total tear down and complete replacement of their home, and what a job they did! The new interior features built-in cabinets, convenient nooks to hold a large TV and other assorted, but limited, vases and pictures. I took a picture of the front of their house, which looks nice, but unpretentious. From...

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Sep 26, 2019 - On The Road Again!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We always look forward to travelling and part of the experience is not having to shop for groceries, cook our own meals every day, and do all the cleaning up afterwards. It’s great to try new foods in other places around the world, although the fact that we don’t eat fish or seafood does limit our choices a great deal. Living in a tourist city on ocean means that fresh fish and seafood is a big part of the dining experience in Victoria. We don’t eat out a lot unless we go to ethnic restaurants for Thai,...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Victoria BC

15 September 2019 Our last day in Victoria. Time to catch up on some washing again today so we can pack tonight ready for moving on tomorrow. Had a walk down town and took a few photos of things we'd looked at previously. Stopped and spoke with the man at the 1926 T Model Ford Ute which is a promotion for Butchart Gardens. They get lots of enquiries there, and some people are amazed that the Gardens are not in the centre of Victoria. Considering the gardens cover 55 acres, they certainly wouldn't be close to the city area. Today is the last...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 14, 2019 - Victoria BC

14 September 2019 Another lazy start to the day. The plan for the day was to drive the Pacific Marine Circle Route, but as the fog rolled in while we were having breakfast, our departure was somewhat delayed. Eventually left just before lunch, another dull day, but the rain stayed away. First stop was Sooke on Sooke Harbour, a nice little town. A good Information Centre and they were very helpful. We took their advice and headed for Mom's Cafe for lunch - a good choice. Rather like a diner, good service and food. We then headed off to Point...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 13, 2019 - Victoria BC

13 September 2019 Alarms set for 7am. After breakfast the men set off on the shuttle bus for the airport to pick up our hire car. They had a friendly driver who dropped them off at the hire company instead of going into the airport. Anne & Pam tidied up and got some washing done while they were away. The men duly returned in time for a coffee, and to our surprise they were driving a Ford Expedition which we have christened "The Bus". They must have thought we had a lot of luggage to trip around with, and as well we have eight seats. With...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 12, 2019 - Victoria BC

12 September 2019 A lazy start to the day. No definite plans made, and as Anne has had a couple of nights of little sleep, it was good to relax and not have to have a timetable. Made some phone calls re car pickup tomorrow, sorted out a few queries at the front desk and then wandered downtown to the Information Centre. Browsed around a few shops, had some lunch and then set off back home. The rain got serious while we were having lunch, so the coats and ponchos came in handy for our walk back. Relaxing afternoon catching up on emails and...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 11, 2019 - Seattle to Victoria BC

11 September 2019 An early rise for our departure to Victoria on the Clipper. In the lobby just after 6.30am, checkout done and needed to order taxi for four people plus luggage. Apparently the taxis in Seattle don't accommodate that many, and we would need to book two taxis. Lucky for us, the porter on duty stepped up & suggested he order an uber on his app, which would arrive within minutes, and the taxis could take 15 to 20 minutes. We were very greatful, paid the porter, and a GMC Suburban turned up almost immediately. We all fitted in...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Aug 8, 2019 - Victoria

Thursday was Sue’s birthday. (My lucky day!) We booked a tour to the Butchard Gardens near Victoria, BC. We took the 12:45 Black Ball Line Ferry out of Port Angeles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the dock at Victoria. Interestingly, the sky was cloudy and the water dark until we were about two-thirds of the way across. From there northward the skies were sunny and clear and the water blue. We walked from the dock to the street in front of the Fairmont Edgewater Hotel where we boarded a shuttle bus that made the 35-minute journey to...

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Jul 14, 2019 - Dang! It has been a long time!

NOTE: Photo updloads were ok but I ran out of time. I hope to add come more this evening. Dianne has not had an opportunity to add hers in! Victoria was a wonderful stay - just out of town enough to visit the city and go up the coast as well as investigate the shore line and small towns. Our campground was pretty nice but had terrible WiFi as well as marginal cell coverage in that particular area. We spent one day just visiting downtown. It is not large but it seems pretty densely packed. We had three major activities that day. First was...

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Arvie and Friends

Jun 30, 2019 - I ♥ Victoria!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It’s always great to come back to Victoria and the life-style we have created there. So different from the busy days raising a family in Edmonton and then the nine years we spent travelling the world without what our friends called a ‘base’ to call our own. I was pleased that we were back in time to join in the festivities on the waterfront for Canada Day. Perhaps it was the fact that we had just returned from the United States, but for the first time I put on red and white clothing to mingle with the crowd. We...

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