As many of you know, Marilyn an I seldom get up before 7AM, but yesterday my alarm was set for 5AM. We were getting up early so that we could catch the 8:20AM ferry to Victoria, BC from Port Angeles, WA. We dressed, and left the RV Park at 5:45 for the one hour drive to Port Angeles. We had breakfast at Smugglers Landing near the ferry. The ferry was on time, and we boarded at 8AM for the hour and a half ride to Victoria Island. The island was named for Victoria Regina (Queen Victoria). Here is a picture of the ferry .
We decided to visit Butchart Gardens first, and to tour the City of Victoria later. Robert Butchart was in the business of making cement, and bought property on Victoria Island to mine limestone for his Portland Cement business. His wife Jenny decided to have the property landscaped for gardens after the property was mined. Jenny traveled the world, and collected plants for her gardens which she used to entertain guests. If you enjoy formal gardens with beautiful blooms, don’t miss Butchart Gardens. . They have flowers planted in the ground, and hanging in baskets. . There is a sunken garden , and there are fountains. . There are roses , strange trees , and vibrant colors. .
When we got back to the Port of Victoria area, we walked over to the Parliament Building, which was opened in 1898. . We lucked out, and joined the next guided tour. Here is a picture of the dome and seal of British Columbia. . BC’s unicameral Parliament meets in this room. .
The Empress Hotel dominates the center of Victoria’s Harbor. . On our ferry ride back to Port Angeles, I was able to get a picture of the Victoria Lighthouse on trail Island. The picture is at my camera’s extreme 50X Zoom from the bow of the ferry that was bouncing up and down due to the waves, along with my non-steady arms. .
Hugs, and type at you later.