Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 12 Canada, 02/07, To Victoria

From Whistler we travelled to Victoria on Vancouver Island, Victoria being the capital city of the province of British Columbia.

The view from Tantalus Lookout, probably our last view of snow capped mountains.


Horseshoe Bay, from the coach.


Here we are at the ferry port of Horseshoe Bay on the mainland to travel to Nanaimo. We had departed Whistler early to ensure our coach arrived on time for its booked passage.


Our ferry arrives and quickly unloads its passengers, cars, buses etc. Horseshoe Bay is a major ferry port servicing several other destinations, but our ferry was the busiest.


Walking the dogs on the ferry. We arrived at Nanaimo and were quickly on our way in the Prevost.


We stopped off for lunch at the lovely town of Chemainus.



There were so many murals, I gave up photographing them all. Here are a few.








We arrived in Victoria and we were driven around to get our bearings, and to kill time for the 4pm hotel check in.


The hotel was not as we expected. Our 'room' was a huge two bedroom apartment,  with an en suite and bathroom, a fully fitted kitchen with everything you would need to live there permanently. To our astonishment, the quite modern building did not have air conditioning with only a small portable fan in the lounge room. Again we baked in heat and kept windows open at night to cool the place, without much success. We made good use of the washing machine/dryer.


The hotel public areas were very nice.



We set out with T & B to find a hotel for a meal. We were soon in the main area and studying a map when a woman asked if she could help us. T & B told her what we were looking for and she said, follow me, and off she set at a good pace and brought us to this bar, which we had heard people talk about. She seemed to know the owner and we settled down for a drink and it was one of those peanut bars, where free nuts are available for customers and the shells end up on the floor.


You can't really see it in this photo but at some point this large toy spider dropped down from above onto our table. It was implausibly large so I don't recall us being too alarmed. The spider was controlled from behind the bar by strings and pulleys. The booth next to us had a plucked rubber chicken drop onto their table.


Anyway, the bar was fine for a drink but not really a place to eat, so just along the street was a proper restaurant, Earls I think, so another round of drinks and rooftop dining.



We trooped back to our hotel and after a drink in our cavernous apartment with T & B, we tried to sleep, in spite of the heat. This building was near where we dined.

16 comments:

  1. andrew, what a fantastic murals masterpiece. I surprised that modern hoel didn't have AC... but it happens

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    1. Gosia, no one was more surprised than I was.

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  2. One of the topmost on my wishlist is riding on a ferry; not much need for them in Indiana.
    Your holiday blogs have been a feast for the eyes, thanks so much for sharing with us!

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    1. Jac, they are quite good to be on, for half an hour or so.

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  3. A coincidence! Hn and I also had a meal at Earls.

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    1. Close to your hotel too, Victor.

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  4. Wow. Like Jacq I have been really enjoying travelling with you. That is a very pretty town, and I love the murals. Big ferry too. Which shows how long since I have been on one.

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    1. The mural town was really great EC, with a nice park too. It would be nicer to appreciate it on a cooler day.

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  5. Such a pretty town, I've never seen so many murals in one place before. I like that first building with the train mural, the shape of it makes me want to see inside.
    Surprised to hear no aircon, but more surprised to hear your 'room' was a two bedroom apartment, fully fitted. Wow!
    Love Big Bad John's, did they play the song?
    The ferry looks huge.

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    1. River, the murals were all in such good condition too. Sometimes things like that can become quite shabby. No, the song wasn't played but similar types of songs. It is a quite large ferry and busy too.

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  6. Darn! Meant to say the ferry looks ferry nice.

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  7. I do have a fondness for Vancouver Island and your lovely photos brought back happy memories, thank you. I don't remember so many murals... giving Grace's Perth a run for it's money I'd say. In fairness to the hotels, you did hit unusually hot weather and I doubt that AC would be required for 99% of their summer days usually. Didn't help with your stay though, I get that.

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    1. Craig, regarding air con, what you say was on my mind. I know many local people found the heat hard going but in the back of their minds was their winter.

      I expect you can guess where we went the next day. Who could to VC Island and not see it.

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    2. BG? Can't wait!

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  8. Tourists are so predictable Craig. I better polish the post written days ago for your approval.

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  9. I have not been to Vancouver Island. I have been in the islands off Washington's coast. You must take a ferry to those. Went scuba diving there when young. Watched the orcas frolic. Came down from working in Alaska one year by ferry from Haines to Seattle. Was so beautiful.

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