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West Coast Part Two – Victoria, B.C.

August 30, 2017

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We took a 3 hour ferry over to Victoria, B.C. which was just the cutest little town and reminded me sooo much of France! The ferry ride was quite interesting, I get a little seasick so when we started hitting really choppy waters, I was holding onto both sides of my seat and just hoping that I wouldn’t feel like I was on a boat for the rest of the day. There was no wifi so my family ended up playing a SUPER entertaining game of cards where basically my mom was in the hundreds and my brother and dad were in the NEGATIVE hundred, didn’t even know that was possible hahahha

We spent our first day walking around the town area. eating some QUALITY seafood, admiring the city of flowers, and then in the evening we took a charter bus up to the Butchart Gardens. The host was the most Canadian man my brother and I had ever encountered in our life and it made for such an enjoyable ride up listening to the history of Canada. The Butchart Gardens were AMAZING and my mom was in garden heaven for the entire time walking around. It’s crazy that the gardens grew into what was originally a limestone quarry! I think the Italian portion of the garden was personally my favorite because surprise, surprise, it reminded me of Europe πŸ™‚


The second day we toured the Parliament Building where we learned more about Canada’s history & got to see the inside of this beautiful historical landmark!

And then we just spent the rest of the day walking through Beacon Hill Park where there were peacocks roaming around and a BABY GOAT PEN!!!!!! I pet so many baby goats and the older ones were so snuggly and it was the best part of our trip to Victoria for me at least hahahaha We also got to see the world’s largest totem pole (random, but cool!), walked along a pebble beach & ate more seafood (sense a theme?) at the Fisherman’s Wharf!

We took the ferry trip back to Seattle & Bellevue and spent one night there before driving to Mt. Rainier & Crater Lake after that which I’ll cover in the next post!!!

Read: Part OneΒ – Seattle | Part Three – Mt. Rainier & Crater Lake

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