This was an amazing trip. We fell in love with British Columbia. It’s a nature wonderland and exactly what we have been craving for. It took us a few trips to understand what we like in vacations – nature. Victoria turned out to be a wonderful surprise. We didn’t expect to feel so at home. We ended up here because we wanted to go hiking and we don’t drive (a NYC handicap). Victoria had the type of tours we were looking for.
There’s nothing like West Coast beauty.
Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada. It is located on the tip of Vancouver Island off the Pacific Coast. The city’s population is around 80,000. It’s 62 miles from Seattle, Washington USA and 60 miles from Vancouver, Canada. The city was named for Queen Victoria of England. It started as a British settlement around 1843 and is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. They have Canada’s oldest Chinatown. This is also the mildest area for weather in Canada.
The Empress hotel opened in 1908 and is currently undergoing a massive renovation.
We didn’t get to check the city out as much as we liked, we had a full schedule. My body hates me, I have a real body clock. I wake up anywhere from 5-6.30am automatically on East Coast time so I was passing out at 7pm there. Even when I tried to stay up late to re-clock my body. I still woke up at 3am (6 am East Coast time). And I got sick. By the 4th day after a hike, I had a fever and was hugging the toilet. I was drinking cough medicine from a bottle and taking every pill I could think of to get through this trip. I’m pretty sure I looked like one of those kids trying to get high off Robitussin. But I wasn’t going to let a cold take me out – waited a few years to visit the Vancouver area. On my last day I slept till 7.30am their time – took me 10 nights to re clock to their time.