Monday, September 26, 2011

Victoria, BC | Walkabouts in Downtown and Chinatown

Hi Fellow Travellers,

Enjoy these pixels of the offbeat walkabout in Victoria:

Loved the hanging baskets (above)

Tree hugger! (above)
In a case of perfect timing, check out the Annual Masquerade Charity Ball at the Empress:

The world famous Empress Hotel:

Nearby Grand Pacific Hotel (above)

Horse-drawn carriage rides and double-decker buses:

My favorite part of our Victoria trip included our morning walk through downtown and Chinatown whilst everything was still quiet, the air cool, and the light crossing over from blue to yellow:

Onto Chinatown, purportedly Canada's first:

The Lean and Look! (above)

One thing's for sure: I like public markets, water life, walking, and eating street and local food (must eat anyway!).   This trip showed many options to eat such that I left wanting more.  There's much to enjoy downtown such as the Government Street Market in addition to what you see here besides other markets in and around Victoria:

Market Square (above 3)
Farmer's Market stage (above)
Intriguing odds and ends:

Streetview from Tourism office (above)
I like the architecture in colonial cities.
John Lennon's auto at Royal BC Museum (above)
The [amazing] Singing Tower Netherlends Centennial Carillon (above)

During your walk to downtown and Chinatown, be sure to pause to enjoy the Legislature Building, appreciate the cityscape at sunset, visit the downtown shops and eateries, and check out the night life.  

Want to visit Victoria?  Travellers can utilize transportation to Victoria via a variety of transports including Kenmore Air, the Victoria ClipperWashington State Ferries, Coho Blackball Ferry (connecting the Olympic Peninsula with Victoria via Pt. Angeles) or BC Ferries.  We chose BC Ferries for our journey.  Just be aware that arriving in Sidney, BC means you will need to drive via car or bus to the Inner Harbor.  Travelling by car means you pay more to board the ferries, for gas, and time, but, comparatively, cost seems a wash as air or Clipper tickets tend to be more expensive than ferry tickets.  So travel to Victoria based on your preference. I liked the large sundeck and laid-back ride of BC Ferries for a close-up view of the scenic Gulf Islands.

Learn more about the trip to BC, join me on my travels, and discover for yourself what Canada has to offer!

Let's Go!