Our Final Port of Call: Victoria, BC

Victoria is a gentle, town-like city with neat streets and countless flowers. It revels in its English essence at the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island. Although afternoon teas, double-decker buses, English inns, and gardens and pubs are common in this capital city, the eight of us skipped those diversions.
The most popular Victoria attraction is the world-famous Butchart Gardens, making a show of 50 acres of floral magnificence. But because most of us had previously visited Butchart Gardens, we skipped it as well.
Other Victoria must-sees that we chose to pass up included the historic Empress Hotel, the Scottish-style Craigdarroch Castle, and the Royal British Columbia Museum.
So. What did we do? We took a long, leisurely walk from the port to the city's center at Inner Harbor. Have a look at our Victoria slideshow that highlights the harbor scenes, yachts, and floatplanes that we saw on our stroll, along with shots of Pleasure boats, docked in the harbor, and artisans displaying their creations on the promenade, contribute to a holiday atmosphere that we enjoyed as we walked past the grand hotel.
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the Empress Hotel's palatial grounds and promenade
<<click to open; click photo to close, some beautiful local flowers and trees, a collection of cozy houseboats, and While Parliament's buildings have solid-marble columns, statuary, stained glass, and many unique architectural flourishes,
the beauty of the grounds features flower gardens, fountains, statues, and views of Inner Harbor.
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BC's Parliament Buildings
that were built in 1893.
Arriving at Inner Harbor, we discovered an outdoor pub where we were refreshed, sampling and enjoying a variety of Alaskan brews and ales, along with tasty local hors-d'oeuvres.

To see what our last port of call offered us, enjoy our Victoria photo album.