Jay and I headed up to Victoria Canada last weekend for a few days of exploring. The first thing I will say about Victoria is that I wish we had more time! Getting to Victoria isn't easy. We took our car so we used the ferry in Port Angeles. It's a quick 90 minute journey across the water, once en route it really was only like 60 minutes. The overall trip took us a little under 8 hours from PDX to Victoria, so it was a trek. Once we arrived in Victoria Jay and I were blown away with how freaking cute the town was. I hadn't been there in almost 20 years, so it was like seeing it with brand new eyes.
We spent our first day walking around the city. It was alive with people. We left our hotel and started walking towards the parliament building. I remember this as a kid and wanted to see it again. We were charmed by the adorable shopping streets. The parliament and the Empress hotel were just as beautiful and grand as I remembered. The Empress is known for their high tea, but I wasn't going to subject Jay to $55 a person high tea. So instead we went to the Bengal Lounge at the Empress for a cocktail (mocktail for me) and got to enjoy the views without paying $55. We asked to get seated by the window so we got to look out at the parliament lights.
Dinner was amazing at this place above called Bard and Banker. We wanted something casual and this public house had great ambience, awesome live music and wonderful food. The roasted chicken was to die for and the interior was just as cute.
The next day we awoke early and waited in line at Jam for breakfast. Then headed to Butchart Gardens. I had went as a little girl and I really wanted to go back. This isn't for everyone. I feel lucky that my husband was willing to spend 2 hours walking around gardens with me while I practiced my photography skills. I can truly say this is the most beautiful garden I have ever been to. I also loved that the dahlia's were blooming. They are my favorite kind of flower and we were lucky we timed it when they were in full bloom.
Since we were in the car we popped over to Fisherman's wharf for some chowder, fish and chips, and to feed the seals! How cute is this little area and this adorable seal. My only regret is that we didn't take the water taxi. If you visit you have to take these little water taxi's they take you all over the habour you just pop on and off them. You can visit their website here.
We walked and walked the city and enjoyed every moment of it. I wish we could of stayed 2 more days. I could of used a whole extra day of just stopping in all the shops and riding these little water taxi's around the harbour . Then the second day I would have went whale watching. We were right at the end of whale watching season so there were boats going out constantly. We were so sad we didn't have time to whale watch this trip. Needless to say we can't wait to go back and would recommend it to EVERYONE!!
I know it's Fashion Friday and I didn't do a fashion post this week, so I added in a few items I wore on the trip. We walked about 7 miles a day (my fitbit told me so) and I did most of the walking in my Tom wedges and my converse so if you are looking for good walking shoes I highly recommend both brands. Hope you have a great weekend.