Victoria for Victoria Long Week-end!

It’s not often one comes into port at midday not leaving until midnight but today was one of those days at Victoria, BC – Canada. This gave us enough time to pack in readiness for the midnight collection of suitcases in preparation of disembarkation tomorrow, boo hoo. 😦

Rain had originally been forecast for today but you would never had known it as we toured this beautiful, beautiful city. First stop was Craigdarroch Castle, not really a castle but a descendent home completed in 1890 for the then richest man in Western Canada, Robert Dunsmuir!

Craigdarroch Castle

We spent an hour exploring Craigdarroch Castle and another hour touring Victoria before visiting the Royal BC Museum. What an incredible place, complete with IMAX theater where we watched a documentary on the Lemurs of Madagascar. This was followed by an early supper at “The Empress”, Victoria’s very stately, very grand old hotel overlooking the harbor.

Victoria's Empress overlooking the bay!

What a way to spend an afternoon, basking in the sun enjoying fresh, local seafood!

Supper on the Verandah

After such a feast all we wanted was a nap so we took a walk past the Inner Harbor and Parliament House.

Parliment House Totem Pole

From here we found a perfect mode of transport back to the ship, horse-drawn carriage!

Victorian Horse Drawn Carriage - the perfect way to end our day!

What an idyllic way to conclude such a fabulous day in such a beautiful city on such a wonderful cruise. The only question now is regarding our next holiday and… “mum, how much longer?”

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