Butchart Gardens & Victoria

July 22, 2016 - 5:30 pm 1 Comment

So it’s actually a bit of a hassle getting from Vancouver to Victoria. You’d think there would be convenient departures from Vancouver, but it takes almost two hours of trains and buses just to get to the ferry terminal south of the city. Then another hour and a half on the ferry itself.

The boat is enormous, pretty much the size of a cruise ship, only a bit more industrial-looking. The ride is slow and smooth and rumbles with a vibration that feels kind of nice if you’re sitting in the right part of the boat.

Sunrise on the Strait of Georgia

Crossing the Strait of Georgia, we navigated around a few rocky islands densely forested with Douglas firs. Then a short bus ride from the ferry terminal, and I was at Butchart Gardens.

Butchart (BOO-chart) Gardens is a series of English-style gardens that cover a huge expanse of land that was formerly a limestone quarry. My mother has been raving about it for years and insisted that I go there on this trip.

When I arrived, the parking lots were filling up with antique cars. It was was some sort of antique car enthusiast gathering, and there must have been over a hundred of them. I’m not really a car person, but it was pretty cool to see.

Antique Cars at Butchart Gardens

Greyhound Hood Ornament

Antique Car at Butchart Gardens

Antique Car at Butchart Gardens

The gardens are expansive, fragrant, and packed with tourists, mostly of the senior citizen variety. Old people like flowers.

Star Pond at Butchart Gardens

Japanese Garden at Butchart Gardens

Self-Portrait at Butchart Gardens

After the gardens, I headed down to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s much bigger than I thought, a legit city. I took a quick walk around town, visiting Parliament and the buzzing waterfront filled with performers, tourists, and yachts.

Victoria Parliament Building

Then it was time to catch a bus and head north to Parksville, the tiny beach town where my sister lives.

I’m now sitting on the bus, which is actually more like a minivan. The traffic out of Victoria is horrendous. We’re not moving at the moment. Our driver has BO like onions, and I have the first seat right behind him, so the odor is lingering. He just needs a few quick swipes of deodorant.

The next few days will be spent with my mom and sisters family. I’m looking forward to relaxing for a few days.

    One Response to “Butchart Gardens & Victoria”

  1. Alice Lockett Says:

    The area is very pretty hope you are enjoying all the beauty. I have always wanted to visit that part of the country. All is well on the home front. Take care…Alice

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