We’ve had a crazy past few months and are on our way up to the Yukon! Before we get to far north, let me tell you all about Vancouver Island. I loved it and can’t wait to return someday!
For my mom’s birthday she and dad went out all weekend to leave me to make a birthday dinner for Sunday night. Since my mom likes to try a bunch different things, we made her all of her favourite foods in small quantities.
The next day we went down to the wharf again to go whale watching. We took Eagle Tours and went on a wildlife and nature tour. Although we didn’t end up seeing any whales (too early) we saw a huge colony of seals and sea lions. We saw eagles as well.
We went to Sooke to explore where we ended up going to all the beaches up to Port Renfrew.
On our way we stopped at Spirit Bay where we were taught about how the native land is being used to make eco-friendly homes based on their conditions. It is a beautiful and amazing place to retire to or vacation to. We spent the rest of the day exploring the large attractions. At a park we saw three large attractions which turned out to be children’s playground equipment. There was an octopus, a salmon and a dragon. At a Marina there was a giant killer whale at the entrance and a fun surprise – three harbour seals!
We went to the Craigdarroch Castle which had five floors and was huge! It took us hours to walk around… hard not to get lost that’s for sure.
We walked down to the Robert Bateman gallery where some of Robert Bateman’s original paintings are on display. There were a bunch of small exhibits, a short video and a timeline of his family, his work and important dates in his life. The most impactful exhibit was where he showed how humans affect the life of animals. For example one painting was of a duck in an oil spill with another stuck in plastic can holder. There was another one of a polar bear floating away on a small piece of ice indicating global warming. We went on a tour of the Parliament. It was really cool to see the inside and learn about its history.
We went over to the Royal British Columbia Museum, next door. It was probably one of the biggest museums we’ve ever been in during this trip! We couldn’t even explore the whole thing and we were there a long time.
Overall Victoria is an amazing place and I can’t wait to visit again. There is so much to see and do we could easily spend another 6 weeks there and still not see everything.