Victoria, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens – Victoria, BC

In planning for our Canadian adventure, we chatted with friends and acquaintances about what they would recommend while in Vancouver. No lie, everyone said that we had to make it over to Victoria. Okay, so we planned a day in Victoria. What I didn’t know is what all we had to plan to get there. There are many ways to get there…Seaplane ($$$$), passenger ferry + bus, Whale watching tour excursions, and more. What we decided was best for us was to drive our car onto the ferry and to our destinations within Victoria.

Knowing the ferry ride was about 1.5 hours, I booked a spot on the 9 am ferry through BC Ferries. You have to get there no later than 30 minutes prior to departure time. We got to the TSAWWASSEN terminal, loaded the ferry, and enjoyed a windy, yet gorgeous ride over to Victoria.

Our first stop in Victoria was the Butchart Gardens…this really is a MUST SEE! So breathtakingly beautiful. The biggest roses I’ve ever seen, majestic gardens, incredibly interesting flowers and plants…I have hundreds of photos, for real!

After a couple of hours, we were getting hungry for lunch. Although you can eat at the Gardens, we wanted to explore Victoria a bit more. We stumbled upon a quaint little deli that hit the spot!


We had a reservation on the 7pm ferry back so we had until about 5:30pm to enjoy Victoria. We walked by The Empress Hotel, a beautiful hotel in the city center. If we had time, I would have loved to experience afternoon tea.

Fairmont Empress
British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Our sweet tooth was nagging us, so luckily we found a spot called Kid Sister Ice Cream tucked in a charming and very narrow alley.

The ferry ride back was stunning as the sun was setting…it had been an unforgettable day.

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