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  Wanderlust Home and Pet Care

Victoria, B. C.

September 2, 2014 - There is only one ferry to Sidney (Victoria) per day, 9:45 am. It was another beautiful morning with calm seas. We passed through customs and walked to the bus stop in Sidney just as it is starting to sprinkle. Thank goodness it never rained too hard. When we disembarked the bus near the Empress Hotel, we made a beeline to the visitor office. We ate at 10 Acres for lunch. It was a wonderful suggestion by the visitor center. However the skies opened up - well we could have been stuck in worse places. We picked up a few groceries and a book of 10 bus tickets and caught a cab to to the next AirBnB.

September 3, 2014 Gary was in charge of our walking tour. With tablet in hand we walked into town - not a cloud in the sky.

Our first stop was the Thunderbird Park with it’s display of totem poles from around British Columbia. British Museum was the next stop as they had a special Viking exhibit. Being part Viking, I wanted to see the exhibit. We walked home and boy were my dogs barking.

September 4, Butchart Gardens. The gardens were over an hour away by bus. Had I known this we could have seen the garden on our way from the ferry station. This picture is the ultimate in recycling. The sunken area use to be an abandoned quarry for cement which is how the owners made their money. The wife created these gardens. The tall part in the middle of the picture was the unusable limestone of the quarry. The water remaining in the quarry (not in picture - see movie) was made into a fountain. This garden is an amazing labor of love.

September 5, Downtown Victoria was very walk-able. We started in Chinatown and walked until we were peckish, as the English would say. I packed and did a load of wash for our next trip to Vancouver.