On Sunday morning we were up bright and early, and walking round the corner to the Georgian Court for our pick-up by Pacific Coach Lines to head down to Victoria via the Tsawwassen-Schwarz Bay ferry. A couple of hours later and we were at the ferry port, heading for deck 5 and the ‘Pacific Buffet’ for brunch – all-you-can-eat with hot food, salad, croissants and cake, and a view across the Gulf to the Vancouver Islands while you’re at it. After food, we wandered up on deck, and watched the seagulls, islands, and seals as we travelled across to Schwarz Bay.
Another short journey down the peninsula to Victoria, and the bus dropped us off. Again, over the road from the hotel (though we detoured to tourist information a block the wrong way to find that out!)… then we headed back out for the afternoon to see Victoria and make some plans for our only full day there, the Monday. After stopping at the tourist information to find out about whalewatching, we arranged to hire a car for Monday afternoon, and then booked onto a whalewatching tour for Monday morning – they had seen whales that morning, so we were pretty hopeful although it is getting to the end of the season.
We pottered up and down Victoria’s main streets, resisting the Icecream and Fudge Factory, as well as the chocolate shop, and wandered through the main street of Chinatown (under the Gate of Harmonious Interest) and back along the waterfront, eventually to our hotel. Never before have we been offered weed by random people!
We headed back out for dinner at the Sticky Wicket – an ‘English-style’ pub, for some good food, and Pete was most gratified that not only were they showing the NFL, we had a table right by the big screen! Satisfied to an elegant sufficiency, we wandered down to have a look at the harbour all lit up, and then walked back up to the hotel for an early night.