Friday, 7 July 2017

Vancouver Island

The next morning,  after a very early start so that we may catch the 11am ferry to cross to Victoria after travelling a couple of hours, we arrived at the ferry terminal just in time to catch the 11am ferry, as we were booked on the 1pm ferry it was great to catch the earlier one, as when we arrived into Victoria we were gojng to the Butchart gardens, where we will spend a few hours. 

The sunken garden

The ferry ride took 1 3/4hours. After we drove off the ferry,  we arrived at Butchart Gardens where we all had a few hours to explore. This garden which was developed by Jenny Butchart in 1904, was initially a quarry, so the first part of the garden that was developed was the quarry and now called the sunken garden, the garden entails over 50 acres,  has 50 gardeners and is just a masterpiece, the gardens are still maintained by the Butchart family.
These gardens are well worth a  visit.

On our arrival to our hotel, bagpipes were played and we were made to feel very welcome. DH and I just loved Vancouver Island and all it had fo offer.

The next morning we went into the centre of town and explored the people's market,  china town, some thrift shops and off course a fabric store where I picked up some great american wildlife fabric.

We walked all the way back to the wharf and had lunch on the pier, met some fellow travellers, had a few drinks and walked back to the hotel, to get ready for our farewell dinner with our 47 fellow travellers. For tomorrow we set sail for Alaska.
This being our second tour in USA with Cosmos was great, at first I was hesitant 47 people on the bus,  but what a great crowd, mostly aussies and kiwis, we all had a ball, everyone got on, were considerate of others and a great time was had by all. This tour proved to me that big groups can work.
Alaska here we come.

Empress hotel
Peoples market
The wharf

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