We arrived in Canada to a beautiful evening and sunset.
The very elegant Empress Hotel sits at the head of the inner harbor. It is beautiful day or night.
The Parliment Building is illuminated every night. It is an impressive building anytime, but the lights make it look magical. Hard to believe a bunch of politicians work there isn’t it?
Victoria takes great pride in their floral displays. There are carefully tended flowers and flower beds everywhere.
Over 300 hanging baskets of flowers are on the main streets. They have a special water truck that comes around each night to water them.
The rental car business has a beautiful display.
Even the edge of a parking lot is landscaped.
We took a tour in an open-air double decker bus. We did have to dodge a few low branches, but it was a fun way to see the city.
We were startled to see gas prices so low . . . until we realized that is the price per litre. According to our tour guide that is about $6.00 per gallon!
That could explain why we saw several little cars. I don’t know what they were exactly, but they are the smallest cars I’ve ever seen besides the clown cars at the circus.
We visited Fisherman’s Wharf where there are several rows of these floating homes. They sit on barges about 20 x 30 feet.
Some are a bit smaller though.
This is one of the more unique styles we saw.
The upper floor must be a very short loft, because it wasn’t over six feet tall if that.
This one is for sale – about $300,000. Quite a contrast to the condos above it that sell for a million or so.
The inner harbor is a busy place. In addition to all the boat traffic, there are quite a few float planes coming and going.
It must be a real adventure to land on the water.
It looks just like a runway on the water, there is even a control tower.
We saw these green sea urchins sitting in crates beside the dock where the fishing boats tie up.
We talked with the very nice fisherman (or maybe he’s called a diver?) who told us about the sea urchin harvest. He walks along the bottom of the sea and picks the urchins up. To keep him from floating up he wears a 50 lb. weight in addition to his diving suit.
He and his partner harvested about 3000 pounds of sea urchins in a little over five hours. The will be air freighted to Japan within 48 hours where they are considered quite a delicacy. They are served as sushi and a big favorite there apparently. Personally, I would not eat anything that looks like that. I touched one and the little spines on them are sharp – kind of like a cactus.
We enjoyed taking a hop to the other side of the harbor on a little water taxi.
There is a lot of construction going on around the harbor. This view from our hotel shows some of the new condos being built – and a game of rooftop sand volleyball. I wonder how they got all that sand up on the second floor?
And this concludes our first day in Victoria.