Victoria, B.C. - 2006

In June, we took a one-week trip to Victoria, B.C. to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary.

First, we drove to Port Angeles, WA. The next morning, we put our car on the Coho ferry for the 105 minute trek to Victoria across the Strait of Juan De Fuca. There were high clouds, but it was generally sunny and the sea was calm. In fact, the weather was very good for most of our vacation.

We stayed in the Signature Club at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel and Spa in Victoria - an excellent establishment on Victoria's harbor.

We did all the sights including the very fine Royal B.C. Museum and the stained glass displays in the Parliament building. We also visited Butchart Gardens, 14 miles north of Victoria on Brentwood Bay. We got there early - there were no crowds; we felt like it was our own private park. By the time we left, a million buses had arrived and hordes of tourists were invading. We left, took a scenic drive, visited wineries, etc.

We also took leisurely scenic drives through parks and glided up the marine/scenic route to Oak Bay. We strolled the shops there and in downtown Victoria. We also visited several wineries on the island. And we enjoyed the many fine restaurants and pubs.

On our 40th Anniversary, we celebrated with cocktails in the Bengal Lounge of The Empress Hotel. Then we had a nice dinner in The Empress Room. More detail about the trip can be found here.

Here are some photos:

The Coho ferry in Victoria's Inner Harbour - note water taxis
Making a new friend at the Delta Ocean Pointe
Carol with champagne
Anniversary champagne toast on Signature Club veranda
The view from the Airie Resort Dining Room in Malahat
Totem poles at Royal B.C. Museum