Favorite thing: Actually Victoria is on Vancouver Island, about a two and a half-hour ferry and bus ride to Vancouver city. I spent two days in Victoria, and actually wished I could have stayed longer. I took an eco-tour of the west coast of the island, and had a wonderful day hike.
Favorite thing: This is, of course, only for flower lovers, which my brother isn't, so he probably wouldn't recommend Butchart gardens as highly as I do. I enjoy flowers, and being an amateur photographer, found plenty to enjoy there. As I was reminded by a fellow vtourist member, I should mention that Butchart Gardens aren't in Vancouver but on Vancouver Island. I liked the island better personally; it felt less crowded.
Favorite thing: Visit Vancouver island where Butchart Garden and Craigduroch caslte are located. In the evening the capitol buildings of Victoria on the harbor were lit up (outlined). I don't know if the do this all year or if we just happened to be there at the right time of year, but it was very pretty.
You must take a ferry boat ride over to Victoria. You drive your car onto a modern, cruise-like ferry and watch the beautiful scenery go by. First stop must be Buchart Gardens. It's a little expensive, but very impressive. Then check out downtown and have high tea at the Empress hotel before you catch the ferry back again.
Fondest memory: On a hike down to a lake in Garibaldi national park, we stopped to watch a mother bear and cub as they hunted for food. We waited cautiously until they were gone. Then went down a rain forest path to a beautiful mirror-like lake. I think about it whenever I get really pressured at work. I can still remember that dusky, earthy, clean smell deep in the woods.
When you are in Vancouver you should also visit Vancouver island.
Yes I know it is great and far away, but spending some days on the long beach is one of my fondest memory.
The lonelyness at the campground (you must take all your food with you) and the few people is so very different to Germany.
The picture shows a view onto the long beach on Vancouver island near Tofino.