The ferry trip to the Island is very relaxing. The ferries are clean and spacious. Especially the newer ones. You can board the ferry either with your car or as a foot passenger. During peak times, it is advisable to make a reservation. The ferries have a casual dining area or in the case of the newer ferries, a sit down buffet. They serve burgers and fries, salads and sandwiches, soups etc at the casual eatery for which you have to line up. On board, there is a store where you can purchase candies, books and magazines and touristy goods. At the points of embarcation on the ferry, there is usually a mall or store where you can purchase food and goods before boarding.. it is pleasant to go outside and sit in the sun and feel the wind in your hair. When you arrive at Schwarz Bay, be forewarned that the ferry will offload you outside the centre of Victoria, so you must find transportation to the city centre.
The Butchart Garden. As the title goes, it is a garden, but a very very huge garden though, with loads of history behind it.
Butchart Garden was opened in 1904 by Jennie Butchart. It is 100 year old now and inside the garden...the air is so refreshing with loads & loads different kinda trees & flowers. Great relaxing place!
Visit Victoria!(Vancouver Island)
Very different to Vancouver, people say its alot like England, I can't see it myself, except for the odd right hand drive red double decker! It IS retirement centre of canada, BUT has some wonderful places.
Take the ferry over to Victoria and then hitch a ride to Nanaimo. What a beautiful island!! Don't miss Buschart Gardens if your a garden or flower afficiondo, Also take time to go north of Vancouver into the mountains. See Schweitzer Basin and all its wildlife.