Vancouver Island Things to Do

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    Stop & Taste the Wine

    by kehale Written Aug 12, 2014

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    We've done the drive between Nanaimo and Victoria a few times, and on our most recent visit I insisted to my husband that we stop at, at least 1 winery on our drive along the Hwy 1. After he agreed we picked the next turn off and ended up at Enrico Winery. The setting was absolutely gorgeous, they staff was friendly, the prices were very reasonable and the wines were FANTASTIC! We hung out in the tasting room and tried 7 different wines (mostly myself since my husband was driving) while our daughter happily coloured away. They saved the best for last and once we tried the Reserve we were sold & a bottle came home with us.
    What I really liked about this place as well was that a couple of people dropped in while we were there, who were obviously big fans of the winery and came frequently to purchase bottles to take home.
    Of course, Enrico is not the only winery on your drive between Nanaimo and Victoria. If you are making that drive and you are into wine, I would highly recommend factoring in some time to make stops at these fantastic wineries. Before we moved to BC we weren't very familiar with BC wines, but now that we call this place home, we are falling in love with all of the fantastic options they have to offer!

    The Welcome Sign At Enrico Keeping Busy The Vineyards from the Tasting room deck The Tasting Room & Vineyards beyond
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    China Town

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    Such as any bigger cities the Chinese always has their own community and town and once you stroll around you'll have the feeling that you are in China
    In Victoria walking in China town is totally different than elsewhere, because the story still behind and they have proven it to put marked on the early immigrant in the city on the wall it's incredibly quite a story

    The first Chinese immigrants came to Victoria in 1858 because of the gold rush none of them intended to stay permanently in Canada they figured on striking it rich and going back to China, some did most did not, initially, they set up tents and shacks along a ravine, now Johnson St., and as more Chinese people arrived, the community expanded to include stores, tailor shops, theatres and schools, by 1880, Victoria’s Chinatown formed the largest Chinese Community in all of Canada

    That is why many of the Chinese people all over Canada has their own a hotels, motels
    You'll find them not only in China town they are all over the country managed their own business

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    Netherlands Centennial Carillon

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    ust before the museum standing this tower, while roaming around in the center of Victoria we came to this Dutch carillon donated by the Dutch community of British Columbia in 1967 in honor of Canada's 100th anniversary the queen of Holland Juliana unveiled the cornerstone on May 23, 1967

    This carillon is a musical instrument with a set of 23 or more bronze bells is called the singing tower
    You can go up to the top the upper floor you have one of the best views of the Inner Harbour, the Netherlands Centennial Carillon as an eye-catcher, this chimes hanging in a 27 meter high tower .The singing tower stands at the Inner Harbour, close to the Royal BC Museum

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    Thunderbird Park

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    The park just in front of the museum complex, this park is one of the highlights of any visit in Victoria for it Totem pole. Here you will find many different types of totem poles and other monuments of the indigenous people of Canada. The park derives its name from the mythological Thunderbird is depicted on many totem poles

    We've seen totem poles everywhere, in some places lesser than others, they really are nice carving wood and most of it with colors and motive
    The totem pole in the park were mostly tall and it sometimes difficult to take a photo especially if the pole standing against sun. Besides, the park is also nice for relaxation or picnics, there were benches and picnic tables

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    Admire the Empress Hotel

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    This is a very famous hotel everyone knows about it except me, well, I was joking of course I've heard about this hotel. The location of the hotel is in (government street) causeway which is the most busiest street in Victoria and you can't miss this unique building if you passing this way, seems everyone stops to have picture or admire this is like one of the center attractions in the city

    If you are at (James Bay) the spectacular views of the hotel is even more beautiful, this is only a four star hotel with affordable rates but due to his historical style people thinks this will cost a fortune to stay if you can afford for about two hundred dollars or more a night is not too bad I think

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    Victoria harbor

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    Well known for its charming city center the picturesque harbor, is a manageable on walking and explore the charming harbor and main city streets without paying for needless tours. The harbor area known as Inner Harbour is Victoria’s main attraction and one that visitors can enjoy at their own pace at anytime of day

    The harbor surrounded by several historical buildings such as the world famous Empress Hotel where guests looking for a change from the wonderful cruise ship cuisine can spoil themselves to a traditional English afternoon tea, and the magnificent stately Legislative Buildings, the actual walks and promenade around the water of the Inner Harbour it can keep you busy for hours as there are many vendors at the waters edge selling souvenirs and other stuff or just take in the peace from a bench against the rocks

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    Wandering around

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    Walking through the city of Victoria is fun, a lot of interesting spots to discover and sometimes you walk through a street where buildings around, shopping malls are plentiful here, you can shop till you drop.

    Shopping mall buildings are good for photographs exceptional style and as you walk some of streets in the center you will noticed that some of them were narrow and hilly. So many to things to do and see in this city and people here were very friendly, and a friendly atmosphere

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    Very Interesting Museum

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    Just a short walk from the center, the museum lies on a beautiful urban park has many acres of gardens, ponds, trails. Victoria is compact easy to navigate on foot and if you intend to visit from one place to another the only way of doing it is on foot, there are tours offer if you like to join the bus they stop in front of the museum as well

    The museum has very interesting collection, in this place natural human and contemporary history brought to life in immersive, some of the most detailed displays that make this museum famous, there is an interactive area for family with young children where they can touch and explore using microscope like devices and other visual aided apparatus

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    Centennial Square

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    As we stroll around and came to this place, very interesting square lies in a peaceful area, quiet far from the crowd city, pretty nice square with small fountain, seems like a place for local to relaxed and for those who does like outdoor activities

    Around the square, there were small outdoor stage and seating area and this native plant garden graced with two small totem poles. A nice feature of this area is the sign below which provides some insight into the carvings on the poles

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    Parliament Building

    by shavy Updated Jul 14, 2014

    Wandering in the city we came to this well-known building the Parliament you can not miss them, the architectural building decorated a copper dome, stood infront of the harbor

    On the front lawns of the buildings attracting as many people where you also have a great views to the beautiful harbours of the city

    I wasn't sure if it's free all the time, we went inside for free it is very interesting to see the inner view, some of the places are off limits but you can take pictures, inside you'll find the magnificent form of the dome which is beautifully finished in style, some windows is made from a stained glass

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    The Bastion

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    We walk away from the harbor at the main road we met this Bastion . The Hudson is Bay Company completed the Bastion in 1853 as the centre of a settlement dedicated to coal mining. The Bastion is perhaps most famous for its exciting cannon firing ceremony every day at noon from International Museum day (Sunday, May 18, 2014) to Labour Day (Monday, September 1, 2014). Also adding to the entertainment every Thursday and Saturday between late June and Labour Day is the Brigadoon Dance Academy's highland dancers, who perform just before the cannon firing from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.

    Costumed interpreters are onsite throughout the summer season to answer historical and tourist inquiries. The Bastion is open every day from May until the Labour Day long weekend from 10am to 5pm. Winter hours begin in September, where the Bastion is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Located at the corner of Bastion and Front Street on Pioneer Waterfront Plaza

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    The Court House

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    From a distance this building means business I imagine that it was and still is humbling to walk toward this building. The Nanaimo Court House is different from most in that its site location is not a corner lot. This beautiful building sits on sloping land with beautiful harbor, mainland and island views

    There's a landscaped public space at the front of the building and it lends itself to taking lunch, and a moment just to enjoy the view. A beautiful slate roof with copper ornamentation, coupled with the sheer grandeur of the building must have been an imposing view on the landscape. An addition at the rear of the building on Chapel Street hasn't impacted on the character

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    "Wandering through the end of the harbor

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    As we keep on walking to the end of the waterfront, and how further you go, how more you discover a beautiful stylish building. This is a first harbor I've ever seen which has a very modern environment. The large building in the background is a combination pub, restaurant and seaplane terminal. It has been built on wooden pilings over the ocean and it's a great place to visit. Other small shops line the walkway in Nanaimo harbor it’s a very busy waterfront, many comes for a walk and dine-in or have coffee in one of the restaurants where you have a nice views to the island

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    Stroll to the waterfront

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    The famous Nanaimo waterfront provides a haven to those interested in fishing, wildlife cruises, kayaking and water sports. Hundreds of visitors pass through its harbour, which services tugboats, sail boats, float planes and freighters

    Formerly a coal mining town and third oldest city in British Colombia, this Harbour City radiates history and culture, downtown Nanaimo also features the heritage walking tour, which transports visitors back in time to the early 1900s. Come out and hear the latest Nanaimo's inner harbour and keep it as a working harbour with all it's flavour and character

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    Nanaimo boat basin

    by shavy Written Jul 14, 2014

    At one time, all you would see parked here were fishing boats. But since the decline in the fishery happened, what we see parked here now are mostly pleasure craft. This is looking north east across the Nanaimo Harbour when I took this shot, I was looking through the channel that goes between Newcastle Island and Protection Island. You can walk across there at low tide

    But both are terrific places to check out and spend a day at seaplane float docks in the Nanaimo harbour with Newcastle Island in the background. It has been said that the Nanaimo harbour is the most beautiful harbour on the west coast of North America

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