Inner Harbour, Victoria
Favorite thing: One of the best ways to explore Victoria's scenic downtown is on foot. The Inner Harbour, Old Town, Chinatown, James Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, Fairfield, Beacon Hill Park and Rockland are all downtown and within easy walking distance of each other.
The inner harbor is the center of the touristic action in Victoria. There is a very convenient tourist information boot there. Walking around you see the government street with all the tourist shops(don't go in) the Bastion square, the Empress Hotel, the B.C. Royal Museum, the government house, the Thunderbird park, and a lot of other attractions. Most important, the water front. In the summer there are variouse street shows and artists all around. You can spend here more then a day, just walking between the attractions. Make your homework in advance, and decide what is that you want to see, otherwise you'll get lost
Fondest memory: Street shows and artists
Fondest memory: Victoria's tubby little harbour ferries really tickled my fancy when I was there. These cool little vessels chug around the inner harbour providing a type of water bus service between dedicated wharves and jetties. A journey from any one point to another cost a flat C$4 when I was there in July 2006. Tourists could also pay much more to charter a harbour ferry for a cruise around the harbour. The accompanying picture is of the first harbour ferry I took in Victoria, docked below the Empress Hotel at the end of my trip. The skipper obligingly posed.
Favorite thing: You cannot miss the inner-harbour area of Victoria. This is the area anyways where the most must-see things are. This is where the Royal B.C. Museum, The Empress Hotel, and the Parliament Buildings are located.
check out Inner Harbour. That's where all the tourists go. The Parliament Building is situated behind the harbour, and the Royal BC Museum, Royal London Wax Museum and the Empress hotels are close by.
There are free guided tours inside the Parliament Buildings.
Fondest memory: Taking a short afternoon nap on the grassy lawn area in front of the Parliament Buildings.
One of the most emotional statues at Victoria is the Homecoming statue at the Inner Harbour next to the Victoria Visitor Centre at Ship's Point.
The sculpture is made by Nathan Scott.
It was made for the100th Birthday of Canada's Navy.
The commemorative bricks around the statue are the result of the fundraising for the Militairy Family Resource Centre.
Fondest memory: When you are in Victoria, you will see a lot of orca whale sculptures throughout the city. This is part of the Orcas in the City project. Local artists painted these orcas. You can also find lots of orca sculptures in Vancouver as well.
Favorite thing: Walk around the harbor area during the early evening. Enjoy the performances by the street musicians/singers/jokesters along the harbor. We signed up for the Ghost Tour the first evening we arrived and got to see parts of the town we wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
VISIT THE INNER HARBOR. SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO SIT AND WATCH THE BOATS, SEAPLANES AND PEOPLE.
Fondest memory: JUST SITTING AND LOOKING
Favorite thing: The entire area was very picturesque and I found myself constantly taking photos. Flowers were present everywhere including diplays of large hanging baskets above the streets.
Favorite thing: Take your time walking along the harborside boardwalk. Mom alongside the sailboats in the harbor! A Mom-Daughter trip to be cherished!
Fondest memory: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the harbor Promenade. There are lots of activities during day and night.