Certainly there are many reasons to not throw trash from your car, including the damage done to the various ecological systems (ocean and land) that are part of Victoria.
However, in Victoria there are particular reasons not to throw trash, particularly trash containing food residue, from your car. You will quickly be surrounded by gulls and pigeons demanding that you provide more.
You can expect that at the very least, you will have to wash your car afterward, and at worst may have some talon scratches and other detail work to do on the paint job.
If it is a rental car, this may wind up costing you a bit of money!
Just take a look at the pickle these people have managed to put themselves in - to get the full effect of course you have to look at the full sized image.
Victoria is located in an area of the World that has plenty of seismic activity....and is in fact geographically located along the World's "Ring of Fire"...
Just off the West Coast of Vancouver Island lies the Cascadia Subduction Zone... where the Juan de Fuca Plate is meeting and colliding with the North American Plate...Ruptures along this "boundary" have caused large earthquakes as recently as January 1700 when a tsunami was generated that was large enough to produce large waves on Vancouver Island and waves which crossed the Pacific Ocean and hit Japan...
Other than the hundreds of small quakes that rattle the foundations of metro Victoria every year there is an expectation that a quake as large as a 8 or 9 could eventually occur causing catastrophic damage here in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest....
If you might be traveling up or down the Pat Bay highway on a sunny clear day...just North of Sayward Road if you look to the East you might see a large snow capped mountain off in the distance on the mainland in what is actually Washington State....this is a mountain called Mount Baker....and in fact is a volcano that is a part of the chain of volcanoes that run the length of the Pacific coast of North America and is part of the same chain that includes Mount St Helen's in Washington State.
Retrofitting of older buildings has been going on for years and will happen for a long time to come...modern day building codes take this seismic risk into account in they're design...
You just should know that Victoria and Vancouver Island is located in a zone where large earthquakes have and can occur...
Its the LAW in British Columbia....and the fact that you're a tourist DOES NOT seem to matter...nor does it seem to be a factor that you might have an otherwise clean record of driving infractions....
We were trying to get someone to a particular sailing of a BC Ferry and I had some difficulty engaging the seat belt in the passenger side of the LARGE pick up truck that we were driving in....coming onto the Pat Bay Highway around McKenzie Avenue and as we rounded the corner of the access ramp there was a trap set up by the local "City's Finest"..
Over to the side and the Officer gave me a ticket for NOT wearing a seat belt.....No ifs, ands, maybes or buts...he issued a ticket to the tune of $ 167.00 and didn't seem to concerned about the cost..or the fact that I had NO record previous...a warning would have been sufficient...
BEWARE......if you're driving around Victoria...keep an eye out for "Officer Friendly"...and please please have your seat belt on...
Okay...this is a more specific warning, to this location, BUT, can also be applied to any location where people gather to relax and, as a consequence, let their guard down... as I did.
Even as a local and supposedly being wise to the local risks I still managed to get my expensive digital camera stolen from under my nose!!!
Unfortunately the most serious thing about "Serious Coffee" besides the coffee, is that as innocent and safe as it seems, you can still be a "mark" for a thief!!!
This was my first ever experience at having something stolen from me because I'm usually very careful, and the worst part about it, is that it was closer to home.
Did I look like just another unaware tourist to someone??
Well...I did something wrong!!!
And the thing I did wrong was to NOT keep my camera on my body (via camera strap) but hooked over the back of my chair while I had my coffee. Never again!!!
BTW The coffee, and the food is quite good so I'd still recommend it.
Just keep your valuables really close and don't let your guard down.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 6am-10pm
Their are more than one Serious Coffee places in Victoria...but they're all very good and have a great atmosphere!
There are Canada Geese everywhere in Victoria during a big part of the year. Although they look very nice and are beautiful you have to watch out for their poop! When they find a field they like you can't walk there anymore, it's amazing how much poo they produce. SO watch your feet when walking across fields in Victoria!
Beware of bears! Oh, just kidding. You won't find bears in Victoria with exception to this fuzzy critter. He just couldn't take his paws off me! (Okay, bad joke). Seriously though, something to be warned of in Victoria are all the tourist trap shops. While they're often attractive if you're a first-time visitor, you can usually find non-touristy shops if you stray away from Government Street.
Photo: 'Help! I'm being attacked by a bear... although he's very cute! Taken on Government Street in downtown Victoria on July 13, 2002.
If you plan to use the BC Ferries, remember to get a ferry schedule so you know exactly when the ferries arrive and depart. There's a lot of good information in those brochures, and they also have coupons for restaurants and accommodation.
This is a warning about seeing places in Victoria before they disappear! Some of the popular tourist stops include Madame Toussards wax museum and the underwater sea adventure. The city has decided to raise the rent for these two venues so high that they will not be able to continue. At this point, both are saying that they will have to close after this summer. So if you are heading here in the near future check them out while you can! I'll try to update this as more info comes along.
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