05.07.2012 - 08.07.2012 25 °C
Early Thursday morning we left Vancouver and headed toward Tsasswen to catch the ferry to the island! We missed the 10:00am ride by two cars, but the beautiful weather allowed us to stick our feet our the windows and wait until the 11:00am ride, we aren’t in any hurry these days! We were the second car to pull onto the boat, what an exciting experience! There were so many interesting sights to see while on the ferry- lots of people watching, landscape observing, and even some whale / porpoise sightings! This gave us a little taste of what we’re in for during our time along the Pacific Coast, and got us super excited for our whale watching tour coming up soon!
So anyway… once we got back on land, we explored around Sidney and then hiked up Mt. Work for an awesome view of the coast. We then headed for Sean and Kate McNeil’s place- some friends from back home who offered to house us during our time in Victoria! We spent the evening on the patio with burgers and beers and plenty of good conversation. It didn’t take us long to learn the the McNeils may just be the best tour guides yet this summer. After the BBQ they took us for a drive to the lagoon and then to Bear Mountain, teaching us the history of the area along the way. Sean and Kate spent Friday at work, so we set off on our own to hike Mt. Finlayson....this was an interesting hike to say the least. We got totally lost on a mountain biking trail and were forced to bush-wack our way out (getting stung in the ass by an unknown insect along the way). We took our frustrations out on the samples at Costco, and spent some solid time stocking up on camping supplies and hiking food (and then sniped more samples when the vendors weren’t looking…typical…) When we got back to the McNeil residence, Kate had an entire evening planned for us, that’s when we came up with a new company for her titled ‘Kate McNeil Tours- See Victoria in Two Days!’. The night began at Fishermans Wharf where we had fish and chips at Barbs Place on the docks. From there we checked out the floating homes and then made our way to the cruise ship terminals just on time for the sunset. We walked along the pier as we saw the ships light up and the sun go down. Although we started to get a bit tired- the night with Sean and Kate had just begun. We continued our tour around Victoria with lattes from Moka House and a stop at ‘Mile 0’. We finished the night at Big Bad Johns- a hidden gem of a bar in the city with many rounds of Triple X. This is the place where Emma Allen was assigned the nickname ‘WA’ (weirdo-attractor). Literally every odd individual approached us during the night, asking her about one thing or another, ranging from her camera to her ‘friendly smile’. We started to go with it, and made up ridiculous false stories about how we were going to be the stars of an MTV show called ‘The Traveling Emmas’. We had the weirdos asking for our photos and our autographs….this gave us a good laugh. What a night!
Exploring Sidney.....found little crabs!
A local fisher
Floating homes at Fisherman's Warf, Victoria
Sunset on the pier
Sunset on the pier
Triple X at Big Bad Johns
'The Traveling Emmas' forever in Big Bad Johns!
Day three in Victoria was spent with a hike to the train bridge, a stop at the Malahat lookout, a tour around the Canada Sports Centre Pacific office (Kate’s workplace), a delicious wine-cheese-icecream lunch in Cowichan Bay, a cider tasting at Meridale Cidery, and finished up with a delicious dinner and game of Skip-Bo back at the house. We definitely lived it up in Victoria, thank you so much Sean and Kate for giving us a lovely time here, loaded with great laughs, fantastic food, and silly nights out. We learned lots about this city, and we are totally sold on living here some day! If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll both score a wicked cat like Princess Gordie….
Massive maple leaf!
Sean and Kate on the train bridge
Wine and cheese on the docks in Cow Bay
The four of us!
Ice cream, YUM
Dinner and Skipbo