Victoria, located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, is the capital of British Columbia and a beautiful city. It was a 30 mile sail from Deer Harbor, but there was no wind, so the passage was calm. In a blow, this area can get very rough.
The Cruise Committee worked with the Canadial Customs officials to expedite the process of clearing 50 boats.
Above: Bonnie and the seal. Who's training whom?
Right: One of dozens of houseboats
Buchart Gardens. Above: Jane B., Liz, and Jane K. at Buchart.
We spent two nights in Victoria. That gave us a day to rest and expore. Many of us took a trip to Buchart Gardens, built on the site of an old quarry.
After a day exploring, the crew took the water taxi to Fisherman's Warf, an area of houseboats, for a traditional dinner of fish and chips.
Below, Bonnie bought some fish to feed the hungry seal
We stayed right downtown in the Wharf street dock. We could walk to the heart of the town for food and drink.
Left: Mac, Joe, Bonnie and Coralee at dinner in Victoria.
Below: Parliament Building, day and night
Above: Our vessels docked in Victoria. Pacific Cat is the mast at the far left side of the photo
Victoria is one of two ports in North America with designated seaplane runways. Vessels must stay out of these runways. There are flashing lights placed on shore to warn you that a plane is taking off or landing