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- The Inner Harbour is a lovey area. We took a walk all around for a couple of hours and really enjoyed the place. Full of shops, restaurants, gift and tourist type of shops and the views are absolutely wonderful.Written December 8, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia is a beautiful building. It's situated in a prime location and there are some wonderfully manicured gardens around it. Free tours are offered but unfortunately they were closed at the time of our visit. At the top of the central dome of the building is the gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver who explored most of North America, including British Columbia.Written December 8, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Be sure to read all you can to gain a better understanding of the family dynamics and their legacy. The castle nicely restored.Written November 21, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Fisherman's Wharf is a lovely area to walk around and enjoy some wonderful views of the harbour. There are some restaurants and other shops as well. We only spent a few minutes here and enjoyed the views.Written December 8, 2023
- The Empress Hotel is a magnificent looking, architecturally beautiful building. It is situated in a prime location, overlooking the inner harbour. Its gardens are lovely and the interior is absolutely beautiful.Written December 8, 2023
- In a city known for its gardens, the Government House Gardens remain basically unknown. Maintained by volunteers, these gardens are lovely, diverse, and inspiring. A guided tour is worth the expense, and I can recommend Arthur and Leslie as guides with great knowledge and a passion for the gardens.Written July 24, 2023
- Really nice place to get out and walk around. We saw float planes flying overhead and a cruise ship passing by. It was very windy and kind of cold - I was glad we dressed in layers and had hats. Definitely recommend to stop by and check out.Written October 25, 2023
- We walked up and down this street for a couple of hours and absolutely loved the experience. It's a wonderful area with many things to see and the views are magnificent. There are many shops to visitt as well and do some window shopping, or actually buy things.Written December 9, 2023
- This is a beautiful church, historic and very well preserved. It is well worth stopping in if you are in the area. The acoustics are superb. We were made to feel very welcome by the docent near the entrance.Written December 4, 2023
- We went to this theatre for the first time to watch the play Come from Away. We sat in the upper balcony, middle section and the acoustics were fantastic as well as full view of the stage.
Of course the play was superbly done!!!Written May 25, 2023
- Victoria Pier is a lovely area to walk around and take in the fresh air and the wonderful views. There are plenty of boats, there is a range of eateries and other shops as well. A place to relax and enjoy.Written December 9, 2023
- The is a lovely place to stroll or jog depending on what you need. For an out and back to the end from Johnson St. Bridge is about an hour. Nature abounds and the views are unsurpassed.Written February 22, 2021
- We went for the gardens and they were lovely. Many varieties of flowers that I hope to identify and try in my gardens in Washington state. Unfortunately there was little information about the plants so I will have to do my own research. We missed the peak for the rose garden but some of the bedding plants around the roses were spectacular. Pretty limited signage throughout, which was very frustrating.Written July 8, 2023
- It had been well over 7 years since I last ambled about Ross Bay Cemetery. As such, I felt it was high time I re-visited one of the province’s most important heritage cemeteries. These grounds have much to teach us if we have but the eyes to see and the ears to listen.
When most attend Ross Bay Cemetery, it’s usually just to partake in a peaceful and serene walk along the old carriage pathways or admire the intricate monuments to the dead. Indeed, that’s all well and fine, but there’s so much more to this place than a calming stroll. With over 20,000 graves, this 150 year old site is, in many ways, a physical record of British Columbia’s political, social, cultural and economic history. Think about it. There are a number of notable individuals buried here: James Douglas, BC’s first governor, founder of Victoria and “Father of BC;” Amor De Cosmos, BC’s second Premier and a rather curious individual; Billy Barker, a key player in the Cariboo Gold Rush who subsequently had a town named after him (Barkerville); and, Emily Carr, an artist who needs no introduction. There are, of course, many other “worthies” at Ross Bay, but these few illustrate the larger point: The cemetery provides a clear history and record of the province on numerous fronts. For that reason alone it should be on any history buff’s “must do” list when visiting Victoria.
When we attended, I’d hoped to scope out a few notable graves, but the weather deteriorated rapidly into a torrential downpour. A leisurely stroll quickly turned into a fast-paced walk (with many a quizzical deer looking our way). As a result, we limited ourselves to locating Emily Carr’s resting place and called it a day.
Despite the quick turn in weather, it was nice to re-visit this site after so many years. The site is peaceful and calming, yes, but it’s also rich in culture, history and Victorian-era tradition.Written December 29, 2022
- This was a nice little surprise while going through China town. Nice little shops, really cute place and a neat little cut through to the next block.Written September 12, 2023
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