Along with the other co-hosts, I am very excited for the beginning of the Sunday Traveler. This is the place to read about, get tips, and be inspired about locations all over the world. It is also the place to share your own travel related posts. Every Sunday, myself and six others will share our own travel stories and are thrilled to be able to read yours as well. Make sure you bookmark the link so you can join in the fun every week! So, here is my post about Victoria, British Columbia for the first Sunday Traveler. At the bottom, you’ll find details on how you can join as well.
While living in Washington, I took advantage of traveling to other destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, I usually had to limit those adventures to one day. When my mom came to visit me one time, we decided to go to Victoria-there and back in one day. Not exactly relaxed travel by any means, but we proved it can be done. I lived in Tacoma which is about 45 minutes southeast of Seattle. In order to get Victoria from Tacoma, we had to drive two hours to Port Angeles, Washington and then take a 90-minute ferry to Victoria.
Victoria via Port Angeles
After arriving in Victoria, with no set plans, we started walking towards the Parliament building. The Parliament buildings are home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. There are free, year-round guided tours offered. You will find the guides out front of the building.
The Parliament Building with Beautiful Gardens in Front
Neo-baroque Style Architecture
Gardens in Front of the Parliament Building
After taking a walk through the Parliament buildings, we walked over to The Fairmont Empress Hotel. The hotel is a beautiful building that sits on the corner of the inner harbour and is well-known for its Afternoon Tea. Since 1908, kings, queens, celebrities, and dignitaries have been enjoying the Fairmont Empress for its Afternoon Tea.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Afternoon Tea at The Fairmon Empress Hotel
At the corner connecting where the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Parliament Building sits is the inner harbour. The day we visited, there just happened to be the Classic Boat Festival going on. I’m no expert of boats but they were definitely beautiful.
Chinatown is not too far away from the inner harbour as well. It is the oldest chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America.
With having to catch a 90 minute ferry back to Port Angeles and then a two hour drive back to Tacoma this was about all the fun we could manage in our one day trip to Victoria. I’m sure I will be back one day though as Victoria is a lovely place to visit.
Have you ever been to Victoria? Did you find it to be as charming a place as I did?
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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville.
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