Continuing on with #ChooseCruise month, I'm back to share another cruise port. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a popular port on Alaska Sailings. I'm excited to head back there on our own Alaskan cruise next summer. This quaint little city is the perfect cruise stop before heading on to Alaska, and was the perfect place for us to visit on a quick trip from Seattle.
There are so many great sights to see in Victoria, and I've put together a few favorites that are perfect for your cruise stop. Whether it is exploring beautiful gardens & historic castles or walking along the harbor, Victoria will have you smitten in just a short stop there. Here are my top sights to see in this quaint Canadian town.
The wood work, the stained glass, I can't even put into words just how stunning this castle is. You definitely won't be disappointed by putting this castle on your itinerary. Though the outside facade doesn't leave much to be desired, I was blown away, and the stained glass was something right out of Beauty & the Beast!
Head outside of the city for a trip to the stunning Butchart Gardens. There must be billions of plants here in all varieties. From stunning florals to lush ferns, there is something to catch everyone's eye!
Butchart Gardens was one of the highlights of our trip. It's just a little ways outside of Victoria, and the drive is beautiful so it is worth the time to make your way out there. Since we visited in late Spring, the gardens were in full bloom, and we were given quite the show! We spent about half a day strolling around Butchart Gardens, and probably could have spent longer. The flowers, the trees, the vines, so many beautiful plants to admire.
You might also want to head down to the beautiful harbor in Victoria. You can feed seals at Fisherman's Wharf, have high tea at the Empress Hotel, or explore the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Building. We enjoyed all of the above, and look forward to doing many of the same activities next summer.
There are so many other spots to see in Victoria, but these are some great options to catch before you depart for your cruise. Are there any other spots you'd want to see in NYC?
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is another one of those places that fell into my travel lap. I hadn't planned or plotted to visit there, but, when the chance came to visit, I was more than pleased that I did. The heart of this quaint little city is a stunning harbor bustling with boats, seaplanes, and wildlife. The city streets are cobblestone lined with beautiful buildings right out of a story book.
There is much to see and enjoy here, more than just a quick stop can satiate. Take a look at an itinerary to get an idea of all you can see and do in this beautiful Canadian town.
Happy Sunday! I hope you're enjoying a nice leisurely day. I'm loving the cooler weather that blew in, and have enjoyed having the windows up and sitting outside. I'm excited to be back today to share our last adventure in Victoria, British Columbia.
Butchart Gardens was one of the highlights of our trip. It's just a little ways outside of Victoria, and the drive is beautiful so it is worth the time to make your way out there. Since we visited in late Spring, the gardens were in full bloom, and we were given quite the show! We spent about half a day strolling around Butchart Gardens, and probably could have spent longer. The flowers, the trees, the vines, so many beautiful plants to explore. We also enjoyed perusing the shops, and taking home a few trinkets. I had quite the time taking photos in every nook and cranny of the gardens, and I came home with many prized photographs and memories! Butchart Gardens is also a popular attraction for a shore excursion on Alaskan cruises, so I highly recommend that if you get the chance! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed traveling to Victoria, British Columbia with me. Tomorrow I'll share a wrap up with a last few pictures, and a spot to find everything in one place. Have a great rest of your weekend!
Hey there! Hope you are having a great weekend. I'm excited to see that cooler weather is coming to Texas tomorrow. I can't wait to wear sweaters, sip hot chocolate, and crunch the leaves as I walk! I just hope the cool days stick around a little longer this go round. Anyway, let's get to it! Today I'm sharing from our visit to Victoria, British Columbia, and our walk around The Empress Hotel overlooking the harbor.
Along with the Parliament Building, The Empress Hotel greets you as you pull into the harbor at Victoria. It's stunning architecture and sweeping vines really make it stand out against the crowd of smaller buildings. We didn't even step foot inside, as the beautiful grounds kept us plenty intrigued, but I would have loved to have ventured in for their famous high tea. I'll save that for a later trip. However, we loved strolling around the outside, admiring the stone & brick facade, gorgeous copper roof tops, and absolutely beautiful gardens. Our favorite were the wisteria bushes cascading down from wooden pergolas. They made for great photo ops! This is the perfect attraction to visit during a cruise stop on the way to Alaska. If you get the chance I recommend checking out The Empress and venturing in to check out the inside. I'm sure it will be a treat for you!
Thanks for stopping by today. Check back tomorrow. I'll be sharing our last adventure from Victoria!
Hey y'all! I'm back again to share more from Victoria, British Columbia. Just a few more attractions, and we'll be wrapping up with this great city. Today, I'm touching on our visit to the beautiful Craigdarroch Castle!
This stunning Victoria-era castle was built in the late 1800s as an estate. Much to our benefit, it was later turned into a museum. I hadn't seen or thought much of the castle when planning our trip, but my mother-in-law mentioned it might be fun, so we made sure to fit it into our visit. Boy, am I glad we did! The wood work & stained glass within the castle are absolutely unbelievable!
As you can see from the incredible staircase, which you may recognize from movies such as The Boy, the castle boasts several floors to explore. Even though the castle is large, your intrigue is kept throughout exploring. At every turn there is incredible wood work, like serpent staffs, beautiful furniture, including a Steinway Piano, and beautiful stained glass. One of my favorite features was a curved door leading into one of the turrets.
It's hard to believe that this some 25,000 square foot castle was once a home, but I'm so glad it was well kept long after changing owners several times. They just don't build things like that anymore! This along with Butchart Gardens, which I'll share about next week, are my must see places in Victoria. Be sure to add them to your itinerary!
To read more about Craigdarroch Castle, visit thecastle.ca/. See you back this weekend for some special posts on my current thoughts & happenings.