We left Juneau, Alaska by ferry and spent the next three days cruising down the inner passage toward Vancouver Island. There were many great sights along the way. After arriving at Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, we rode to the Southern tip of the island to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The above picture was taken in the Inner Harbour of Victoria with The Fairmont Empress Hotel in the background.
I took this picture while still on the ferry. For more information about our passage, check out David’s blog. We met a delightful young couple from Tours, France who are riding their motorcycle from Canada through the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America before returning home a year later to France. They are stopping for a visit at Lake Lure near the end of this month.
The Inner Harbour in Victoria is a busy scene.
All of us in front of the Parliment Building built in 1897.
Our evening stroll coincided with the arrival of a group of Prom attendees at the Empress hotel. The bright gowns made a vivid mark on the beautifully landscaped lawn.
We loved seeing a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman amongst the group.
How brilliant to have Prius taxi cabs.
We had dinner at Nautical Nellies, a harbour landmark. I loved the crabcakes with peach and sweet pepper chutneys. The filo crisps, olive oil and balsamic vinegar were a nice added touch. I must remember this presentation.
David had their paella with halibut, salmon, scallops, shrimp, chorizo sausage with peppers and onions in a spicy creole rice, garnished with steamed clams.
Our accomodations for the two nights we were in Victoria were at Marketa’s Bed and Breakfast. It is located within walking distance of the harbour. The breakfasts were enormous and delicious.
I had already dug into my pancakes before I remembered to take a picture.
“Ah, Excuse me Dave. Let me get a shot of that before you eat it. Thank you.”
After our “way too much but delicious” breakfast we again boarded a ferry and left the Victoria Harbour for Port Angeles, Washington. I had no idea of what awaited us at Crippen Creek. It was a gourmet delight.