Reaching Victoria we strolled around at the Inner harbour, watched the water taxis come and depart, and admired the wonderfully crafted orca statues.
We also spend time at the Butchart Gardens. In 1904, Robert Pim Butchart developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy Portland cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria. As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. In 2004, The Gardens was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Each year over a million plants in some 900 varieties give uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Almost a million people visit annually for all the seasons’ different colours and entertainment activities.
Sadly we have to leave this magnificent and peaceful place and return to Vancouver.
With love Stompie!