Victoria BC Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus 360° Tour

So, without further ado, we will be on our
way and we are gonna be in this thing to prepare a professionally prepared tape
for the commentary most of the time, but I will be between segments and also the
tape anecdote or you might see some deer along the way or something that would be
of interest to you. The Empress Hotel on the right is often
referred to as “the ivy-covered Empress”. Well, that was up til last year. It’s
undergone a 60 million dollar (actually more than that) renovation. And they’ve
taken the ivy off the surface of the building to protect the integrity of the
brickwork facing. …our city tour honoring our past embracing
our future. For your safety, please remain seated at all times during our tour
today and please keep your hands and body inside the vehicle. Thank you! I should mention that if you get off at a
drop location please think note of where it is each of
the four buses that are doing the circuit today are supposed to be
stopping and dropping and picking up at the same locations so that’s something
to make note of. If you happen to get off at one location and walk to the next…that presents a little bit of a challenge, but if you have your tickets
up waving along the side of the street if you think for yours that you’re where
you’re supposed to be, we’ll take note of that and make stop
that is outside of the area that we’re supposed to be stopping at. It’s the heart of historic Victoria. One
of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. The first British pioneers
settled Victoria in 1843, almost 20 years earlier than Vancouver. Old town gives
you a chance to meander down a street lined with lovingly preserved Victorian
and Edwardian buildings. Look up near the tops of those buildings! Some have their
construction dates engraved in stone. Inside, you might find a century-old
business still going strong. Other buildings house trendy yoga studios
fashionable art galleries and funky coffee shops. Old Town is the perfect
place to pick up refreshments, sit in the sun, and enjoy buskers or street
performers trying their trade. We’re passing along Government Street. The
city’s original name terrific. Ones obsess, used to take care of business
here buying and selling wares or building up a nest egg at the bank. In
less than 200 years, this spot on Vancouver Island has evolved from the
uncharted wilderness that people of the first nations called home to a rustic
British trading post and on to the bustling city you see today. Victoria
honors our past with pride. A four-story retail complex base center
fills a full city block at all time with over 90 floors restaurants and specialty
shops. It’s also a direct descendant of the Hudson’s Bay Company which built a
fur trading post named port Victoria pier in the 1800s when explorers struck
gold in the Fraser River Valley tens of thousands of cookie millionaires
strained through Victoria to lower pond supplies before racing off to the
goldfields port Victoria mushroomed into a flourishing commercial destination and
the rest is history today the base center on government
street faces the original site of Fort Victoria you can’t judge a book by its cover or a
building by its facade old town looks quaint at charming but a new city is
emerging around us thanks in part to British Columbia’s Heritage Conservation
Act we don’t just tear down old buildings when we need something new we
preserve their beauty and character but we refurbish the interiors to bring them
up to date everything old is new again we keep our British traditions alive but
we also welcome a whole world of new experiences in a few moments we’ll pass the arching
gate of Market Square just inside you’ll find a spacious open-air courtyard
surrounded by historic reconvene buildings today all the buildings have
been beautifully restored to has a unique assortment of specialty stores as
we drive along Johnson Street you’ll see brightly colored storefronts and a
variety of unique restaurants Victoria has led the contemporary craft brewing
movement in Canada lower Johnson Street or low Joe as we call it specializes in
independent fashion boutiques filled with one-of-a-kind creations check out
the window displays for a look at our local designers talents you’ll even find
several shops with gorgeous clothing made of organic ecologically friendly
cotton and other fibers for those of you wanting to give up an
account please make your way down and to the front door at this time all the
drive carefully as we thank the corner here and please come down and join me at
the front thank you very much this stuff old town Victoria Yates and
Johnson Street shopstyle Market Square and Chinatown hop off here to admire the
heritage buildings and shop to your heart’s content for a visit Canada’s
oldest surviving Chinatown to get to Chinatown walk straight up government
street toward the Magnificent red gates old town Victoria Market Square gates at
Johnson Street shops and Chinatown this top No a brilliant red triple tape at the
rivers called the gates of harmonious interest marks the entrance to
victorious Chinatown you’ll get a better look at this gateway when they pass
through it in a few minutes legend has it that the hand-carved stone
lions to either side will spring to life if they’re ever needed thousands of men
from the Canton province in China came through Victoria in the mid to late
eighteen hundreds the Gold Rush of 1858 lured the first Chinese immigrants here
later generations came to work in coal mines Chinese laborers also played a
major role in building the Transcontinental line of the Canadian
Pacific Railway which United Canada from coast to coast some of these newcomers
decided to settle permanently in Victorian and Chinatown was born this
city within a city did a brisk business with over 150 commercial establishments
including two upper stations in to save it 15,000 Asians lived in Chinatown
almost as many residents as the European population in Victoria
Victoria’s Chinatown is now a National Historic Site and an enticing
neighborhood to explore behind the ornamental brick facades they see the
street you’ll find a maze of pallies tiny courtyards in mysterious backdoor
entry ways decorated with ancient Chinese signs and symbols some of these
back doors lead to stores or tea houses others used to be secret entrances to
the district’s notorious opium parlors and gambling clubs Victoria’s colorful and historic
Chinatown has some unexpected skeletons in its gospel you may find it hard to
believe but a little more than a hundred years ago Victoria was the largest
distributor of opium outside Asia inside these infamous establishments hundreds
smoked the sweet pipe of oblivion and found themselves enslaved selling it was
a business like any other when we get to phantom alley and the
front of the bus is opposite I’m going to stop just briefly and then go again
on the right you’ll see Fan Tan le this crowded byway is North America’s
narrowest Commercial Street measuring a little over one meter or around four
feet wide at either end if you saw the movie Bird on a Wire starring Mel Gibson
and Goldie Hawn a motorcycle chase was filmed right here in Fantan LA the alley
got its name from a Chinese gambling game called panting opium may have been
legal at the turn of the century but gambling was absolutely none
several businesses display gambling paraphernalia along with other antiques
that curiosities from turn-of-the-century Chinatown an alley
tear right path and al’akir right we now are going to be passing through
the gates of harmonious interest this was a gift to us from our sister city in
China a city by the name of Suzhou spelled as used Hou and in September of
1981 these gates were commissioned to be just a gesture of the friendship that we
have between us and that city in China quickly please I’m not supposed to pick
you up here Gideon on our left just past this next building
is the Chinese public school it was established in the eighteen hundreds to
meet the needs of the Chinese immigrant families that had moved here and today
that school is still in use and as I’ve heard it’s teaching english-speaking
people Chinese languages and customs the large red masonry building just
ahead is Victoria City Hall it’s Western Canada’s oldest standing Municipal Hall
in continuous service since 1878 Victoria’s passions were preserving
historic buildings began right here at City Hall
it was slated for demolition in the 1980s but the threat of losing this link
to the past galvanized citizens to lobby against the
planet they won the day and saved this landmark which became the city’s which features an eclectic mix of
architectural styles old and new just past it you’ll see our new city hall
it stands adjacent to another blend of historic architecture and modern
improvements the Macpherson Playhouse it’s one of many cultural venues in our
city we don’t have to go to Vancouver to experience the thrill of live
performance theater Opera Ballet and live music all thrive in Victoria
Victoria’s community design policies and heritage tax incentive program have won
top honors from the Planning Institute of British Columbia at the International
downtown Association now we’re heading toward the Inner
Harbor just across the water you’ll have a view of the district named Victoria
West best known as thick woods I used to be known as a place where
retirees came to enjoy the good life now the younger generations are catching on
to everything our city has to offer Victoria today is highly regarded by
young professionals to work and live thanks in part to the 3 billion dollar
economic impact of our high-tech industries this if you’re interested in
getting off at Regent Hotel and Bastion square please come to the front door at
this time I’ll be stopping momentarily Aston Square historic Bastion square is
a lovely pedestrian market and the location of Victoria’s Old Courthouse
you can also walk back to Chinatown from this stop Bastion square this done say no one here to pick up and nobody
coming forward I will proceed right through this stuff something you might be interested in and
that is that this wall to our right here where you see the Korean restaurant sign
that rock and the brick above it originated in San Francisco back in the
day of the blooming fur trade we didn’t have a mouse products coming back from
San Francisco when ships were taking furs down and they needed to make a
ballast with something with weight and keep the ship stable coming back to
Victoria and so they loaded with building materials and Rock and brick
was the order of the day so a lot of these buildings along here that were
originally built in the eighteen hundreds are built with materials from
San Francisco we’re approaching Victoria’s famous horseshoe shaped Inner
Harbor this has been the main way in and out of the city
ever since the Hudson’s Bay Company set up shop here more than 150 years ago the
Inner Harbor still teams with sailboats kayaks yachts tugs fishing boats and
even flood plains you might see the Victoria clipper a high-speed ferry that
runs between Victoria and Seattle or the coho ferry which sails from Victoria to
Port Angeles across the water look for Victoria’s domed parliament buildings a
reminder that our city is the capital of British Columbia
lots of special events center around the inner heart including the annual classic
Boat Festival on the weekends from May to September the Pitt local Azure water
taxis perform a water ballet that you really have to see to believe
ask your gray line agent for information when you take a look to your right you
see these harbor airplanes and this is one of Canada’s lettered airports just
like yyj is Victoria and yv are Vancouver this has got its own letters
as well and this one is known to be the only Airport in Canada that ever gets
closed out because there are whales on the runway and that actually happened
twice last year we’ve had whales in what’s that I know of this summer but
they stayed along the edge and I don’t think we closed it down but at any rate
it is one of the things that has to be taken into consideration with air
traffic control here look across the harbor or a statue
standing in front of the provincial legislature buildings that grand old
lady is Queen Victoria the British monarch who gave her name to our city
her reign saw stupendous progress in science industry and communications
we’re Victorian in Victoria and proud of it don’t miss the chance to visit the
provincial legislature buildings they’re simply unforgettable the guides give
just enough history to whet your appetite and the buildings are stunning
inside on our left is the legislative buildings
of the province of BC and this evening after the Sun Goes Down it’ll be lit up
with 3333 lights on the perimeter on the outside this stop the steamship terminal
and the coho and Clippers fairies fairies run from here to the US with
connections to Port Angeles and Seattle the steamship terminal this stop we’re getting close to one of my
favorite destinations Fisherman’s Wharf it’s not just a tourist attraction this
is a working Fisherman’s Wharf where you can buy local seafood fresh off the boat
welcome on the seawall for a close-up look at the fishing boats the most
eye-catching vessels Ward along the docks are the colorful floating
houseboats also known as liveaboards you might see a harbor seal pop up to
give you the once-over Fisherman’s Wharf always makes me want to get out on the
water I stopped the Fisherman’s Wharf hop off
here to grab some seafood or board one of the green water taxis called pickle
boats and see Victoria from the water Fisherman’s Wharf Vista as we passed this grave locale to our
right look down towards the water you’ll see those liveaboards those totems it’s
a community of its own we’re in James Bain Victoria’s oldest
residential neighborhood both a neighborhood and the bay itself are
named after British Columbia’s first governor Sir James Douglas who
established port Victoria for the Hudson’s Bay Company just to our south
is the Salish Sea James Bay’s started as an enclave for the well-to-do then it
became an industrial area you can tell by the mix of architectural styles that
this area has gone through a lot of changes over the years many vintage
buildings were rolled down to make room for new ones today the focus has shifted
to preserving and we although the heritage buildings in James
Bay include the childhood home of the renowned painter Emily calm it’s now a
museum showcasing her life and career will tell you much more about this
groundbreaking artist later in the tour the next stop is I devised to stop
number 6 the breakwater the Ogden point cruise ship terminal anyone wanting to
get off at that stop please make your way to the exit door here at this time
thank you a deep water port facility for cruise
ships you may have arrived here on a cruise ship that pulled into port right
here Ogden point even has a heliport with service to Vancouver for
landlubbers like me Ogden point breakwater is the star attraction it’s a
stone pathway that juts 800 meals or just under half a mile out into the
water the breakwater is also a designated marine sanctuary where you
can spot birds seals and sometimes even work as our killer whales and there’s a
beautiful lighthouse at the tip the Ogden point dive center is a mecca for
Coldwater diving there’s another world just under the waves where you can visit
octopus Wolf eels rockfish giant kelp and other creatures of the deep I’ll
stick to the breakwater I even loved it when the wind picks up and the rain
starts falling standing out there breathing in the salty air and feeling
the chill on your face is a true taste of the Pacific Northwest Victoria is blessed with a sub
Mediterranean climate the mildest climate in Canada on a sunny day will
probably pass people jogging walking dogs pushing baby strollers and
generally enjoying our laid-back lifestyle lots of visitors see what the
city has to offer and never want to leave many of our younger residents
studied at the prestigious and beautiful University of Victoria that influx of
young people keeps Victoria energized with new ideas
Victorians have almost limitless possibilities to enjoy a healthy
lifestyle when the great outdoors our climate is so mild that you can walk I
might work play golf year-round the same goes for windsurfing
sailing and fishing with lots of beaches have been inaccessible to the public
just don’t expect to do much swimming without a wetsuit a current sweeps
Arctic water down from the Gulf of Alaska along the Pacific coast of
Vancouver Island that usually keeps our water temperatures below 11 degrees
Celsius that’s 52 degrees Fahrenheit on the other hand and Saint Fermin 3
refreshing offshore breezes in the summer in the winter it helps to prevent
the air temperatures from falling below freezing very often in during the skiing
and other snow sports Mount Washington is just a few hours drive from Victoria
Vancouver Island is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful scenery
mountain vistas ocean views rocky shores and both growth rainforests bird
watchers can spy on over 380 species including bald eagles parents skylarks
clovers trumpeter swans and Pacific looms the spring and fall migration czar
Jessica Morris besides outdoor adventure Victoria has
plenty of cultural attractions including art galleries museums local markets and
festivals that’s a lot to do for a fairly small City welcome to Beacon Hill Park almost 200
acres of wild areas and landscaped gardens and it’s all free near the front
of the park we’ll pass a hill with a flagpole
that’s Beacon Hill itself there used to be two beacons there to guide ships into
port the Strait of Juan de Fuca looks so peaceful on the summer’s day but imagine
how it looks in a winter storm British Columbia’s rugged coastline used to be
so dangerous for ships that people called it the graveyard of the Pacific
hagan Hill Park originated as a farm run by the Hudson’s Bay Company
now it’s Victoria’s biggest most treasured green space with hiking trails
through the woods and along the shore playing fields tennis courts and an old
fashioned English cricket green the park is also a haven for native plants
including beautiful sprawling gary oak trees they used to grow all over this
region but now they’re endangered if you brought the kids along Beacon Hill Park
has two playgrounds and a water park plus there’s an award-winning petting
zoo where children can get to know some friendly goats
miniature horses and pot-bellied pigs in summertime look for free family-friendly
concerts at the parks banjo Victoria has been named one of Canada’s
top ten family vacation spot this stop beacon no park hop off here to
visit the city’s biggest green space with free roaming peacocks a petting zoo
tennis courts playing fields a water park and playgrounds Beacon Hill Park
has something for everyone play a game of cricket or hike along the coastline
and take in beautiful ocean vistas towards the Olympic Peninsula there’s no
admission charge and everything inside the park is absolutely free Beacon Hill
Park this stop our next attraction is a totem pole and
it’ll be on our left as we pass this group of trees cameras Beacon Hill Park
has one of the tallest totem poles ever carved from a single log it’s 39 meters
tall that’s 127 feet the traditional totem
bubbles of First Nations people in the Pacific Northwest depict humans animals
mythological beings like the Thunderbird and natural features like the Sun and
Moon the images have symbolic meaning often they represent characters or
events in a story or family history and our next stop you’ll see two
monuments that link Victoria with the whole world one March the start of the
world’s longest highway Canada’s highway 1 starts right here and continues to the
mainland the ferry is actually part of the highway that amazes me Highway one
stretches clear across the continent to the Atlantic covering almost 8,000
kilometers for about 5,000 miles nearby you’ll see a statue honoring a true
Canadian hero Terry funks bone cancer took Terry’s right leg when he was just
18 but he refused to give up to raise money for cancer research
he decided to run across Canada on his prosthetic leg
Terry plan to and his Marathon of Hope where the monument stands today he
completed over five thousand kilometers or 3,300 miles before his cancer spread
that tragedy took his life but his spirit lives on every year people around
the globe participate in the Terry Fox Run the world’s largest one-day
fundraiser for cancer research this stop Beacon Hill Park mile zero of highway 1
the world’s longest highway and the Terry Fox Memorial Beacon Hill Park mile
zero and the Terry Fox memorial this stop we now we’re going to drive the full
length of Beacon Hill Park on its western boundary and two-thirds of the
way up the length of the park there’s a little link on our right called Goodacre
lake and about six meters out off the shore of the lake there is a log
floating there and turtles and ducks predominantly find themselves resting on
it and I haven’t been by it yet today but I’m assuming with the weather that
we have probably it’ll be mostly Turtles we’ll wait the sea and I’ll slow down as
we go by there have you heard victoria’s nickname it’s
called the city of gardens flowers vegetables and lush green lawns broke
here year round because we’re blessed with a mild climate and exceptional
growing conditions just about everyone in town has a green thumb that’s why
you’ll find extraordinary gardens at many of our heritage sites like the
Empress Hotel and Craig Derek castle even our lampposts have hanging baskets
filled with flowers then there’s the most fabulous garden of all the
world-renowned ourchart gardens if you love color nature and the magic of green
growing things or even if you never thought about it you owe it to yourself
to hop on Butchart Gardens Express and visit the butchart gardens well I see a
boat up here on the Left will be Palace II South Park school so park school was
built in 1895 and has been in service ever since is one of the oldest schools
in British Columbia that has been used from the day it was built right through
until today two of my grandchildren went there I’ve got eight grandchildren and
these two were two of the boys and the younger of the two has a learning
disability he’s slightly autistic that’s cool and courageous parents that have
children like that to be actively involved in the class with them so our
daughter took them up on it she’s our third daughter and she spent most of
those six years that he was in that school I was an elementary student
working with him in the classroom and it really did pay off well because he went
on from there to junior high school and through high
cool and graduated that is now gainfully employed in a local grocery store chain
in their bakery and they also reach out and give a hand out to employees that
may not otherwise be employed in other other places so we’re thankful for both
that school at thrifty foods the brick wall that were passing marks
the boundary of st. Anne’s Academy you’ll see the main entranceway through
a wrought iron gate just ahead when the sisters of st. Anne arrived here from
Quebec in the mid-1800s the nunnery was nothing more than a log cabin with no
heat almost immediately they set up a much-needed school for the children of
Victoria they also established st. Joseph’s Hospital which played a
critical role in the city’s health care today st. Anne’s has restored a portion
of the building and grounds to its 1920s glory and opened it to the public the
original log cabin is now the oldest structure in Victoria it’s been moved
over to Eliot’s streets way near the Royal British Columbia Museum that building that the sisters of
singing that established at Saint Joseph’s Hospital is this building to
our right mount st. Mary’s nursing home health and a good friend of ours her
name is Anne is the volunteer quartet coordinator and chaplain there’s it
provides a wonderful service to the city for people that are needing extra
medical attention in a care home situation and it really has served
families of loved ones who really are struggling to provide them a comfortable
place to spend their last days we have the highest percentage of octogenarians
that’s people 80 years of age and older of any city in Canada and people coming
out from all across Canada to retire because in this wintertime there are
very few days with the sidewalks are slippery especially after 10 o’clock in
the morning that there happens to be lost overnight this stuff christchurch cathedral above
here to explore one of the largest churches in canada which serves the
diocese of british columbia christchurch cathedral this stop our next stop will be crazier castle we
don’t get very much of a view of Crater from this bus to Iran the bus itself so
when we pass this building on our right please be looking to your right up the
street and to the horizon and authorize it you will see it up or just browse
here on 4th Street you’ll find a prized assortment of one-of-a-kind shops and
galleries that feature antiques Fort Street also has cozy coffee shops
and top-notch eateries Fort Street also has auction house to
our left law office to our right cigar shop to our left
mother income center to our right the places are new and expectant mothers and
don’t tell them one of our famous stores it’s rogers chocolates so if you’re
expectant mother in the City of Victoria you’ve got your place to go for a little
bit of encouragement Papa go buy chocolates or cigars we’re now in the
vicinity of the great Derick castle the story of the castle begins with tribal
but that’s just the beginning the tale begins with a proud Scot named Robert
guns mule he moved to Victoria in the mid-1800s to manage a coal mine for the
Hudson’s Bay Company then he decided to start his own mining operation with the
help of his business savvy wife Joan Dunn’s newest business expanded until he
became the richest man in British Columbia to celebrate his success he
decided to build a fence wellthen steps architect Warren Haywood
Williams design Craig Barrett Castle four-story Romanesque style matter with
39 rooms sandstone walls head slate roof and the point of tower construction
began in the late 1880s when it was finished
Doug’s newer school was nothing short of astonishing with fine Victorian
furniture Persian rugs delicate and costly woodwork and hand-painted
decorations the stained and leaded glass windows ranked among the finest
residential examples in North America today the castle is a museum take a
self-guided tour explore the
grounds to discover what it was like to be immensely wealthy in the late 1800s
stay tuned to find out more if you’re getting off here at the castle my
recommendation would be to look at your tour schedule and pick the bus that’s
good to be by here in about an hour’s time it’ll take you that much time to
see the castle to walk up to it and also walk back down to where the bus stop is
which is just ahead of us on the white Robert thumbs never intended to live in
his dream castle with his wife Joan and their unmarried daughters shortly before
completion Dunsmuir fell ill and died unexpectedly Joan and the daughters
moved into great their castle but done snores death cast the shadow of that
did I mention that this Scottish couple also had sons James and Alice have
dedicated themselves to the family businesses for years even helped their
father to build his dream house Joan and her sons engaged in long legal battles
over control of the assets reluctantly she turned over a portion of the family
fortune to her boys when she passed away Joan left the castle to her unmarried
daughters and grandchildren but they didn’t want it so they decided to sell
the family home and split the assets they subdivided the 28 acres state into
144 Lots which they planned to sell separately but sales were slow so the
Dunsmuir daughters tried a creative approach anyone who bought a lot was
entered into a lottery with two drawings to be held at the castle
the first determined which lot each buyer got the second drawing decided who
won the castle itself a local businessman won the drunk but he decided
not to instead he drew loans against it that he
never made back so the bank repossessed the castle and sold it to the city the
city put the property to good use it housed a military hospital for veterans
of the First World War as well as Victoria College and the Victoria
Conservatory of Music today it’s a museum owned by the Craig Derek
Historical Museum Society it’s easy to see why retired people love
Victoria the climate is beautiful all year long and most of the buildings are
low so you can see the natural beauty around us we have excellent public
transportation so it’s easy to get around even downtown
there aren’t many steep hills and the Inner Harbor has paved and wheelchair
accessible routes all around Victorians share a wonderful sense of community
coffee and tea posters lives here with lots of popular independently owned
cafes we even keep the British tradition of high tea alive in the late afternoon
or early evening you can munch on finger sandwiches scones and an assortment of
cakes oh and fresh brew tea of course Victoria also has lots of activities
geared specifically towards seniors I don’t mean shuffleboard either senior
yoga classes quilting fishing and bird-watching groups if you’re a golfer
you can head for the links every month of the year of course Victoria isn’t
just for seniors younger people have built the city’s tech sector into
Victoria’s number one private industry software and information technology are
two of the top businesses but so are clean tech and environmental technology
after all we live on an island and we want to preserve our precious marine
environment Victoria’s tech businesses also include
ocean sciences and aerospace technology along with telecom and wireless all
together we have about 900 tech companies that employ more than 13,000
people Victoria has seen the future and it looks more high-tech every year welcome to the seaside village of Oak
bank this area is filled with shops galleries and restaurants many of them
in Victorian buildings Oak Bay has an Arab British tradition so it’s a lovely
place to have afternoon tea afterward you can walk off some of those calories
along the tree-lined streets and sandy beaches it’s a short stroll to the
coastline where you can explore Greater Victoria’s rocky bays and coves or watch
for whales this stop Oak Bay village hop off here
to browse some of the southern islands favorite boutiques and galleries then
dine at a fine cafe or Bistro ok village this stop oak bays seaside charm has always made
it one of victoria’s most desirable places to live the area has gone through
a number of phases of development but it’s never lost its appealing village
atmosphere and tree-lined streets obey homes have some of the city’s most
beautiful residential architecture the building styles reflect oak Bay’s
European heritage near the water for instance look for touches that remind
you of traditional British cottages like rounded doorways ornately carved
Georgian columns or diamond-shaped leaded glass windows all of these
details date back to the late 19th century when it was fashionable to build
cottages by the sea throughout the neighborhood you’ll also see examples of
Tudor Revival Art Deco and arts and crafts architecture all of them lovingly
preserved we’ll be back on the waterfront in a few
moments when we get there look for a pebbly beach strewn with logs and a
little island in the harbor this is the site of the oak Bay buried it’s located
both on Mary Todd island offshore and onshore at turkey head point turkey head
point is a picturesque beach situated in a sheltered Bay seafarers of all types
from weekend sailors to professional fishermen evoke bay marina hopping it’s
a full-service marina where you can gas up your vessel more it or have it
serviced or repaired it’s also home to sailing schools a rescue station and a
tackle shop with a wide selection of fishing gear the marina offers fishing
charters if you’d like to catch your own fresh salmon or bottom fish like
flounder even if you like to keep both feet on the ground
ok marina has a lot to enjoy people come just to watch the boats over a cup of
coffee or a meal at the award-winning marina restaurant which specializes in
local sustainable seafood the marina has spectacular views of the straits of Juan
de Fuca as well as Mount Baker a dormant volcano in Washington State you might
also see harbor seals which hang out at the marina for the same reasons we do
recreation and fresh fish seals are incredibly graceful swimmers but they’re
comical on land bounce along on their bellies and barking you can also rent
bicycles at the marina and arrange for a guided bike tour this top oak Bay Marina hop off here to
take in the Magnificent Oceanside views check out the seals and take advantage
of the marinas many facilities obey marina this stop if you look to your left across to the
horizon you’ll see the tip of Mount Baker sticking up above the clouds and
still feel the 1920s ambiance in the elegant Lobby and dining room this
luxury hotel and spa has been completely rebuilt this stop Oak Bay Beach hotel hop off
here to experience their historic pub or grab gourmet treats at the cafe
featuring the original hotel entrance hand-hewn beams and a fireplace oh babe
each hotel this stop victorious coastline offers some
absolutely stunning views 172 islands and reefs are tucked between Vancouver
Island and the US mainland British Columbia’s Gulf Islands lie a bit
farther north in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the
mainland each island in this archipelago has its own unique history and
personality the terrain ranges from rugged and wild to quiet and serene but
you’ll find rustic villages and friendly laid-back
residents on all the larger Gulf Islands artists seem to draw inspiration from
the islands isolation and turn trouble if you’re looking for a haven of
unspoiled natural beauty take a ferry to the Gulf Islands you’ll find seemingly
endless liking trails and quite a few regional parks that protect the islands
unique environment and ecology they’re the perfect place to slow down and enjoy
what life has to offer whether it’s exploring shops bird-watching or hunting
crabs along the shore when it comes to architecture we’re
driving through an area where any and everything goes some of these homes were
built by Victoria’s original settlers you’ll also see New England Leopard
cottages that would look right at home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts right next
door there might be a log cabin a bundle Oh or an ultra-modern duplex
they say variety is the spice of life if that’s true this is one of the spiciest
neighborhoods in town this blend of architectural styles is a genuine
portrait of our city’s character we Revere our past and preserve as much of
it as we can at the same time we make room for fresh new visions of the future the sheltered and nutrient filled waters
around Vancouver Island support a rich array of marine life from plankton to
sea stars crabs and a vast assortment of saltwater
fish those fish support marine mammals like sea otters seals and sea lions
seabirds get in on the action too watch for Osprey and cormorants diving
for fish all that plankton attracts whales making Victoria a premier spot
for whale watching in the spring thousands of Pacific gray whales passed
the west coast of Vancouver Island as they migrate north you can also spot
humpback and minke whales three pods of black and white organs or killer whales
spend a good part of the year just south of the island in the Salish Sea
socializing and feeding on fish and smaller sea mammals Victoria has plenty
of whale watching opportunities from small open-air boats to big comfortable
covered vessels that serve tea and drinks you’re sure to find a whale
watching tour to suit your tastes check with one of our agents let’s take a trip back in time to when
Vancouver Island was a pristine wilderness the original human
inhabitants were people of the First Nations who probably included the
ancestors of the Coast Salish people’s including the song geez nation and the
Esquimalt nation they lived in a land of plenty with a temperate climate calm
waters bountiful fish good hunting and abundant edible plants the island cedar
treaties provided raw materials for shelter and even clothing with all these
resources British Columbia’s coastal region was probably one of the most
densely populated areas in North America later when British Columbia became part
of Tanana indigenous people still made up the majority of the population but
contact with European settlers shrank their numbers substantially over the
decades to come more than 30 different First Nations languages about 60% of all
the Canadian First Nations languages are part of British Columbia’s history today
Victoria’s Royal British Columbia Museum works with First Nations elders from
across Canada to document and preserve these languages language provides the
key to understanding the true diversity of First Nations history culture and
values looking to your left you’ll be looking
down across the Strait of Juan de Fuca towards the Pacific Ocean on our right
is Prince Edward Drive and we currently are on King George Terrace if you saw
the movie The King’s Speech that was about King George the key that will
England back in the seventeen eighteen other there are some time let’s see 18
yeah and yeah he was quite the king that boy
Coover island most historians give the credit to Captain James Cook the
greatest British explorer and navigator of the 18th century cook’s storied
career included three ambitious voyages of exploration he happened upon
Vancouver Island on the third trip while searching for the Northwest Passage that
connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the spring of 1778 Cook
arrived at Nootka sound an inlet on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island
he and his crew explored the area repaired their ships and traded with
local people for otter firms this marked the beginning of the fur trade in the
Pacific Northwest which would one day reshaped Canadian history James Cook
departed soon afterward without realizing that Vancouver Island was in
fact an island separate from the mainland months later he lost his life
in the Hawaiian Islands during the scuffle with the names Vancouver Island
was named after naval officer George Vancouver who accompanied cook on that
voyage of discovery decades later Vancouver came back to map the area
during a four-year survey of America’s northwest coast he finally realized that
this was an island when he sailed all the way around it he surveyed Vancouver
Island’s inlets and channels doing such a good job that many of his measurements
have stood test of time and are still used today
both Captain James Cook and George Vancouver revolutionized Western
perceptions of world geography and we are now back into the city of Victoria
this is the area known as gun Valley were on raw Street coming up to st.
Charles Street and as we turn left on the st. Charles Street the house on your
right the green house with the gold leg beside it is where I did and I’d like to invite you to come and
be my guest we have a suite downstairs you can see the walkway to the back
there separate entrance 2 bedrooms 3 flat-screen TVs unlimited high by
high-speed Wi-Fi and we do have guests that come from all over the world and
you could be included if you’re interested in coming for a month or more
just ask make your card when you get off it’s a wonderful place to stay see all the logs along the beach winter
storms sometimes pound our coastline uprooting trees and completely flooding
coastal roads like this one when Pacific storms hit we just stay inland until
they blow over and we clear the roads and life goes on Victoria actually
enjoys the mildest weather anywhere in Canada having water on three sides of
the city helps to moderate the climate our summers are sunny with cool ocean
breezes keeping the average high temperatures in the mid 20s that’s about
70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit our winter temperatures rarely drop
below freezing it rains but hardly ever snows
Victoria has more snow three days per year than any major Canadian city british columbia’s first Governor Sir
James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company landed on the point of land
ahead back in 1842 he found it covered in red clover and named it clover point
today this finger of land is a public park with superb views of the USA’s
Olympic Mountains to the south along with Mount Baker and British Columbia
soup hills to the west a dusty ocean breezes attracted high-fliers wind
surfers and parasailing enthusiasts at sunset the magical view makes clover
point one of Victorious most romantic destinations where you can snuggle and
watch the twinkling lights on cruise ships sailing to and from Ogden point. Imagine being a lighthouse keeper back
in the old days: You had to live near the lighthouse so you could light the
beacons by hand at dusk and extinguish them at dawn.
It was monotonous work and lonely, especially on isolated islands off the
coast, but it saved lives in the treacherous waters around Vancouver
Island. Automated lighthouses have made the operations much simpler today, but
sailors still rely on lighthouses to navigate safely. There are two historic

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