The ferries are large and spacious. There are a few decks including the decks below for the vehicles. If you prefer to, you can bask in the sun and enjoy the views on the open decks or enjoy a meal at the restaurants on board.
The ferry weaves along the waterway through many small islands. If you are lucky you may even see whales along the way.
On reaching Swatrz Bay on the island, we took bus# 70 to Downtown Victoria (bus fare $2.50). Then we checked in at Helm's Inn, a hotel very conveniently located and very nice and clean. I spent about $160 (including taxes) for a suite which has 2 queen beds and a sofa bed. Just nice for the 5 of us. Nearby is the Royal BC museum and the waterfront area. The scenery is simply awesome. Lots of "calendar pictures" and postcard scenery to capture.
|The legislative building|
|The Fairmont Empress Hotel|
|The night view of the legislative building|
|Totem poles near BC Museum. We'll see many Totem poles this trip to Canada.|
|Legislative building during the day.|
|More Totem poles!|
|Waterfront of Victoria, scenic isn't it? More shots below.|
|This is Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown, famous for being the narrowest street in Canada.|
|Bastion Square, near the waterfront area where we had our brunch.|
|The Sunday Market at Bastion in Victoria.|
|This is a floating globe in Chinatown, Victoria.|
One of the must-see places on Vancouver Island is Butchart Gardens. From Downtown Victoria, we took bus#75 for a 45 minute ride to the Gardens. The bus leaves every 30 minutes during peak hours. Butchart Gardens is simply lovely. They have different flowers in bloom during different times of the year. Spring and summer of course are the best times to come. It is definitely worth a visit even though the entrance fees are quite high., around $31 including taxes.