Our cruise arrives in the deep waters of Ogden Point after crossing most of the 154-km Strait of Juan De Fuca, the canal linking Victoria to the Pacific Ocean. The city, the regal name, is also known as the "Garden City": it enjoys a temperate climate, beautiful beaches, craggy coastline and a young and diverse population attracted by local schools and universities. A place to live and a popular destination for trips and shore excursions. In Beacon Hill Park you can admire exotic species of plants and animals, besides the view offered by the Olympic Mountains in Washington state. Downtown, we find Victorian buildings that are fine examples of Gothic architecture, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the second oldest Chinatown in North America.
Not to be missed:
Craigdarroch Castle is an historic Scottish noble mansion of the Victorian era
Natural History Museum, Royal British Columbia Museum and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings
Beacon Hill Park, 75 acres of parkland overlooking the Juan de Fuca Strait