31 October 2023

Victoria, BC

Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island is a beautiful place that has become even more popular, since I visited 12 years ago. It appears more people have moved to the city and the population increases on the weekends with tourists. Nevertheless, spending the day at Fisherman's Wharf is enjoyable. There are stores, great food and ice cream, and a quaint boathouse community.

The Royal British Columbia Museum is an excellent way to learn history of the province. The museum exhibits are educational, well done, and some are massive.

I attended High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, which is an elegant building inside as well as outside. At High Tea, the teas are remarkable and the treats are exquisite.

21 October 2023

The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Many beautiful gardens are on display. It is a place of inspiration for gardeners and others who enjoy nature. Walking through the rose garden smells absolutely fabulous.

14 October 2023

Vancouver, BC

sign at the Canadian border after entry

A favorite place to visit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It is a peaceful location in the middle of a busy city. The population of Vancouver has grown a lot since my last visit 12 years ago, so the classical Chinese garden offers a restful break. (Stanley Park is also a good option.)

The city of Surrey is about 21 miles (35 kilometers) south of Vancouver. It is part of the metro Vancouver area. Arts and culture are embraced in Surrey. The architectural design of several businesses and houses is contemporary. The exterior of the City of Surrey building is San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital on the television series The Good Doctor. (Some scenes have been filmed inside the building.)

City of Surrey building

West Vancouver is a beautiful city located about five miles (eight kilometers) northwest of Vancouver. It is an affluent community and Lighthouse Park has attractive walking trails.

Horseshoe Bay is located in West Vancouver. There are restaurants, a marina, and a BC Ferry terminal. It is also residential.

07 October 2023

Coupeville, WA

Coupeville, Washington is located 27 miles north of Langley on Whidbey Island. It is the county seat of Island County. I visited Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park.


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