Day 19 - Victoria

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Because we went Whale Watching yesterday, which was originally planned for today, we have lots of free time today. The only activity mentioned in our program is to drive around Victoria with our tour bus, guided by our guide and a visit to the Butchart Gardens.

The rest of the day we have for ourselves. We decide to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Afterwards we walk throug the streets of Victoria and do some serious shopping.

The Butchart Gardens, created by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pim Butchart in 1904, has grown into a large area with several gardens, each with their own style.

They have become a famous attraction in Victoria, and they deserve it.

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ButchartGardens1.JPG (156376 bytes) Beautiful hanging baskets: The Begonia Bower.
The Sunken Garden. ButchartGardens2.JPG (128352 bytes)
ButchartGardens3.JPG (120042 bytes) The Ross Fountain, created in 1964 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Butchart Gardens.
A Chance to try the macro function on my camera.


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ButchartGardens5.JPG (88405 bytes) Another 'macro'  photo.


The Butchart Gardens can  roughly be divided into four gardens: The Sunken Garden, The Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden and the Italian Garden.

The gardens are all connected by the most beautiful flowerbeds.

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ButchartGardens8.JPG (136249 bytes) The Japanese Garden.
Every summer evening there's 'Night Illumination'. The Gardens are illuminated by thousands of lights.

The Butchart Gardens: it's great to walk around, even if you're not a real nature freak.

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Click here to visit the website of the Royal British Columbia Museum After our visit to the Butchart Gardens we visited the Royal British Columbia Museum. There are three main parts:
  • The Natural History Gallery with a full-size Wooly Mammoth, a diorama of an old growth forest with animal and bird inhabitants, a live tidal pool with sea creatures and The Opan Ocean exhibit.
  • The First Peoples Gallery which shows you how life must have been for the British Columbia First Nations.
  • The Modern History Gallery that presents the material and cultural history of British Columbia from the 1800s until the present day.


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