Greatings from Victoria BC! I am here right now and plan to be here for about a week more. Victoria is a great place to travel, I can tell you that. I would like to share with you a little about Victoria out of my knowledge and tell you what to look for when you are here!
Victoria, in case you don’t know, is a city located on Vancouver Island, British Colombia, Canada. The names of these places can even tell you a bit about the place. BRITISH Colombia= very, very british. Believe me. They have very many tea shops, cafes, etc….and lots oof people who have a british accent. The city itself is named after Queen Victoria. Back in the days when Canada and the USA were dividing land, the USA wanted all of the coast of BC until Alaska. But, the British knew that and really wanted to keep the beautiful coast, therefore well establishing themselves here in Victoria. This also may explain how british it is down here. It’s amazing.
The lanscape of Victoria is such a spectacular sight to see. From the natural lanscape to the well-designed architecture, I can assure you that you will not be disapointed. Just a couple points about this just to let you know about…
- There are HUGE trees.
- There are lots of conifers
- There are some red trees that feel really awesome
- Ferns are the main ground plant
- There is a rocky terrain
- There is LOTS and LOTS of moss.
The last point is the most important. Moss rules the world down here. This is most likely due to the rain forest-like climate. The climate tends to be very rainy and quite warm. The winter season is mostly rain but still mild. Be prepared to either bring an umbrella or to purchase one. You’ll need it. But, do not be fooled, this is an improvement to the -13 *C where I live.
I finally would like to point out that this city is very “white”. Notice the quotations. This is a reference to a type of lifestyle that is outlined in a book called What White People Like. Look it up if you wish. For one, everyone seems to be outdoorsy. There are so many people you will pass that are: hiking, running, biking, walking their dog, or walking around the town. Next, the coffee and tea places are every other store…. or at least it seems that way.STARBUCKS are practically on every street… numerous times over. The cheese is expensive and the grocery stores carry all the fancy cheeses. Cheese and wine parties are the second most common thing held by the hotels. The first most common thing held by hotels, and its seems like most places around, are tea times. Amazing :). I could go on and on and on for hours…. but no one has the time to read that.
Now, if you ever decide to travel to Victoria, I suggest you go look at the beach. There are so many neat things to see. For example, you can see seals, ducks (PS THE TOWN IS ALSO RUN BY DUCKS), seagulls the size on cats, crabs, starfish, sea enenimies, and kelp. Oh my goodness, if you have never seen kelp before like I hadn’t, it will facinate you. It looks like a tenticle… or a voodoo staff. Don’t worry… it’s not mushy at the touch, just wet from the water.
Victoria also has a lovely downtown area. Just to point that out for meaderers such as myself.
There are also floating houses that you should go see. It isn’t everyday you get to walk down the road to a complex just chilling on the water. The parliament building is much more elegant than the one in Ottawa in my opinion (sorry) and it is outlined by lights at night. There are horse and carriage rides available outside of it.
Well, I have come to a blank at what else to fill you in on, as there is so many things I could tell you about it. Great place in general. Too bad the housing is so pricey… and there’s no place like home.