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Day Trip to Victoria

Daytrip to Victoria 1

It was a last minute decision the night before to make a quick day trip to Victoria. We got up early Sunday morning at 6:00 am checked the Vancouver to Victoria Ferry schedule and decided to take the car.

We jumped in the truck about 8:00 am and took a 20 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal just south of Vancouver.

There wasn't much of a lineup so we got through rather quickly and thought we would hop out of the truck and head over to the Tsawwassen Quay for breakfast because we hadn't eaten before we left.

The quay is a small market where you can get snacks and souvenirs.

At that time of the morning there were a few people open at the quay and we had our choice of grabbing a quick Starbucks coffee or a really healthy breakfast.

A couple of guys in front of us looked like they were having a great breakfast. They had smoothies and some kind of a croissant I think (it was, looked nice anyway).

I ordered a chef’s salad, which turned out to be amazing, a piece of banana bread, and a coffee and my partner had a coffee and a muffin.

We had barely sat down to enjoy our breakfast when we heard the announcement for the Victoria ferry and saw the lineup was starting to go.

It was a race back to the truck but, we got there in time and got on the Victoria ferry. Breakfast was very civilized sitting beside a window and looking out at the beautiful water and small islands along the way just gently waking up.

It takes about 90 minutes to get over from the Tsawwassen terminal to the Schwartz Bay ferry terminal on the other side.

Daytrip to Victoria 2

The ride was smooth the sky was clear blue and the next thing we knew we were there.

At the Schwartz Bay terminal it's a 20-30 minute drive into downtown Victoria.

On the drive into Victoria BC (which is the capital of British Columbia) we saw lots of cyclists out for their Sunday morning bike club ride, I guess.

We passed the sign to turn off to go to Butchart Gardens, and we decided not to do that this time around and just headed straight into Victoria.

All along the way there's lots of farmland with gently rolling hills and community gardens.

We drove straight through downtown Victoria, which is rather kind of quaint and old-fashioned because none of the buildings are very high. They mostly look like their just 3-5 story walk-ups (no elevators).

You drive straight through downtown then and the next thing you know, you're at the inner harbour, which is the hotspot of Victoria and one of Victoria tourism’s most popular spots to see.

Part 2 of Our Day trip to Victoria, Exploring the Inner Harbour.

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Victoria Inner Harbour
Victoria Inner Harbour where you can charter a harbour ferry for sight-seeing

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