This is the second of two posts of our family’s vacation to Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, in August 1996 – in the background of this picture are the majestic British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
Another view of the British Colombia Parliament Buildings and Victoria’s inner harbor – in addition to the beautiful water views and manicured gardens, Victoria is so wonderfully British!
Don and David in front of Victoria’s inner harbor, where there was a lot of activity going on – both on the water and on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings in the distance.
The historic Empress Hotel, covered in vines and flying the Canadian flag, is one of Canada’s fabulous iconic hotels – dating back to 1904 – with a number of new additions added to it over the past decades.
A statue of Queen Victoria graces a monument between Victoria’s inner harbor, and the grounds of the prestigious British Columbia Parliament Buildings – just SW of The Empress Hotel.
An unobstructed view of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, with the expansive lawn between it and Victoria’s inner harbor – seemingly a transplant from London itself!
This is the new north wing and main entrance of The Empress Hotel, set back somewhat from the original vine covered facade, that continues in the next photo.
This is the original vine covered facade of The Empress, as the hotel is commonly referred to – you can see a portion of the new addition and main entrance set back on the left side of this photo.
Don and David in front of a Native American totem pole, on the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, beside Victoria’s inner harbor.
Don and David admire a colorfully painted Native American totem pole, displayed inside a building that I can’t identify, in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
David checks our a plaque in the corner of a garden overlooking one of Victoria’s sweeping views of its beautiful waterfront footage.
This is a picture from inside one of Victoria’s beautiful shopping malls – where it is now 1:16 pm, and time to shop! 🙂
One of Victoria’s many horse drawn carriages – an opportunity for sightseeing tourists or for anyone’s special occasion, to see this beautiful city in style.
Another horse drawn carriage carries a happy family as they leisurely survey the sights of Victoria – narrated I’m sure, by their private driver and travel guide.
Don and Margrit pose beside an artistic wood carving of a sea bird, during our very pleasant and enjoyable stay in Victoria.
A street performer displays his skills with flaming batons, under the evening lights on the pedestrian area of Victoria’s inner harbor.
This was a beautiful and magical silhouette to see in Victoria – an outline of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in lights at night.
This is my favorite photo of our entire visit to Victoria – the prettiest, white horse drawn carriage, with a lucky couple taking in the evening sights – in front of the illuminated British Columbia Parliament Buildings, just like out of a fairy tale! 🙂