This is the first of two posts from our family’s 1996 vacation to Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, with Don and Margrit – a city we absolutely fell in love with! 🙂
I selected these photos for this post, because they all show the unique beauty of Victoria – due to all of the wonderful, scenic views of the water from almost every single direction!
Each line of three pictures in this post, is a panoramic view of the scene I was photographing at the time, looking left to right, in order to show the entire vista before me.
These three photos were taken from the balcony of our hotel in Victoria, situated right on the waterfront – like most of the city seemed to be.
If you look at the Google Map Satellite View of Victoria, you’ll see that so much of the city either hugs the coastline, the harbor or the inlet that winds back into the heart of the city.
Another feature of Victoria that is so appreciated by its residents and tourists alike, is the fact that the city is so beautifully maintained and taken care of – just like a manicured garden.
Everywhere you look, you’ll see picturesque scenic views of the water, yachts, boats, marinas, pleasing architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens.
Victoria has an absolutely spectacular setting on a peninsula of land that sits on the SE end of Vancouver Island – overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, that comes in from the Pacific Ocean.
Because Victoria is spread out over such a diverse waterfront and landscape, there seems to be open green space, parkland, waterfronts and built-up areas everywhere you look.
I don’t recall seeing any portion of Victoria during our 1996 visit that wasn’t beautifully manicured and so well taken care of – which is exactly what residents, and tourists alike, want to see in “their” city.
The bike path in the foreground of this picture demonstrates what a nice and pleasant city we found in Victoria, B.C. – a beautiful, friendly, Canadian city I’d love to have a summer residence in someday…in my dreams! 🙂
You can see how the grounds of the buildings across the water are treated as parkland, open and available for pedestrians, bicyclists and families to socialize, exercise and take in the wonderfully scenic views of the city!