We took a lovely
ride on the MV Coho ship on the Black Ball ferry company over to Victoria, Canada for the day. The day started out quite brisk and cloudy. We visited the Beacon Hill Park playground first thing for Sophia to burn some energy off. Many local families had the same idea! The colour of the leaves were spectacular! Notice the British spelling there…loving all things British! Canada seems (to me) to combine two countries I love: Britain and France.
Afterwards, a visit to the Royal BC Museum was on the itinerary. The native peoples and BC (British Columbia) history exhibits were great. Sophia especially enjoyed the exhibit with the hairy elephants…aka, the wooly mammoths.
We had a delicious lunch at Pescatores Seafood, where we dined on local oysters, a new version of seafood chowder with a twist, and seafood salad – with scallops, shrimp, king crab, calamari and tiger prawns in a creamy lemon herb dressing. No wonder it is consistently voted among Victoria’s Best Seafood! Not to mention a local brew – Phillips Beer – a IPA, but I cannot recall which one! We’ve been a bit spoiled on this trip with so many good local brews. The staff at Pescatores were wonderful with the kids and actually seemed glad to see all of us. Oh, in case you were wondering, Sophia had fish and chips…and ketchup. Lots of ketchup. Gabriel had pears for the first time!
Walking the city is a must-do. After lunch, we went up Government Street to Chinatown, taking in the city sights. Highly walkable, unless you happen to be three years old and a bit whiny. Jon ended up carrying Sophia most of the day. Teas were sampled and purchased at Murchies – we got the Queens Jubilee tea. Sophia and I have plans for a tea party very soon. With scones and clotted cream. The sun came out of the clouds and the light was brilliant. We stopped for ice cream and a double-shot latte (a must-have for this tired mama, who is still not getting much sleep). Then we caught the last ferry back home. What a wonderful day! Thank you Canada!
And guess what we saw waiting to load onto the ferry? Yup, this mama has ideas for our next trip to Victoria…