I was now greeted by a smiling Canadian. And in my passport this man with the appearance of a retired hockey-player(all Canadians play hockey) stamped a perfect square of red maple leaves clearly resembling hearts, welcoming me to Canada.
|The Victoria Inner Harbour with the Empress Hotel opened in 1908|
Victoria has been voted one of the world's best cities to visit. It's a small, relaxed and sympathetic city waiting to be admired. Victoria was stunning with flowers and green lawns when I was there in the beginning of May, needless to say a great time to visit. Victoria is a journey through time, incorporating contemporary architecture, British influence from the settlement of the 1800's, as well as culture from early aboriginal settlement.
|Craigdarroch Castle- Once inhabited by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir dating from the 1890's, now a landmark.|
|British Colombia Parliament Buildings from 1896|
Within walking distance from the city center lies Beacon Hill Park, with its scenic paths, ponds and meadows. There are coastal paths along the Juan de Fuca Strait offering great views of the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Beacon Hill Park also has one of the tallest totem poles in the world.
|The Beacon Hill Totem Pole|