My husband and I are thinking of taking the Clipper up to Victoria, mainly for the boat ride. We will likely spend 1 or possibly 2 nights in Victoria. Other than the Buchart Gardens, any suggestions of things to do/see. Not interested in tea. Also, seems there are lots of 'tours' of the Gardens - can you just buy a ticket and roam around on your own? Thanks for any info.
Deb, we have always taken a two story bus from the waterfront to Borchart and then toured by ourselves. If you are without a vehicle you will need to get some kind of transportation out there as it is quite far out of town. There are several market squares within walking istance from the center of the tourist area and we always found them fun to look through. Clothes shipping is lots of fun as there ae things you don't see everyday. You can just walk up and down the streets just off the waterfront, which has lots of fun shops too. There are even things the male species enjoy. I found a few wonderful shops with garden decor, etc. And Chinatown is also within walking, though a little further out. There is a butterfly house somewhere out my the Gardens that we have wanted to visit, but have never been there with a car so it wasn't workable. And you must see the inner harbor at night!
Thanks for the ideas. We opted to stay away from the August crowds and go camping instead. Last weekend for crabbing for us, and we caught some good ones. I think we will save a Victoria trip for the spring.
We just ran out to Camano State Park for the last crabbing trip of the season. Surprisingly we caught a fair amount of good sized keepers. Our son and his girlfriend joined us, she is from Spokane and had never crabbed before so it was very fun showing her the ropes. Crab out of the shell, crab louie, crab quiche, we just kept muching it down. Still sent them home with 6 and we kept 4.