Hey all, I’m back from my vacation to Victoria, BC Canada. I thought I’d share a few Nancy Drew moments with you. I took a ferry ride from Canada to Vancouver island, which travels in between some of the San Juan islands.
When I arrived in Victoria, I couldn’t help by try taking pictures from the passenger seat of all the charming old-fashioned homes and buildings:
Parliament was really cool, too.
I didn’t get the chance to explore the Empress Hotel (which is huge, and gorgeous and the high tea is REALLY expensive…) but I did walk across their garden and nab one quick snapshot of a side of the building:
I did, however, visit Butchart Gardens. Fifty-three acres of garden space inspired and started by Jennie Butchart, who’s husband worked the nearby lime quarry. The couple went on many world travels and brought back seeds to start the gardens. After 100 years, we still get to enjoy them!
I have too many pictures of flowers to share, but I’ll share some Nancy Drew moments that happened there:
I found a water fountain and statue of what reminded me of the Grenny frog statue in Curse of Backmoor Manor.
In the Japanese garden were stone steps to walk across the water, and of course, a lovely bridge, similar to Shadow at the Water’s Edge.
I heard this deer scare from a distance before I found it:
And I was fascinated by the occasional hidden doors and passages that were meant only for staff. It was so tempting to not intrude!
At the gardens was also a really cool carousel. Outside was statue of a lovely horse:
Outside of the gardens and back in downtown Victoria I came across some whale hedge art, which made me think of Danger on Deception Island.
I also went down to Fisherman’s Warf, where the boat docks and house boats were located. Some of the house boats were converted to food stands (I found the ice cream house boat and ate some raspberry sorbet – perfect for the hot day) and some places were gift shops or Kayak tour businesses.
Tomorrow I will share picture of an honest to goodness castle!
Here’s the solution to the weekend puzzle:
The Maritime flags spelled out “Watch out for weird people!” which is a quote from Bess and George over the phone.