I’ve been in British Columbia since September 2010, and I have always wanted to visit Victoria. When I asked my friends who have been there, most of them told me its not worth the trip. But a friend of mine came to visit Canada and spend the summer here for the first time. So I thought it would be nice to take her there, see the parliament building, and enjoy the ferry trip. It took me only a bus ride to ask myself why my friends didn’t like Victoria.
I didn’t arrange my trip to Victoria like I usually do when travelling. I just thought I would visit Butchart Gardens and then spend the rest of the day exploring downtown. I arrived at Swartz Bay from the ferry and took a couple of buses to get to the Butchart Gardens. As I was passing by the cities, I was amazed by how quiet and nice Vancouver Island is. The bus trip felt a lot shorter than it really was.The variety of trees and the beautiful landscape of Vancouver Island were magnificent.
I want to highlight here the Butchart Gardens. As soon as I arrived there and passed the entrance gate, I saw the breathtaking view, and how well the place was taken care of. Not only they offer a guide of the plants they have, they also have a Plant Identification Centre with knowledgeable staff, who can offer in-depth information. They have a specific order of the flowers and different special gardens, such as the Japanese garden. People walk on small pathways that will through 55 acres of gardens. It was amazing.
I guess that my friends didn’t like Victoria because they were not into sightseeing and enjoying the day; they were expecting an exciting nightlife and were disappointed with their experience. I didn’t stay there for too long, nor spent the night, so I can’t compare my experience to theirs. That being said, I invite you, who have been to Victoria, to share your thoughts and impressions about this destination on the comments’ section of this post.