Most of our first few days were spent in and around Victoria, capital city of British Columbia.
Victoria is a city of some 84,289 people with a vibrant downtown area and large suburbs. The population of the greater metropolitan area is some 367,770. The dominant impression in the downtown area and for many of the outer suburbs is of attractive and bustling waterfront supporting attractive quays of floating houses, many boat basins and a variety of water based transportation including ocean going ferries, water taxis and float planes.
Victoria is known as the “Garden City” and is rated as being within the top 20 World cities for quality of life. Here’s a few shots of the Bouchant Gardens and one of the many open air and free concert venues.
At the northern end of thee metropolitan area is Swartz Bay which is the main port for passage to and from Vancouver. South of that is Victoria International Airport and the lovely little seaside town of Sidney.
Enough of landscapes. Here’s a couple of shots of a resident of Sidney; a biker and his irresistible biker dog.