We opted to not do an excursion and go out in our own. We hopped on the BC transit ($5 all day pass) took the number 2 line over to Oak Bay. It’s about a 25 min ride through town. Oak Bay is a nice little village with shops and eateries. Very friendly. We walked about 10 min to Oak Bay Marina. I highly recommend this especially if you have children. For $3 you get a bag of fish to feed the local seals. There was about 6 of them just waiting. They will do tricks like spin for you and splash you. One kept hitting his belly. This was by far our favorite stop on the cruise!
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About Victoria, British Columbia
Founded as a fur-trading post by the Hudson Bay Company, Victoria is home to an interesting mix of cultures. There are English pubs, East Indian restaurants, and Japanese sushi bars. Chinatown features great buys at Market Square. Spend a pleasant afternoon among the flowers and waterways of world-famous Butchart Gardens.
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Great visit, I highly recommend checking out Butchart gardens and the butterfly gardens. Beautiful sights for people who enjoy a relaxing walk while enjoying the sights.
In port 6pm to midnight. My wife was content to stay on the ship and get some more of her novel read but I had to set foot in Canada for the first time. I boarded one of the many continuously running double-decker shuttle busses for $20, (includes return trip to pier). Victoria was a beautiful city with many monuments and well manicured gardens. I purchased some souvenirs, listened to some of the many street musicians, had my fist gelato cone, (I've led a sheltered life), and returned to the ship. Beautiful city, nice time.
Visited: Jul 29, 2017
Wouldn't be a visit without Butchart Gardens and recreating a photo of us on our honeymoon in May 1980.
Visited: May 26, 2018
3 of 19 shore excursions in Victoria, British Columbia.
Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour
City and Butchart Gardens Tour
Butchart Gardens Tour
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