The best part of the day was dawn, things were slowly coming to an end and we can finally relax having hurried through two attraction points we wanted to see – Beacon Hill Park and the Royal BC Museum.
After much walking, we headed along Government Street to find dinner. We found a deli place called Sam’s Deli and I ordered a Clam Chowder and half a Roasted Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich. It was about $10 + tax .
We got to choose our own toppings and had the option of sitting indoors or the patio. The patio is a great place, especially during sunny days, where we can people watch and look out into the inner harbour.
The Government St. is famous among tourists, as it is where the Royal BC Museum, and Empress Fairmont Hotel and part of the inner harbour as well the Visitor’s Center (where some tours begins from) is located.
The inner harbour touches on Government Street but there are stairs just next to the information center that leads you down to the lower walkway. The lower walkway has many benches as well as a large grassy area with flowers forming the “Welcome to Victoria”. It continues all the way to the Fisherman’s Wharf but we didn’t go that far. Rather, we sat on one of the benches and waited for the sun to set.
Shortly after sunset, we went to check-in at our hotel because we have yet to do so. We thought the hostel was fairly close, so we stopped by an ice cream store and bought a frozen fudge cheesecake covered with Oreos. Super healthy trip 😛
After a lot of walking, we finally found our hostel for the night. The hostel was called Ocean Island Inn and it was $25.00 per night in a 4 bed suite with shared kitchen and bathroom. I feel like the hostels in North America doesn’t really stack up to the ones overseas. I thought the hostel would be closer to downtown, which it kind of was but it was also in one of the not so great neighbourhoods. There was not much we could do except walk straight and don’t make eye contact. The washroom and the beds were not the cleanest but oh wells … The other two girls that stayed with us were really nice though.
We were only in Victoria for one night and although we were really tired, still decided to go out to see the lights on the Parliament building. It was a Friday night and I expected a lot of people walking around at 8 but it was surprisingly quiet (maybe they were in Vancouver for the weekend ..?).
We were walking all along Wharf Street until we finally found the Victoria (Inner) Harbour again, in bright lights. It was really pretty and the clean air was great. The photos though, not so much, but there wasn’t a lot of light to assist me (my excuse).
The parliament is opened on the weekdays and there are even public tours available! There are sittings on Tuesdays too. Visit the website for more information.
Back at the hostel, the long day was over, even Easter bunny had enough …
Day of Visit : March 25, 2016
How to get here (From Vancouver) – Bus 620 is the express bus and it comes about once every hour (bus schedule). At the Swartz Bay terminal, take Bus 70 or 72 to downtown Victoria. The bus comes about once every 30 minutes and the bus ride is almost 1 hour long.