Our final stop on the cruise was Victoria, British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Our parents kindly offered to watch the kids so that all the siblings could go out together. We had a blast! After leaving the ship we easily located an affordable tour guide and arranged to tour the city, visit Butchart Gardens, and end with a pub crawl.
We stopped at the Empress hotel for a photo and checked out the parliament building in town.
Jennie Butchart turned her husband’s limestone quarry into these gardens in the mid-20’s. They are very beautiful.
This was the “sunken garden” planted in the quarry.
There were beautiful Rose Gardens and Japanese Gardens.
After the gardens we went on our pub “tour” stopping at both a Scottish and Irish pub where we enjoyed the local brewed beers.
It was a successful evening and night out!