Vancouver Island, British Columbia was named one of the world’s top ten islands in Travel and Leisure magazine. It has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems: rainforests, beaches, mountains, rivers, lakes and a variety of wildlife. My husband and I flew into Seattle, then took a train to Vancouver then a seaplane to Victoria. We returned to Seattle by ferry! We tried it all. My favorite places were Stanley Park in Vancouver and Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Stanley Park, photo below, is a beautiful urban escape. It has beautiful trails all around the water with views of the city, totem poles, and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. You can even take a horse and carriage ride there. I highly recommend taking a small seaplane to Victoria. You can get there in time to have high tea at the Empress Hotel and visit the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Butchart Gardens occupies 55 acres. It’s amazing! Stay after dark to see the lights on the parliament building. Photo heaven!
Have you ever been there?
Blog Post and Photographs by Margie Dingfelder