Before I flew back to the UK for Christmas, I was determined to get out and about to see the very best festivities that Vancouver and the surrounding area had to offer. I got to do some pretty cool stuff!
But first, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without making some gingerbread…
And some snow…
Over the weekend, we headed over to British Columbia’s capital, Victoria. Despite having visited Vancouver four times over the last few years, Victoria was somewhere I’d just never got round to visiting. I’d heard (as the name suggests), it has a huge British influence, so I was excited to see how it matched up with my expectations.
To get to Victoria, you need to hop onto a ferry for 2 hours. Despite the cold, windy temperatures, the view from the ferry was just beautiful. Make sure you stop by at White Spot for one of the best burgers you could probably ever eat onboard a boat!
After driving from the ferry terminal to downtown Victoria and our hotel, we were welcomed to a setting sun over the harbour. Strangely enough – and despite the sub-zero temperatures – I couldn’t help but think it looked a little like Palma in Majorca!
Walking further around the harbour, we were treated to a view of the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, named after Queen Victoria herself. Although we never got round to it, I’ve heard the afternoon tea there is second to none in B.C! Make sure you go for the Earl Grey, of course…
The next day, we woke up and popped out for huevos rancheros at brunch, before taking another stroll around the harbour.
We came across the home of famous Canadian painter and writer, Emily Carr.
Before literally staring across the border into the U.S. to the Olympic Mountains.
We left Victoria and headed down Vancouver Island to Sidney where we braved walking across a fishing pier in freezing temperatures! There were certainly no risks of us swimming or diving!
I rustled up a gingerbread house – what do you think!?
So long, Canada – until next time!