Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Being a Tourist Around Victoria

So as if all heatwaves go quicker than they arrive, my friend Sylvie could not understand what we were talking about upon her arrival at 20C and cooler temperatures for Victoria.  Well we tried to impress her with the heat, but unfortunately it did not stick around long enough for her visit.

Day 1 started off with a visit to Butchart Gardens for the first time!  Yup, I've been living in Victoria for 2 years now and I had yet to visit.  It was a fun visit, but way too touristy for my liking.  I'll pass on going back again, unless a few photo bloggers make an appearance in town one day.

Here's a look at the days photos.

That was most of the tour of the gardens.  We kept on moving as tourists by the hundreds arrived and it got very crowded!

We toured the city of Sydney for lunch and ended  up stopping for a great mini hike at Mt. Doug.  It was definitely a jam packed day of beauty.


  1. Gorgeous flowers pictures and I like the waterfall - it looks so cool and refreshing.

  2. The harbor is gorgeous as usual, and I love the picture of the bell-like flowers.

    The temperature is going up and down, up and down here too...

  3. Jen, you know, the Flowers in the Wonderful Park and even the water Lilies are very similar to those we watched in The Botanical Garden in Oslo last Sunday.... Maybe telepatie is out here?

    As usual my compliments for excellent photos. You really have the eye for good nature photography.

    btw. Yes, we missed you at the OsloBG.

  4. Amazing beautiful place.great photography.Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ah, yes, another beautiful flower-filled Victoria summer. I remember excursions up Mt. Douglas and a couple of school field trips to the Butchart Gardens, way back in the 1970s! I heard a rumour that the gardens were closing for good some time soon. You ever hear talk of this?

  6. Even though there were loads of tourists it still provided excellent garden shots!! I love seeing all the different places in your "neck of the woods"! A beautiful area!
    Take Care,

  7. great, beautiful photos!!!
    We went to Galiano. I haven't been to Salt Spring yet, maybe one day :)

  8. wow, a great trip you had, tourism is so much fun esp when you are going to someplace nice and have someone good to enjoy things with, great photos

  9. Beautiful Photography.Nice composition.May I know which camera you are using by the way...real good clarity.