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Old August 8th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #1
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Canada's most beautiful and bustling mid-sized city: Victoria

Hi all, I was over in Victoria this last weekend just in time for the "BC 150" celebrations... the celebrating of the colony of British Columbia being 150 years old this year. It was a long weekend here in BC as Monday (the day I took these pics) was "BC Day". And since Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, there was quite a bit going on there.

Anyways, I don't get over to Victoria enough. It really is quite a nice city, especially for its size (the metro population is about 330,000 which is essentially mid-sized by Canadian standards). It has a great stock of heritage buildings, good density, lots of street front retail, and is quite bustling and urban. And of course there's the great waterfront setting.

For those of you who might not be aware of where Victoria is located, here is a wee map:

At the southeast corner of Vancouver Island...

from homeaway.com

And here are my pics. Enjoy!

Had lunch here. It was quite tasty.
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One of Victoria's many great old churches (by BC standards anyways) - Christ Church Cathedral
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The steeples of some more of its great churches
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I didn't do a very good job at fitting entire buildings in the frame that day
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People watching some band playing across the street
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And the aforementioned band
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And here's where things really get bustling as I approach Victoria's Inner Harbour, the epicentre of the BC 150 festivities. The "Parliament Building" (the BC Legislature) can be seen in the background.
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For whatever reason I really love this building
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Victoria's grande dame hotel - The Empress
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Along the waterfront
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Lots of street performs around, as usual
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Lots of booths set up to make a nice little marketplace
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Bastion Square
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Market Square
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Chinatown
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That's all folks.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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Thanks! I've always been impressed with Victoria. This is a city that's got a bright future. Who wouldn't want to live there.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #3
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Great pics, Raggedy! Brings back many memories!
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Thanks for posting your photos!
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Old August 9th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #5
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wonderful.. thanks!
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Old August 9th, 2008, 11:21 AM   #6
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Nice Town
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damn! I need to go over there some day.
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For visitors there are a plethora of bed-and-breakfasts, too, in the Old Town. It is best to stay in the Old Town, as the lower town is very removed from the interesting parts.
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