Day 8: Butchart Gardens, Hatley Castle, & Sidney
On the road again, we rented a car so we could hit a few spots out of walking distance from Victoria. First stop, Butchart Gardens.
I was so excited to spend the morning walking the grounds, they are so beautiful. It was a cool, overcast day, perfect for meandering around taking in the gardens. We started off on this path that overlooks the sunken garden. It felt like we were in an enchanted forest from a Disney movie!
The Ross Fountain. This picture doesn’t give this fountain justice. It was built in a huge quarry and is framed by lush greenery! So fun to watch the fountain waters dance in the beautiful setting.
Oun on the patio we relaxed and enjoyed the sounds of this water wheel.
I love the uniqueness and detail of a Japanese garden, and this one did not disappoint.
Below we read about the totem poles on the grounds. They were carved by a artists from the first nations, so impressive.
We played a little chess!
We loved Butchart Gardens, and would like to go back someday at night to view the gardens lit up!
We hopped in the car and made our way to Hatley Castle. While we were in Victoria Deadpool II was filming scenes at the castle! We didn’t make the filming, by did want to see the castle after the cast and crew left. Bummer, we all thought it would have been so cool to see filming in action — and, who am I kidding, see Ryan Reynolds! 🙂 Hatley Castle is used in some of our favorites: Deadpool, X-men, and Arrow to name a few.
The castle is just amazing. We did have to recreate Ryan Reynold’s post…
These two were so excited…so fun!
There is a beautiful Italian garden on the grounds.
One more selfie!
Love these two!
After exploring the grounds we checked out the museum and the rich history of the castle. We enjoyed learning about the castle’s history and it’s current use as an administration building on the campus of Royal Roads University.
Interestingly, the site was used as the Royal Roads Military School until 1995.
What a fun place! The boys especially loved it and it’s movie credits! Next, we headed down the road to Sidney, BC. We found a great spot to grab a bite to eat and headed back to our Airbnb.
What a great day!
Day 9: Hop On Hop Off
On our last full day in Victoria we decided to take the Hop On Hop Off tour bus. It has multiple stops in the Victoria area and picks you up every hour on the hour. Can you tell how excited this 15-year-old is about this bus tour!! 🙂
It was pretty chilly, so the open air bus was COLD! We stuck it out and enjoyed the view from the top as we hopped on and off!
Our favorite stop was FIsherman’s Wharf. We walked around, ate lunch and enjoyed looking at all of the floating homes along the Wharf.
How cute are all of these homes! Love the colors!
We walked the coastline of Victoria West and just enjoyed our last day. I can’t get enough of these planes. It is so cool, I need to fly in one of these some day!
What a beautiful day!
We enjoyed our last day in Victoria and finished with Beauty and the Beast at the Royal BC Museum Imax. It. was. awesome. Surprisingly, we all loved the movie! I was so glad the guys humored me and we went! What a great day!
Day 10: Port Angeles
We hopped on the Coho Ferry and headed back to Port Angeles, WA. We lucked out and had a beautiful morning for our trip back.
Of course, the guys goofed off most of the time!
Sad to leave this beautiful place, until next time Victoria.
We arrived in Port Angeles hungry. We found Next Door Gastropub, and so glad we did.
I had the most amazing fish tacos! Yummmm….
Well, that’s it! We were ready to hit the road, head back to Olympia for a night and then make the loooong trey back to Montana. What a wonderful trip, so many memories! Can’t wait to go again.
Thanks for tagging along on our journey, hope you will stay tuned for more!