Last month I was travelling regularly for work, heading to the far-reaching corners of BC! Just kidding, not that far: a few days in Duncan and Victoria mid-month, then up to Powell River a few weeks later.
I think September is one of the best times to travel in BC. The weather is generally good and the crowds are minimal, with the kids being back in school.
When I travel for work, I always get the earliest ferry from Horseshoe Bay, in order to get to my first site visit at a reasonable time. I don’t want to jinx it, but in the 10 years that I’ve been taking the trip, I’ve had a poor-weather crossing only once or twice in September.
More often than not, I’m treated to the glow of the rising sun and the outline of downtown Vancouver and Mount Baker in the background. It’s definitely worth the 4am wake-up call.
My site visit in Duncan usually takes a full day, and I’m often pooped by the end of my testing (hello, 4am wake-up call!) so there are no pictures to show off this quaint little town. One of these years I’ll get my act together!
On these annual site-visits, I usually stay overnight in Nanaimo before heading back to Vancouver. (I shared a few pictures from that visit last year, as I was waiting for the ferry). This year, however, I needed to make a stop in Victoria, which made for a nice change of scenery! The weather was fantastic and I had the morning to hang around in the downtown harbour before catching the ferry home.
I stayed at the Capital City Centre Hotel. I’ve stayed there several times for work, and I’d highly recommend it. It’s within walking distance to the waterfront and all the downtown amenities, but the prices are lower than if you are staying in the heart of downtown.
Perfect for a Pearson 🙂
I was right in the middle of my monthly photo challenge, so many of the photos are slanted toward My Month of Buildings. The architecture is nicely varied in the downtown area, so I can’t really complain! I love the brick and old plaster and vines crawling over the store-fronts.
It wouldn’t be a trip to our Province’s capital city, without a walk around the Parliament Building! The last time we were in Victoria was almost a year ago, for a little wedding anniversary get-away. Jonty was still on crutches and I remember him eyeing up all those stairs, wondering how badly he really wanted to go on that free tour inside. He was a trooper, and we both enjoyed the tour. Oh, how quickly the year has gone by!
I really do appreciate having a job that allows me to travel around the province a bit; it’s just infrequent enough that I still get excited to go to some of these places when those times of year roll around.
Where to stay:
- Capital City Centre Hotel: Within walking distance of downtown Victoria and the harbour.
Where to eat:
- Red Fish Blue Fish: An outdoor (seasonal) eatery, selling tasty sustainable fish and chips, with a view.
- Jam Cafe: A great place for breakfast and lunch! I ate at the bar (the best spot, in my opinion) and had Green Eggs and Ham. Really good. Just be prepared to wait, if you don’t get there early.
Where to get a good coffee:
- Parsonage Cafe: I found this place during my last visit. They serve homemade muffins and scones in the morning, and you can get a great bagel-and-lox sandwich at lunch.
I’m working on the photos from my trip to Powell River, so stay tuned!