There is nothing like a day trip to break up the monotony of regular life. That’s one of many features that I love about Vancouver and area. So many nearby places to experience: Harrison Hot Springs, Fort Langley, Whistler, The Gulf Islands, Victoria, Bowen Island. Heck, you can even cross the US border and go to Bellingham, WA! What a great way to spend a day off.
As much as I like the idea of those day trips mentioned above, I actually have only gone to two places. Yes, I admit…I am a day-trippin’ freshman. One that is still in freshman year when I should have already graduated college! Well at least I know I have that option of a taking off to explore one of these locales.
In Victoria, BC lives a friend of mine, so naturally I make a point of visiting her a few times a year. I love the idea of meeting a friend for lunch in another town. I am not talking about crossing a street in Vancouver and meeting them in Burnaby. I mean going some distance just for lunch and maybe some shopping. When I worked in a travel agency, at time when discounted or free travel was a common perk, I loved flying from Thunder Bay in the early a.m. to spend the day shopping in Toronto only to return that same evening. It made me feel privledged, even if the flights were usually free. For me, visiting my friend in Victoria is same. I love how it sounds to say “I just spent the day in Victoria.”. Funny how the mind can conjure up these ideas and associations. Silly? Perhaps, but I like it.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures from my time “wandering” around Victoria BC:
(Top) A BC ferry returning from Vancouver Island as I head to it.
(Below) The marker for the start of the Trans-Canada Highway.
“Hip Hip Hooray”!