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Victoria, British Columbia, on the Grand Fossil Tour

Victoria, British Columbia, on the Grand Fossil Tour

With a Side Trip to Butchart Gardens

By Jim Fulton

 

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After a brief return to La Conner, I took the ferry from Anacortes to Sidney on Vancouver Island, staying for a week at Oceanside RV Park near Victoria, British Columbia. It had been decades since I visited this fascinating city. I wandered through the downtown, spent a few hours at the Royal British Columbia Museum, and visited the marvelous Butchart Gardens. All in all, a very relaxing, sun-drenched week.

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Title Victoria, British Columbia, on the Grand Fossil Tour
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Keywords Oceanside RV Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Butchart Gardens, Royal British Columbia Museum
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL http://fenixnest/Phoenix/
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Status Published: 2017/12/5
Last Revised 2018-05-06

Victoria, British Columbia

Arrived 2017/7/25
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Day of Tour 3
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2017/7/25
Map miles from last stop 58
Mileage on arrival 19,500
Actual miles from last stop 514
Accumulated miles for trip 2,595

After a brief return to La Conner from Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, I took the ferry from Anacortes to Sidney on Vancouver Island, staying for a week at Oceanside RV Park near Victoria, British Columbia. It had been decades since I visited this fascinating city. I wandered through the downtown, spent a few hours at the Royal British Columbia Museum, and visited the marvelous Butchart Gardens. All in all, a very relaxing, sun-drenched week.

This week our story looks through the microscope at some of the fine details of the life that was emerging during the Hadean Eon.

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Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. It's a bustling city, not quite as large as Vancouver, but perhaps even more filled with tourists from all over the world. I have fond memories of earlier visits with my family.

Ferry to Victoria

To my mind, the only right way to visit Victoria from the States is to take the ferry from Anacortes, Washington, through the San Juan Islands, to Sidney on Vancouver Island. There are shorter, more frequent ferries from Tsawassen in British Columbia. But the Anacortes ferry is one of the most gorgeous routes I have ever taken, as my photos below will attest.

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The Locale around Victoria

I spent a day walking around downtown Victoria, snapping photos to give you a flavor of the place. The fact is that most modern cities are very much alike. There are few elements of one that would look out of place in any other. You have to look closely to see what makes any given city unique, and often that means a city's night life, that attracts me not in the least. So the photos below portray the Provincial Legislative Buildings and the Empress Hotel, with a few others in between. The Royal British Columbia Museum is the topic of a section below.

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Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, BC
Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, BC
Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, BC
Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, BC
Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, BC
Oceanside RV Park

Oceanside RV Park lies on the eastern tip of Vancouver Island, a few miles north of Victoria, near Butchart Gardens. Its location is perfect as a launching point for visits north into the island or into the mainland. Or for Canadians, as a staging place for crossing to the States.

I don't know when it was built, but the park has the feel of a retirement community: Nice, straight, level streets and sites. Clean, convenient showers and rest rooms. None of the roughness that makes camping an adventure. The trees are too young to provide ample shade. Ironically, it is right next door to another park that looks about as catch-as-catch-can as it could get.

Activities in the park, as opposed to Victoria and the rest of southern Vancouver Island, are somewhat limited. There is a small playground for children. And there's a quarter-mile walk to a lovely, long beach, though you should remember that this is the mid-north Pacific. Swimming is for the hardy (or the fool-hardy).

I would have no qualms whatever of returning here, should my travels ever return me to the area.

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Address 3000 Stautw Road
Saanichton BC V8M 2K5
Canada
Home Page http://www.parkbridge.com/en-ca/rv-cottages/oceanside-resort
Phone
Associations $30
Rate
(with discounts & taxes)
(250) 544-0508
Pros
  • Clean
  • Modern
  • Good-sized sites
  • Close to points of interest
Cons
  • More a retirement home than a campground
Reviews (as of 2018/1/27)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.7 (Good) 10
Good Sam 8.5 10
Tripadvisor 4.0 5
Phoenix 8 10
  Site Type back-in  
  Site Size 7 10
  Ease of Access 7 10
  WiFiNotes 7 10

Points of Interest

Besides just wandering through Victoria's downtown, there were two specific places that I wanted to return to: Butchart Gardens and the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Butchart Gardens is awesome!

If you're on Vancouver Island, you have to see it! It was once a quarry provide rock to the building of Victoria. It was also out in the middle of nowhere, so the wife of the quarry's owner had nothing to do. So she started planting flowers, and shrubs, and other bits of living color. The project grew and grew. It attracted more and more visitors. Then it attracted more and more paying visitors. Ultimately it became far more profitable than the quarry whose nooks and crannies had been filled with blossoms.

I love photographing flowers, and I took lots of pictures, probably far more than you want to wend your way through.

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Royal British Columbia Museum

Sometimes fond memories and present experience cannot be reconciled. I remember spending what seemed like hours with my wife and kids enjoying the Royal Museum in Victoria. This visit was disappointing. I guess my expectations have changed.

With my kids in tow, I suspect I thought the exhibits and dioramas interesting, appropriate, and educational. (I guess I really don't know what the kids thought of them.) With my current focus on fossils and the evolution of mind, I didn't find much this trip to fill in any gaps. So my photo record is rather sparse.

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Next Stop

My next stop after leaving Victoria, British Columbia was Vancouver, BC, where I visited a Facebook friend that I knew half-a-century ago in graduate school.

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