After a short run along Boundary Bay park in Tsawwasen, and breakfast at the inn, we took the 11AM ferry to Victoria.
The BC ferry is in a league of its own. It makes the Sausalito/SF ferry look like a toy boat, and it makes the Staten Island ferry look like something out of the Middle Ages. All in all it makes this American feel inadequate.
The ferry has the capacity to carry 3 decks of trucks/buses (think mac trucks, oil tankers, tour buses) and vehicles, and another 3 decks of passengers. The passenger decks aren’t just full of seats. It has a cafe, a buffet dining area, gift shop, video arcade, quiet lounge, and many more. It’s a cruise minus the cabins. It’s a ferry on roids!
After getting off the ferry, we took the downtown 70 express bus from Swartz Bay to downtown Victoria. Since it was too early to check in, we walked along the harbor to Fisherman’s Wharf where the small colorful boat homes are moored.
The harbor was abuzz with activities.
Then it was time to check in, and we were pleasantly surprised by our room (although the WiFi was slow as molasses).
The rest of the day was spent walking around downtown, and soaking in all the sights and colors…
and the night scene.