Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
A sure sign we are getting close to Victoria is a Pilot Boat is arriving to drop off a “Pilot” to help our Captain navigate into the port. This is a common practice to have a local navigator help large ships such as ours to make it safely into port as no one know the channels and current issues around a port more than a local navigator
Another prominent navigation feature we spot is the Race Rocks Lighthouse that we can tell we are being navigated around and for good reasons as there are lots of rocks over there that could sink a ship even as big as ours.
As we navigate into the harbor we also spot the Ogden Point Breakwater Lighthouse.
Now get this, if you have been following this Trip Report you know just how HUGE our cruise ship is. With all the other Ports of Call we pulled gently aside a dock; but, this time the Captain with “Back” into this narrow cubbyhole with little room to spare on either side and stop within just a few yards before running into the awaiting buses. I will take this shot from the deck on the back of the boat as we slowing back into our parking spot!
Once in port we board a bus to take us to Butchart Gardens which is 55 areas of a stunning floral gardens. This is a place we will also look forward to coming back to some day. Here are just a taste of what you will see at this wonderful place.
We will also get treated to a unusual Fireworks display after sunset that tons of folks also come to the gardens to see. I tried to pull a few stills from the video I took of it just to give you a feel for this display that was well worth the time to watch.
With the Fireworks over we head back to the bus and head back to the ship as we will be pulling out of Victoria shortly for our final stop back in Seattle, Washington when we started a week ago.