Canada Day Under Covid-19 At Victoria, BC

As a result of Covid-19, face coverings are required as visitors boarded into the ferries in British Columbia. I was well prepared as I followed with the updates. Our original plans of camping this year had been canceled, so a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, sounded ideal.

Named for Queen Victoria, the city is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco’s. “—- Wikipedia

Savour The Moment

The first couple days was pretty sunny, so ice cream was the perfect idea! We dropped by Milkcow, which apparently was a popular spot for soft-serve. Unfortunately, the machine broke down that day. Hence, regular vanilla ice cream was used for the yuzu drink.

Being beside the fisherman’s wharf meant that seafood was extremely fresh. Spot prawns was in season, so I had to try the fresh Spot Prawn Tacos!

The food stall was also a part of a seafood shop, so we picked up a couple pounds of clams and a tub of seafood chowder.

Mile 0

“Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway is located on Douglas Street at the intersection of Dallas Road, near the beautiful Victoria waterfront. The Mile 0 marker is the start of the over 8,000 km Trans-Canada Highway that spans the entire length of Canada. The monument is located on a large grassy field adjacent to the beautiful Beacon Hill Park.

Mile 0 is also home to a statue of Terry Fox. Fox lost his right leg to cancer when he was 18 years old. He started a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, beginning in Newfoundland on the East coast of Canada, and was to end at the Mile 0 marker in Victoria. Unfortunately, Fox’s journey ended tragically near the halfway mark when he fell ill and passed away from cancer. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars has been raised in his name for cancer research.“— Tourism Victoria

I grew up learning about Terry Fox as one of Canada’s national hero! He was such an inspiration to many of us.

Patio Time

Restaurants were just beginning to open back up, but with limited seatings. The Village on Cook St. only served a smaller menu and shorter hours to test out the responses of the customers. It definitely caught a lot of attention as most of us sat outside in the patio.

Victoria was like a city, but without the hustle and bustle. It’s the perfect getaway.

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