Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to do
British Columbia ~ Canada
it’s not Alaska, this charming Canadian city located on Vancouver
Island is typically a port call for cruises beginning in Seattle or
San Francisco. Arrival in
the capital of British Columbia is likened to a step
back in time to an earlier era emphasized by the city’s Victorian
architecture and very proper atmosphere. Founded
as a British outpost, it’s often said that Victoria is more British
than Great Britain herself.
ships dock at Ogden Point terminal of Juan De Fuca Strait. The
shuttle to the Inner Harbor will deposit you at the elegant Empress
Hotel, famous for English-style high tea. If
that afternoon ritual is too stuffy for your taste, at least take a
walk through the ivy-covered hotel’s grand public rooms for a
glimpse of the opulent interiors and the imposing view of the harbor.
the Royal British Columbia Museum you will find mesmerizing exhibits
that recreate British Columbia's history from prehistoric times to the
present. Outside the
entrance is a glass-enclosed display of totem poles and large
sculptural works by Northwest Native artists.
Behind the museum is Thunderbird Park where more totem poles
and a Native ceremonial house are located.
the nineteen-twenties, visitors have come from afar to see the
spectacular Butchart Gardens. Created
from an abandoned limestone quarry by Mrs. Jenny Butchart, every month
there are beautiful shows of seasonal flowering plants. Located
thirteen miles from downtown, you can easily take a cab or organized
tour and spend several hours there and at the nearby Victoria
requiring a cab or an organized tour is Craigdarroch Castle, the
lavish home of millionaire Scottish coal-mining magnate Robert
Dunsmuir. Built in the
1880’s, the four-story Highland-style castle contains 39 rooms and
is topped with stone turrets. Inside
it is furnished in Victorian splendor.
Cruising-- Spring! It's
in the air and cruisers' fancies turn north. North to Alaska, with
thoughts of majestic scenery, frontiers to explore, and what to
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