Besides eating lots (and lots) of fish, Vancouver’s islands are full of treats – Victoria being one of them. Victoria stills holds a strong British identity, evident in the layout of the city and the architecture from the British colonial era. I got the impression from the city’s ornate Victorian architecture that the British wanted Victoria to be the idyllic town exclusively for aristocratic members of society.
Unfortunately, when independence was gained, the British didn’t take their chilly climate with them as the pervading biting wind was most certainly present here in June. Victoria is situated on a coast of Vancouver island so it does feel like the wind is attacking you from all angles! Heads up for anyone visiting Victoria during Summer – don’t be too optimistic about the weather and take a jacket, a hat and a scarf!
Having to take a ferry to get to Victoria made the city feel so remote. Although classified as a city, there was a strong sense of community. So much so that it felt like I was strolling around a small Victorian town in Britain. Although calm and relaxed, the city holds two universities therefore, there is also a young vibrant atmosphere to its streets (and perhaps the reason why the bars are always so full!)
First and foremost, if you are a seafood enthusiast you would be silly not to visit Victoria. We dined at a restaurant that had been recommended by a friend from Victoria called ‘The Docks’. If you are as lucky as we were, you will be placed at a table overlooking the coast. The menu was DIVINE. In fact, my mouth is watering as I am writing this. For the main course, I chose the Salmon Wellington. This was easily the best meal I have had in a long time. The fish was so succulent and cooked to perfection. I could imagine the fishermen hurling the fillet of salmon that was on my plate into their boats earlier that morning. Freshly fished from the North Pacific Ocean, the seafood was incomparable to what you buy at the supermarket.