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Old March 23rd, 2007, 03:14 PM
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On HAL, we stop in Victoria from 6 to Midnight. With 2 teens, is it worth it to do any scheduled excursions,(i.e. Butchart Gardens or High Tea); or should we just spend our last night on the ship or maybe just walk around a bit?
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Don't know about the teens, but my wife and I enjoyed Butchart Gardens very much and considered it a very good excursion. When we returned we still had plenty of time to walk around Victoria on our own. It is a very nice city.
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I had the same question and was told the tea is NOT worth the $$$ but that the Gardens are fantastic!!
If you are going out of Seattle and wish a Tea, the Fairmont Olympic has one for $35 and should be VERY nice!
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Butchart is excellent if you have an interest in gardens. They also have fireworks some nights, check out their web site. With 4 a cab could be an option. Arrange for pick up with the same driver for a specific time.
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By all means...see Victoria ! It's a lovely city !
I really enjoyed the High Tea at the Empress Hotel and "the castle" both of which were on the same ship's excursion. We were scheduled to arrive at 8 but actually we got there early at 6.
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Hi my husband (US Military Officer) is currently stationed here in VIctoria. If you like some more information on VIctoria, I would be glad to help you out. I know you said that you have 2 teenagers. The tea is Ok, a little over rated to say the least. Butchart Gardens is a wonderful place to view flowers etc. If you are here on a Saturday in the summer months, they have fireworks at sun set. Beautiful!! If you like to chat more just email at ldecates@aol.com. I have been living here for the past year..

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Butchart Gardens is truly amazing - though I am not sure how much you would actually have time to see that late in the day. Victoria is a great place to just stroll around. The wax museum is also very well done.


Liann - have you and DH discovered Fort Rodd Hill yet? We found it an amazing place to visit - wish we had another day to spend wandering the site. I have a photo of the lighthouse as my screensaver.

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Idecates - wow what a great tour of duty to be stationed in Victoria BC ! It's a beautiful city on an interesting island.
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butchart gardens at twilight is spectacular. i suggest going late afternoon before the sun goes down completely that way you get to see the gardens in both lights - wonderful.
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I would really like to piggyback on this question because I'm in the same situation (minus two teens). Evidently the gardens are beautiful in the evening, but I think I would like to just walk around town. Does anyone who has done this know if the boat docks close enough to town to be able to just walk off and "be" there? And if so, is there anything special to see/walk to? (I'm wondering if the Sticky Wicket bar is still there because my SW tee-shirt is wearing out.)
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From the Odgen dock to the Inner Harbor, plan on a 20 minute walk. The ship does run shuttles, usually for a fee.
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Lots to see on the walk - like the floating houses (houseboats). They always fascinate me. The Parliament Buildings are especially beautiful at night when they are all lit up. The Wax Museum is also pretty good or you can just wander around downtown. We got our photo taken at one of those old fashioned places, and I always get a new ornament from the "Christmas Store".

The water taxi is a good way to see things from the water.

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With our without teens, Butchart Gardens are extraordinarily beautiful. One magnificent display after another. The day-light makes them even more so.
It's a place that will stay in your memory forever.

Victoria is a wonderful city. Evening, though, makes it impossible to visit the many intriguing shops. Only the souvenir dens are open at night. But there is wonderful dining (lots of sushi) too.

Don't stay on the ship. Get a taste of Victoria so that you will KNOW that you want to go back for a longer visit.
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Lots to see on the walk - like the floating houses (houseboats). They always fascinate me. The Parliament Buildings are especially beautiful at night when they are all lit up. The Wax Museum is also pretty good or you can just wander around downtown. We got our photo taken at one of those old fashioned places, and I always get a new ornament from the "Christmas Store".

The water taxi is a good way to see things from the water.

TTFN Jennifer
My brother said Mother and I HAVE to visit the Christmas Store while in Victoria. We're on the 5/19 Oosterdam cruise and will be in Victoria Friday night the 25th, from 6 to midnight. Does anyone know how many blocks it is from the dock to that part of town? And are there shuttles on the dock that drop off and pick up at various locations. I've read about the stop, but if that's true, I haven't run across it yet. Thanks!
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You must go to Royal British Columbia Museam located next to parliment buildings.It is currently showing a Titanic exibit. The first nation's exibit is outstanding. Not to miss.
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