Vancouver

I’m just saying very fast in Vancouver, just the time to have a general idea of the city. At the beginning, i planned to stay few days but, unfortunately, there is no cheap accomodation in Vancouver. It is simple, searching one week before on booking, just stay less that 40 hostels, and on the 40, 39 were above 100€” the night. It is just unbelieabable to see that. So i changed, won’t see Vancouver really, just a small day.

Just the time to take a glance to the city center and to see the city along the coast. Everything seems very modern. It is just strange cause Victoria is the capital of British Columbia with just 100 000 people why Vancouver is not the capital of Bristish Columbia with 600 000 people.

 

 

Victoria BC

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia in Canada. The city is not very big and there is numerous things to visit in a quiet environment.

Whale Watching

Victoria, and Vancouver Island as a whole, is one of the top places in the world for whale watching. From March through October each year, thousands of whales migrate through the waters that surround the island, and during the peak of the season, outfitters like Eagle Wing Tours guarantee sightings, which means if you don’t see whales you’ll be invited back free for another try. You can choose from multiple exciting options that include the chance to witness orca whales in the wild and possibly migrating humpbacks too.

Wander Through Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is the reason Victoria is often referred to as the “City of Gardens.” Highly acclaimed as one of the top display gardens in the world, it boasts some 700 varieties of plants that are in bloom from March to October. One of the highlights is the Rose Garden, which is at its peak during the summer months, and if you arrive earlier in the season, you can also see the extraordinary delphiniums that provide a dramatic backdrop for the blooming roses. On Saturday evenings in the summer, you’ll not only be able to view the dazzling array of flowers, but an impressive fireworks display as well.

Victoria’s food and drink ccene in the inner harbour

Victoria is famous for its fabulous food and cocktail scene, and you can sample some of its best in the lovely Inner Harbour. On a pleasant summer evening, head to the Steamship Grill, housed within the historic Steamship Terminal Building. It offers an outdoor patio where you can delectable seafood, including fresh halibut, sockeye salmon and just-shucked oysters. Afterwards, enjoy a fun night out on the town at Clive’s Classic Lounge, or the trendy spot for drinking and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, the Upstairs Cabaret in Bastion Square which overlooks the harbor.

Tour the Parliament Buildings

The magnificent Parliament Buildings situated on the Inner Harbour are truly a sight to see, complete with gorgeous stained glass, domes and turrets. But you can do a lot more than just take a photo of the exterior of this place where the province’s elected representatives meet to debate and pass laws. Free tours are available offering the chance to learn about British Columbia’s history as well as its parliamentary process. You can even enjoy breakfast or lunch on weekdays at the “secret” politicians’ restaurant.

Visit the Royal BC Museum

 

This city is jam-packed with museums, offering the chance to discover its past along with modern delights. One of the must-visit museums, the Royal BC Museum has frequently been ranked as the country’s top museum, focusing on the people and land of coastal British Columbia as the only natural and human history museum in the province. It houses around seven million artifacts and annually hosts spectacular feature collections focused on everything from the Vikings and Genghis Khan to Leonardo da Vinci and the RMS Titanic. The Natural History gallery displays exhibits on the rainforest and coastal ecosystems of the province from the ice age to today, and the Modern History gallery features an authentic frontier town. The Royal BC Museum also boasts the world-class First Peoples gallery, featuring totems, masks and cultural treasures.

Take in the Views From Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park is favorite with locals, spread across more than 75 acres along the shores of the Juan de Fuca Strait. You’ll discover awe-inspiring vistas no matter where you are in the park, from wildflower-dotted fields to the glistening expanse of the sea. It’s also home to miniature golf, a petting zoo and a water park as well as a venue for concerts that are hosted on summer evenings. Walking through it, you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including peacocks, herons, otters, turtles and crays.

Step Back in Time at Craigdarroch Castle

Set atop a hill in the Rockland neighborhood, Craigdarroch is a huge Victorian castle built for coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his family in the late 19th century. The impeccably restored four-story structure now serves as a museum which offers the chance to step into the shoes of the wealthy who lived here during the era of Queen Victoria. The castle features 39 rooms and includes luxurious furnishings, much of it original to the home, along with gorgeous stained glass and detailed woodwork.

 

 

My daily time

Finally i didn’t spend many times to explore the surroundings. Cause in fact the worning i work as a Workaway. And, the afternoon after the meal i take the bus to go to the city center. And there i spent the big part of my afternoon to work on my computer.

My two best places where i go to work on my compter are the greateast  Victoria public library. This is really a good and big public library where you can stay. Numerous desk to stay with outlet and a wifi connection. And sure everything for free.

The second place is the starbuck coffee. It is a chain of coffee that we can see in numerous countries. In Canada it is the number one so in Victoria we can find around twelve coffee of this chain in the city. It is essentially great for the free and efficient wifi connection. For the rest the drinks are not bad, iced or hot drink, available in different size. We can eat pastries also. Drinks are affordable, but at the opposite food is expensive. The only problem is that there are not enought table to seat, so depending of the moment it is full.

I won’t overtake the month in Canada. So i just finish my month and then i go in Thailand for one month. I took my flight, long flight. First airplane until Taipei in Tawain. And then Taipei to Bangkok.

Not the best season but i don’t care, the prices will be the lowest to find cheap accomodation to stay. And i need to be  free full time and to have all my days in the week to have the time to work on my projects.

 

Work away experience

I made my first workaway experience, working in exchange of food and accomodation. I really spent very few money on the last week. It is very useful to travel on budget. Generally i spent no more than ten euros per day. I work everymorning, seven days on seven, between 3 and 4 hours per day. I preferred to chose this instead to work more during five days and to have to days off.

My work here is just to do gardening. I improve and clean the garden. I water the plants, i make plantation. It is a cute garden with many flowers and vegetables.

Nothing really hard. Moreover the climate here is probably the mildest in Canada, so the big majority of plants are the same than in France. It is just than here we don’t see mediterranean plants. For the rest it is the same it is just that we can see flowering not exactly in the same period. Very nice quality of plants in garden store. When the summer is not really hot this help.

I was able to arrange a canoe. It was empty when i arrived and i should develop it.

Here is the place where i sleep it is a mix inside between a bedroom, a workstore and a garage. For free and in summer it is absolutely enought.

Outside of the city center, in this house we can let everything opened during the day and the night it is totally safe.

All the gardens are totally opened, there are no fences, houses can stay opened and there is no problem. It is plaisant. In France people need to be hidden by big fences, to be careful to close their house, and even in somes places to have alarms to protect.

 

Victoria nice walkway around the bay

The city is surrounded by the water, the coastline is cut and all the coastline is laid out with numerous paths.  It is very plaisant to walk on these paths. Beautiful view everytime and moreover at the end of the day. Depending of the location we can see all the harbour of the city, the modern bridge, the fisherman village. And in an other side we have the view on Salish sea. Salish sea is partially separated from pacific ocean, Vancouver island, Vancouver peninsula and the state of Washington United States.

On the bay of Victoria, there is a small fisherman village, floating on the water. Pleasant and cute place to see. It is just around the corner from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This is a unique marine destination offering food kiosks, unique shops and tour adventures in a working harbour. You can go for a lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, and admire the view.

Two best walkaway at Victoria:

  • This seaside walkway runs from the bridge on Johnson St. All the way to the West Bay Marina. A small hour waliking.   It’s wheelchair accessable, completely paved and flat; it has numerous benches along the way to stop and look at the bay.

  • Dallas Road Runs from the fisherman village  to Hollywood Crescent in Fairfield.  It is a long walk, but many possibillity to stop in small beach covered by gravels… Nice view on Salish sea.