Our first stop – Victoria on Vancouver Island

We departed from the ship and boarded a newish bus. We passed through the oldest Chinatown in Canada, saw the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings in the capital of British Columbia.

We had a nice drive through lovely areas and ended up at the Butchart Gardens. It is a family owned affair and the place of one of the worlds premier flower show gardens.

There are over 900 varieties of plants, annuals, flowering trees and aromatic roses.

This was a rock quarry a hundred years ago.

We had a fine lunch there.

This is one of the themed gardens.