A beautiful wedding taking place in a quaint yet lively Canadian city with a brunch game that is second to none, world-class gardens and a romantic harbor sunset pretty much sums up my Labor Day weekend.
BC Parliament view from the inner harbor
This past weekend I had the honor of attending one of the most heartfelt weddings in stunning Victoria, B.C. This was my first time to Victoria. I decided to only take my bike over the ferry instead of driving and I was surprised how much I did NOT miss my vehicle. Staying near downtown, everything was easily accessible by bike including the world-renowned Buchart Gardens.
Stepping into Buchart Gardens, Victoria BC
Victoria surprised me in a good way. I was expecting a small sleepy city but instead it was bustling with tourists, had a dynamic nightlife and a very robust food scene.
In between wedding events I made the most of the brunch scene, spent a half-day at Buchart Gardens and enjoyed the inner harbor at sunset.
Dahlias, Victoria BC
Below includes the photo journal of my time spent in Victoria taken with my new Sony A6300 as well as my iphone.
Victoria Brunch Scene
What to expect? Long lines with a first come, first served extremely friendly service and exquisite menu options. Give yourself 2-3 hours for brunch, it’s worth it.
1. Jam Café: 542 Herald Street, Victoria BC
100% Ordered and Approved: Veggie Benedict
2. Mo:le: 554 Pandora avenue, Victoria, BC
100% Ordered and Approved: Tomato & Basil Scramble
100 Percent Tip: Find and take a stroll down the narrow Fan Dan Alley in Chinatown.
3. The Blue Fox Cafe: 101 – 919 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
100% Ordered and Approved: Veggie Migas
Wedding at Villa Marco Pollo Inn
It was a picture perfect day and location at Villa Marco Pollo Inn complete with a fancy bike ride in my wedding attire.
After riding my bike 11 miles to Buchart Gardens, I meandered through the perfectly maintained premier floral show gardens including: Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden.
100 Percent Tip: Book ahead for afternoon tea held in The Dining Room.
Sunset in Victoria Harbor
A perfect final evening in Victoria with the sun setting beyond the inner harbor casting a golden hour glow over the Fairmont Empress, seaport and seaplane airport as well as the British Columbia Parliament Building.
Hama Hama Oysters
One of the highlights of traveling to Port Angeles (where you catch the ferry) is the stunning drive along the water through the Olympic National Forest. I stopped on my way home at Hama Hama Oyster Company for some al fresco dining and enjoyed exceptionally fresh raw oysters and rosé.
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