(My solo road trip of western Canada – Tuesday 29th September)
After arriving in Vancouver, there was a short drive to nearby Richmond where I was due to stay for three nights so that I could explore Vancouver. I was so excited, I could not believe I was here, somewhere I had always wanted to visit was now unfolding for me.
I planned to visit Victoria (the capital of British Colombia, Canada) on Vancouver Island (the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand). I was told that this was a good place to do whale watching, advice was given by several people so it would have been foolish to go anywhere else, or not do it at all. I decided to do this on my first day of three so that I could have time to explore other parts of Vancouver (if I could) with the remainder of the time I had.
The day was going to be totally manic, tight schedule that I had to adhere to, otherwise I would not be able to travel to Victoria, do whale watching and explore downtown Vctoria in the day I had. I went to bed after 2am planning the day.
I got up at 5am and left my accommodation at 5.30am. From where I was staying, I had a 15 minute walk to the nearest bus loop (bus station), the bus was due to leave at 6.05am. I realised after about 6 or 7 minutes that I was walking in the wrong direction, I should have turned right instead of left at the main road, if I missed this bus, it would ruin my day, I simply would not have enough time! There was no sign of anyone, until after walking for about 10minutes, there was a gas station (petrol station). I asked 3 workers inside if they new where the bus loop was and none of them did! I walked out and one guy was filling up, I asked him, and it just so happened that he was going in that direction and he knew where I had to go, he offered to take me… I got on the bus at 6.04am, it left the station 1 minute later!
I arrived at the ferry port at 6.40am and the ferry from Tsawwasen Bay was due to leave at 7am to get to Victoria just after 8.30am. Then I got a bus from the ferry bay to downtown Victoria, I arrived just before 9.30am, I then ran and booked a whale watching tour which I thought was going to start at 10am, but this was not available so I did the 11am. It was due to last 3 1/2 hours. In total, I needed to allow around four hours to get back to Richmond. Below are the photos of my ferry trip from Tsawwasen to Victoria. After whale watching and trekking around downtown Victoria, I got to my accommodation, safe and sound just after 11pm, long but hugely fulfilling day.
Absolutely stunning sunrise, spectacular scenery along the way. My favourite part of the ferry trip was definitely passing the multiple small islands on route to Victoria. On the way back, I explored the inside of the ferry further and realised it was like a floating city. Again, I could not believe my luck with the weather, it was blissful!