Sunday, August 29, 2010

Victoria British Columbia, Canada

Saturday, August 28, 2010

We had a quick stop over in Victoria on our way from Ketchikan Alaska to Seattle. We had four hours to see this charming city. Our plan for getting to know Victoria was to take a city bus tour, visit the Butchart Gardens and finish our visit at an award winning winery for a wine and chocolate tasting. Actually, after seeing all that Victoria has to offer, we could have used a lot more time.

The bus tour of Victoria provided some surprises, like the temperate climate that seldom sees snow and the high percentages of seniors who retire to Victoria for the climate and small city charm. We were treated to stories of the "Pig War" declared on the United States by a Hudson Bay office manager over the execution of a pig that got into an American farmer's garden.

The Pig War was a confrontation in 1859 between American and British/Canadian authorities over the boundary between the United States and British North America. The specific area in dispute was the San Juan Islands, which lie between Vancouver Island and the North American mainland. The Pig War, so called because it was triggered by the shooting of a pig, is also called the Pig Episode, the Pig and Potato War, the San Juan Boundary Dispute or the Northwestern Boundary Dispute. The pig was the only "casualty" of the war, making the conflict otherwise bloodless.

The Butchart gardens were amazing....words cannot tell the story, so we will post a few pictures instead.

The winery and wine tasting was interesting because they paired the wines with chocolates. Wine and chocolate is always a good idea!

The winery is the Church and State Winery in Victoria. They are a young winery and captured a number of awards for their wines. Mary Frances and I appreciated their Quintessential Cabernet which was the best West Coast cabernet last year.

The wine was good, the chocolate excellent and the camera idle!

Link to our photos:
Victoria - Butchart Gardens

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