Who doesn’t delight in dreaming about traveling to far away destinations and the possibility of making those dreams a reality?
A firm believer that traveling broadens your horizons and assists in growth as you experience the world and what it offers, I also believe those travels don’t have to include long distances but can take place nearer to home.
Victoria, BC is approximately an hour away. There are some impressive structures to enjoy such as the “Empress Hotel” with it’s moss covered exterior along with it’s impressive list of famous individuals, some of which I’ve outlined in my novel. It’s Chateau-style was designed by Sir Francis Rattenbury and was built between 1904 and 1908.
And what a find, and how beautiful is Craigdarroch Castle. Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria, it is now a National Historic Site. It has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of the privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks. When I last visited, it was being used as a conservatory of music and housed rooms which included harps, violins, pianos and more.
Although many would rid the world of carriage rides, one of the most beautiful and enjoyable are the Tally Ho Carriage Tours which offer a slow paced ride that includes heritage homes, panoramic water views, snow-capped mountains, and most importantly, a very pleasurable cuddle with that someone special.
These are but a few of my favourite sites to visit in Victoria.