Place Stanislas - Fontaine de Neptune, Nancy France

Place Stanislas - Fontaine de Neptune, Nancy France

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19 June 2016

British Columbia Field Report 11 – From Vancouver to Victoria

When we booked this trip, we didn’t know yet how we were going to get to Victoria from Vancouver. Rent a car? Private transportation? We didn’t have a plan.

We ended up booking a transfer with BC Ferries Connector and it couldn’t have run more smoothly.

The bus would pick us up in front of the Landmark Hotel at 8:30AM which coincidentally was the same place where we rented our car so we already knew how much time it would take us to get there – no stress. We decided we’d just get up, check out, and have breakfast near the pick-up location… turns out there was a Chez Cora right next door. (If only we’d seen it on Day 2!!)

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The bus was right on time and since this hotel was the first stop, we got a front row seat. It drove around town picking up people from various other hotels, stopped at the main bus station for about an hour or so (where the bus filled up to capacity) and the off we drove to the Ferry Terminal.

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We set sail at 11AM, but since we drove onto the Ferry in the bus, we didn’t get many shots of the boat…  just its bowels!

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We stayed outside for a little while to watch it sail away, but the wind forced us back in side.

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Here’s a shot of the Ferry going the other way, gives you an idea how big it was!

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We got to Victoria (strictly speaking: Swartz Bay) around 12:30, then it was back on the bus for another 45 minute drive to the city – arriving at the bus station a little before 1:30PM.

From the bus station, it was a short 10 minute walk to the hotel.  The whole thing ran as smooth as silk.

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Our hotel (Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel) was very nice…  doesn’t merit a blog post all to itself like Vancouver’s, but we were very satisfied – especially for the price!!!! It’s one of the least expensive hotels we’ve ever had!  Excellent value.

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By the time we were unpacked and freshened up it was almost 2PM! It was time to go exploring!

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