Day 6 Victoria, BC, Canada
The 18 mile crossing time is 1 1/2 hours. Phone 360-457-4491 . The M.V.Coho Ferry operates all year except for 2 weeks in January. Crossing time is 1 hour. Reservations accepted. Dates of operation: year round except two weeks mid winter for maintenance A vehicle is not necessary for a day trip. There are numerous tours available as well as excellent public transportation.
While in Victoria, you’ll have a vast array of activities to choose from including the world famous Butchart Gardens founded in 1904. From the exquisite Sunken Garden (once a limestone quarry) to the charming Rose, Japanese and Stallion gardens, this 50 acre showplace still maintains the gracious traditions of the past. The Royal B.C. museum is located in the Inner Harbor area. The well designed museum offers something for everyone. Also located in the Inner Harbor is the grand old Empress Hotel; be sure to browse through the many intriguing shops and perhaps linger awhile and enjoy High Tea at the hotel. Another interesting part of Victoria’s history is the Craigdarroch Castle built in the late 1800’s by Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.
Remember; Victoria is located in a foreign country and a passport or enhanced driver’s license is required to enter and leave Canada. U.S. Customs phone # is 360-457-1221 .
Border Crossing Identification Requirement Reminder
Customs and Immigration clearance in Victoria, Canada and Port Angeles, U.S.A. is quick, efficient and mandatory. You will be crossing an international border and identification for Customs and Immigration is required. Travelers must carry a passport. In the absence of a passport, US and Candadian citizens may carry an Enhanced Drivers License (EDL). If you are not a citizen of the US or Canada, you are required to carry a valid passport and/or the appropriate visa. If you are uncertain of you status, please inquire before making a reservation.