|Customs Facility at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal in Victoria, BC|
After a quick and easy trip through Canadian customs, we headed to the Victoria inner harbor and city center.
The Ogden Point Cruise Ship Terminal is in Victoria's "Outer Harbor" about a 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the "Inner Harbor" area of Victoria. We could have opted to take tour, bus or taxi, but since it was a fairly pleasant evening we decided to walk and take in the sights. The path initially took us away from the edge of the waterfront, but within a few minutes we arrived at the other side of the point at Fisherman's Wharf.
|Fisherman's Wharf - Victoria, BC|
|"You are here" maps along the Victoria waterfront|
|Photo Credit: Water Taxis Victoria Canada by Gary Bembridge on Flickr - Creative Commons License 2.0|
|Houseboats in Victoria, BC|
As we continued along the walkway toward Victoria's inner harbor, I glanced back and took this photo with a view of the colorful houseboat community.
|Victoria Clipper dock in Victoria|
|Blackball Ferry Dock Victoria, BC|
|Horsedrawn Carriage in Victoria, BC|
As we neared the inner harbor area, we started to see some of the horse drawn carriages that provide a classic romantic way to tour the sights of the city.
|Inner Harbour Victoria, BC|
|Parliament Building Victoria, BC|
Directly across the street from the inner harbor are the beautiful British Columbia provincial legislative buildings. The buildings were designed by Francis Rattenbury and completed in 1897.
|Piper in Victoria, BC|
|Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria BC|
|Lobby of the Empress Hotel Victoria, BC Canada|
We opted to skip tea at the Empress on this visit, but did step inside to take a peek at the lobby area. Although the hotel has been refurbished several times, the grandeur of the past has been retained.
|Elevator and mailbox inside the Empress Hotel Victoria, BC|
|Irish Lace Linen|
A display of Irish lace linen tea towels and napkins is another touch of finery from a bygone era.
|Statue of Emily Carr Victoria British Columbia|
The gardens on the grounds of the Empress are beautiful for an evening stroll. Just outside the garden is a statue honoring Emily Carr (1871-1945), one of Canada's most famous artists, who was born and died in Victoria. As a person who loved and surrounded herself with animals her statue includes her pet monkey and one of her dogs. For those who would like more information, there are several books available about Emily Carr. As the sun dropped to the edge of the horizon we decided to start our walk back to the ship.