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Nadine 05-10-2010 04:45 PM

One of the ports on our cruise in two weeks is Victoria. We will arrive there at 7:00 PM, which makes it difficult to plan an excursion.

The ship is offering a couple and I was wondering if anyone has experience with these:

1. Butchart Gardens. The info talks about hidden lights and how beautiful it is at dusk. I assume it will be dusk when we are there. Not sure! How far are the Gardens from the ship? I am wondering if we will see a lot of the city on the way to the Gardens.

2. City Drive (tour of the city) followed by a visit to a winery. We have been to plenty of wineries, so that isn't a priority for us. But we were wondering if the City Drive would be nice.

Thank you!


f-mattox 05-10-2010 05:56 PM

That's a tough call, Nadine; the Gardens are beautiful but so is the city. It's been years since I was there and things change, but it seems like it was about half an hour to the Gardens and I don't think we saw much of the city. It should still be dusk that far north, and with the lighted fountains and landscape, absolutely beautiful. I only saw it during the day but I can imagine how beartiful it must be at night.

And the city must be beautiful at night also; but my guess is you just drive through it en route to the winery, which I have had my fill of also.

If it was my choice I think I would go to the Gardens; but hopefully some of our members will have more up-to-date information for you.

Nadine 05-11-2010 06:49 AM

Thank you f-mattox. Do you know if the port is near the heart of the city, like in Vancouver?

gdjoslin 05-12-2010 02:28 PM

The image below was taken at 9:57pm on June 10 2006. As you can see the sun is almost down. The city is a short hike from the pier, maybe 15 minutes. You can catch a ride outside the terminal very easy.
This image was taken around 9:00pm
Use this link to get the sunset time when you are there.

gdjoslin 05-12-2010 03:15 PM

Find a photo and a link to video I took of the taxi ride you can take.


Nadine 05-12-2010 06:10 PM

Thank you Gary! The pictures are great and we appreciated the sunrise/sunset calculator.

I think we have about decided to take the taxi or some other form of transportation once we get off the ship and see what's available.

Your info is definitely helpful.


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