In an odd twist of fate, I met Carly heading home for Christmas in 2016 when our plane made an unscheduled stop keeping us in Regina for the night. Both being from Winnipeg we’ve kept in touch. Carly has since started her own blog A Vegan In Victoria recently which has served as a little inspiration for me to start mine.
Victoria in winter being what it is kept the sunshine away and never really let up on the light drizzle, all in all, it’ actually made for a fairly romantic setting. Walking through the streets in downtown Victoria umbrella’s over our heads we went to Victoria Public Market a quaint little food market and had lunch at The very good butchers. I got the Mac n’ Cheeze benny, it was great they do a really good job incorporating all the flavors and textures of a traditional benny and to be honest I barely noticed the egg missing.
We followed lunch with a walk over to Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street (0.9m) in the country located right next to Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Home to a variety of different shops and even a motorcycle scene from the movie ‘A bird on a wire’ with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. (Which now that I know I’m inclined to watch, I hope Leo’s video has I stocked so I can watch it while I’m in Kelowna.)
After a wandering through the alley, we grabbed a couple pieces of chocolate from Pure lovin’ Chocolates and headed up to Gonzales hill observatory for a great view of Victoria, the Juan de Fuca Strait, and Gonzo beach.
We topped the afternoon off at Swan’s brewpub with a ‘Shaft’, a hyper-local drink you can only find on the island (Consisting of a shot of espresso over ice with Kahlua, Bailey’s, vodka and a splash of cream) and some samplings of their other handcrafted beers.
It was a great day, making the best of the weather and a collection of things to enjoy throughout Victoria, I’d recommend any of the places we went to anyone looking for a nice relaxed pace exploring a little of what Victoria has to offer.