After spending time on the west side of Vancouver Island, we travelled back to the East and North up to Victoria. We stopped to see the enormous Douglas Fir trees in Cathedral Park. Some of these trees are over 800 years old. The largest tree is over 9 meters in circumference. Trails on both side of the forest permit tourists to stroll through the stands of this impressive forest.
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Victoria was established in 1843, as a trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company. It is now the capital city of BC, but still maintains strong British connections. Victoria has a number of historic buildings and gardens.
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Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It has a population of approximately 350,000 people – many are senior citizens who chose to live here because it is snow free, with a year-round temperate climate. The shoreline of Victoria boasts a famous fisherman’s wharf, docks for pleasure/tour crafts and floating homes.
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A statue of Terry Fox stands at mile 0 of the TransCanada highway in Victoria, marking where he would have ended his cross-Canada journey if cancer hadn’t ended his life on June 28, 1981 before he was able to complete his quest.
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