In case you're thinking that the Highland Games were Victoria's only activity during the long weekend, the warm sunny weather on Saturday brought lots of people out for a stroll on the Inner Harbour Causeway and to listen to band concerts on Ship Point and in front of the Legislative Assembly Buildings. In the photo above we are looking eastward along the southern side of the causeway. This side features arts and crafts of the local native peoples. There is a wonderful selection of jewelry, wood carvings and other crafts such as the superb west coast wear called Cowichan Sweaters. I am sure they are still as warm and waterproof as in the old days. The photo below is of the eastern side of the causeway and also has a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale representing a number of different cultural traditions. Most of the buskers (musicians) and other performers (juggler/comedy routines) also perform along this eastern side. There are food stalls at both ends of the causeway and where the southern and eastern sides meet - everthing from fresh squeezed fruit juice and smoothies to Belgian Waffles, Bubble Tea, Mini-donuts and Gyros and lots of other tasty munchies.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!