When I took yesterday's photo of busker SlideManBlues I was walking towards one of Canada's most beautiful bookstores, Munro's Books on Government Street. The building was originally erected as a branch of the Royal Bank of Canada in 1909. It has been splendidly restored and occupied by Munro's Books since 1975. Below is a shot of the interior. Canada's Nobel Laureate in Literature, Alice Munro, was once married to former owner Jim Munro.
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!