Trip Start Nov 04, 2012
12Trip End Jan 02, 2013
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Just like a whale-watching cruise they told us the name of the pod and the dominant female leading them but unfortunately they were a bit photo-shy. Border-check then a short walk to the hotel to check-in and our first Aussie accent for a while behind the desk (3 Aussie girls working here), a walk around the city and sights and then to Budget for a car for two days. The car was a good choice given that the weather forecast was for 2 days of rain. Beer n dinner at the Sticky Wicket Pub (no cricket on tv but an intriguing bout of curling. Hmmmm.)
Rain as expected today (my birthday in Aus) but headed to Butchart Gardens anyway. Winter isn't the best for a garden display but fortunately they were set up for the 12 days of Xmas Light display. Best part was the Japanese garden but I'll leave that to Brenda's photos. On to Nanaimo to meet TJ, a home exchanger headed to the Gold Coast soon. He took us on a wet walking tour of the waterfront before a late lunch. Thanks T J, see you in Oz soon.
Last day on the island we drove over to Sooke on the west coast before an evening ferry to Vancouver.