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I just got back from visiting family/friends in Seattle. As a side trip, we took a ferry over to Victoria, B.C. It was much more than I expected.  It’s a city that truly hits above its weight. Wi

I have a property on Harstine I. WA in Mason county. I visited Victoria 2 years ago, took no vehicle. I was surprised coming nto the harbor how it looks like a kind of miniaturized serious city. We to

Thank you for recapping your trip, @nashvillwill. It looks like you and your family had a great time! Vancouver is a great example of what mid-sized American cities should strive for at the groun

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I've been to Victoria once. Very pleasant city to visit. I agree that it punches above its weight. It's not so much that it feels bigger than it is (it still kind of felt small to me)...but it seems to be very - important - for its size. Has a bit of a British feel (for obvious reasons).

Did you have high tea at the Empress? That was a fun experience. 

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I have a property on Harstine I. WA in Mason county. I visited Victoria 2 years ago, took no vehicle. I was surprised coming nto the harbor how it looks like a kind of miniaturized serious city. We took a boat tour of the harbor, a bus tour of gorgeous outlying areas and a tour of the parliament bldg. I agree that it is a  surprise,  in appearance, energy, and as a tourist attraction. Beyond all that, they have a technology sector there, not with any big employers but there are a lot of small software /internet concerns and young people are attracted and prosper there. There is nothing like it in the U.S. and so it has a European feel. This is one of those side trips when you go to Seattle. Take a ferry from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge I. and from there across the bridge to the upper Olympic Peninsula on up to Port Townsend for lunch downtown. Then go up the bluffs over downtown behind which the beautiful residential areas are and where deer roam around the neignborhoods. If you can, go to some of the parks and one of the most mind boggling views of my life was seen from Chetzemoka Park looking down from the bluffs onto Puget Sound with the snow covered Cascades about 40 miles away and in view of ferries from  Port T to another island. From there it is a short drive to Port Angeles and the ferry to Victoria. 

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Thank you for recapping your trip, @nashvillwill. It looks like you and your family had a great time!

Vancouver is a great example of what mid-sized American cities should strive for at the ground level, most notably in pedestrian infrastructure and historic preservation. Your pictures are representative of what seems to me a well-rounded urban experience.

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