The Butchart Gardens

On Tuesday, we went to The Butchart Gardens. The gardens are dog friendly. Surprisingly, there were only about 5 dogs there in total, and Daisy was a hit in her little pouch on Paul’s chest. Every foreign visitor had to take a picture of her, so she was photographed as much as the gardens! A woman from Delhi, India must have been missing her pug and yellow Lab because she took several pictures of the dogs, and then later when we bumped into her again, she wanted a picture holding Daisy. Then, she showed us pictures of her dogs and how her pug cuddles with her husband on the sofa. She showed us the pictures her husband had just sent her that morning of their yard with peacocks in it. You could tell she was missing home, but she was so talkative and happy to be travelling.

The gardens are over 100 years now.  I found the Japanese garden the most beautiful and serene, but the Sunken Garden was the most impressive.  This is because it was originally a quarry before Jennie Butchart began to transform it.

The Sunken Garden:

   
  

I found this picture on an information board fascinating.  This is the big mountain of rock left in the garden when she first started the transformation:  

This is what it looks like today: 

A Poppy and a Daisy invading The Rose Garden:

   
 

The Japanese Garden:

   
     

After a tour of the Italian Garden, we stopped for gelato.  I had rose with chocolate chunks.  Spectacular!  The girls enjoyed sharing our cool treat, but then they were ready for some fresh running water, specifically for visiting pooches.

  
Poppy is still quite skittish, but I was so proud of her behaviour in the gardens.  Strangers came up to her and stole a stoke of her soft coat, and she never flinched.  Sometimes she moved right in for a deeper cuddle.  Daisy was her usual aloof self, though posing for the paparazzi.  After all that intense practicing of good behaviour, they were both ecstatic to roll around on the lawn at the entrance/exit of the gardens.

   
 

Victoria — Canada’s most beautiful city?

We stayed an extra day in Jordan River because you do not get ocean sites too easily and it gave Paul an extra day to enjoy the Hobie.  On the first day in Jordan River, it rained, so we drove to Port Renfrew.  It was too misty to see anything.  It was a wild drive again, so I was glad that the Airstream was safely parked.

   
 We arrived at Goldstream Provincial Park one day late, but our reservation was honoured.  We have been spending time with our first friends in Saskatoon: Darren and Jennifer.  Of course, they work during the day, but we see them right after work.  On the first evening, we went to a New York pizzeria.  Oh, so wonderful!  The pizzas were 20 inches and only about $22.  Victoria has maintained its heritage buildings, so we had ambience as well as delicious pizza.

  
I had always thought Ottawa was our most beautiful city, but after seeing Victoria, my mind has changed.  

BC Parliament buildings 
The Empress Hotel  

  

Float homes 

After visiting The Butchart Gardens on Tuesday, we went to see Kris and Liane, the retired couple we met while camping at Jordan River.  We spent a lovely afternoon with them.  Kris showed us his workshop and some of the furniture pieces he has made.  We also learned he paints and does metalwork!  All with one arm.  He has a prosthetic on the other.  I hope to meet them again some day.  We really enjoy their company.