I apologize in advance for the looooong post. I read these boards for months prior to my trip so want to thank everyone for posting here. I spent the first 2 nights of my trip in Whistler then headed for Victoria.
Unfortunately September 30 was rainy and foggy, therefore the views on the drive down from Whistler weren't fully appreciated. I took an 11:00 ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. The ferries are very nice with lots of seating and a decent cafeteria. I had lunch aboard the ferry and looked out the windows into the fog.
As I drove to Victoria the rain became very light so I decided to make some pit stops before the city. My first stop was Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill. There is a short walk to the lighthouse with displays inside. There were lots of deer around enjoying lunch from the apple trees. Great pit stop.
Next on the agenda was some pictures at Hatley Castle which has been used in many movie and tv shows but is now part of a university. It was another 30 minutes or so to the Marriott. This hotel was fine but the furnishings weren't really my style.
I wandered down to the Inner Harbor and it was starting to rain a little more. I ducked into Milestones for a drink on the water then headed for a walk further along the harbor and over to dinner at Zambri'sn which I enjoyed. It was no longer raining so I walked back to the harbor for pictures of the Parliament building lights then a quick walk back to the hotel for the night.