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Victoria, Sightseeing Tours
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I was born and raised on Salt Spring Island. I spent 19 of my years there before I moved away. Last weekend I visited a friend of mine in Victoria. We were trying to decide what to do -- and I say, "Can we go downtown? I'd love to see the waterfront." Her: "You have never seen the waterfront? You're from Salt Spring Island." She was immediately confused. It's funny that people often don't enjoy their own backyard -- no matter how beautiful it is.
After 27 years on this planet and inside-and-out a BC resident, my first time in downtown Victoria was a week ago. It was a gorgeous day on the island and the streets were lively. Tourists roamed from store to store, while each patio was packed with laughter.
I wasn't surprised by what I saw... the islands are home for me. I felt at peace being surrounded by water, sunshine and the hearty smell of the ocean air. We walked around in the inner harbour, checking out the Parliament buildings and fancy hotels. There were buskers and food vendors in the streets. Children perched by the waters edge waiting for seals to swim by.
My friend asked if I wanted to walk out to the point. I exclaimed: "Sure!" The walk felt like it was forever. Dallas Road runs alongside the water, so it was an enjoyable walk. We eventually reached a sign stating "Odgen Point."
At first glance, I was rather confused. Tourists were leaving the point on scooters and there were vehicles everywhere. But just around the bend was why we had come. A beautiful pier led out into the water and to the Odgen Point Lighthouse.
I have been away from the ocean for a bit and I was honestly completely overwhelmed. To be so close to the ocean with a breathtaking view of the mountains was absolutely pristine. People were fishing off the pier, the sunshine was gleaming off the water and silence filled the air.
Some 'tourists' may arrive at Odgen Point Pier and be disgusted by seaweed in the water. I loved every part of Odgen Point. There were beautiful views of the beach, the endless ocean and of island life.
Odgen Point was absolutely stunning. Downtown Victoria is picturesque. Both are sights to be seen.