San Diego to Canada
Posted on Jun 27, 2013 by
Last year a trip to Victoria, BC started with a year of planning. First was an e-mail to the Victoria tourist bureau for info on hotels and sights to see. Then a call to Amtrak for lowest fares from San Diego to Seattle (purchased 8 months in advance for the lowest fare} and an internet search for the times and fares for the ferry from Seattle to Victoria. (you must have a valid passport). I have always found it better to contact the hotel I want directly without going through a booking company. I did not want a sleeper on the train since the seats recline and you can bring a blanket and pillow as well as snacks. Knowing arrival in Seattle would be late,I booked a hotel for the night since the ferry left the next morning, making sure the hotel was as close as possible to the ferry departure. As soon as we got settled in victoria, we booked HIGH TEA in the Queen Victoria hotel. It was very elegant and formal. The local bus system gave us the best way to get around, even to all the usual sights that are offered on tours. One of the most enjoyable events was when we happened on a free band concert while sitting on the steps of Parliment. There are a great many things to see and do at Victoria harbor and our small B&B hotel was within walking to the harbor. I booked two nights in Seattle on the return trip so we could see Seattle. Theres a lot to see in Seattle. Lunch at the Space Needle, Pikes market, etc. There`s more especially about the train but I am running out of room. I would do this trip again.