Victoria Stay Awhile – April 2016

The Nagel tour left Edmonton on an April Monday
Bound for Victoria, on a leisurely Spring Holiday
The mild climate year round attracts visitors for this reason
Victoria’s scenic beauty and charm never go out of season

In Greater Victoria there is no shortage of things to see and do
Visit family and friends in the area, do some shopping, have a brew
Take a city tour, LOOK, and listen to the local guide talk
Ride a double-decker bus, a water taxi, or simply choose to walk

Hook up with each other, take a horse-drawn carriage ride
Explore Empress Hotel, housing “Miniature World” inside
Gaze up at the awesome totem poles in Thunderbird Park
Visit BC Legislature, see the buildings dressed up for dark

Walk to Old Spaghetti Factory and enjoy Spumoni ice cream
Craigdarroch Castle is grand and historic – someone’s dream
Listen to the clarion play, or perhaps a local art gallery peruse
Book a whale watching or an Inner Harbour cruise

Imax Theatre offers 3D shows, BC Museum turns back the clock
In quaint Chemainus there is time for coffee, and a Mural walk
Do a night ghostly walk, take a guided tour of Canada’s oldest Chinatown
See the statue of Canada’s artist – author Emily Carr, in the downtown

Butchart Gardens offers fountains, a carousel, and high tea
Bird watch, beachcomb, or just relax, in a spot by the sea
Butterfly Gardens with their flamingos, is a tropical delight
Take your palate on a winery tour, taste dark, sweet, and lite

Ocean Discovery Centre, the waterfront, and bronze statues await you in Sidney
Victoria is home to excellent eateries, some offer a spectacular view over the sea
Stroll ‘Antique Row’ on Fort Street, browse the shops, make some deals
Explore Fisherman’s Wharf, eat fish and chips, see float homes and seals

Visit Beacon Hill Park with its ponds, peacocks, petting zoo and more
Victoria boasts some challenging golf courses, step up, play, and shout ‘fore’
If so inclined take the shuttle to visit View Royal Casino
Your accommodation, Chateau Victoria, offers daily apples to go

The time has come for memories, and farewells, and to know
You must board a Nagel coach and reluctantly homeward go
Planning to take this tour again and your memories renew
To scenic, charming Victoria you must bid Adieu! Adieu!

Composed by: Vickie Murphy from Airdrie, AB