The third stop on our Alaskan cruise was not in Alaska at all, but rather in Canada! While visiting our neighbors to the north, we had an awesome time touring Victoria, British Columbia by bus as well as stopping by some story worthy attractions, which include a castle and the oldest china town in Canada. Victoria is a great city to visit if you are just starting to dip your toes into the international traveling pool. It's not too foreign, but sill had some subtle yet noticeable differences from what you may be used to at home in the US.

China Town

As the oldest China Town in Canada and the second oldest one in North America (behind San Francisco). This two block by one block section of the city is doing an excellent job of preserving the culture and history of the Chinese-Canadians that made their way to Victoria during the gold rush. With its many souvenir shops and coffee/tea spots, locals as well as tourists can catch a glimpse and have a taste of some amazing souvenirs as well as teas and coffee. While I was there, I was able to get some mango boba tea, which was fantastic! 

Shiki Sushi

Sushi is one of my all time favorite foods and this local spot did not disappoint. The interior of the restaurant is super modern and inviting. Although minimalistic in design it was a very welcoming environment with a staff that was both friendly and helpful.

Side note: if you are someone you are traveling with has a gluten allergy there are many options on the menu to choose from. I was traveling with a vegetarian who is gluten intolerant, and she was able to find a few things to choose from and enjoy! 

Craigdarroch Castle

This Castle, which is tucked away in what seems like the suburban side of Victoria, is charming and full of character. While walking through the various rooms of the house, you are taken on a journey back in time. You are told of the days from the six different eras of the building including but not limited to the times where it was a military hospital and a college. 

This castle was by far the best part of the day for me, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves looking for something unique to do while in Victoria!

*** All photos in this blog post were taken by David Beardsley. follow him on Instagram or take a look at his other photos on his photography website

*** Take a look at the blog posts from Skagway and Juneau to get a full glimpse of our time on our Alaskan Cruise! 

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