Wednesday, May 24, 2006



Vancouver Island, named after the British officer George Vancouver, who explored the Pacific northwest coast between 1791 and 1794, is the largest island on the western side of the Americas - 460 km long and up to 80 km wide. Located off Canada's Pacific coast, it is the world's 42nd largest island. Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia.

"BUTCHARDT GARDENS - Robert Butchart began manufacturing Portland cement in 1888. Having been highly successful in the industry, he was attracted to Canada's West Coast's rich limestone deposits. He built a factory on Vancouver Island, and moved there with his family in 1904.
When the limestone near their house was exhausted, his wife conceived a plan to refurbish the resulted bleak pit. She got tons of soil from nearby farmland, had it brought to the estate, used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry, and started creating a marvelous garden. That's how the spectacular Sunken Garden bloomed"

"INNER HARBOUR - Sail straight to you Hotel room"

"THE EMPRESS - In the heart of downtown is the Empress - a château-style hotel that was built between 1904 and 1908 for Canadian Pacific, to serve as a terminus hotel for the company's steamship line whose terminal was just meters away. When Canadian Pacific ceased its passenger services to the city, the hotel was changed into a beautiful tourist resort"

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