The final port in our Alaska cruise, wasn't in Alaska, it was Victoria Island in Canada! Unlike our ports in Alaska, Victoria Island had warm, summer weather. We arrived in the early evening and stayed in port until Midnight, although with the kids, we were back on the ship before ten.
This was Zoe and Felix's first trip to Canada! On this summer vacation we were able to take them to three new states (Alaska, Oregon, Washington) and a new country.
We did not book any excursions in Victoria, but we had originally thought that we would take a bus into town. The bus ride into town was also a tour, which wasn't what we were wishing to do. Plus, it was VERY expensive. We walked. The walk takes about twenty minutes and it's through a quaint residential neighborhood. We even found a park for the kids to play.
We visited during Victoria Island's Canada 150 concert, part of a series of celebrations across Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the country. Tegan and Sara were performing on the open-air stage as we walked around the area.
The police presence was very high at the event. Felix got the shock of his life when a police officer suddenly grabbed him, pretending to arrest him. We all laughed, but it made me realize that something like that would never happen in America. The parents would probably sue! The Canadian police were all very friendly and let us take a picture with their big van.
The prettiest area is down by the waterfront.
The last time Dan and I visited Victoria Island we ate amazing fish and chips from a food truck run by two English guys. We had hoped to eat there again and headed to a cluster of food trucks parked by the waterfront. Unfortunately, the fish and chips truck wasn't there. Instead, we just went for an easy choice and all had hot dogs from the Hungry Rooster truck. For dessert, we shared a bag on mini donuts from the Island Mini Donuts truck.
One of the best stores on Victoria Island and certainly a place that all bibliophiles should visit, is Munro's Books. Munro's Books was founded by Nobel prize winning author Alice Munro. It's a wonderful bookstore and has the friendliest staff around!
My "to-be-read" pile is out of control, so rather than purchasing a book, I started a new tradition. I bought a Munro's Books tote bag and a few book themed pins. Since last year, I've added to my pin collection that I'm pinning on the tote bag. This new book themed tote bag is going with me to book fairs and conventions. I recently added to it on my trip to England with pins from Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford and Charles Dicken's house in London.
We ended with a walk back to the port, taking a look at the government buildings with the sunset.
In 2017, home was Portland, Oregon, so we got excited when we saw Oswego Street.
And the last picture of the vacation: Dan and the kids in front of The Kraken food truck. This is a bit of an inside joke that anyone who has been to our house for a party will understand.
A cruise to Alaska ( with a stop in Canada) is a great way to see different areas of our remote and wild 49th state. It's a must for nature lovers and a great area to cruise with kids.