Lois Hits the Road travel blog

Sunken Garden

In the Japanese Garden


Italian Garden

I have trouble sleeping, so Pat lets me sleep in and by the time we are ready to leave it is 11 AM! We drive to Craigdarroch Castle, built for Robert Dunsmuir, although he died before it was finished. The amount and quality of the wood in the house is amazing. Maybe all of the walls are wood, which while lovely, contributes to an overall darkness in the place.

Buchart Gardens is well, a wow. I was there in my 20s. Though the roses were past their peak, fall color was not. Multitudes of dahlias, 53 varieties of chyrsantheums, and a Japanese Garden with colorful maples shone. Walking into the Sunken Garden, we drew a sudden, awed breath together. Color and pattern spreads out before us in great variety and splendor.

All in all a place of beauty and serenity. We decide we need to go back in each season and for the summer light show.

As we are taking the ferry from Sidney the next morning, it seems a good idea to stay nearby, except when we check out the two RV parks, they are too dismal. One has no bathrooms or showers. The other has portapotties and pretty crummy showers, so we end up staying in a motel near the ferry, the Cedarleaf Inn & Suites, fixing our food in the RV, then taking it inside to eat.

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