Victoria’s Beautiful Waterfront: Mountains, Beaches And Orange Cobwebs

Victoria on Vancouver Island in Canada is beautiful! The lovely harbour, gorgeous parliament buildings, abundance of hanging baskets and greenery are a feast for the eyes.

But it was my time spent enjoying the capital of British Columbia’s waterfront that is most memorable.

I ventured straight down Douglas Street to the ocean many times during my week-long stay in Victoria.

Initially I found some steps leading to a small, pebbled beach and climbed up onto the rocks to sit and take in the views.

I have explained in a previous post how I love to be near the water.

Breathing in sea air is always rejuvinating and freshening.

They say that music is food for the soul. Well, I think being near to the ocean is food for the senses.

If there are fantastic views to enjoy along with the cleansing sea air, then this is even better.

When I felt more energetic, it was fun to climb over the rocks to see more of Victoria’s spectacular coastline.

Not only was this fun, and the perfect way to get great views, it was also a tough workout; that fabulous kind of workout where you do not even feel like you are actually working out.

I was too busy being constantly transfixed by the stunning scenery to fully comprehend how many different muscles it was taking to clamber up and down between the rocks and driftwood that are scattered sporadically across the beaches.

I noticed there was driftwood along all of the beaches in Vancouver as well. On some, they are lined up neatly and people use them to lean against and sit on whilst sunbathing.

The driftwood finds its way onto the beaches after being washed up on the coast following storms.

I am guessing it would have been drifting for a long long time…

I think the logs, along with the rocks, add so much character and dimension to the coast.

After a while, the scenes were becoming very familiar.

Gorgeous, snow-capped mountains in the background – check.

Glistening water – check.

Blue sky – check.

Bright orange cobwebs – erm?

For a second, before my rational mind caught up with me, I was thinking there might be some radioactive spiders in the vicinity.

Then I realised that this cobweb was, of course, man-made.

There were other cobwebs, such as this multi-coloured one.

Another day, I took the coastal path right down to Ogden Point – Victoria’s cruise ship terminal – and walked the Breakwater.

The Swiftsure Yacht Race was underway and many boats could be seen from here.

I liked the look of this boat with the red sails. Check out the size of the mountains. I had to zoom in alot, so this image is slightly blurry.

I also spotted this paddle surfer.

What do you think of Victoria’s coastline? Do you like the look of it?




  1. June 10, 2012 / 00:11

    Amazing pictures. I too feel the need to be near the water as it nourishes the soul and the senses. Being by the water is the only time I totally relax. Great shots of the sail boats!

    • June 10, 2012 / 22:59

      It’s true, I need to find somewhere to live near the sea. I wish my zoom was better, so I could’ve got better pics of the boats. May of them were far off in the distance.

  2. June 10, 2012 / 16:47

    Wow. Simply, wow. There is so much more in that area than I had imagined.

    The cobwebs are pretty cool. Are they permanent? As in attached to stable things above the water line. Or are they just there for a whim and an afternoon?
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    • June 10, 2012 / 22:57

      I have no idea how the cobwebs got there. Although, in my mind, I had a vision of a load of dreadlocked hippies having a fun day creating them! It looked like they were made using wool.

  3. June 19, 2012 / 05:29

    I love Victoria! It is such a beautiful and refined place to visit. The food is good there too.
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