Nicky Shield from Flight Centre Capalaba has the day of her life in British Columbia, Canada. Nicky spots whales and seals in the Pacific Ocean and enjoys the delightful Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay.
After a wonderful night in Victoria, BC, we set out mid-morning for an excursion I had fantasized about on numerous occasions. As many times as I’d thought about it, I could never have imagined the beauty and emotion that I would experience.
I had chosen to go whale watching in a “Zodiac”, a small inflatable boat that holds around 16 people. We were kitted out in wet-weather suits that provided some much needed warmth and protection from the cold breeze. After a short, high-speed ride, we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by multiple pods of killer whales – big ones, little ones and all sizes in between. These huge mammals were very curious and were not afraid to approach the boat and see what all the fuss was about.
There were plenty of photo opportunities with whales breeching, slapping their tails and genuinely having fun. It made me acutely aware of how important it is to protect these amazing animals so that our future generations can witness this spectacle. We spent a good couple of hours just watching these animals do their thing.
On the journey back to the wharf, we passed a colony of seals bathing on the rocks just outside the harbour. It seemed as though nothing could possibly bother these guys. This was only the beginning of what is still the most amazing day of my life.
Once back on land, we made our way to Butchart Gardens, just outside of Victoria. I know what you’re thinking, and I was thinking the same: “Great – gardens; this isn’t really going to be my thing”. Well, was I in for a surprise! These internationally acclaimed gardens actually used to be a limestone quarry and have been painstakingly planted to offer a Rose Garden, Italian Garden and Japanese Garden, just to name a few. The garden offers a display of more than one million plants throughout the year. The path that meanders through the gardens has a surprise around every turn. Finally, we were served afternoon tea in the Dining Room Restaurant in the historic residence on site, with wonderful views across Brentwood Bay.
Looking for more information about travelling to Victoria and Canada? Contact Nicky Shield at Flight Centre Capalaba on 1300 372 309.