Victoria — Johnson Street and the Wharf


Wharf Street park overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Wharf Street park overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Crown Princess made port in Victoria Island, British Columbia on May 5, and Ursula and I decided to hit the downtown streets by foot.  I’m glad we did, because there is much here to see and photograph.  This is especially true of the great old buildings along Johnson Street:

Johnson Street

Johnson Street

Grand Pacific Hotel, Johnson Street

Grand Pacific Hotel, Johnson Street

Market Square, Johnson Street

Market Square, Johnson Street

A hard map to fold into your pocket

A hard map to fold into your pocket

Walking west eventually gets you to the Juan de Fuca Strait.  I’ll show you more of this strait later in this series. In the meantime, turn south on Wharf Street and you’ll find the pretty little park pictured above.  Continuing south you’ll reach Bastion Square and the exquisite former Bank of Montreal building:

Bank of Montreal building at Bastion Square

Bank of Montreal building at Bastion Square

 

Bastion Square

Bastion Square

Make sure to get off the street and walk along the wharf.  Here is a statue dedicated to Captain James Cook:

Captain James Cook gets serenaded

Captain James Cook gets serenaded

Also nearby, where Wharf Street meets Government Street, there’s a photogenic clock tower rising from the visitors bureau:

Greater Victoria Visitors and Convention Bureau

Greater Victoria Visitors and Convention Bureau

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