Victoria is a very charming city. The day I arrived, I checked into a very nice hotel called the James Bay Inn, as I wanted to treat myself to some comfort after weeks of camping out. It was well above my budget but it was for one night so I allowed myself an indulgence. The following day I checked into the Victoria International Hostel. It wasn’t a particularly pleasant experience but I made myself comfortable by taking the last row of bank beds next to the bay windows. The lockers were not large enough and I had a problem storing my panniers. Breakfast was limited to coffee, bananas and oats. I also met Paul Bowles again. I had last met him at Vancouver. He too was cycling to South America.
Victoria has lovely cafes, shops, restaurants and museums and a really lovely harbor. The museum that I spent a lot of time at was the Natural History Museum. It was fabulous and had an entire floor dedicated to the indigenous cultures..
I also attended a great jazz performance at an old and popular jazz cafe called The Hermann’s Jazz Club.