Walking approximately 3 miles on pavement, standing for short periods of time in a museum.
At the hotel, we'll choose from a breakfast buffet including coffee, tea, juice, and water.
Today we will explore the human and physical geography of coastal British Columbia. We will start with learning about the social construction of maps – the areas they depict, the people who created them, and their ongoing historical significance. At the Royal British Columbia Museum, known as British Columbia's provincial museum and archives, we will examine a vast collection of historical maps and learn about the people who mapped British Columbia, and who and what was included or left out. We will then take an opportunity to put our own cartography skills to the test, using our field journals to map out the areas we will be visiting over the next few days.
We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will continue our exploration of the city with a scavenger hunt downtown. One of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a wealth of history and interesting places to discover. We will find the towering British Columbia Parliament Buildings, home to the Legislative Assembly of the province. We'll stop at one of the oldest hotels in the city, The Fairmont Empress, known as one of Canada's grand railway hotels with a Chateauesque style of architecture. We'll also visit one of the lesser-known and newer gems of the city at Ogden Point – a large interactive sundial, which uses the viewer as the gnomon to tell time. There is a host of interesting and notable stops to make!
Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.