Anne and I kept in good contact and were welcomed to her uptown harborside condo during our 2 night stay. It was conveniently accessed by the #5 bus from downtown. A few days prior she sent more specific directions to find her unit.
Anne provided some local info and maps to help orient ourselves to Victoria and made suggestions for dining options. This is a residential apartment neighborhood, so options were limited if going by foot or bus.
Anne, my husband and I enjoyed interacting with each other and had nice conversation about the latest in regional, Canadian, US news and genealogy.
Anne suggested using a newer bike rental store right on the Galloping Goose Rails to Trail system that was a short bus and enjoyable walk to access for a full days outing to get away from the more touristy offerings. It was a Friday so we had the trail to ourselves after the morning rush hour trail traffic. August is the blackberry ripening season so we enjoyed picking and filling small containers along the way for picnic lunches and breakfast.
The next day we were off to explore the downtown area minutes away by bus.
The breakfasts Anne offered were quite generous with coffee, tea, yogurt, granola and berries topped off by her delicious homemade bran muffins and fresh baked toast and jam the next day.
The room looked out over the inlet and was nicely appointed with her artwork to make it homelike. We had our own private bathroom.
There is an adjacent Gorge Park trail walk next door to the condo complex so we took that up to a local store for supplies the first night. Anne and I figured out that there is a cute inexpensive electric harbor ferry that can get you right downtown Victoria near the Empress Hotel that docks and picks up nearby at this open space park near the Tillicum bridge. A nice way to travel the next time we visit!
Anne was a kind host and we would return again.