Victoria, B.C. is an hour and a half ferry ride from the Olympic Peninsula. The Inner Harbor area of the city is walking distance from the ferry and Parliament, above, is across the street from the harbor. The less we like the long haul to Seattle and city driving, the more appealing Victoria is. Our overnight stay last week was a package offered through Black Ball Ferry. It was the second time we’ve done this and we’ve loved it both times.
I was startled to read this week that engineers are warning that the Parliament Building urgently needs upgrades. Built in 1898, the entire complex shows its age and lacks many current safety amenities, such as masonry reinforcement, fire sprinklers, and emergency exits. The gorgeous dome is actually beginning to twist. I’ve not been inside. And I can’t say this news makes me eager to tour.