[Across Canada Page]
We caught the 3p.m. bus to Victoria. It drove on to the Queen
of Vancouver at Tsawassen. On the voyage, we saw a whale (a small one but it
was identified as a whale) surfacing and diving in the channel between the Gulf
Islands. The seagull were very amusing: there was a whole line of them on the
davit of a lifeboat. As one landed at the top, all the others moved down,
eventually knocking the lowest bird off its perch. We were intrigued to find
that our route took us across the international boundary, so that technically we
had been in Washington State.
In Victoria, the bus dropped us right at the Empress Hotel.
Peter and Siān were very impressed with the place: they had their very own room,
with their very own telephone, waste paper basket, radio (which didn't actually
work), and five ashtrays each with a book of matches. We dressed and dined in
the main dining room, with an organist playing during the meal. Afterwards a
band played for dancing. Eufron and Dewi made one circle around the floor, which
thrilled Siān but not Peter.