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#241 AllseeingEye

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 07:09 PM

We went to a lot of National Trust mansions in England and typically instead of having the building surrounded by blacktopped parking like Craigdarroch the parking is set off at the far end of the property. Paths and driveways are fine gravel and the rest is lawn and gardens done in the style of the era. A much better showcase.

 

Agree completely; then again of course in England attractions they call castles....actually are....well, castles - and not over-sized country houses.

 

Just another example of 'classic' Victoria tourist attractions far too often being of the entirely faux pas/fake variety. And not remotely missed at least by me. We can and should be doing so much better with stunning natural wilderness literally parked at our front door and unique FIrst Nations culture that should be front and center of much of our tourism planning and marketing.

 

Europeans, like my Brit relatives especially go apes*** over First Nations, or at least how they perceive them based on popular culture. But with 1000 years of their own history they could frankly care less about a 100 year old hotel (Empress) or a Bug Zoo. I well recall one damning comment about Victoria on one of Britain's largest online travel outfits a few years ago:

 

"....You just know any place whose biggest claim to fame is a musty old hotel - referring to the Empress several years ago, before Bosa took it over and dragged it kicking and screaming into the modern age - isn't worth spending even a single night. Give this sleepy and generally uninteresting town a miss entirely especially if pressed for time, and focus on Vancouver and Whistler, which are both actually worth your time and money". Ouch.....



#242 Mike K.

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 06:51 AM

"....You just know any place whose biggest claim to fame is a musty old hotel - referring to the Empress several years ago, before Bosa took it over and dragged it kicking and screaming into the modern age - isn't worth spending even a single night. Give this sleepy and generally uninteresting town a miss entirely especially if pressed for time, and focus on Vancouver and Whistler, which are both actually worth your time and money". Ouch.....

 

That's not ouch, that just some hoser spouting off nonsense. Don't take that stuff to heart, ASE.


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#243 Rob Randall

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 07:07 AM

Agree completely; then again of course in England attractions they call castles....actually are....well, castles - and not over-sized country houses.

 

True, there are many jaw-dropping estates that are absolutely unbelievable.. But some of the most memorable were the small country houses just because of the amazing stories behind them. Like the eccentric Snowshill Manor.

 

Until recently, tourists have been fed a glossed-over version of Victoria history. A true accounting will incorporate the more complicated aspects of our attractions, like Craigdarroch's beginnings as a home to a ruthless coal baron and Point Ellice's ties to the unfair Reserve system.


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#244 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 03:53 PM

Until recently, tourists have been fed a glossed-over version of Victoria history. A true accounting will incorporate the more complicated aspects of our attractions, like Craigdarroch's beginnings as a home to a ruthless coal baron and Point Ellice's ties to the unfair Reserve system.

 

and with luck the bug zoo will also deal with the unpleasant historical past of locusts etc.  the quran mentions locusts but i see nothing at the zoo remarking on that.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 25 February 2020 - 03:55 PM.


#245 todd

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:54 PM

if miniature world quintupled in size would it be miniature anymore?

 

The scale wouldn't necessarily change just the building.



#246 Rosie's Boy

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Posted 16 November 2021 - 12:49 PM

That disparaging remark about Victoria must have been by a young person.  Some of the navy guys I used to hang out with called our fair city "home of the newly wed and nearly dead".  I usually replied that "you have to know where to LOOK for the action"



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Posted 19 November 2021 - 08:05 PM

http://www.classicvictoriabc.com

For those that have very fond memories of Beloved Victoria B.C. attractions.

Old is the new new. 

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