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Buick Century Custom, rental car from AVIS (2002)

We picked up our rental car in the morning at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond. We had reserved the car at AVIS in Germany before our trip. The AVIS staff was very friendly: When they saw my height (1.95 m), they provided us with a free upgrade to a bigger car, and so we got this fantastic Buick Century Custom. Thanks, AVIS!

BC Ferries to Swartz Bay (2002)

Off it went to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. BC Ferries operates their passages to and from Vancouver Island hourly, so you usually should not wait too long before getting on board.

On the Ferry to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island (2002)

You can always take a sun bath on board, if the weather allows for it.

On the Ferry to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island (2002)

The 90 minute trip to Vancouver Island will bring you into full vacation mood.

Trip through the Southern Gulf Islands of Vancouver Island. (2002)

The water got calm once we reached the small channels of the Southern Gulf Islands.

A ferry from BC Ferries on her way to Tsawwassen (2002)

Here, we met the sister ship.

Beach of Cadboro Bay, Vancouver Island (2002)

On our way from Swartz Bay to Victoria we took the Marine Scenic Drive, which will guide you close to the shoreline, and stopped by in Cadboro Bay. A nice harbour, and a wonderful beach.

Oak Bay, Vancouver Island (2002)

Oak Bay.

Golf Course close to Victoria, Vancouver Island (2002)

One of Victoria's most scenic golf courses is located at the Beach Drive.

Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, Vancouver Island (2002)

The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria is located directly at the harbour.

Horsedrawn Carriage in Victoria, Vancouver Island (2002)

Canada is most British in Victoria. You will see red double decker buses (like in London), horsedrawn coaches and bagpipers.

Victoria Harbour, Vancouver Island (2002)

Victoria harbour with the Parliament buildings in the background.

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