Victoria, British Columbia

Sep 11, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning in a harbor on the southern end of Vancouver Island. We had arrived in Victoria, capital of British Columbia. This city, one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, is a stunning display of history, architecture, and gardening skills. It is actually known as “The Garden City,” and this is evident in the care of perfectly manicured private homes, as well as in all the public places, which display captivating arrays of plants from around the globe.

We partitioned our day into several different tour options for exploring the diverse aspects of this city. Some toured the city via bicycle, others went on historical and architecture tours led by local experts, and still more of us went to explore some of the secret gardens hidden within the private and public lands of Victoria.

We ended our day with an evening cocktail hour at the Robert Bateman Center, where we chatted about our explorations and enjoyed looking at the stunning artwork of Bateman and other artists similarly inspired by nature, conservation, and preservation.

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Rachel Crane

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Rachel is a Marine Ecologist, Master Scuba Instructor, and USCG 100-ton licensed Captain. She grew up homeschooled on an alpaca farm in Upstate NY, where her passion for the outdoors was initially cultivated. After attending a marine science summer camp in her teenage years, she fell in love with the ocean, and went on to earn degrees in Ecology and Marine Biology at Unity College in Maine. She spent time in Florida at MOTE Marine Laboratory researching coral disease ecology but found herself drawn into Eco Tourism as a way to more directly be involved in educating the public about our marine resources. Working with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic has provided her the perfect balance between exploring, science, oceans, and mountains, while seamlessly allowing her to share her knowledge and passions in a meaningful and fulfilling way. She is often as excited, and smiling as widely, as those experiencing expeditions for the first time!

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