This is going to be a long post, so at least I warned you all…
After a week on the (Vancouver) Island we are home, the trip was pretty darn good, even better than expected. Chad’s step-sister was getting married in Comox which was the initial reason the trip and from there we decided to tack on a few extra days since we were already flying out there. We spent 3 nights in Comox at the golf resort where the wedding was and another 3 nights in downtown Victoria.
I never know how to do trip recaps, I honestly wrote out a typical recap and then re-did the entire post! It was too long and well boring I think this way is much better…
Ocean views GALORE! Guys, I was in LOVE.
From Beacon Hill Park in Victoria:
Not a view, but Avery’s first time in the ocean!
From behind the aquarium in Sidney:
From by Spinnakers of the Victoria harbour:
Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria – a must see! So adorable and unique. People live in these little houses! And there were seals that popped up and down in the water
Buchart Gardens. I am not a huge fan of flowers really but was told to go here so we did, it was really pretty, we both enjoyed it and it was much more than flowers:
Our family holiday selfie!
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The aquarium was small, but still lots of fun to see local sea “creatures”, Avery enjoyed it a lot more than we thought she would, plus the views outside of it are picture perfect.
Comox Valley Farmers Market. The best market we have been to, so many great vendors and the vibe was just very chill, I felt like I could stay there all day. The had a band playing and it just added to the whole atmosphere.
Mini Golf in Parksville, Avery had a blast! She inherited our love for the game
Best Eats – this was tough, the food was all so good.
Ill Terrazzo in downtown Victoria. Nicole recommended this restaurant and we loved it. Such great Italian food.
Habit Coffee in Victoria. We found this gem just down from our hotel and went back a couple times. Perfect lattes
The Sidney bakery (?), I think that was its name, regardless if you are in Sidney get there! You will want to eat it all. I had a massive ginger cookie that was the best cookie of my life.
Spinnakers, the view of the harbour was a perfect supper setting, the food was great and they had local craft beers which made Chad more than happy.
Not the best photos but this girl was so happy during supper out, she loved all the attention she got from strangers at restaurants…
hot chocolates in Comox, so many chocolates! And some of the best gelato we have had.
Best Accommodation – Swans Hotel, Victoria
I cannot recommend this place enough, a good price, great location, that is walking distance to everything, a brew pub that has local craft beers, great food and it reasonably priced and awesome staff. We had a loft room which was perfect for travelling with an infant since they can go to bed at their usual time and you are not stuck sitting in a dark room (we swear by this now and had a suite in Comox too).
I saved the best for last, the wedding!
It was all held at the Crown Isle (also where we stayed), which is a beautiful golf resort. The ceremony was outside at a gazebo. The bride (sister-in-law) was stunning, loved her dress!
It was a later ceremony so after family photos I quickly fed Avery in the room before we went to the reception. Sorry, I have no photos of us together but when I get some (others took) I will share
I will share the one I have, where I look like a fool trying to get Avery to smile and she was being a bugger:
Avery was a trooper for the reception, she was a tad cranky around supper (her usual bedtime) so we took turns walking her around the lobby where she was extremely pleased with all the attention she got. Let me tell you this kid is a ham and people love her, she is always waving at people and reaching out with her hands when they talk to her. Yeah – I have that kid…
We decided to try and push her to the first dance and then this happened in Chad’s arms:
She slept for over an hour in her Grandpa’s arms then Grandma took her so we could dance a bit. We called it a night around 11pm – way later than we thought we’d be able to stay up!
We had such a great holiday, on our walk back to the hotel from supper Wednesday we said we’d move there in a heartbeat if it was not for all our loved ones here. Such a beautiful city!
We were up and early yesterday morning for our trip back, and guess who we ran into at the airport, Tawnya and her family! Such a small world, I cannot wait to see them all again in a few weeks.
We had a great flight home and Avery slept the entire flight, every Mom’s hopes
And that is our week on the island!
Also, there will be a Foodie Friday post later today AND I will announce the winners from the giveaway.