So, Victoria was fun. Expensive as hell, though. The problem I have with Canada is that they can't free-pour their drinks, and from what I can tell, the most booze a drink can have in it is 3oz. Garrett ordered a martini and they brought him a 2oz one. Unbelievable. If you've never seen a 2oz martini in a regular martini glass, they're pretty hilarious. So he asked for a double one and they brought him what most people would recognize as a martini, but she came back a few minutes later to say she wouldn't be able to do it again because it's illegal. The best part was seeing a stock photo image of a 4oz martini on a placard at the restaurant's bar on the way out.
It gets worse, though. We found a gay bar upstairs in the lobby at another hotel and their daily special was a long island iced tea for $5.75. Don't ever order a Long Island in Canada. I should have paid more attention while they were making them, because I have no idea how you make a Long Island in a 12oz plastic cup (think Nancy Botwin coffee) with just one shot of booze. It tasted like tea-flavored Kool-Aid. And failure.
I'm pretty sure we spent more on booze than anything else, and the amount spent would have killed us three times over in Seattle. Luckily the heat didn't kill us. But it was fun. We'd do a meal, an attraction, a bar, an attraction, a bar, an attraction, a meal, etc. We saw Miniature World, the Undersea Gardens, and the Bug Zoo. And to kill time the second day, we saw Contagion, which was pretty good.
The next time we go to Canada, I'm buying a duty-free liter of vodka and two bottles of water on the way up. After we drink the water, we'll fill the bottles with vodka and carry them while we tool around to spike our weak drinks with.
Photos coming later. I don't have my card reader with me or a cord to fit the camera.