The ferry from Vancouver to Victoria takes a couple of hours but is a really scenic journey which we ended up spending on the top deck enjoying the scenery. We only got to Victoria at around 5pm, so went for a stroll along the harbour front to see the Parliament buildings.
The next morning we had booked to go whale watching (this was my 3rd attempt whale watching - the previous two I hadn't seen anything!) On our way out we saw- and smelt- lots of sealions, we saw a dolphin and then... one lone orca! We watched it for a while as it dipped in and out of the ocean and then went in search of a residential pod - which we found! I counted 12 orca's! They were swimming in groups and we were lucky enough to catch one breaching. Some got really close to the boat! Our guide - with BC whale tours - was excellent and really informative! On our way back we saw a bald eagle and went looking for a lone wolf on a tiny island in the middle of the sea and heard about the tales that went with it. The tour was really brilliant - highly recommended.
We had fish and chips at the harbour when we returned and spent a leisurely afternoon around Victoria, enjoying the cafes and atmosphere of the place. We found my favourite cocktail place in the world - Little Jumbo, and went and had a posh meal at the Fairmont Hotel. I would have liked more time in Victoria to explore some of the museums and parks - I would love to go back one day.