Sometimes a restaurant is so loved that when they open in another city, the queue to eat there is even longer than the original location. That is the case with Jam Cafe which was originally from Victoria but also opened a much welcomed location in Vancouver. Since I was in Victoria, of course I wanted to try the original Jam Cafe but I honestly didn’t feel like queuing an hour for food again (re: long food line on Day 2.)
Our hotel was only a brisk 15 minute walk to Jam Cafe so I walked there soon after it opened to order take out. By the time I got there, the restaurant was already full and there was a queue out the door. I walked in, told a server that I wanted to get take out, he handed me a menu, I ordered and paid. There was no waiting at all! Ten minutes later my food was ready! I was very pleased with the speed.
With my take out in hand, I walked passed Victoria’s Chinatown on the way back to the hotel. Making a small detour, I visited Fan Tan Alley before all the shops were opened. Did you know Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street in Canada? It makes for some fun photo opportunities.
Back at the hotel, we ate our delicious breakfast from Jam Cafe and packed up to check out. We split up to pack the car and I walked to the Parliament Building to inquire about the guided tour. To my surprise, there was no wait and I was given tickets for the next tour at 11AM.
The tour was free and did a good job explaining the different rooms and decor including the stained glass windows and paintings. It seemed like a lot of the dome ceiling was painted in a gold colour and we were told it was real gold. The surprising fact is that if you scrape all the gold used in the building together, it would only amount to the size of a quarter! It’s amazing how thin gold can spread.
After the guided tour, there was one more place we wanted to visit before taking the ferry to depart Vancouver Island. The Town of Sidney is home to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and a beautiful seaside town. Streets filled with local shops like bakeries and ice cream added to the relaxing atmosphere. We bought some snacks for the ferry ride and checked out the waterfront before heading to the terminal. Another 1.5 hour ferry ride later, we were back on mainland BC. Grateful for another fulfilling adventure 😊