Thursday Doors – Victoria

As promised last week, we’re back at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings taking a look at the Ceremonial Entrance

This entrance sits front and centre of the building’s front facade, and is used by only the Legislative Assembly’s most esteemed guests. By most esteemed I mean the Monarch or visiting heads of state. Which means that elected officials, including the Prime Minister, are forced to slouch up through another door like a regular peasant.

Queen Elizabeth II and other visiting monarchs (from various countries) have used this entrance throughout the building’s history, but it’s far more commonly used by the Queen’s representative to British Columbia, the Lieutenant Governor.

For non-Canadians, Canada is one of the Commonwealth of Nations. While we’re independent and run our country as we like, symbolically Queen Elizabeth II is our official head of state. The Governor General is the monarch’s head representative for the country, while the Lieutenant Governors represent Her Majesty at a provincial/territorial level.

The Lieutenant Governor visits The Legislature to perform such tasks as delivering the Speech from the Throne or to grant Royal Assent (symbolically passing laws).

Since 1998, and the signing of the Nisga’a treaty, Indigenous chiefs from across (the province heads of their respective Nations and communities) are also invited to use Ceremonial Entrance.

During our recent visit to Victoria, James and I took an informative tour of The Legislature. Which means that I was able to get a couple of photos from inside.

And there you have it, officially the most important door in British Columbia.

Let me know in the comments below if you’re interested in a post covering the tour we took.


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Thursday Doors – Victoria

I’m back after a couple of weeks, part of which was spent in Victoria. Victoria, being the capital city for the province of British Columbia, is home to the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

It’s here that the provincial Legislative Assembly meets for government matters, most of which goes right over my head.

The Parliament Buildings are located overlooking the city’s inner harbour, which is sort of like point zero for anyone visiting. You’re almost guaranteed to spend some time poking around the property enjoying the architecture.

At the back of the property is where we found this door and its impressive facade.

The wrought iron gate is the perfect mix of design and function. I love it. And the purple colour for the door is a nice choice.

Next week I’ll be back with the other entrance, the main entrance at the front of the building used for special guests.

See you then!


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Robbie the Robot

The night before we left for our short getaway, an article popped into my newsfeed about a restaurant in Victoria with a robot server.

Umm, what?

Obviously I made us reservations for lunch, perfectly timed with the ferry arrival and our drive into town.

With the ongoing pandemic, the owners of Mantra Restaurant were looking for a way to attract customers back to the restaurant as well as getting help with simple tasks.

Aside from knowing about the robot and the fact that a lunch buffet was available, we didn’t know what to expect.

Mantra Restaurant is modern and clean, with the necessary Covid-19 precautions in place. Our (human) hostess was warm and welcoming.

The buffet itself wasn’t extensive but it means that food doesn’t sit around for long periods of time before it’s replenished. A nice selection of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian is available.

Curiously, one of the offerings was tater tots – which I love but don’t associate with Indian cuisine. I can now confirm that curry and tater tots are a perfect combination.

The only thing missing from our meal was naan bread, and that’s where Robbie the Robot comes in.

Out of the kitchen she rolled through the restaurant towards our table. While I squealed with delight. I may have totally clapped with excitement, much to the mortification of my husband.

Once Robbie arrived, we removed the hot naan bread from the lit shelf and pressed the “done” button before she returned to the kitchen.

Not only does Robbie make a perfect employee (robots don’t call in sick or complain!), she also gives you a cute cat smile and meows when you pet her ear.

Eventually it was time to leave Mantra Restaurant, stuffed to the gills, and head for the hotel to check in. But we’ll definitely be back for another tasty lunch and (obviously) to check in on our new friend, Robbie.

Victoria’s Moss Lady

We’ve just returned from several days away in Victoria, where we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. Near to our hotel is the popular Beacon Hill, a 75 hectare park popular with locals and visitors alike.

Short on time, we weren’t able to see much other than this impressive art piece aptly named Moss Lady.

Created by gardener Dale Doebert, and a team of Victoria city employees, Moss Lady is tucked away in a shaded area of Beacon Hill Park.

At approximately 11 metres, she’s made of a mix comprised of boulders, cement, chicken wire, metal piping, clay-based soil and locally sourced cat-tail and club moss. Her “hair” is flowering crocosmia plants.

I particularly enjoyed Moss Lady, and the dreary weather certainly added to the experience.

While we intentionally sought her out, I can’t help but laugh when imagining how startling it would be to be wandering through the park minding your own business when you turn a corner and BAM, you’re face to face with a giant coming out of the ground.

Thursday Doors – Victoria

This week we’re taking a look at a couple of doors at Hatley Castle, a National Historic Site located on the grounds of Royal Roads University.

The property of this historic site includes several buildings and formal gardens, as well as first and second-growth forest where one can find large Douglas fir and western red cedar.

Unfortunately, at the time of our visit we were unable to tour the interior or visit the gardens. But that’s fine, because the entrance and exterior were worth the stop.

The first door we’ll look at is at the covered main entrance. There are several things going on, from the old iron hinges to the decorative archway with its faces.

Here’s a closer look at the intricately detailed door handles, and the borderline creepy door bell panel.

The second door feels a bit like a secret, hidden back from the main facade of the castle and up a few stairs.

I like the mix of stained glass, carved wood and impressive handle.

Fun fact..

Hatley Castle is a popular location for filming, and has been used in many movies and television programs – Spider Man, X-Men, The Professor, Smallville, Supernatural, MacGyver.. just to name a few.

Have you visited Hatley Castle? Comments below.


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