Have I mentioned how much I love the city I live in, Victoria, British Columbia? This summer will be my 15th year here and I’ve loved every second of it. I truly believe that Victoria is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
This past long weekend we were fortunate enough to be invited on our friend’s boat to participate in the annual Victoria Day sail past. This is a fun event where boats gather in a “sail past“…or parade if you like, right into the inner harbour of Victoria.
All the boats were decorated with colourful flags and there was a dress code in which all people aboard the boats had to be dressed in white and navy. As we approached the inner harbour there was an important official (admiral or commander I’m not sure) standing at the end of his boat and everyone on our boat had to stand at ease, very seriously and then stand at attention. Our flag was then ceremoniously dipped into the water – here’s the original history behind that: Nautical etiquette required that merchant vessels dipped their ensigns in salute to passing warships, which acknowledged the salute by dipping their ensigns in return.
It turned out to be a stunning day and I had the opportunity to see my beautiful city from a new vantage point. A big thanks to the Muirhead/Labarca family!