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Finnerty Gardens

Our University of Victoria hike consisted of four parts... beginning with (a separate gallery) Oak Bay municipality's Henderson Park where we commenced our hike, to the University of Victoria's Alumni Trail that transits the woodlands around the periphery of the university and includes the stunning Mystic Vale portion (a separate gallery) to the heights of Mt. Tolmie (another separate gallery) with its lovely 360 degree views of southern Vancouver Island, the surrounding Salish Sea (Juan de Fuca Straits), the distant Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and the far distant Mt. Baker to the east in northern Washington, and ending at the spectacular Finnerty Gardens on the grounds of the university, begun as a gift to the university. These gardens seem little known to many residents of the lower Island but are a gem that features a myriad of flowers and plants, but focuses on rhododendrons of all sizes and colours. We've since returned to the beauty and serenity of these gardens for a second wander.
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