Posted by: bureaucratgirl | August 6, 2007

Symphony Splash

To mark the end of the August long weekend, Hubby and I went to Symphony Splash – an awesome Victorian tradition. It is a massive event, where the Victoria Symphony plays on a barge in the inner harbour. (Yup, you read that right….) Spectators have a choice of watching from the street, or from canoes and kayaks.

Hubby and I decided to go with the latter. In previous years, we always watched from the street, but decided to try something different this year. So we cycled to the Gorge Rowing Club, rented double kayaks, and paddled to the inner harbour. It was an amazing evening, unique to this awesome city. 🙂

The end of the Splash is especially sweet, moving, and just makes you glad to be alive. Every year, the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky is played – complete with real cannons, bells from the downtown carillon, and fireworks. It’s a magical way to spend a summer evening. Here are some pics.

You have to come to Victoria – if only to witness this grand tradition!


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