The only unfortunate thing about the hotel is that it is sitting on reclaimed land, and therefore 'settling'. Before the hotel was build the harbour used to extend to the street behind where the hotel now sits!
Here are the provincial parliament buildings:
and here they are at night - It was cold I jiggled the camera, sorry. They are like this all year, it isn't just a winter thing:
Here are some of those blooming cherry trees I was talking about:
There are so many of these trees around, that when their blooms start falling, it is the Victoria version of snow. I really think I could handle living there - coldest day of '06 was -3C!