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There is a very popular direct passenger ferry from Seattle's waterfront to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria, at the southern end of Vancouver Island, has a lovely small harbor and a walkable charming downtown. I went there for a concert this week. Unfortunately the direct ferry was fully booked, so I drove up past the border and boarded a car ferry, then once on the island drove the 20 miles into Victoria. All about town Canadians were wearing red poppies of remembrance. I noticed this woman spending quite a long time at the memorial to those who perished in World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. It was refreshing to see so many people actually think about and remember the human cost of war. Although Veterans Day is Saturday (Remembrance Day in Canada), it is observed here in Seattle today by the closing of schools and some public institutions. For many, it is merely a "floating" holiday which some employers honor and others do not. My neighbors to the north gave me a good reminder through their thoughtful observance. Seattle+Getaway Victoria+Clipper Victoria+BCVictoria+British+Columbia Remembrance+Day Veteran's+Day Veteran's+MemorialSeattle+Ferries Poppies