If one is going to vacation in August, find a place with better weather than what one has to live with. Leaving 90-100 degree heat leaves a pretty wide open field, but we picked Victoria, British Columbia, because it's two short flights away (still the sitting problem) and a very, very pedestrian friendly town.
This was our first vacation of staying in the same place the entire time, so we picked a family-owned motel right on the ocean and got to wake up to this everyday--
skirt American laws and taxes, which is why you see boats in the background. Ogden Point was also hosting Petapalooza,so we stopped for a look and watched an agility demonstration
From there, we wandered until we found Fisherman's Wharf, which is famous for its floating houses:
From there, we wandered until we came across the Royal BC Museum,
Of course, by this point it was late and we were starving, and Government Street was busy and crowded with the cruise passengers, so it took us a while to find a restaurant, and we were really lucky it did as we found one of the best restaurants I have ever been to--Il Terrazzo. Fantastic place. When we first asked, the host said it would be a 45-minute wait, but we must have looked especially forlorn and bedraggled, because he told us to give him a few minutes and he would squeeze us in. Did I mention that I love Canadians?