When one sets out on a leisurely stroll in a Canadian harbor town, one does not expect to discover a legit Castle. This, however, happened to me as I set out on a walk around Victoria. I rounded a corner and there was an actual full on Castle. It was quite the happy accident. I was able to take a tour of what I found out to be Canada’s famous Craigdarrock Castle. On the Tour I got a glimpse of what life was like for the very interesting and quirky Dunsmuirin family who built the castle during Queen Victoria’s reign. This serendipitous discovery was a highlight of my time spent in Victoria and another reminder that when you travel and allow yourself to truly wander, you never know what sort of treasure you might find along the way.
People often find it strange that I don’t really plan my trips or research a city before I visit it. I find that when you happen upon a treasure like this you find so much more joy and excitement from visiting it than if you had planed to see it all along. When I travel, I love living in the moment and taking advantage of each experience as they present themselves. I also know how grateful I am when God is in control of my trip and I relish in all of the amazing adventures, views, and people He sends my way. Traveling without a plan allows me to marvel at His goodness and really exist in a state of continual awe and worship. I can give up control because I know God is faithful and just so good! You never know when He just might place a Castle in your path.