Yet another of architect Francis Rattenbury’s iconic buildings, and perhaps the most beautiful of them all. This was, indeed, the old steamship terminal, built in 1924 in a graceful Beaux Arts style. Today, after a major renovation, the building houses an upstairs gallery with more than 100 works by the esteemed wildlife artist Robert Bateman, who lives on nearby Salt Spring Island. (It’s a vastly different vibe from its previous tenant, the fabulously cheesy Royal London Wax Museum.) This is the largest collection of Bateman’s works, a thought-provoking display that encourages us to explore our relationship with nature. Meanwhile, the main floor is home to a restaurant, the casual Steamship Grill, and a gift shop selling fine Canadian crafts.
- Frommer's Staff