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PookyCake wrote a review Jan 2019
Victoria, Canada11,162 contributions994 helpful votes
Ah, the Victoria Friendship Bell! While browsing TripAdvisor one day for “things to do” in this fair city, I stumbled across this point of interest. Because I’d never heard of the “Friendship Bell” until spying it on this site, I was naturally intrigued. In fact, it was this unique attraction that proved to be the impetus for my “tour of the real Victoria.” Based on the low number of ratings, and the fact that it’s relatively obscure, it struck me as a place not visited a lot . . . at least not consciously. After all, it’s just a bell, right? Thus, once again utilizing Eggplant’s taxi service, I set out on my journey to locate and visit the Friendship Bell. The bell was the third attraction I’d patronized this day as part of my tour, with the previous two being George Mason’s Heritage Home (skip it) and Wentworth Villa. Finding the bell was relatively easy, despite the directions posted online not being overly clear. Basically, the bell is located in Centennial Park, just across the street from the Pendray Inn and Tea House (see my earlier review on this site). As such, the Friendship Bell is in a prime location: The park itself is a little slice of heaven and offers great views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and also connects to the David Foster Harbour Walkway system. The Victoria Friendship Bell was erected in 2015 as a physical and symbolic means of celebrating the 30-year friendship between Victoria and its Japanese “twin city,” Morioka. Along with sporting and cultural exchanges over the years, the information plaque pays special attention to the key role played by the city of Victoria immediately following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Much moral and financial support was provided during that critical time. In this regard, the bell is a cogent symbol of friendship. Having been cast of bronze (I think), the bell represents the strong ties and mutual regard that have developed between the two cities over the past three decades. Furthermore, while the bell celebrates the past, it also serves as a powerful reminder for what we must do in the future: We must continue to work betwixt and between ourselves, as bosom buddies, to realize the healthy and prosperous world in which we all deserve to live.…
Date of experience: January 2019
Tom J wrote a review Apr 2017
London, United Kingdom1,371 contributions891 helpful votes
The Friendship bell is located on the north facing bank of the Inner Harbour just near Bellevue St. The bell itself is quite unique and situated in a little park providing a nice point to stop in peace and take on the sights of the inner harbour.
Date of experience: April 2017
sashakeena wrote a review Mar 2017
Vancouver, Canada10,929 contributions567 helpful votes
This is a unique looking friendship bell which was donated to Victoria from it's twin city in the city of Morrioka, Japan. Established in May 2015 and located on Belleville street at Centennial park. This nice area for a casual stroll along the Inner Harbour.
Date of experience: February 2017