Category: Victoria

Museums of Victoria

Upon glancing through “Victoria: Secrets of the City,” a funky,  well-written, succinct manual on modern-day Victoria, B.C., many memories came flooding back into my mind from my time in Victoria, from 2001 to 2005. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Music at UVic and I thoroughly enjoyed both the University itself, and Victoria as a city. My four years attending UVic ignited a life-long love affair with the city, and, even  after living “on the mainland” (Vancouver) for many years now, much of my heart still belongs to the island, and I’d like to share with you some of the […]

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Sooke and area Activities

Coastal Sooke, just 35 minutes from Victoria, is a tranquil refuge from the bustle of city life. The area enjoys a relaxed casual lifestyle in a rural setting but still affords many of the amenities of city life. Sooke offers some of the mildest climate in Western Canada, with warm and dry summer months and wet and mild winter months. Sooke, the gateway to the West Coast Road, winds 74 km along the coast to Port Renfrew and the starting point for the world-famous West Coast Trail. This is one of the South Island’s most spectacular drives – it winds […]

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RBCM in Victoria Hosts “Treasures: The World’s Cultures from The British Museum”

We looked at the parking meter in the lot behind Victoria‘s Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM). We figured two hours would be enough time. Ha! I have watched the RBCM grow since it moved out of the Legislature building across the street to its new quarters in the 1960s. I even work there briefly in the early 70s. So I knew of its renown throughout both Canada and the world for its permanent displays in the Natural History and Human History Galleries. This renown has enhanced its ability to attract world class traveling displays like the Egyptian treasures and the […]

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Playing Tourist

Some days it’s fun to play tourist in your own town.  On a recent trip to Victoria from the mainland, I had the pleasure of taking a trip on one of the new ferries – the Coastal Celebration.  The trip started in Tsawwassen with a breakfast at the Tsawwassen Quay.  We enjoyed crepes – yes really!  One of us had a ham & egg crepe and the others had fruit crepes – very yummy.  We then grabbed our Starbucks addictions and headed back to the car to wait for the loading call. Once on board with a lovely window seat […]

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Victoria BC Bed and Breakfasts – Something for Everyone.

Victoria BC has a diverse range of appealing attractions and activities so it naturally draws a wide range of visitors who stay at equally diverse bed and breakfasts. There’s something for everyone to do and somewhere for everyone to stay. This tiny part of BC on southern Vancouver Island offers a microcosm of the province including ocean beaches, pretty lakes, rainforest parks and mountain vistas. There are first rate attractions too such as the Butchart Gardens, the Royal BC Museum, Craigdarroch Castle and the Inner Harbour. Visitors enjoy enthralling activities such as whale-watching, kayaking, sailing, fishing, golf, biking and hiking. […]

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Taking The Path more Haunted

Rosewood Victoria Inn of Victoria suggests: Discover The Past offers a wide variety of haunted walks and tours around Victoria, BC. You could enjoy “an evening with doris” at the Victoria Golf Club, or take a walk around Chinatown. Tours are conducted by long time historian, John Adams and his team of guides. www.discoverthepast.com

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Grand Wine Tour

Southern Vancouver Island is the second-largest wine region in British Columbia. The majority of Vancouver Island‘s wineries are located in the Cowichan Valley, 35 minutes north of Victoria. The vineyards located here enjoy a unique location with ideal growing conditions on southern, sun-drenched slopes. Vancouver Island‘s coastal climate is mild, by comparison to other major wine growing regions in North America, yet well-suited to growing grapes. The scenery surrounding Vancouver Island‘s vineyards is as delicious as the wine. Rolling pastures framed by ocean and mountain views make a tour of the wineries a must for any wine enthusiast. Enjoy a […]

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The Best Ice Cream on the Island!

In September 2000, Judy began ice cream production, and in the short time since then her product line has grown to include 16 different flavours of ice cream and five flavours of sorbets. More flavours are also in development. All of the ice cream and sorbet recipes have been developed exclusively by Judy and are all-natural – you won’t find any preservatives, additives, or artificial colours or flavours in her recipes! As much as possible, Judy uses local ingredients in the production of the ice cream and sorbets. And of course, only the finest ingredients are used. If they aren’t […]

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Victoria Running Races

Cycle Inn Bed and Breakfast of Victoria which occur throughout the year. You may have a function to attend in Victoria and want to fit in a recreational run, or you may decide to take a challenge and aim to better your time in one of the runs offered here. A schedule of some of the interesting runs happening here in Victoria this year follows below. There are many others such as the Run for the Cure, Terry Fox Run, and the 24 hour Relay for the Lions Club which happen regularly as well. The following list gives you a […]

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Self Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Victoria

Abigail’s Hotel of Victoria suggests:  Enjoy a self guided walking tour of downtown Victoria. The audio tour will start at Abigail’s Hotel and guide you towards the BC Museum and Parliament Buidlings, then through downtown where you’ll pass by some of Victoria‘s most beautiful historic areas including Bastion Square and China Town. The tour will bring you back to Abigail’s where you can enjoy a refreshment and some appetizers in the Library or the garden patio.

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