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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Lighthouse Park

The Lighthouse at on Point Atkinson was built in 1874 and its preservation left us a legacy of trails that take you to a spectacular view of the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. As you take the marked circular route, watch for some of the largest Douglas Firs in the Lower Mainland and, of course, the lighthouse itself. If you walk past the lighthouse, you will encounter very rocky terrain which, with care, will lead you to the ocean and its views. Lighthouse Park is off Marine Drive in the western part of West Vancouver. Look for the small […]

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BC Tourism Organizations

Toursim Organizations British Columbia’s Destinations Many areas within British Columbia have organizations whose mandate is to promote their particular destination in partnership with individual tourism-related businesses. Quokka Systems is pleased to work with the following organizations: British Columbia Lodging and Campground Association (BCLCA) BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association is a non-profit trade organization representing over 700 motels, motor inns, resorts, lodges, campgrounds and other accommodation properties throughout British Columbia. There are more than 700 members who represent 16,000 rooms, 20,000 campsites and employ over 7,000 people. Find out more! Oceanside Tourism Association Oceanside is a group of fascinating and colourful […]

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SnowShoeing North Shore

If you’ve been craving activity – and the winter’s day is too short for you to get out during the few hours on sunlight we’ve been getting lately – it’s time to make Mother Nature work for you. Vancouver’s local mountains offer snowboarding and skiing, but I have some fun Winter Fun ideas for you. Since 2007 Outside Magazine rates the “hottest new sport” as snowshoeing.  When I was a little girl living in Switzerland we used to have to hike through deep snow on our property wearing the big old style “Trappers” snowshoes.  They were awkward and took a […]

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Stanley Park Bright Lights

I’ll admit it to you right now, I hate winter; It’s cold, snowy, and icy. However, I really miss getting outside and being active in the winter in fear of the cold, then I discovered Vancouver. The temperature in Vancouver hovers around or just above zero, so to most Canadians, it’s lovely, balmy weather. Now we’re talking. To make that wonderful, warmer winter even more magical, I headed out to Stanley Park just on the outskirts of downtown Vancouver. Not only is it the largest city-operated park in all of Canada, making it easily accessible but it has the Bright Lights […]

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Tourist Seasons in Tofino

Tofino is a small village located on the north end of Esowista Peninsula in spectacular Clayoquot (Tla-o-qui-aht by Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations) Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The area can be reached by car via Highway 4, otherwise known as the Pacific Rim Highway. The journey is scenic and takes you through some wonderful scenery, make sure you have gas in the tank and are aware that you will be out of cell phone range for a good part of your trip out to the west coast. One other important tip, if the sign says SLOW DOWN, do […]

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Great Tofino Beach Activities

On the far side of Vancouver Island, looking out onto the Pacific lays Tofino – a true nature lover’s paradise. You can find activities for all ages on in the coastal community ranging from surfing lessons, to whale watching and kayaking to natural hot springs. In my experience, the most striking thing about Tofino was the unrelenting intimacy with the ocean, not matter how good of a swimmer you are. On both my trips to Tofino, I stayed right on the beach and spent most of my time in the ocean being tossed around in the waves. Chesterman Beach and […]

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