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>> A Touch of Jade . . . . . . . 22 >> Treat Your Best Friend . 22 >> Come Full Circle . . . . . . 23 Y DINING PAGES 30-39

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YOU ARE HERE: SIDNEY Discover the shopping, dining and touring possibilities in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea.

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A ROYAL CELEBRATION The Royal BC Museum celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a personal look at Queen Elizabeth II.

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YOU ARE HERE Discover Sidney

The quaint community of Sidney is one of the Capital Region’s mustvisit destinations, near attractions such as Victoria Butterfly Gardens, the Butchart Gardens and many top wineries.

Stroll the Avenue Sidney’s main street is Beacon Avenue, lined with boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Follow Beacon toward the water for breathtaking views of Haro Strait and Mt. Baker, along with several family-friendly attractions. Beginning in late June, Thursday evenings bring a fabulous evening market with food, entertainment and open-air shopping.

Shopping & Dining All along Beacon and its cross streets, visitors will find an array of dining possibilities, from fine dining at Haro’s Restaurant in the Sidney Pier Hotel to casual fare at Fish on

Fifth and waterfront bevvies at the Rumrunner. Shopping includes an array of bookstores – hence Sidney’s nickname of “Booktown” – fashion boutiques and delightful home décor stores.

Attractions & activities The Sidney Pier is perfect for a stroll over the ocean or a little fishing. Find the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in the Sidney Pier hotel, the “hands-on, hands wet” way to explore the wonders of the ocean. Access to the passenger-only ferry to Sidney Spit, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, is at the foot of Beacon, while history buffs will enjoy the nearby Sidney Museum, showcasing local history and special exhibits.

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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in 1942 (left), and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Charles in 1950 (right), both by Cecil Beaton. V&A IMAGES, COURTESY THE ROYAL BC MUSEUM

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Royal BC Museum celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Join the Royal BC Museum for a special exhibit of personal portraits of Queen Elizabeth II as the monarch celebrates her diamond jubilee this summer. Opening June 1 and continuing through summer to September 3, this special exhibition of portraits by royal photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) depicts Queen Elizabeth II in her roles as princess, monarch and mother. The exhibition will include a number of previously unpublished images alongside extracts from Beaton’s personal diaries and letters. The photographs are drawn exclusively from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Beaton’s glittering royal portraits were among the most widely published photographs of the twentieth century and helped to shape the public image of the monarchy around the world. The exhibition explores Beaton’s long relationship with the Queen, who was still a teenage princess when Beaton first photographed her in 1942. Over the next three decades, he would be invited to photograph the Queen on many significant occasions, including the Coronation Day. 6

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The exhibit is all the more moving as Beaton’s images depict the Queen and her family both on official occasions and when ‘off-duty.’ Elegant and highly-staged photographs are shown alongside informal glimpses of the royal family at home, interspersed with film and radio footage from the time. Section one, ‘Princess Elizabeth and the Portrait Tradition’, includes charming portraits of a young Princess Elizabeth with her parents and sister Princess Margaret, set against elaborate painted backdrops inspired by the long tradition of royal portraiture. Section two focuses on the Coronation in 1953, when Beaton’s camera captured both the grandeur and emotion of the occasion. In contrast to the splendid Coronation images, Beaton’s photographs in Section three, The Next Generation, reveal a more intimate and relaxed side of family life. The exhibition will draw to a close with ‘The 1968 Sitting’, including a set of portraits of the Queen in a dark admiral’s boat cloak against a plain background, which convey the magnitude of the role of Britain’s monarch.

HOT DATES Hot Nights + Cool Jazz

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Summer nights in Victoria filled with cool jazz...it doesn’t get any better than that! More than 350 of the world’s best jazz, blues and worldbeat musicians entertain in over 95 exciting performances on 13 stages in downtown Victoria for the TD Victoria International JazzFest 2012, June 22 to July 1. Highlights include Chris Botti, Dianne Reeves, George Benson and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Don’t miss Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Janelle Monáe, Terrell Stafford, Delhi 2 Dublin, Balkan Beat Box and Los Amigos Invisibles. With a mix of ticketed events, free performances and workshops, there’s truly something for every music fan.

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Ballet Victoria

Ballet Victoria brings one of Shakespeare’s most beloved performances to life on the Victoria stage this spring. Coming to the Royal Theatre May 31 and June 1, dance fans will enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other works, including Vivaldi’s Gloria and a series of Russian songs sung by the Linden Choir: “a vivacious and hilarious retelling of this classic – Ballet Victoriastyle – to Mendelson’s stunning music (as) Puck’s mischief plays havoc amongst fairies and mortals in their quest for love."

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Stars on Ice: Love ‘n’ Life

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Co-directed and choreographed by skating superstar Kurt Browning, figure skating’s elite visits Victoria’s Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre May 16 with Stars on Ice: Love ‘n’ Life. Welcoming some of the world’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines, this year’s tour features a stellar cast of world-renowned athletes, including four-time World Champion and four-time Canadian National Champion Kurt Browning, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist Joannie Rochette and Olympic Bronze Medalist & World Champion Jeffrey Buttle.

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BENEATH THE CANOPY: FRIENDS OF THE FOREST

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To May 24 Artwork from Papua New Guinea at Alcheringa Gallery. Page 18

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MOTHER’S DAY GARDEN TOUR

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May 12 & 13 30th annual fundraiser for the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Page 16

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RON JAMES...LIVE!

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May 13 Canada’s busiest comedian is at the Royal Theatre. Page 14

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Enjoy a personal look at some of Victoria’s most stunning private gardens during the 30th annual Victoria Conservatory of Music Mother’s Day Garden Tour, May 12 and 13. A fundraiser for the Victoria Conservatory of Music, your ticket is your passport into 10 sensational spring landscapes, open from 10am to 4pm both days. Ranging from exotic to native, new to established, country to urban, the gardens will also play host to performances by the conservatory’s talented students and faculty. Tickets – $30 for a two-day pass – will be available at a variety of locations, including the conservatory (250-386-5311) and Victoria Thrifty Foods locations.

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GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS May 17 The blues-rock icons play the Royal Theatre. www.rmts.bc.ca

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May 19 & 20 History comes alive at Fort Rodd Hill. Page 41

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On Stage Langham Court Theatre stages the summerfriendly 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible, two one-act plays in one from James McLure to May 12. In Lone Star, set outside a small town Texas bar, Roy regales his brother, Ray, with stories about his three loves: his country, his wife, and his beloved 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible. In Laundry and Bourbon, bourbon and gossip flow freely while Elizabeth waits for her wayward husband, Roy, with friends Hattie and Amy Lee. As the bottle empties, past indiscretions and present fears bubble to the surface.

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June 5 to 17 Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre performs at the McPherson Playhouse. Page 16

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Come June, the long-standing community theatre company presents Larry Shue’s “Obie Awardwinning farce with a big heart,” The Foreigner. What will people say to your face if they think you cannot understand a word of their language? Shue “answers this question in a hilarious two hours of challenges overcome, evil plans thwarted, and good intentions eventually triumphant.” Victoria’s Fernwood neighbourhood is home to Theatre Inconnu, presenting Edna Walsh’s The Walworth Farce May 29 to June 16. Winner of the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s Fringe First Award, this hilarious comedy takes farce to new heights as the world’s most dysfunctional family participates in its annual “releasing of the ghosts from the closet,” as father and sons reenact the “incident” that has defined their lunacy. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre welcomes Canadian theatre icon Nicola Cavendish back to Victoria to present her award-winning performance of Willy Russell’s international hit Shirley Valentine, May 15 to 20. For more than 20 years Canadian audiences from coast-to-coast have enjoyed this remarkable onewoman tour-de-force about a neglected housewife that “has enough,” packs her bags and takes off on a journey of self-discovery. Join Cavendish at the McPherson Playhouse and enjoy the trip!

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June 22 to 24 Free-ride bike jumping competition in the Inner Harbour. Page 16

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June 22 to July 1 Ten hot days of cool jazz! Page 14

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FIREWORKS OVER THE GARDEN

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June 30 The Butchart Gardens launches its Saturday summer fireworks. Page 41 MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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With its excellent selection of courses and facilities – from picturesque Par 3s to world-class courses carved from the West Coast forest, the south Island is a golfer’s paradise. If your Victoria visit will include a turn around the links, here is a selection of some of the city’s finest courses. For more ideas, contact Tourism Victoria at 250-953-2033 or stop by the Visitor Centre, downtown on the Inner Harbour.

18 HOLES Highland Pacific – The city’s newest public course, and very popular with locals, the 18-hole Highland Pacific “was created for golfers who want to enjoy a scenic, challenging championship golf course that is playable all year round.” The course features the Pacific Nine and the Highland Nine, plus a driving range for warm-up and a well-stocked pro-shop with Calloway rental clubs. Enjoy restaurant service at the Range Café. Book your tee time at 250-478-4653. Bear Mountain Golf Resort – Bear Mountain definitely ranks among the city’s premiere locations. Not only does it boast two fine Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed courses carved into the mountain overlooking the city, but the resort is also home to a Westin hotel, fine dining, a Santé spa and the 10

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Mountainside Athletic Centre. The two challenging 18-hole courses cover diverse terrain and offer spectacular views from their place atop an 1,100foot mountain overlooking the city. For tee times or more information, call the pro shop at 250-744-2327. Olympic View Golf Club – This 18-hole, par-72 championship course is located just a short drive from downtown in the West Shore community of Colwood. Offering a picturesque, 6,534 yards nestled into West Coast forest, Olympic View has been one of the city’s premier golf destinations since its opening in 1996. A member of Golf BC, whose other courses include Arbutus Ridge a little farther north on the Island, Olympic View’s amenities include a well-stocked pro shop and a fine restaurant and lounge overlooking the course. Call the pro shop at 250-474-3673 or visit www. golfbc.com

Cordova Bay Golf Course – Built in 1991, this full-service championship course offers year-round golf for all abilities from a picturesque course in one of Victoria’s most charming neighbourhoods, plus a fully equipped pro shop, driving range and dining facilities. Book a tee time at 250-658-4444.

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Cedar Hill Golf Course – One of several municipal courses in the region, the popular Cedar Hill Golf Course offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy top-quality golf and a picturesque location without leaving the city. An attractive, 5,000-yard par 67 course, Cedar Hill features a fully stocked pro shop, rentals, lessons and driving range. Call 250-475-7151 or visit www.golfcedarhill.com

NINE HOLES Royal Oak Golf Course – Winding through a residential townhouse community, this picturesque nine-hole course features a challenging terrain punctuated with forest and water features. Just a short drive from town in the neighbourhood of Royal Oak, the course includes several longer holes a well as a series of par 3s. Travelling with little ones or nongolfers? Saanich Commonwealth Place is next door, with a wave pool, waterslide, weight room and more. Reach Royal Oak at 250-658-1433 or www.royaloakgolfclub.com

Make Golfing an Adventure! Prefer your golf of the "mini" variety? Victoria also boasts a few excellent mini-golf facilities, led by Blenkinsop Valley Adventure Golf, a short drive from downtown. In addition to the beautifully landscaped facilities, you'll also find an excellent driving range – the open top floor is gorgeous on a sunny day – and full pro shop. For those too-hot summer days, the shady Mattick's Farm mini-golf is another good choice. Blenkinsop Valley Adventure Golf MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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The Ridge – Boasting one of the best views in the city, overlooking Haro Strait, The Ridge is a nine-hole Par 3 sister course to the Cordova Bay Golf Course across the road, and perfect for a challenging short game. An 18-hole putting green and food facilities are on-site. Call 250-658-3996 or visit www.cordovabaygolf.com Prospect Lake Golf Club – Tucked into the trees along one of the city’s prettiest lakes, Prospect Lake Golf Course has welcomed players since 1964. With five par 4s and four par 3s, enjoy rolling fairways, challenging greens and a charming rural ambience, along with a restaurant and patio overlooking the lake and pro shop with rentals available. Call 250-479-2688 or see www.golfprospect.com Ardmore Golf Course – Further out the Saanich Peninsula, this pretty rural course has long been a favourite among locals for its rolling fairways and pastoral ambience. Call 250-656-4621 or visit www.ardmoregolfcourse.com

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Metchosin Golf Course – The region’s West Shore is home to fine championship play, but also a few smaller courses, including this lovely nine-hole club, set into the rolling Looking for a splurge? Check for hills of the Metchosin an available tee time at two of countryside. Dubbed Victoria's historic private clubs, "the friendly golf course," where limited times are available Metchosin offers two sets for visitors – Uplands Golf Club in of tee boxes, for the option Oak Bay (call 250-592-1818) of 18 holes. Relax after the and Victoria Golf Club game in Putter’s Lounge. Call (call 250-598-4322). 250-478-3266 for details or visit www.metchosingolfcourse.com

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HOT ENTERTAINMENT Uno Festival shows include The Birdmann and Meagan O'Shea's The Atomic Weight of Happiness (below)

Numero Uno! Intrepid Theatre presents the 15th annual Uno Fest May 24 to June 3 – an eclectic mix of North America’s finest solo artists. From Juno Award-winning musician Hawksley Workman to CBC 2012 Canada Reads winner Carmen Aguirre, the possibilities are many at what has become one of Victoria’s favourite spring events. Take in Dora Award nominee Meagan O’Shea, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Deborah Dunn and Julia Mackey, who returns for a fifth anniversary performance of Jake’s Gift, which premiered at Uno in 2007. “We have an extraordinary lineup planned to mark Uno’s 15th anniversary,” says Intrepid Theatre’s Janet Munsil, Artistic Director and festival curator. “Great live shows, a new work series, performance and writing workshops to help local artists develop new

skills, and the launch of Press>Play, a series of four audioplays that we have commissioned as part of the Victoria 150 Anniversary Celebrations.”

On a rant with Ron James With five fiv television comedy specials under his belt and The Ron James Show into its third successful season, Canada’s busiest and bestselling comedian takes to the road with a new “gut-bustingly, kneesel sslappingly funny” 90-minute rant, Ron James ... Live! Whether it’s our national blood sport of contemporary politics or family stories from the 1960s, where dreams of making the NHL are squandered on Pee Wee league hand-me-down hockey skates with buckles on them a leprechaun would wear, this is a not-to-be-missed performance – May 13 at the Royal Theatre. MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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COMEDY RON JAMES May 13 Prepare to laugh when this Canadian comic brings his hilarious, 90-minute rant to the Victoria stage. Royal Theatre, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

FESTIVALS VICTORIA HIGHLAND GAMES May 19 & 20 Celebrate all things Scottish at this annual event featuring heavy games, sheep herding, music, dancing and more. Topaz Park, www. victoriahighlandgames.com Map 1 F2 UNO FEST May 24 to June 3 Annual 10-day festival of singular theatre performances. Various venues, 250383-2663. www.intrepidtheatre.com VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL JAZZFEST June 22 to July 1 Take in 10 hot days of cool jazz during this annual festival . Various venues. 250-388-4423, www.jazzvictoria.ca SIDNEY DAYS June 30 & July 1 Celebrations of community and Canada Day, including parade, pancake breakfast and family-friendly events. www. peninsulacelebrations.ca Map 2 I2 ICC LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL June 10 Local chefs host this showcase of local growers and producers. Food, wine, entertainment and more. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Located off Ocean Boulevard in Colwood, Ft. Rodd Hill Rd, 250-4785849. www.iccbc.ca Map 2 G9

MARKETS BASTION SQUARE PUBLIC MARKET Thursday to Sunday, May to September

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The heavy events at the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival. PHOTO COURTESY THE VICTORIA HIGHLAND GAMES SOCIETY

FAB FESTIVALS As if Victoria in the spring wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, May and June also mark the start of festival season. The fun gets under way over the May long-weekend with the Victoria Highland Games, celebrating all things Scottish, before the 61st annual Swiftsure Yacht Race takes to the waters off Greater Victoria the following weekend, May 26 to 28. The first weekend in June is given over to the Oak Bay Tea Party – actually a community party with parade, midway, games, entertainment and more. Next, the community of Esquimalt, across the Johnson Street Bridge from downtown, celebrates its nautical heritage with Buccaneer Days June 8 to 10. Just in time for Canada Day, Sidney Days celebrates June 30 and July 1 with many festive events scheduled. June is also the season for the performing arts, including Uno Fest, a unique international festival devoted to the power of the one-person show May 24 to June 3, and the always anticipated Victoria International JazzFest, June 22 to July 1. And did we mention food? June highlights include the Island Chefs’ Collaborative Local Food Festival and the Colwood Rotary Club’s Art & Wine Festival, both at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.

You'll love these comedies! Square, at the foot of Wharf Street, opposite The Bay centre and overlooking the Inner Harbour. www.bastionsquare. ca Map 1 E8 JAMES BAY COMMUNITY MARKET Saturdays, May through October Locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, entertainment and more, at the corner of Superior and Menzies streets, 9am to 3pm. Map 1 E8 METCHOSIN FARMER’S MARKET Sundays, May 13 through October

Taste the freshness growing on the farms of Greater’s Victoria’s Metchosin community, 11am to 2pm. 4450 Happy Valley Rd. www. metchosinfarmersmarket.blog.com

Lone Star

Directed by Paul Terry

Laundry & Bourbon

Directed by Heather Jarvie

Obie Award-winning farce with a big heart.

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MOSS STREET MARKET Saturdays, May through mid-October Locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, entertainment and more, at the corner of Fairfield and Moss streets, 10am to 2pm. www.mossstreetmarket.com Map 1 I11

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Student/Seniors Tuesdays & Preview Night: 2 for $20 Box Oĸce & Info 250.384.2142 805 Langham Court (oī Rockland)

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Celebrating 21 years in 2012, this is a delightful destination market full of fresh flavour from local growers and producers. Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s X Rd, 250-216-0521, www. peninsulacountrymarket.ca Map 2 H5

MUSIC & DANCE VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA For full schedule, call the Symphony Box Office at 250-385-6515 or visit www. victoriasymphony.ca For tickets call the box office Royal box office, 250-3866121. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Map 2 G5

BRIGADOON May 4 to 13, select dates Victoria Operatic Society presents this classic, the first big hit for the magical team of Lerner and Loewe, that tells the story of two American tourists who stumble upon a misty little Scottish town that only reawakens for one day every hundred years. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 DAVID FOSTER MIRACLE CONCERT AND GALA May 26 A celebration that promises to bring some of North America’s brightest stars to Victoria in conjunction with a star-studded David Foster Foundation gala. 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. www. saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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Y ENTERTAINMENT BRYAN ADAMS June 15 Canada's favourite rocker returns for this much-anticipated concert, part of his 20-stop cross-Canada tour. 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. www. saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

SPORTS STARS ON ICE May 16 Some of the world’s finest skaters take to the ice. Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Map 2 G6

VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB High-level soccer action with Victoria’s United Soccer League team. Full schedule online. Royal Athletic Park, 250-590-8432. www. victoriahighlandersfc.com Map 1 H6 LUXTON PRO RODEO May 19 to 21 Western events and activities in the West Shore. Luxton Fairgrounds, corner Sooke & Luxton Rds. Map 2 E10 JUMPSHIP 2012 June 22 to 24 Some of the world’s best freeride bike riders compete for cash and personal pride

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STAGE & FILM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX THEATRE The National Geographic IMAX Theatre is equipped with the most technologically advanced theatre system, featuring a six-storey-tall screen. Film showings rotate hourly from 10am to 8pm. Call for detailed schedule information. Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St, 250-953IMAX. www.imaxvictoria.com Map 1 E9 1959 PINK THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE To May 12 James McLure’s two one-act plays in one: Outside a small town Texas bar, Lone Star has Roy relating stories about his three loves: his country, wife and beloved 1959 Thunderbird convertible; in Laundry and Bourbon, bourbon and gossip flow freely while Elizabeth waits for her wayward husband. 805 Langham Court, 250-384-2142, www.langhamcourttheatre.bc.ca Map 1 I9

SHIRLEY VALENTINE May 15 to 20 Nicola Cavendish returns to the Victoria stage in her touring, one-woman tourde-force production of Willy Russell’s international hit, presented by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250385-4462. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 THE WALWORTH FARCE May 29 –June 16 Theatre Inconnu presents Edna Walsh’s award-winning farce described in London as “Viciously theatrical... Remarkable.” When the world’s most dysfunctional family participates in its annual “releasing of the ghosts from the closet,” hilarity ensues. 1923 Fernwood Road, 250-360-0234. www.theatreinconnu.com Professionall Grooming for dogs and cats Doggy Day Care Overnight Boarding

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ARMS & THE MAN June 5 to 17 From Stratford and broadway, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre presents Amanda Lisman & Dylan Smith in this classic romantic-comedy by George Bernard Shaw. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 THE FOREIGNER June 14 to 30 What will people say to your face if they think you cannot understand a word of their language? Larry Shue’s two-time Obie Award-winning farce with a big heart answers this question in a hilarious two hours of challenges overcome, evil plans thwarted, and good intentions eventually triumphant. Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Ct, 250-3842142. www.langhamcourttheatre.bc.ca Map 1 I9

THIS & THAT MOTHER’S DAY PAINT-IN May 13 Arts, artisans, entertainment and more. Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd, 250-3912666. www.hatleypark.ca Map 2 G9 MOTHER’S DAY GARDEN TOUR May 12 & 13 29th annual self-guided garden tour in support of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Open gardens this year include a serene Japanese garden, an eclectic collector’s garden and two adjoining hobby farms. 250386-5311. www.victoriagardentour.com VICTORIA DAY PARADE May 21 Victoria’s largest parade, complete with marching bands, floats, clowns and more. More than 120,000 spectators watch the parade in person and on TV. Downtown, along Douglas Street. SWIFTSURE INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE May 26 to 28 Annual race off the Victoria coast, hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. www.swiftsure.org OAK BAY TEA PARTY June 2 & 3 Celebrate 50 years of this familyfriendly community celebration, featuring a parade, midway, games, entertainment, food and special events. Willows Beach Park, www. oakbayteaparty.com Map 2 K9 BUCCANEER DAYS June 8 to 10 Celebration of Esquimalt’s maritime heritage – and the community’s Centennial in 2012! – with parade, midway, community events and more. Map 2 H10

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Artist’s Antics shine at Red Artist Carolyn Kowalyk displays her “Antics” at Oak Bay’s Red Art Gallery May 15 to June 2. Free and whimsical, yet creative and complex, these colourful, contemporary works by the award-winning artist capture antics of illusion, magic and playfulness. Stop by the inviting and colourful gallery on May 16 for an opening reception with the artist from 6 to 8pm. CAROLYN KOWALYK, WALKING THE LINE

Artistic Pairings on the Avenue New this year from the contemporary Avenue Gallery is “Artistic Pairings,” a series of mini shows featuring two or three artists each showcasing up to six paintings. The next in these week-long events takes place May 26 to June 1 and features Joan Skeet & Dawn Stofer. Stop by the bright, inviting gallery, “on the Avenue” in Oak Bay, Saturday, May 26 from 1 to 4pm when art lovers will have a chance to view the work and ask the artists questions about the creative process. A wine pairing has also been planned for each event to stimulate repartee and joyful banter. JEAN SKEET, ANCIENT CITIES

PICTURE PERFECT FOR MOM The 17th annual Mother’s Day Paint In on May 13 presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate not only the mom in your life, but also the many talented artists and artisans at work in the Victoria area. Hosted at the historic Hatley Park National Historic Site, home to Royal Roads University, artisans will be on hand showing and selling their work on the picturesque grounds of the former estate of James and Laura Dunsmuir. MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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FIRED UP! May 25 to 27 Annual show of contemporary works in clay; this year's theme is Celebrate the Salish Sea. Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Rd, Map 2 E11 www.firedup.ca VIC WEST ART QUEST May 12 & 13 Annual open studio tour in the Victoria West community organized by artists living and/or working in the neighbourhood. Perfect for walking and biking. Find maps at www.vicwestartquest.com

GALLERIES ALCHERINGA GALLERY Aboriginal art from the Canadian Northwest Coast, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mua Island and the Soloman Islands. To May 24 Beneath the Canopy: Friends of the Forest Renderings of the creatures of Papua New Guinea, by master carvers of the Sepik River 665 Fort St, 250-383-8224. Map 1 F8 ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA The AGGV is a keeper of treasures with more than 15,000 works in the permanent collection, including works by Emily Carr, a kingsized dollhouse, an authentic Shinto shrine that complements one of the finest collections of Japanese art in Canada, and an impressive range of contemporary art. Permanent Exhibit Emily Carr Experience the power of the

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LEGACY OF FINE ART The Legacy Art Gallery brings some of the University of Victoria’s significant artwork to downtown audiences. On Communities and Nations, continuing through June 9 in the Small Gallery, explores ideas of community and nation – specifically Benedict Anderson’s concept of imagined communities in relation to the emergence of First Nations printmaking practices in the late 20th century. coastal landscape as felt and painted by BC’s premiere artist. To May 6 Victoria Collects 60 major artworks by artists ranging from Rembrandt, Andy Warhol, Piet Mondrian and Tom Thomson to E.J. Hughes, Betty Goodwin and Ed Burtynsky To May 6 Throw Down Art that addresses socio-political issues, economic struggles, invokes a call to

action or an invitation to play. 1040 Moss St, 250-384-4171. Map 1 I9 AVENUE GALLERY Celebrating 10 years of fine art! Part of the charming Oak Bay Village, just outside downtown Victoria, The Avenue Gallery is known to both art collectors and the public alike as an exceptional venue to discover

some of Canada’s most distinguished contemporary artists. Ever-changing exhibits provide visitors with an unsurpassed selection of work, ranging from paintings and sculpture to jewellery and glass. Visit the new “Collector’s Corner,” featuring historical paintings by artists such as Emily Carr, J.E.H. MacDonald, Jean Paul Riopelle and A.J. Casson. May 26 to June 1 Artistic Pairings Featuring Joan Skeet and Dawn Stofer. May 26 Artists in attendance, 1 to 4pm. 2184 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2184. Map 2 J9 www.theavenuegallery.com ‘CHOSIN POTTERY Celebrating 27 years in Victoria! Featuring innovative and original works in porcelain by prominent BC artists Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle. Located in the pastoral Metchosin countryside, ‘Chosin Pottery houses two studios, a gallery and a showroom. The gardens on the property are renowned for their beauty and have been featured in several books and magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens. Open weekends 10am to 5pm; weekdays, call ahead. About 30 minutes by car from the Inner Harbour. 4283 Metchosin Rd, 250-474-2676. www.chosinpottery.ca Map 2 F11

EAGLE FEATHER GALLERY & GIFTSHOP Exceptional contemporary and traditional work by First Nations, Inuit and Metis artists, including Tony Hunt, Tony Hunt Jr., Doug LaFortune, and Joe Wilson. Open Mon to Fri from 10:30am to 6pm; Sat 10:30am to 5pm; Sun 11am to 4pm. 904 Gordon St, 250-388-4330. Map 1 E8 ECLECTIC Contemporary fine art paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and gemstones, and a unique array of collectible home decor. To May 12 Victoria Visionaries, featuring the work of Pat Martin Bates, Walter Dexter, Herbert Siebner, Jack Wise and contemporaries. May 14 to June 16 Edo Kajdasz Places and Spaces May 17 Opening reception, 7 to 9pm. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm 2170 Oak Bay Avenue, 250-590-8095. www.eclecticgallery.ca Map 2 J10 FULL CIRCLE STUDIO ARTS Step into an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, warmth and beauty. Fine rosewood furniture from India, original art, music, books and gifts for the spirit and soul await. Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm. 1800 Store St, 250-920-4037. Map 1 E6 www.fullcirclestudio.ca

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SPRING COLOUR Stop by the charming Gallery at Mattick's Farm this spring for two colourful exhibits. May welcomes bright works from Ira Hoffecker then in June the gallery presents a show of work by painter Irma Soltonavich.

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GALLERY AT MATTICK’S FARM Specializing in Canadian art and craftsmanship, this gallery offers an eclectic selection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, metal and wood. Discover stunning pieces by such favourite artists as Martha Sturdy, plus an exciting choice of jewellery, watches, tableware and desktop accessories from Georg Jensen, Royal Scandinavia. 1095325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333. Map 2 I6

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Madrona Gallery welcomes landscape artist Wendy Wacko in May before Nicholas Bott joins the gallery in June to celebrate its second anniversary. JADE VICTORIA Recognized as the hardest, greenest and most translucent Nephrite Jade found, this BC gem draws the finest international carvers to the company’s mine. Find carvings, crafted jewellery and one-of-a-kind sculptures. Just a two-minute walk from the Inner Harbour, browse the shop and learn about the provincial gemstone. Mention WHERE Victoria and receive 10-per-cent-off regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St Map 1 E8 250-384-5233. www.jademine.com LEGACY GALLERY Browse an amazing collection housed in an equally amazing downtown building bequeathed to the University of Victoria by Michael Williams, a longstanding patron of the arts. To June 9 On Communities and Nations. Opening June 13 Transformation: A Retrospective, featuring works and writing by Duncan Regehr. 630 Yates St, 250-381-7670. Map 1 F7 MADRONA GALLERY This historical and contemporary fine art gallery in the heart of downtown showcases both established and emerging Canadian artists. To May 5 New Works. Danny Everett Stewart; May 12 to 26 Solo exhibit by Wendy Wacko; June Madrona's second anniversary show is a solo exhibit by Nicholas Bott. 606 View St, 250-380-4660. Map 1 E8 OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY Located steps from the harbour, marvel at traditional potlatch masks, intricate woven basketry, shamanic devices, button blankets, totem poles, artefacts and more. A selection of Plains beadwork and other North American, Oceanic and African tribal art is always available. Out of the Mist seeks and

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finds the unusual. Open 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat, noon to 3pm Sunday, or by appointment. 740 Douglas St, 250480-4930. www.outofthemistgallery. com Map 1 F8 RED ART GALLERY Charming contemporary gallery in the Oak Bay Village, featuring award-winning Canadian artists, largely from BC and Alberta. May 15 to June 2 Antics from Carolyn Kowalyk. May 16 Opening reception, 6 to 8pm. 2033 Oak Bay Ave, 250-881-0462 www.redartgallery. ca Map 2 J10 TED HARRISON STUDIO One of Canada's premiere artists has a studio and gallery in the picturesque Oak Bay Village, a few minutes from downtown. Find Harrison's colourful depictions of Canadian life in limited edition serigraphs, art cards, posters & books. Visit in May for sidewalk sales and other events. Studio hours, Mon to Fri 12 to 5pm; Sat 11am to 5pm. 2004 Oak Bay Avenue. 250.592.0561 www.tedharrison.com Map 2 J10 VIEW ART GALLERY Contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture and new media. Tues to Sat, 11am to 5pm. Member of Victoria’s Gallery Walk. June 8 to July 7 Implements of Capture, an exhibition of paintings by Michael Pittman. June 8 & 9 Opening reception 1 to 3pm. 104-860 View St, 250-2131162. www.viewartgallery.ca Map 1 G8

WINCHESTER GALLERIES Specializing in Canadian paintings, both modern and historical, including works by the Group of Seven. Winchester Galleries offers a wide diversity of original Canadian art, including works by artists such as Claude Tousignant, Yves Gaucher, Gary Wilson, Paul Hutner, Nicola Wheston, Jean McEwen, Marion Wagschal, Ronald Bloore, Lorne Toews, Harold Klunder, Jeanette Perreault, Ric Evans and many others. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm downtown; Tues to Sat 10am to 5:30pm in Oak Bay. 758 Humboldt St, 250-386-2773. Map 1 F9 2260 Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-2777. Map 2 J10 796 Humboldt St, 250-3827750. www.winchestergalleriesltd.com Map 1 F9

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A touch of jade is a beautiful thing

Take home a beautiful piece of British Columbia with a visit to Jade, downtown on Government Street. Specializing in both jewellery and accessories for home and fashion, crafted from BC's provincial stone, find gifts and keepsakes to cherish forever.

A treat for your best friend They give you love and affection every day so don't your furry friends deserve a little pampering now and then? The folks at Oak Bay's Bark, Bath & Beyond certainly think so and they've assembled a terrific collection of items both practical and fun for your best friend, including a wide array of eco-friendly choices, such as natural, organic toys for dogs and cats, hemp and bamboo leashes, collars and clothing and earth-friendly, designer beds.

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Inspiration awaits at Ten Thousand Villages Bring a touch of spring colour to your home with these charming pots and other garden accessories from Ten Thousand Villages, on Oak Bay Avenue. While there, enjoy a browse of the many fair trade products from around the world, brought together in this not-forprofit shop that supports individuals in developing nations.

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ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES CLASSIC SILVERWARE Gorgeous Antique Row (Fort Street) shop specializing in antique and collectible silver, vintage linens, lace and buttons, plus an extensive collection of silver holloware pieces: tea sets, trays, butter dishes, hotelware, etc. International shipping. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm. 826 Fort St, 250-3836860. Map 1 G8

BEDDING & LINENS SWEET DREAMS BOUTIQUE Beautiful little shop specializing in superior bedroom linens, duvets, pillows and other made-in-BC products by Daniadown. Friendly staff. Personal service. Great prices. They ship anywhere. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm. Downtown open Sundays 12 to 4pm. Closed holidays. 636 Broughton St, 250-383-6133. Map 1 F8 2492 Beacon Ave, Sidney, Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm. Closed Sun and holidays. 250-656-0510. www.sweetdreamsboutique.com Map 2 I2

BOOKS IVY’S BOOKSHOP Celebrating 45 years in business, Ivy’s is in the heart of Oak Bay Village. With a knowledgeable and friendly staff, the store offers an excellent and eclectic selection of books in a comfortable atmosphere. 2188 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2713. Map 2 J10

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BRING YOUR SOUL FULL CIRCLE From peaceful West Coast artwork sure to create a restful atmosphere in your home or office to books, Buddha figures and a wide array of music, Full Circle Studio Arts in Victoria's Old Town is your source for all things good for the soul. Gift ideas include tapestries, banners, silver and gemstone jewellery, clothing and pieces from India, Bali, Thailand, Mexico and Canada. MUNRO’S Described by journalist Allan Fotheringham as Canada’s most magnificent bookstore. Located in a heritage building featuring a 24’ coffered ceiling, stained-glass windows and wall hangings by Carole Sabiston. Carries a comprehensive selection of books on all subjects. Superb choice of fiction titles and children’s books. Hours vary. 1108 Government St, 250-382-2464. www.munrobooks.com Map 1 E8

SCALLYWAGS Casual and formal clothing for newborns to pre-teens with names like Mexx, Joules, Blu and Parade Organics plus a great selection from up-and-coming Canadian designers. Everything you need in one shop. 624 Fort St, 250-360-2570. Map 1 F8 Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, 170-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-360-2520. Map 2 I7

CHOCOLATES CHILDREN BUDDIES TOY STORE One of Victoria’s favourite toy stores, featuring Playmobil, Thomas and Brio trains, Lego, craft items and much more from their two locations, one in Sidney and the other in the Estevan Village in Oak Bay. 2533 Estevan Ave, 250-595-6501. Map 2 J9 2496 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7171. Map 2 H3 KABOODLES For kids and silly adults, Kaboodles has been Victoria’s downtown toy store for years. Discover everything from puzzles, games and wooden trains to cool spy toys and whoopie cushions. 1320 Government St, 250-383-0931. Map 1 F7

CHOCOLAT Discover chocolate perfection! Handcrafted chocolates made from scratch using the finest ingredients, including unique flavours such as saffron, matcha, wasabi and lavendar, plus sugarfree and dairy-free chocolates. Mon to Sat, 9:30am to 6pm; closed Sundays and holidays. 703 Fort St, 250-381-0131. Map 1 F8 ROGERS’ CHOCOLATES This Victoria icon has been producing fine chocolates for more than 100 years. Beautifully wrapped gift packages. Worldwide mail order service. 913 Government St, 250-384-7021. Map 1 E8 2234 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2911. Map 2 J10

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MARESA BOUTIQUE Explore fashions from North America and Europe. Allow the experienced and knowledgeable staff to help you enhance your unique style. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. In the Oak Bay Village at 2227 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-1412. Map 2 J10

THE BAY The Bay is known for its world-class service and shopping, including designer fashions, cosmetics, fragrances, jewellery, fine china and crystal. Find BC jade, souvenirs and more. The Bay Centre location features the HBC Gallery where you can see interesting displays, historic artifacts and art from The Bay’s long history. Open daily. The Bay Centre at Douglas and Fort Sts, 250-385-1311. Map 1 F8 Mayfair Shopping Centre, 250-386-3322. Map 1 E2

FASHION ADVENTURE CLOTHING Specialists in travel and outdoor adventure clothing and accessories for men and women. Tilley Endurables at catalogue prices. Whether you like to travel to exotic places or hike off the beaten path, be prepared for anything that comes your way. 1015 Broad St, 250-384-3337. www.adventureclothing.ca Map 1 F8 BADEN-BADEN BOUTIQUES Featuring casual women’s fashions to classic evening wear, this is one of Sidney’s favourite clothing shops, along with its sister store, Barbara’s Boutique. At Baden-Baden, find jackets by Goldix, silks by Biline, cotton sweaters from Parkhurst, nautically inspired separates from Saint James and more. 2485 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7118. Map 2 I2 www.badenbadenboutiques.com CONNIE’S PETITES If you’re a woman who benefits from uniquely tailored petite sizing and loves fashion, you’re in luck. Connie’s Petites has three locations in the Victoria area that specialize in collections from Proportion Petite, Bianca Nygard, Ingenuity and French Dressing Jeans in sizes 2 to 16. 2241 Oak Bay Ave, 250-370-5400. Map 2 J10 460-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-727-6030. Map 2 I7 2412 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7111. Map 2 I2

HEMP & COMPANY Find stylish and comfortable fibres from nature, like hemp, organic cotton, bamboo and soy – everything from socks and shirts to dresses and jackets. Eco-friendly body care, food and edible seed products – from “seed to sewn.” See how gorgeous green can be! 1102 Government St, www.hempandcompany.com Map 1

SISSYME FASHION GALLERY Exclusive, elegant and artistic, SissyMe Fashion Gallery combines two worlds: The exquisite delicacy of the East, with the vibrant passion of the West. Rich colours, handcrafted embroidery and fabulous European fabrics define the style and flair of this world-class, international designer who calls Victoria home. Open Mon to Fri 10am to 5:30pm, Sat 11am to 5pm. Closed Sundays. 708 View St, 250-381-0222. www.7sm.com Map 1 F8 SUNDAY’S SNOWFLAKES Canadian sportswear and designer fashions for the contemporary woman. Simon Chang, Spanner, Peter Nygard, Citrine and Linda Lundström. Coats, jackets, pants, blouses and accessories. Mattick’s Farm, 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8499. Map 2 I6

FOOTWEAR FIELD’S SHOES Serving Victorians for 38 years, this downtown shop offers the best in comfort footwear from Ecco, Naot, Josef Seibel, Wolky, La Canadienne and more. Wonderful, friendly service. Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 6pm. 1300 Government St (at Yates), 250-388-5921. Map 1 F7 HEART & SOLE SHOES A uniquely Victorian neighbourhood shoe store worth the visit! On Cook Street between Fort and Rockland in the Mosaic Village, find handmade accessories from local designers including Floating Gold Iceberg and Wild Abandon, plus an extensive collection of one-of-a kind handbags and belts handmade on premises. While in the shop, have a pair of your own sandals made to order. A shoe store for the fashion-forward and comfort-minded customer alike, shoe lines include El Naturalista, Miz Mooz, Joseph Seibel, Gabor, & Everybody. The Smartwool socks & clothing selection is among the largest in Victoria. Get your fix of fun John Fluevog shoes and don’t miss the excellent selection of Birkenstocks. 1014 Cook St,

250-920-7653. Map 1 H8 www.heartandsoleshoes.ca NEW BALANCE VICTORIA Known for outstanding width sizing and comfortable fit in performance footwear for men, women and children, and athletic-inspired apparel and accessories, a stop here will ensure the perfect fit. Also popular are Dunham rugged casual footwear and Aravon comfort performance footwear. Open daily. 1205 Government St, 250-382-9327. Map 1 E8

GIFTS PURDY’S A BC favourite for all things chocolate! Ideal for gifts to satisfy that sweet tooth. Individual treats or boxed selections. In Victoria: Bay Centre, Hillside Mall, Mayfair Shopping Centre and West Shore Town Centre. In Nanaimo at Woodgrove Centre. TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES This not-for-profit retail organization with two Victoria locations sells fairly traded products from more than

35 different countries. Find a wide variety of handmade crafts, including tablecloths, jewellery, books and cards, ceramics, musical instruments, home decor items and much more. Not to be missed is the fair trade food section, including coffees, teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, spices, olive oil, jams and chutneys. Open daily. 1976 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-8183. Map 2 J10 330-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-727-7281. www.tenthousandvillages.ca Map 2 I7

HEALTH & BEAUTY ETHNO CONCEPTS Hair extensions, weaves, cornrows, dreadlocks and more, plus aesthetics and hair spa services. 709 Douglas St, 250-590-1306 or 250-884-0379 Map 1 F9 L’OCCITANE Now open at The Bay Centre, this international manufacturer and retailer offers skincare, body care, fragrance and hair care products from Provence, formulated with traceable, natural and active ingredients inspired by Provençal traditions and offering the experience of well-being. At The Bay

Centre, corner of Douglas and Fort St. http://ca.loccitane.com Map 1 F8 MANSCAPE Specializing in spa services designed just for men, visit for masculine skin therapy, body treatments and aesthetic services from a uniquely male perspective. Tues to Sat, 10am to 7pm; Sun and Mon by appointment. 748 Douglas St, 250-590-8656, www.manscape.co Map 1 F9 SPA MAGNOLIA A full-service, chic urban spa providing registered massage therapy, facials and body treatments. Experience award-winning customer service in a modern spa facility in the heart of beautiful downtown Victoria. Find Aveda, Comfort Zone and Oka B sandals, plus travel comfort items. Open daily 10am to 6pm. Gift boutique available. 625 Courtney St, 250-920-7721. www.spamagnolia.com Map 1 E8 THE VITAMIN SHOP Since 1984 the Vitamin Shop has led the way in providing the very best brand name vitamins, herbal remedies and nutritional supplements. Competitive

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your energy. Relax your body, refresh your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Open 365 days a year and offering a full range of spa services, including massage, registered massage therapists, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Voted No. 1 spa in Victoria and listed on Conde Nast top five. Appointments available from 9am daily. Complementary valet or self parking available Mon through Thurs. 633 Humboldt St, 250-995-4650. www.willowstream.com Map 1 E9

JEWELLERY ARTINA’S JEWELLERY 100% Canadian handcrafted jewellery, with a selection of First Nations designs. Bracelets, pendants and First Nations wedding rings. Fine work in sterling silver, gold and more. Open daily. Map 1 E8 1002 Government St, 250-386-7000. BARCLAY’S FINE CUSTOM JEWELLERS Extensive range of diamond rings, exclusive on Vancouver Island. Antique and estate jewellery. Hand-crafted jewellery by local designers. Find a variety of cultured pearls and unique coloured stones set in a minimum of 14 karat gold and an extensive line of Pandora customizable jewellery and Artcarved rings. Specialists in custom design, hand-crafting in gold and platinum and fine jewellery repairs. Open Mon to Fri 9:30am to 5:15pm, Sat 10am to 4:45pm. 106-2187 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-1100. Map 2 J10 www.barclaysjewellers.com

KITCHEN & HOME DECOR CHINTZ AND COMPANY Affordable, eclectic home furnishing collections, including crockery, china, goblets, table and culinary paraphernalia, teak outdoor seating, florals, vases, bath wares and interior textiles. 1720 Store St, 250-381-2404. Map 1 F6 FRENCH VANILLA Victoria’s destination boutique for all things French-inspired – French milled soap, lavender products, LaRochelle glassware, Provencal tablecloths, Toile bedding, Lampe Berger and much more. Open Mon to Sat, 10:30am to 5pm. 1848 Oak Bay Ave (between Richmond and Foul Bay), 250-592-0422. www.frenchvanillahome.com Map 2 J10

LA TAVOLA A bright colourful boutique carrying a splendid aray of kitchenware and tableware. Discover WMF, Bodum, Microplane, Rosti, Garnier Thiebaut, Henckels, La Jacket, Cilio, Epicurean and many more! Chefrun demonstrations, authentic Italian cooking classes ranging from Pastamaking to Six-course dinners. Store Hours are Tues through Sat 10am to 5:30pm. 2039 Oak Bay Ave. 250-590-4868. Map 2 J10 www.latavolakitchenware.com MUFFET AND LOUISA Deluxe kitchenware and luxurious bedding, as well as dining and bath linens, 26

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Y SHOPPING accessories and Caldrea cleaning supplies. This is home accessory heaven! Great gift ideas. Open daily. 2389 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-6560011. Map 2 I2 TUSCAN KITCHEN Gorgeous shop with everything you need for an Italian kitchen. Ceramics, cookware, utensils, baskets, cookbooks, table linens and specialty food items, including Dean and Deluca spices. 653 View St, 250-386-8191. www.tuscankitchen.com

SHOPPING CENTRES & DISTRICTS BROADMEAD VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE Attractive outside mall boasting a fine assortment of boutiques, including Connie’s Petites, plus Dig This for gardeners and Penna & Co. for cooks, along with larger stores such as Heirloom Linens, Mark’s Work Warehouse, a BC Liquor Store and Thrifty Foods. Other amenities include Pharmasave, BCAA and Romeo’s Restaurant. 777 Royal Oak Dr. Map 2 I7

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MARKETS & SPECIALTY FOODS MARKET ON YATES & MILLSTREAM Excellent grocery markets with in-store bakery, full floral department, deli and old-fashioned butcher shop. Fresh organic produce. Daily 7am to 11pm. 903 Yates St at Quadra, 250-381-6000. Map 1 G8 West Shore Village, 2401 Millstream Rd, 250-391-1110. Map 2 F8

OUTDOORS ISLAND OUTFITTERS Victoria's hunting and fishing superstore! Find everything you need to enjoy the outdoors on beautiful Vancouver Island, along with expert advice so you'll know where the fish are biting. Find details about saltwater and freshwater charters, local regulations and more. Open Mon to Wed, 9am to 6pm, Thurs & Fri to 9pm, Sat from 8am to 6pm and Sun from 10am to 5pm. 3319 Douglas St, 250-475-4969. Map 1 1D

PETS BARK, BATH & BEYOND Discover everything the finest pet could want at this delightful pet boutique and grooming salon. Find all-natural pet food and treats, collars, carriers and other essentials, home accessories and more than a few fun possibilities for your four-legged friends. 2041 Oak Bay Ave, 250-590-2822. www.barkpetboutique.com Map 1 J10

NIRVANA PET RESORT Treat your furry friend to a visit to this 4400square-foot downtown facility offering daycare, overnight boarding, cat and dog grooming and training. Well-trained staff offer more than 35 years combined experience and certifications, meaning your pet will receive the ultimate care. Mon to Fri 7am to 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm. 2000 Government St, 250-380-7795. http://nirvanapetresort.weebly.com Map 1 E6

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HILLSIDE CENTRE Minutes from downtown, this shopping centre is anchored by Sears and Zellers, and features a wide selection of more than 100 shops and services. Corner of Hillside and Shelbourne streets, 250-595-7154. Map 2 J9 LOJO In the heart of Victoria’s Old Town, this eclectic selection of trendy specialty shops and boutiques is an excellent shopping destination. 500 block Johnson St. Map 1 E7 MAYFAIR SHOPPING CENTRE More than 120 shops and services including The Bay, Toys R Us and The Gap. The Service Centre has wheelchair, stroller and scooter loans. Free parking. Open daily. The centre is bordered by Douglas St, Blanshard St, and Finlayson St, 250-383-0541. Map 1 E2 THE BAY CENTRE Spectacular fourlevel galleria, featuring more than 90 shops and services in a unique heritage setting. Find all your favourite brand names, from fashions to fragrance, cameras to Canadiana. Featuring Aerosoles, Eco Chic Spa & Salon, Geox, Guess?, Jacob, Melanie Lyne, Sport Chek, The Bay, The Tuscan Kitchen, Quiksilver and GoodLife Fitness. Open daily. Corner of Government St and Fort St, 250-952-5690. www.thebaycentre.ca Map 1 F8

WESTSHORE TOWN CENTRE More than 60 shops in the West Shore neighbourhood, about 15 minutes from downtown. Stores include Winners/ HomeSense, Shoppers Drug Mart, Reitmans and Liz Claiborne. 2945 Jacklin Rd, 250-474-3269. Map 2 F9

SPECIALTY SHOPS ARTISAN WINE SHOP Find an excellent selection of fine BC wines, including Mission Hill Winery, Mission Ridge, Prospect Winery and Painted Turtle, along with gifts and accessories and wine tastings. 1007 Government St,

250-384-9994, www.artisanwineshop. ca Map 1 E8 CLEOPATRA’S BEDROOM Find a wonderful world of exotic gift ideas, all hand-made in Egypt: hand-painted papyrus, statues, belly dancing costumes, scarves, Isis wings, jewellery, hukka pipes, Egyptian cotton shirts, kaftans, perfume oil, mouth-blown glass, Egyptian chess sets and pashmina scarves. 654 Fort St (outside Victoria Bay Centre), 250-370-2537. Map 1 F8 www.cleopatrasbedroom.com DIG THIS An exceptional selection of gifts and gear for gardeners. Unique water features, traditional and modern statuary, plus tools and equipment for the expert and novice gardener. Everything you need to create the garden of your dreams. Open daily. 1990 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-0802. Map 2 J10 On Fort Street at the Bay Centre, 250-385-3212. Map 1 F8 390777 Royal Oak Dr, Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, 250-727-9922. Map 2 I7 2387 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 778-4261998. www.digthis.com Map 2 H2 JADE VICTORIA Recognized as the hardest, greenest and most translucent Nephrite Jade found, this BC gem draws the finest international carvers to the company’s mine. Find carvings, crafted jewellery and one-of-a-kind sculptures. Just a two-minute walk from the Inner Harbour, browse the shop and learn about the provincial gemstone. Mention WHERE VIctoria and receive 10-per-centoff regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-3845233. www.jademine.com Map 1 E8 LENS & SHUTTER Find everything for the dedicated photographer or casual shutterbug, plus expert advice to help you make the most of those vacation photos. Open daily. 5-1005 Broad St, 250-383-7443. www.lensandshutter. com Map 1 F8 SEEING IS BELIEVING Fun, funky and functional – find imagination-defying gifts and gadgets from around the world. See something you like? Don’t be afraid to try it out! A shop that truly has something for everyone, this shop is home to terrific T-shirts, award-winning and hard-to-find games, puzzles and more. Don’t miss the perfect souvenir from your Victoria vacation, the Victoria Puzzle – only available here. Mayfair Centre, 250-361-3551. Map 1 E2 1020 Government St, 250-382-8578. Map 1 E8 www.seeingisbelievinggifts.com

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oakbay Victoria’s Seaside Village

A vibrant community only 10 minutes from downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island, Oak Bay is a world away from the rush of everyday life. An unhurried day may be spent browsing one-of-a-kind shops and galleries, strolling through the many green spaces or soaking up the ambience in cafes and bistros.

Paintings • Sculpture • Glass • Jewellery

The quintessential book shop in the heart of the village... JOAN SKEET Moon Over The Beloved

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Bark Bath & Beyond PET BOUTIQUE

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A Taste of Thailand Step back not only in time but to another country entirely with a visit to the brand new NoodleCart, downtown on Blanshard Street. The newest venture from the owners of local favourite, Little Thai Place, NoodleCart offers traditional Thai dishes served in an inviting, old-world market setting that reflects the heritage of the cuisine. A diverse menu is filled with authentic flavours prepared from the freshest ingredients by master Thai chefs. Enjoy in the restaurant – designed to look and feel just like a Thai market – or take-away to enjoy on your Victoria adventures.

Living local Vancouver Island is blessed with fertile lands and a mild climate that keeps us growing virtually year-round. Come sample the fruits of these labours with two events this season at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. First up June 10 is the fourth annual Island Chefs’ Collaborative Local Food Festival, filling the grounds with local growers, producers, chefs and more. A culinary celebration of foods and beverages produced locally by the people who work to “defend our backyard,” discover a bounty of delicious products, explore the challenges and successes of local producers, and discover the benefits of the “100 Mile Diet.” Next, June 23, enjoy Colwood Rotary’s Art & Wine Festival. With more than 50 artists displaying their amazing work alongside local wineries, visitors are sure to find something special. Visit www.colwoodrotary.ca for details. 30

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BISTRO BLIGHTY’S BISTRO Fine West Coast fusion cuisine in a quaint heritage building “on the Avenue” in Oak Bay. The charming setting, great food and welcoming service staff have made this a local favourite. 2006 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-5111. www.blightysbistro.com Map 2 J10

CHEF SUZI IN THE SQUARE With comfort cooking, sensible prices and friendly service, this is a cozy, welcoming café that locals frequent and tourists love to discover. Savour daily fresh-made, specials, organic Saltspring Island fair-trade coffee and warm-fromthe-oven desserts. 18B Bastion Square, 250-381-8722. www.chefsuzi.ca Map 1 E8

HERON ROCK BISTRO Enjoy an eclectic menu featuring an excellent selection of sandwiches, salads and mains, including Moules Frites, Fraser Valley duck and Salt Spring Island lamb. Live jazz and blues Monday and Friday. Oysters and a pint Fridays. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. 4-435 Simcoe St, 250-383-1545. www.heronrockbistro.ca Map 1 D10

PAPRIKA This charming Oak Bay restaurant with a European ambience is

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BREAKFAST & LUNCH DE DUTCH PANNEKOEK HOUSE Great breakfasts! Enjoy traditional breakfast, brunch and lunch favourites and unique Dutch specialities such as the Pannekoek — a 12-inch genuine Dutch pancake served with more than 50 combinations of mouth-watering ingredients. In Saanich at 4011 Quadra St. at McKenzie, open Mon to Fri 7:30am to 3pm; Sat and Sun 7:30am to 3pm, holidays 8:30am to 2:30 pm, 250-479-8208. www.dedutch.com Map 2 I8

CARIBBEAN REEF This exciting Caribbean restaurant has a popular sister in Vancouver. The jerk dishes are excellent, as are the curries and roti dishes. Open from 11am daily. 533 Yates St, 250-388-5375. Map 1 E8

CASUAL DINING DELICADO’S This southwestern café serves a delicious assortment of rollups, soups, salads and other specialties. Eat in or take away for a wonderful on-the-go meal. 799 Fort St, 250-3813354. Map 1 F8 1911B Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-9984. Map 2 J10 OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY One of Victoria’s best bets for families! Choose from a varied, affordable menu with an array of delicious pasta, chicken and steak dishes. Dinners from $9.25 include salad, hot bread, coffee or tea and ice cream. Located in the historic Crystal Garden, behind The Fairmont Empress. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. Group packages/rates. 703 Douglas St, 250-381-8444. Map 1 F9 www.oldspaghettifactory.ca PIG BBQ JOINT A local favourite for pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken sandwiches with all the fixings. Great for a picnic! 1325 Blanshard St, 250-590-5193. Map 1 G8 MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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summer fun A one of a kind scenic journey to take your breath away! Downtown Victoria – Downtown Vancouver in just 35 minutes. helijet.com | 1.800.665.4354

Enjoy an enchanting 18-hole mini-golf course in a colourful garden setting. Practice your swing at the driving range with 60 stalls, grass tees and a short game area. Great fun for the whole family!

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Y DINING PINK BICYCLE This self-described gourmet burger joint is heaven for the burger buff, with items ranging from ‘simplicity at its finest’, the Pink Bike Cheese Burger, to a burger of organic local lamb infused with rosemary and apricot and finished with creamy blue cheese. Vegetarian options; delicious desserts. 1008 Blanshard St, 250-384-1008. Map 1 F8 WHITE SPOT Excellent family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, including their famous “Triple O” burgers. Kids love the “Pirate Packs,” pint-sized meals served in a fun pirate ship. Five locations. Take out available. 710 Caledonia, 250-382-9911. 1871 Fort, 250-595-4442. 2401 Mt. Newton X Rd, 250-652-9500. 3965 Quadra, 250-727-3931. 1845 Island Hwy, 250-391-8823.

CHINESE DON MEE Experience the ultimate traditional dim sum lunch or indulge in a world-class Cantonese or Szechuanstyle seafood dinner extravaganza. Discover authentic Chinese food in the heart of Chinatown. Banquet facilities available. Daily lunch 11am; dinner 5pm. Free delivery after 5pm. 538 Fisgard St, 250-383-1032. Map 1 E6 MING’S Exotic decor. Extensive dinner menu with traditional Cantonese, Szechuan, vegetarian, and specialty dishes. Take out/delivery available. Dinner served daily from 5pm. 1321 Quadra St, 250-385-4405. Map 1 G7 WING’S Oriental cuisine in a pleasant and informal setting. Menu emphasizes Cantonese dishes. Combinations for one to eight people. Generous portions of Chinese favourites. Take out and delivery available. Licensed. Daily lunch and dinner buffet. Open 11am to 10pm. 90 Gorge Rd West, 250-385-5564. www.wingsrestaurant.ca Map 2 H9

COFFEE BARS DUTCH BAKERY AND COFFEE SHOP LTD. Incredible selection of pastries, cookies and birthday and wedding cakes. Specializing in handmade chocolates. Coffee shop serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in a family setting. 718 Fort St, 250-3851012. Map 1 F8 MARINA COFFEE HOUSE This charming waterfront café serves fine specialty coffees and pastries. Enjoy the light-lunch menu outside on the

patio, then finish off with a spectacular dessert. Open daily at 7am. Oak Bay Marina, 1327 Beach Dr, 250-598-3890. Map 2 K10

MURCHIE’S CAPPUCCINO DESSERT BAR In the coffee and tea business since 1894. Forty varieties of tea and all the specially blended coffees for which Murchie’s is famous. Pastries, cakes, sandwiches and daily specials. 1110 Government St, 250-381-5451. Map 1 E8

DELI BROUGHTON STREET DELI Since opening in 2006, this deli has become a local favourite, serving breakfast and lunch. Specializing in Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, but with many vegetarian options, fresh soups and salads, plus fair trade coffee and a delicious selection of baked goods. Open Mon to Fri, 7am to 4pm, Sat 11:30am to 3pm. 648 Broughton St, 250-380-9988. Map 1 F8 www.broughtonstreetdeli.com

SPICE JAMMER A blend of East African and Indian cooking styles and spices create tantalizing curry and tandoori dishes. Friendly staff, warm atmosphere. Zagat rated. Open yearround for dinner; check for lunch hours. 852 Fort St, 250-480-1055. Map 1 G8 www.spicejammer.com

FRENCH BON ROUGE BISTRO & LOUNGE Delightful Paris-inspired bistro in the heart of downtown featuring such specialties as steak frites and smoked pork chop, plus local flavours such as Island mussels and cedar-wrapped spring salmon. Open Mon to Fri from 11:30am to 11pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 11pm. Brunch served Sat and Sun. 611 Courtney St, 250-220-8008. www.bonrouge.ca Map 1 E9 CHEZ MICHEL Charming, intimate dining room serving classic French cuisine, with specialties from Southwest France. Open for dinner from 6pm Tues. to Sat. 1871 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2015. Map 2 J10

OTTAVIO ITALIAN BAKERY & DELICATESSEN Savour the many treats from this European-style deli, filled with wonderful ingredients for the perfect picnic and a flavourful assortment of gelato. A small café area, including an inviting patio, is also ideal for eating in. 2272 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-4080. Map 2 J10

SAM’S DELI Long-time Victoria favourite known for its generous portions and home-made soups, salads and stacked sandwiches, including the famous shrimp and avocado pairing. Local wine and beer. 805 Government St, 250-382-8424. Map 1 E8 VILLAGE PATISSERIE Luscious Central European pastries and cookies to enjoy with a specialty coffee, as well as ice cream and savoury light lunches of soups and salads. Open Mon to Sat until 5:30pm. 2217 Oak Bay Ave, 250-370-0766. Map 2 J10

EAST INDIAN INDIA CURRY HOUSE Gourmet Northern and Southern Indian cuisine prepared by a chef from India. Fresh herbs and spices used to flavour dishes ranging from mild to hot and spicy. Voted Best of the City for the last 14 years. Certified Foodsafe Excellence. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations appreciated. 506 Fort St, 250-361-9000. www.indiacurryhousejr.com Map 1 E8

GREEK EUGENE’S Family-run Greek restaurant serving excellent Greek fast food such as souvlaki, calamari, salads and spanokopita. Very popular and busy at lunchtime. #103 - 1990 Fort St (Fort St. & Foul Bay Rd) 250-592-7373 Map 2 J10 3-3960 Shellbourne Ave, 250-3815456 Map 2 J9. MILLOS Setting reminiscent of the Greek Islands. Popular Greek specialties and classic Greek desserts. Excellent lamb, seafood and pasta dishes. Open Mon to Sat for lunch and daily for dinner. Drink and dinner specials for early-bird and late-night diners. Look for the big windmill at 716 Burdett Ave, 250-382-4422 or 250-382-5544. Map 1 F8

SAN REMO A cosy atmosphere and great Mediterranean cuisine has made this a Victoria favourite for more than 20 years. Friendly service and ample portions. The pizzas are delicious! 2709 Quadra St. at Hillside Ave, 250-384-5255. Map 1 G4

INTERNATIONAL FIRESIDE GRILL Cuisine from around the world in a beautiful dining room. Menu includes pizza, pasta and Asian dishes, as well as steaks, seafood and chicken. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 4509 West Saanich Rd, 250-479-1222. Map 2 I7 MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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Y DINING ITALIAN FIAMO ITALIAN KITCHEN A warm, inviting setting is the perfect venue to enjoy this rustic Italian cuisine, prepared in the Tuscan tradition, complemented by French, Spanish and Mediterranean influences. Enjoy pizza, pasta, chicken, lamb and seafood dishes and a wine list featuring both favourite BC vintages and their Italian counterparts. 515 Yates St, 250-388-5824. www.fiamo.ca Map 1 E8 IL TERRAZZO Upbeat, romantic ristorante. Heated courtyard. Northern Italian food with West Coast overtones. Mon to Sat 11:30am to 11pm; Sun 5 to 11pm. Off Waddington Alley at 555 Johnson St, 250-361-0028. Map 1 E7 ITALIAN FOOD IMPORTS A delicious choice for light lunch or take-away meal, with pastas, salads, and yummy sandwiches, plus specialty foods to take home. 1114 Blanshard St, 250-385-7923.

cuisine served daily, including sushi, seafood, tempura and steak. Reservations recommended. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11am ‘til late. 615 Yates St, between Broad and Government, 250-382-8768. Map 1 F7 JAPANESE VILLAGE Teppan tables and sushi bar. Savour Japanese steak and seafood. Warm, intimate and lively atmosphere. Lunch Mon to Fri; dinner from 5pm nightly. Reservations. 734 Broughton St, 250-382-5165. Map 1 F8 KOTO Serene, charming restaurant. Choose the privacy of their tatami rooms or sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs in action. Extensive sushi menu. Regular menu includes tempura, teriyaki steak, sukiyaki or ginger pork. Excellent O-Bento lunch specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 510 Fort St, 250-382-1514. Map 1 E8 KUMA Located at the Bear Mountain Golf Resort, enjoy sleek modern decor with vast windows overlooking the great outdoors and an energetic, open-view kitchen. Signature specials include The California Crunch, a traditional California

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JAPANESE AZUMA SUSHI Welcoming atmosphere and delicious Japanese

Make Every Occasion Special Award winning fine dining, an intimate setting and exceptional service are just a few reasons why every occasion in The Mark is unforgettable. Call 250-380-4487 to make your reservation today.

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roll dipped in Panko crumbs, deep fried and served with three delicious dips. Bear Mountain Golf Resort, 1999 Country Club Way, 250-391-7170. Map 2 F8

SENZUSHI JAPANESE CUISINE AND SUSHI BAR This wonderful, authentic restaurant boasts an inviting, contemporary atmosphere and delicious, traditional Japanese cuisine beautifully prepared and presented. Sample the taste-tempting creations from the sushi bar or enjoy the varied menu from the comfort of a private table. Japanese cocktails; specialty desserts. Reservations suggested, but not required. Open Mon to Sat, with lunch from 11:30am to 2pm and dinner from 5 to 9pm. 940 Fort St, 250-3854320. www.senzushi.com Map 1 G8 SHIKI SUSHI Bright and comfortable downtown restaurant serving excellent Japanese cuisine, including noodles, sushi, Bento boxes and full meals. Popular with locals – the lunch combinations are a great value. Monday to Friday from 11am; Sat and Sun from 12pm. Free delivery after 5pm with minimum $20 purchase (within 5km);

10 per cent off on pick up orders over $20 1113 Blanshard St, 250-381-8622. Map 1 F8

LATIN THE TAPA BAR Excellent tapas-style cuisine in a charming restaurant tucked into downtown’s Trounce Alley. Don’t miss the roasted garlic soup – delicious! 620 Trounce Alley, 250-383-0013. Map 1 E8

MEXICAN CAFE MEXICO Casual and cosy Mexican restaurant located in Old Town’s historic Market Square. Great food; fun atmosphere. 1425 Store St, 250-386-1425. Map 1 E7

PUBS & LOUNGES BARTHOLOMEW’S BAR AND ROCKEFELLER GRILLE Lively Britishstyle pub with heated outdoor patio. Enjoy fish and chips and other pub fare. Great local bands, no cover charge. Mon to Sat 11am to 1am; Sun 11am to midnight. Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F8 BENGAL LOUNGE Chic, colonial atmosphere, a famous curry buffet, a long list of specialty cocktails and weekend jazz are just a few reasons this lounge in the Fairmont Empress Hotel has been attracting visitors for 50 years. Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St, 250-384-8111. Map 1 E9 CHRISTIE’S CARRIAGE HOUSE Set in a restored heritage home on the Victoria-Oak Bay border, this

neighbourhood pub offers traditional British pub fare paired with modern Canadian selections along with a good choice of brews and beverages. 1739 Fort St at Richmond Rd, 250-598-5333.

Wide-ranging menu with an emphasis on fantastic seafood, along with steaks, pastas and more. 536 Yates St, 250-360-1824. Map 1 E8

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HAULTAIN FISH & CHIPS Friendly neighbourhood diner serving fresh fish with a fluffy light batter that melts in your mouth, as well as oysters, prawns, calamari and deep-fried perogies. Eat in or take out. Open Tues to Sat 11:30am to 7:30pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and stat holidays. 1127 Haultain St, 250-383-8332. Map 1 I5 www.haultainfishandchips.com

SPINNAKERS BREWPUB AND GUESTHOUSE Canada’s oldest licensed brewpub. Full-service restaurant, lobby bar and upper floor taproom overlooking the Victoria Harbour. Patio seating. Wholesome West Coast fare accompanied by handcrafted ales. Deli and bakery offer features daily. Off-sales available. Open 11am for lunch and 5pm for dinner. 308 Catherine St, 250-386-2739. Map 1 B7 STICKY WICKET PUB & RESTAURANT English-style pub fare with Pacific Northwest favourites. Large selection of micro-brewed and imported beers. Seasonal rooftop beach volleyball, pool tables, darts and patio. Mon to Sat 11:30am to 2am; Sun 11:30am to midnight. 919 Douglas St, 250-383-7137. Map 1 F8 SWANS BREWPUB Renowned for its house brews, floral arrangements and art collection. Quality pub fare and fresh seafood, poultry and pastas. Open from 7am daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Brunch Sat and Sun 7am to 2:30pm. 506 Pandora Ave, 250-361-3310. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7

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PESCATORE’S FISH HOUSE Excellent food and atmosphere. Fresh seafood and grilled meats are the specialties. Fabulous wine and martini lists. Has a jazzy, New York sort of ambience. 614 Humboldt St, 250-385-4512. Map 1 E8

THE FISH STORE AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF Visit The Fish Store and take home some local, Ocean Wise seafood, or choose from a selection of freshly made sushi, fish tacos, seafood poor boys, seafood fritters, shucked oysters, steamed shellfish and fresh salads. Fisherman’s Wharf, 250-383-6462. www.floatingfishstore.com Map 1 C8

STEAK & SEAFOOD THE KEG Grilled steaks, seafood and salads in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Specialties include roasted prime rib, king crab and of course, steaks. With two

TASTE OF THE CITY WILD SAFFRON BISTRO Have a seat in our warm and inviting dining room and enjoy contemporary west coast fare. Our menu suits a variety of moods from seasonal salads and shareable appetizers to pastas and adventurous treats like elk bourguignon. Everything on our menu is made in-house using local ingredients whenever possible. The Wild Saffron Bistro features an extensive wine list with a focus on local British Columbia wines, as well as award-winning beer from Swans’ on-site brewery. 1605 Store Street next to Swans Brewpub and Swans Hotel 250-361-3150 www.wildsaffronbistro.com MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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TASTE OF THE CITY NOODLE CART If you have not been to Thailand, experiencing a meal at Noodle Cart by Little Thai is the closest opportunity for you and your friends and family. Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in a truly unique setting which will make you feel as if you were at a street vendor in Thailand, coupled with a noodle cart environment. This experience is unique not only to Victoria, but to Canada as well. At Noodle Cart, we bring you the best of Isan food and familiar Thai cuisine and take you back in time to the old Thai market ambience. We invite you to come and join us in this one of a kind experience in Victoria - your table is ready. 1018 Blanshard Street, 250-477-3883 www.noodlecart.com

SEN ZUSHI RESTAURANT Experience traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi in a fresh, modern atmosphere. Sen Zushi offers a menu to suit every palate, even if you prefer vegetarian. Beautifully prepared and presented, enjoy chicken and steak entrees, or a variety of seafood. With the freshest ingredients, professional chefs consistently create a healthy selection of gourmet meals, a wide range of sushi, delectable dinners and specialty desserts. It will be a meal to remember. 940 Fort Street 250-385-4320 www.senzushi.com

SWANS BREWPUB Fusing west coast fare with an English pub feel, this destination brewpub has been attracting craft beer enthusiasts and comfort food lovers since 1989. Conveniently located downtown, Swans Brewpub is easily spotted by the bright colours of the heritage building’s exterior and its billowing flowers in the summertime. Swans Brewpub features 9 of Swans mainstays on tap plus a selection of seasonal beers. The brew has won over two dozen medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards including a Gold Medal in 2010 for the Coconut Porter. Open daily with live music and dancing in the evenings 506 Pandora Ave 250-361-3310 www.swansbrewpub.com 36

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BLUE CRAB BAR & GRILL Locally recommended for the best Pacific Northwest cuisine in Victoria. Featuring traditional seafood dishes with dynamic twists of progressive Canadian Cuisine. Daily creations from our award-winning kitchen, lead by local Chef Andrew Dickinson, Vancouver Island Chef of the Year and former member of gold medal winning Team B.C. Friendly, attentive service and superb harbour views. Excellent selection of wines, mainly from B.C., Washington, Oregon and California. Described by Frommer’s as “Victoria’s best bet for seafood” and a nine-year winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. 146 Kingston St. in the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel 250-480-1999 www.bluecrab.ca or visit us on facebook.

SHIKI SUSHI Shiki Sushi's unique creations and ultra modern decor make it one of Victoria's most popular restaurants, serving traditional Japanese dishes and sushi with a creative twist. Check out our new location and expanded menu! Selection includes Tempura, Bento boxes, Hibachi steak, Miso Duck, Kobe Beef, many seafood and vegetarian choices, Udon/Soba, Don Buri, Sushi/Sashimi, and lots more. Hours: Mon to Thurs 11 am to 9:30 pm Friday 11 am to 10 pm Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm Sunday 12 pm to 9:30 pm Closed on major holidays 1113 Blanshard Street 250-381-8622 www.shikisushi.ca

GATSBY MANSION RESTAURANT Nothing feels more like Victoria than dining at the Gatsby Mansion Restaurant. This magnificent Victorian era mansion serves as a boutique hotel and restaurant. This delightful heritage restaurant has the ambience of several distinct rooms, allowing for intimate dining for just 2 or for parties up to 90 guests. Enjoy original West Coast cuisine while overlooking the Victoria’s waterfront. 309 Belleville Street Victoria Reservations 250-388-9191 MAY - JUNE 2012 //

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Y DINING locations in Victoria, The Keg is perfect for business or pleasure. Dinner daily. Entrees $14.95 to $39.95. Reservations available. 500 Fort St, 250-386-7789. Map 1 E8 3940 Quadra St, 250-479-1651. www.kegsteakhouse.com Map 2 I8

Tea Lobby from noon daily. Features fresh berries in season and scones with Jersey cream. Dress code in effect. Reservations required. The Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St, 250-384-8111. Map 1 E9

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WHITE HEATHER TEA ROOM A wonderfully authentic afternoon tea that is sure to please. Teas feature fresh-baked scones, tea sandwiches and other savory treats, together with a selection of shortbread, cakes, squares and more. Baking is done on-site. Teas are artfully presented by friendly and knowledgeable staff in a comfortable, yet elegant white linen setting. A selection of delicious lunch items is also offered. This is where the locals go for afternoon tea! Open Tues to Sat from 10am to 5pm. Reservations recommended. 1885 Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-8020. Map 2 K10 www.whiteheather-tearoom.com

GATSBY MANSION Think of this tea service as a lunch alternative with calories! Enjoy all-day tea service at one of the oldest and most recognized properties in Victoria, featuring fresh fruit salad, homemade scones, Devonshire cream, tea sandwiches, dessert squares, luscious chocolate and fine teas, savoured while overlooking the gardens and the beautiful Inner Harbour. Tea served 11am to 4pm. 309 Belleville St, 250-388-9191. Map 1 D9 JAMES BAY TEAROOM AND RESTAURANT Cosy tea room, relaxed and homey, but very traditional. Easy walk from the Inner Harbour in historic James Bay. Dinner fare features Britishstyle specialities. Great prices. 332 Menzies St, 250-382-8282. Map 1 E10 THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS Elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea in the

THAI LITTLE THAI PLACE Delicious Thai cuisine is as close as this inviting restaurant group, with four locations around the region. Excellent curries, rice and noodle dishes await. Eat in,

take out or delivery. 1839 Cook St, 250-477-8900. Map 1 H6 3613 Shelbourne St, 250-477-8668. Map 2 J9 137-2745 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, 250-478-5455. www.littlethaiplace.com Map 2 F9 110-4480 West Saanich Rd, 250-477-3377. Map 2 H7 NOODLECART Experience a taste of Thailand right here in Victoria, enjoyed in a setting that will sweep you away to a traditional Thai marketplace. Eat in or take-out. 1018 Blanshard St, 250-4773883, www.noodlecart.com Map 1 F8

VIETNAMESE LE PETIT SAIGON This family-run Vietnamese restaurant has been voted Best Of The City. Enjoy the best of Vietnamese cuisine in a friendly, casual atmosphere, including spring rolls, salad rolls, PHO noodle soups, seafood dishes, vermicelli bowls, curries and Vietnamese crepes. A wide selection of vegetarian dishes. Fully licensed. Open daily. 1010 Langley St, between Goverment & Wharf Sts, 250-386-1412. Map 1 E8

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AURA One of Victoria’s newest restaurants has quickly become one of its finest. Boasting an atmosphere of casual sophistication perfect for the Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine, savour eclectic international dining room entrees and relaxed patio fare, featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. Popular items from Aura’s award-winning chef include surf & turf, wonton prawns and wild mushroom risotto. Inn at Laurel Point, 680 Montreal St, 250-386-8721. www.aurarestaurant.ca Map 1 C8 BLUE CRAB BAR AND GRILL One of the best seafood restaurants in Victoria. Features fresh ingredients from around the world: scallops from Alaska, halibut and salmon from BC, duck from the Fraser Valley, mahi mahi from Hawaii and more. Friendly, attentive service and superb harbour views. Beautiful patio overlooking the harbour. Excellent selection of wines, mainly from BC, Washington and California to complement the creatively prepared fresh seafood. Coast Harbourside Hotel, 146 Kingston St, 250-480-1999. www.bluecrab.ca Map 1 C9 CANOE BREWPUB, MARINA AND RESTAURANT With a changing menu reflecting seasonal organics, the finest cuts of meat and wild seafood, the

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LURE Boasting stunning views of the Inner Harbour, this dynamic West Coast restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, 45 Songhees Rd, 250360-5873. www.lurevictoria.com

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NEIGHBOURHOODS INNER HARBOUR / DOWNTOWN The Inner Harbour is the most often photographed and most easily recognized place in Victoria, and home to several renowned landmarks, including the Legislative Buildings and The Fairmont Empress Hotel. The Causeway is one of the city’s best people-watching spots. Nearby, Bastion Square is the site of the original Fort Victoria and currently home to great shops, restaurants, and attractions, including the Maritime Museum. Other downtown attractions include the Royal BC Museum, the National Geographic IMAX Theatre, the Victoria Bug Zoo and Miniature World. Shoppers will love Government Street, Antique Row (Fort Street) and The Bay Centre. Take in views of the Inner Harbour with a stroll along the pedestrian walkway beginning near Belleville and Menzies streets and following the waterfront over the blue Johnson Street Bridge into neighbouring Vic West and Esquimalt. NEIGHBOURHOODS NEAR DOWNTOWN Several picturesque, historic neighbourhoods surround downtown and are within easy walking distance. Just south of downtown, James Bay is Victoria’s oldest residential neighbourhood, bordered by water on three sides and Beacon Hill Park on the fourth. Beacon Hill has been Victoria’s best-loved green space since the 1850s, with pathways, gardens and a seasonal children’s petting zoo. On the east side of the park is Fairfield, a residential neighbourhood with a trendy collection of shops and cafés called Cook Street Village. East of downtown, Rockland is a prestigious area of older, stately homes; attractions include

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DELVE BENEATH THE SALISH SEA Venture out the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney-by-the-Sea and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre where you can explore the weird and wacky ways that animals eat, and discover who eats who in the Salish Sea food web. Through June 17 the popular attraction presents the feature exhibit Bite Me. Regular admission rates apply. Craigdarroch Castle, Government House Gardens and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Northwest of downtown, over the Johnson Street Bridge, Esquimalt is home to CFB Esquimalt, beautiful Saxe Point Park and CFB Esquimalt’s museum.

of shops and restaurants in restored heritage buildings. Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada. The Gate of Harmonious Interest is a landmark constructed to recognize Chinese immigrants’ participation in establishing the City of Victoria.

OAK BAY Considered the most British of Victoria’s neighbourhoods, Oak Bay is a charming area of Tudor-styled homes, oak trees and manicured gardens. Oak Bay Village and the Avenue are the main shopping areas with excellent shops and galleries, featuring antiques, art, gifts, china, fashion and jewellery. Great places to enjoy traditional afternoon tea include the White Heather Tea Room on Oak Bay Avenue. Oak Bay is also one of Victoria’s best cycling areas, especially along Beach Drive, with its spectacular water and mountain views. The Oak Bay Marina and Willows Beach are also popular stops. www.oakbaytourism.com

SAANICH AND CORDOVA BAY Saanich is a large residential area beginning north of downtown. Highlights include Mt. Douglas Park, with hiking trails and panoramic views of the city from its drive-to summit, Elk/Beaver Lake Park, a great spot for watersports, walking and fishing, Glendale Gardens and Woodland, Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Centre of the Universe. Just east of Elk/Beaver Lake Park is the seaside neighbourhood of Cordova Bay, valued for its rural beauty and unparalleled views of Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands. Highlights here include a charming collection of shops and galleries called Mattick’s Farm, Cordova Bay and The Ridge golf courses.

OLD TOWN / CHINATOWN Just north of Bastion Square and the shops of Government Street is Old Town. During the Gold Rush in the mid1800s, this area was known as “the other side of the tracks.” Now, Old Town is a popular shopping and dining area. Market Square is the “heart” of Old Town and features a collection

SAANICH PENINSULA AND SIDNEY The pastoral Saanich Peninsula is home to a number of excellent attractions, including the world-famous Butchart

Y ESSENTIAL CITY Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Heritage Acres and several wineries. Enjoy good cycling opportunities and pleasant drives throughout the Peninsula. Sidney is a charming seaside town with picturesque marinas, oceanside walking paths and great restaurants, galleries and shops. Sidney attractions include Scratch Patch and Mineral World, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and the BC Aviation Museum. WEST SHORE COMMUNITIES AND SOOKE West of Victoria along the Island Highway (Hwy 14), discover the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke, which offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. West Shore attractions include Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Hatley Park at Royal Roads University, Adrena Line Zipline and Adventure Course, the Sooke Region Museum and a thriving arts community. West of Sooke, the highway leads to beautiful scenery at French, China, Sombrio and Botanical beaches.

ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTS BUG ZOO Discover the amazing world of insects and arachnids at this unusual and fascinating zoo. Home to giant tropical bugs from around the world, including ghost mantids, the world’s longest stick insects, shaking leaf insects and orchid mantids, as well as Canada’s largest ant farm. Entomologists (bug scientists) offer interesting presentations, fun bug-holding activities and answer questions. Good for all ages. Entrance fee allows return same-day visits. Gift shop. One block from the Fairmont Empress Hotel. 631 Courtney St, 250-384-BUGS. www.bugzoo.com Map 1 F8

BUTCHART GARDENS Twenty hectares of world-famous gardens that marked 100 years in 2004. Major gardens include the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Concert Lawn and Ross Fountain. Dining available – call 652-8222 for reservations. Free parking. Tour buses and public transit offer daily scheduled service. Wheelchair accessible. Weddings celebrated from mid-Jan to March 31. June 30 Summer Saturday Fireworks begin, with a stunning show each Saturday night through the summer. Open daily; call for hours and admission. 800 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-5256. Map 2 G5

BUTTERFLY GARDENS A tropical 12,000-sq-ft indoor garden with more than 2,000 exotic butterflies and the world’s largest species of moth. Tropical plants, birds, ducks, flamingoes, fish, waterfalls and streams add to the ambience. Exotic plants include an exhibit of epiphytes (plants that do not require soil), including stunning orchids and bromeliads. In addition, there’s a carnivorous plant section and a garden of “Foods of the World.” Fun for the family and a photographer’s paradise. Free guided tours with naturalists. Gift shop, art gallery, free parking with designated RV and coach spots. Five minutes to Butchart Gardens. May 1 to September 4 9:30 am to 7pm. 1461 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-3822. Map 2 G5 www.butterflygardens.com CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE This 7,000-sq-ft visitor interpretive facility offers an exciting glimpse into astronomy and Canadian research into deep space. Inside the Centre, check out the Starlab Planetarium, interactive displays, engaging programs, giftshop and more. Hours vary; call for details. Located 16km from Victoria on Little Saanich Mountain, off West Saanich Rd, 250-363-8262. Map 2 H6 CFB ESQUIMALT NAVAL AND MILITARY MUSEUM This museum charts the rich maritime history of the naval base at Esquimalt. Displays include re-creations of a WWII shipboard mess deck, communications room and wheelhouse. Self-guided walking tours of Naden year-round; guided tours of the museum by arrangement. Open Mon to Fri 10am to 3:30pm for self-guided tours. At CFB Esquimalt’s Naden Base, off Admirals Rd, 250-363-4312. Map 2 H9 CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE Historic museum/mansion. Originally the home of BC’s first millionaire Robert Dunsmuir and his family. Period furnishings. Amazing craftsmanship and details throughout the 39-room castle. The ongoing restoration work is an interesting part of the attraction. Construction started in 1887; completed in 1890. Spectacular view of Victoria from the tower. Ample parking. Open daily for self-guided tours, 9am to 7pm. 1050 Joan Cres (off Fort St), 250-5925323. www.thecastle.ca Map 1 J9 FORT RODD HILL AND FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES Peek through original gun barrels, venture into intriguing underground

magazines and find camouflaged searchlight emplacements...Come explore Fort Rodd Hill, a century-old coast artillery fort. Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. Step inside, play with its brand-new interactive exhibits and marvel at the stories of its keepers, who once helped mariners find their way home safely. Special events are planned throughout the year; check the website for further information. Only 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria. Open daily. Located off Ocean Blvd, in Colwood. Fort Rodd Hill Rd, 250-478-5849. www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill Map 2 G9

GLENDALE GARDENS AND WOODLAND Specialty and demonstration gardens including the Doris Page Winter Garden, the Takata (Japanese Style) and Zen gardens, heather and rhododendron collections and the hardy plant borders of the Victoria Horticultural Society. The remainder of the 108-acre site is being rehabilitated and preserved as a functioning Douglas-fir ecosystem. Open daily; hours and admission vary. 505 Quayle Rd, 250-479-6162. Map 2 H7

GOVERNMENT HOUSE GARDENS Six hectares of dazzling gardens open to the public (house is a private residence). Take a self-guided tour through a wide variety of gardens, including the terraces, a public area that overlooks out over a Garry oak woodland and the Juan de Fuca Strait. Gardens are open sunrise to sunset. Free admission. 1401 Rockland Ave, phone. Map 1 J10 GREAT CANADIAN CASINO – VIEW ROYAL Looking for a fresh spin on excitement? Enjoy hundreds of slot machines and all your favourite table games then satisfy your appetite at the deli or restaurant. Call for details about the free shuttle. 1708 Island Hwy, 250-391-0311. Map 2 G9 HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE This gracious castle built by James Dunsmuir, whose father built Craigdarroch Castle, is now home to Royal Roads University, after years as a military college. Gorgeous gardens and forested walking trails surround the castle, which features a museum in the basement that traces the property’s history. Call for hours and tour details for castle, gardens and museum. Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd, 250-391-2666. www.hatleypark.ca Map 2 G9

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Y ESSENTIAL CITY HERITAGE ACRES Twelve-hectare forest and park featuring the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s oldfashioned museum housing thousands of household, agricultural and industrial artifacts dating from 1900 to the present and a huge model railway track used by the Vancouver Island Model Engineers. Miles of beautiful nature trails to explore. September to May 9:30am to noon. Take the Island View exit off Hwy 17 and turn left onto Lochside Dr, 250-652-5522.

in massive aquarium habitats teeming with marine life from anemones to zooplankton. See wolf-eels lurking in caverns; get an up-close look at a giant Pacific octopus in his overhead den. Learn about the intricate web of life with friendly Oceaneers and hands-on/ hands-wet exploration. Children age 2 and younger/free; ages 3 to 6/$4. On the waterfront in Sidney at 9811 Seaport Place, off Beacon Ave, 250-665-7511. www.oceandiscovery.ca Map 2 I2

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SOOKE REGION MUSEUM Local history is presented through exhibits on Native history, early settlers, the gold rush, logging, farming and fishing. Tours of Moss Cottage. Two film presentations daily. Gift shop and art gallery. Open Tues to Sun. 2070 Phillips Rd, Sooke, 250-642-6351. Map 2 A11

MARITIME MUSEUM OF BC An excellent museum for all ages! Explore BC’s extensive maritime history through collections of models, the Canadian Navy Gallery, exploration and shipwreck exhibits and much more. View the open-cage, turn-of-the-century birdcage elevator Chief Justice Begbie rode to the Vice-Admiralty Courtroom on the third floor. See the restored courtroom where Begbie, the “hanging judge” presided. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Gift shop. Wheelchair accessible. 28 Bastion Square, 250-385-4222. Map 1 E8

ST. ANN’S ACADEMY Magnificent historic treasure older than both The Empress Hotel and the Legislative Buildings. The 1858 chapel and 1910 auditorium are fully restored. Parking off Blanshard St. Closed statutory holidays. 835 Humboldt St, 250-953-8828. Map 1 F9

MINIATURE WORLD More than 80 attractions for the whole family from the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace to the Enchanted Valley of Castles. Excellent for children. Open daily. 649 Humboldt St, in The Empress Hotel, 250-385-9731 or 250-953-9000 ext. 4555. Map 1 E9 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX THEATRE Featuring the most technologically advanced theatre system and a six-storey-tall screen, this is an adventure you won’t soon forget. Film showings rotate hourly from 10am to 8pm. Call for detailed schedule information. The theatre is located at the Royal BC Museum at 675 Belleville St, 250-953-IMAX. www.imaxvictoria.com Map 1 E9 ROYAL BC MUSEUM Discover the Royal BC Museum and its awardwinning First Peoples and Modern History galleries, Natural History gallery and interactive Ocean Station gallery. Cafe; fine gift shop with well-stocked book sections and exceptional art and jewellery. Open daily. Also home to the National Geographic IMAX Theatre. 675 Belleville St, 250-356-7226. Map 1 E9 www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca SHAW OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTRE Take a journey into the ocean. Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea 42

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WESTERN SPEEDWAY Three-eighthsmile paved oval race car track operates under the lights Saturday nights and most holidays, May through October; drag racing Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Adjacent to the track are go-kart track, mini-golf, batting cages, camping and an RV park. 2207 Millstream Rd,Call for prices, events and times, 250-474-2151. Map 2 F8

Mt. Baker. Restaurant, lounge, pro shop, driving range and putting green. 5333 Cordova Bay Rd at Mattick’s Farm, 250-658-4444. Map 2 I6 OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB This picturesque, 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course is one of Greater Victoria’s favourite courses since its opening in 1990. Pro shop. Full service restaurant and lounge overlooks the course. 643 Latoria Rd, 250-250474-3673. www.golfbc.com Map 2 F10

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ADRENA LINE ADVENTURE TOURS Eight ziplines, two suspension bridges and an ATV shuttle ride to the top of the course. Each tour is professionally guided, with guests enjoying scenic views of a temperate forest while zipping through 100 acres in the Sooke Hills. Located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria, 5128 Sooke Rd, 250-642-1933 or 1-866-ZIP-9145. www.adrenalinezip.com Map 2 C11 PRINCE OF WHALES WHALE WATCHING Enjoy whale and sea lion watching at its finest and most exciting. Look for the new yellow Zodiacs, the 31-foot all-weather cruisers, or the highspeed, 60-foot cruiser, Ocean Magic. Hourly departures across from The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Try the new Butchart Garden tour or the company’s alternative to ferry or plane travel: a tour aboard the Ocean Magic II incorporating travel to either Vancouver or Victoria. 812 Wharf St, Lower Causeway Level, 250-383-4884. www.princeofwhales. com Map 1 E8

GOLF BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Enjoy world-class golf on two 18-hole, Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed courses. Visit the wellstocked pro shop and try one of several dining establishments. For dinner reservations, call 250-391-7170. For the Golf Shop, call 250-744-2327. Map 2 F8

BLENKINSOP VALLEY ADVENTURE GOLF CENTRE Practise your swing at the covered driving range with lessons, putting and chipping green and pro shop. Open daily; call for hours. Driving range: 250-721-2001; Proshop: 250590-8250. 4239 Blenkinsop Rd. www. blenkinsopvalleyadventuregolf.com

WILDPLAY – VICTORIA & NANAIMO Two Island locations to challenge you: Both Nanaimo and Victoria feature climbing, swinging and balancing feats high above the ground on a Monkido obstacle course set in a Douglas fir forest. In Nanaimo, feel what it’s like to fly on the Canyon Zip or, for extra adrenalin, try the King Swing or bungy jumping from 140 feet above the Nanaimo River. All activities have age, weight and/or height requirements. Call for hours. 35 Nanaimo River Rd, Nanaimo, 1-888-668-7874. www.wildplayparks.com Behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, 1767 Island Hwy, 250-590-7529. Map 2 G9

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CORDOVA BAY GOLF COURSE This 18-hole course boasts lovely landscaping and views of the ocean and

BEACON HILL PARK Rose garden, wildfowl sanctuary, picnic tables, tennis courts, playgrounds, 100-year-old cricket pitch, lawn bowling, baseball and

soccer fields and a seasonal children’s animal farm. Enjoy the gardens that bloom all year. Map 1 E12 EAST SOOKE PARK The beach and forest trails of this 1,422-hectare park offer hikers of all levels everything from casual half-hour walks to challenging full-day treks. Consult park map before heading out and be sure to allow enough time to return to your car before dark. Hwy 14 west of Victoria, off Gillespie Rd, Call 250-478-3344 for more information. www.crd.bc.ca/parks Map 2 C11

GALLOPING GOOSE & LOCHSIDE REGIONAL TRAILS Unique park system with 84 km of cycling/hiking trail along a former railway line, connecting the Saanich Peninsula with Victoria and Saanich to the West Shore. Beautiful landscapes of rolling farmland, forest and rocky shoreline. Accessible from numerous points along the route. Call 250-478-3344 or pick up a map at the Visitor Centre. Map 2 GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK An extensive network of hiking trails winds through this park of ancient forests, majestic waterfalls and a fascinating diversity of plant and animal life. Located 20 minutes from downtown Victoria on Hwy 1. Call BC Parks at 250-391-2300. Map 2 E8

TOURS CHINATOWN WALKS Saturdays at 10:30am. Explore Canada’s oldest Chinatown, more than 150 years old! Visit Fan Tan Alley, Dragon Alley, the Tam Kung Temple and Market Square where the Chinese settled in 1858. History, social customs, politics and religion are discussed on these professional 90-minute walking tours. No reservations needed. Start at the “Bright Pearl” (in front of Starbucks Coffee at the corner of Government and Fisgard streets). Adults $13. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www.discoverthepast.com GHOSTLY WALKS Fascinating 90-minute walking tours past downtown Victoria’s spookiest spots. Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in British Columbia as you visit the dark alleys, squares and private courtyards in Old Town. The Friday and Saturday tours are different, but both end up inside a haunted building in Bastion Square, the ghostly heart of town, where public hangings took

place in colonial days. To June 7 Nightly at 7:30pm, with 9:30pm tours Friday and Saturday. June 8 to September 17 Nightly at 7:30 and 9:30pm, plus Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30pm No reservations needed. Start at the Visitor Centre (Government & Wharf streets). Adults $13. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www.discoverthepast.com VICTORIA CARRIAGE TOURS Victoria’s first horse-drawn carriage company is celebrating 31 years providing private horse-drawn carriage tours. Uniformed drivers wearing top hats will discuss the past, present and future of Victoria while you take in the city’s beauty at a leisurely pace; 30 to 90 minute tours depart year-round from under the green umbrella stand at the corner of Belleville and Menzies. Free pick-up from most downtown hotels and other select locations. Mention Where Victoria magazine to receive a special discount with advance reservations. 20-passenger trolly tours available for group events. Reservations required – call 250-383-2207 or 1-877-663-2207 or visit online. www.victoriacarriage.com

VICTORIA REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM Year-round public transportation from Sooke to Sidney. Family Travel Program. Schedule information at www.bctransit.com or 250-382-6161.

WINERIES & BREWERIES MUSE WINERY This award-winning winery in North Saanich produces a selection of quality red and white vintages. Bistro serves light meals in summer. Visit Tuesdays to Sundays and holiday Mondays from 11am to 5pm. 11195 Chalet Rd, 250-656-2552. Map 2 G2

SEA CIDER FARM & CIDERHOUSE The Saanich Peninsula’s only cidery brews a selection of ciders in the British style from its certified organic apples. Tours, tastings and sales. Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, 250-544-4824. Map 2 H4 CHURCH & STATE WINES 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, this awardwinning winery welcomes visitors for tastings. 1445 Benvenuto Ave, 250652-2671. Map 2 G5

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VICTORIA HARBOUR FERRY See Victoria from the water. Tour includes floating homes, classic yachts, the Olympic Mountains, reversing falls, seabirds, and seals. Just hop on board, sit back, and enjoy the sights. Seven stops around the harbour, five stops on the Gorge Waterway. A 45-minute narrated tour departs every 15 minutes. March and April 10am to 5pm; May 1 to September 30 9am to 9pm; October 10am to 5pm. Main boarding area at the Inner Harbour Causeway. Reservations not required, 250-708-0201. www.victoriaharbourferry.com

TRANSPORTATION HELIJET INTERNATIONAL Scheduled service between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver. Experience a spectacular, scenic 35-minute flight in the comfort of their spacious helicoptors. Book online or call toll-free 1-800-6654354. Map 1 B10 www.helijet.com PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES Daily scheduled flights between Victoria and Vancouver, departing from Victoria International Airport. Fares start from $49 one way. For information or for reservations, call 1-800-663-2872. Charter service is also available. www. pacificcoastal.com

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6. The vast collection of titles at Munro’s Books, in a beautiful historic building.

11. A new summer hat from Adventure Clothing.

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2. Spring flowers at Beacon Hill Park. Map 1

7. A sunny stroll along Oak Bay Marina. Map 1 B11

3. The fresh, flavourful farmers’ markets around town this season. Page 14

8. The wonderful art exhibits at Winchester Galleries.

4. The wind on your face during a whale-watching trip. Page 42

9. Fun and functional new sandalsfrom Heart & Sole Shoes. Page 24

5. The sweet treats awaiting at the delicious Chocolat.

10. The skirl of the bagpipes at the Highland Games.

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12. Downtown’s terrific public art. 13. A sunny pint on the patio at one of Victoria’s popular pubs. 14. The colourful buskers entertaining along the Causeway. Map 1 E9 15. The gorgeous gardens beautifying the capital city – take in the Mother's Day weekend tour! Page 16

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