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THE GUIDE Y ENTERTAINMENT PAGES 15-18 >> Funny stuff . . . . . . . . . . . 15 >> Hot tickets . . . . . . . . . . . 15 >> Concerts for kids . . . . . . 15 Y ART PAGES 19-23

>> Magic at Mattick's . . . . 19 >> Winter colours at red . . 19 >> Art on the Avenue . . . . 20 Y SHOPPING PAGES 24-31

>> Cosy up with crafts. . . . 24 >> Romantic ideas . . . . . . . 24 >> Relax & rejuvenate . . . . 25 Y DINING PAGES 32-38

>> Dine Around! . . . . . . . . . 32 >> Winter warm-ups . . . . . 32 >> Cool-weather bevvies . 33 Y ESSENTIAL CITY PAGES 39-43

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FEATURES 10 SEASON OF THE ARTS Winter is high season for the arts in Victoria – come explore the capital's cultural side!

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HOT HOTDATES DATES The Barra MacNeils celebrate the season November 18.

Holiday Happenings From the twinkling lights of the Butchart Gardens’ winter displays to the annual presentation of Nutcracker, Victoria celebrates the holidays in a big way. The Barra MacNeils’ Christmas offers a musical start to the season November 18 when the talented family brings their captivating harmonies to the Alix Goolden Hall. Theatre fans will delight to The Belfry Theatre’s November 13 to December 16 presentation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, while for dancers, the magic of Nutcracker is a holiday must – enjoy it this year with Vancouver’s Goh Ballet and the Victoria Symphony, November 30 to December 2. Head to Centennial Square November 17 for the annual holiday tree light-up, including entertainment, ice sculptures and treats before the Island Farms Santa Light Parade illuminates downtown Victoria. The holiday parades continue December 1 when the IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive follows an array of cheerfully illuminated trucks through the streets of the Capital Region, delighting onlookers and collecting donations for the local food bank.

Oak Bay Avenue turns the lights on for its celebrated holiday display November 25. Head to “The Avenue” for the 12th annual Oak Bay Village Light-up, with festivities beginning at 2:30pm, including children’s entertainment, street food and music. Help count down to the light-up at 5pm when Santa arrives by fire truck to hear children’s Christmas wishes. The 19th-century Craigdarroch Castle is transformed for the holidays with its historic rooms decorated in traditional Victorian fashion – see period toys peeking out from beneath the Christmas trees and beautiful boughs decorating the mantels. While browsing the beautifully restored castle, enjoy a varies selection of music and children’s performances throughout December. Visit the Fairmont Empress Hotel for the annual Festival of Trees, showing through the New Year in support of BC Children’s Hospital, stop by Market Square December 1 for the rousing Tuba Christmas, and at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, don't miss Christmas in the Jungle through December, including a special evening light display. WINTER 2012 / 2013 //

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CESAR MILLAN November 4 The “dog whisperer” is at the Save-onFoods Memorial Centre at 3pm. Page 18

METRIC November 9 The modern rockers open their Canadian tour at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Page 16

WHL VS. RUSSIA “SUPER SERIES” November 15 Up-and-coming hockey stars battle their Russian counterparts at the Save-onFoods Memorial Centre. FMI: www. saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

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A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE To November 10 The ever-popular musical is at the McPherson Playhouse. Page 18

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Wish You Were Here Theatre isn’t just for grown-ups when Victoria’s long-standing children’s company, Kaleidoscope Theatre hits the stage. This winter, journey Pan PAN, MILES LOWRY PHOTO to Neverland November 24 to December 1 when the company presents Pan, a brand new multi-media adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic tale at the McPherson Playhouse.

MAG hosts Stinking Fish artists Some 23 artists and artisans from the West Coast communities of Metchosin and Sooke come together at the Metchosin Art Gallery – MAG – for a month-long exhibition November 2 to 30. While traditionally this Stinking Fish Artist Group – named for the First Nations word for the community of Metchosin – hosts two tours a year, one in summer and one in winter, this November they opted to host a longer exhibit at the community's brand new gallery space. Enjoy a leisurely 30-minute drive to this picturesque farming community that provides plenty of inspiration for these talented artists!

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STUART MCLEAN November 26 & 27 Canada’s favourite storyteller brings his Vinyl Café Christmas Show to the Royal Theatre. Page 18 8

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Gallery Walk offers a seasonal stroll Enjoy a night of fine art and seasonal festivities November 29 when a selection of downtown Victoria’s finest galleries open their doors for the 15th annual Gallery Walk. Participants include Madrona Gallery, Winchester Galleries (Modern and Humboldt), West End Gallery, View Art Gallery, Legacy Gallery and Alcheringa Gallery, welcoming the season with music, refreshments and plenty of holiday fun – a great way to get a jump on your Christmas shopping and enjoy a unique Vict oria art tour at the same time! Oak Bay welcomes art lovers the following week for the Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk, December 6. Visit the beautifully decorated Oak Bay Avenue where a fine collection of art galleries and merchants feature special exhibits, music and seasonal treats. Be sure to stop by Ottavio Italian Deli at the top of the Avenue for their annual open house – a holiday must conveniently located next to the delightful Winchester Gallery!

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Well-known Victoria historian John Adams hosts his entertaining Ghostly Walks throughout the year, but his tours take on a seasonal flair come the holidays. Discover the city's spooky spirit Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, with nightly tours December. 27 to 31. Tours start at Visitor Centre – no reservations needed.

Through January 5 Eclectic Gallery presents this show and sale of smaller artworks. Page 21

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IEOA TRUCK LIGHT CONVOY AND FOOD DRIVE December 1 This food-raising convoy of lighted trucks is an annual delight. Page 18

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December 1 to 30 A festive exhibition featuring new works by Madrona Gallery’s artists. Page 21

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PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION December 15 Beyond Belief Paranormal Events investigates paranormal activity at the Maritime Museum of BC. Page 41 WINTER 2012 / 2013 //

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SEASON OF THE ARTS When the days grow shorter, Victoria’s cultural calendar grows long with thrilling dance performances, engrossing theatre, and some of the world’s finest musicians, performing everything from rock to Rachmaninoff. Winter is high season for the arts in Victoria. Come explore the Capital’s artistic side!

The Gift of Pandora's Box

Dance Whether it’s classic ballet that appeals to your artistic sensibilities or the most modern of contemporary dance, Victoria’s dance card is full this winter. Ballet Victoria celebrates the holiday season December 27 to 30 with a brand new family ballet, The Gift of Pandora’s Box: Every Christmas a favourite uncle returns with brilliant new exotic tree decorations and wonderful gifts. This year, he also brings a box that is not to be opened!

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Get busy with Dance Victoria February 1 to 10 with YAM Magazine’s Dance Days. This explosion of free dance classes in all kinds of styles in studios all over town offers more than 75 events over 10 days, including dance fitness, dance demos, site-specific performances, open rehearsals and more. Visit www.DanceVictoria. com for a complete schedule after January 1. February 1 and 2 brings Montreal’s RubberbanDANCE Group to the McPherson Playhouse with The Gravity of Center, choreographed by Victor Quijada, who “succeeds in containing the ferocity of hip hop in a refined choreographic language.” Vancouver’s Joe Laughlin presents 25 Years of Dance February 6 and 7, featuring three of his favourite pieces as well as the premiere of a new work commissioned by Dance Victoria for Ballet Victoria dancers, while later in the month Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet presents a beautiful, richly textured ballet that includes signature works by Balanchine, Robbins and Wheeldon, February 22 and 23 at the Royal Theatre.

Stage Struck Theatre fans are blessed with an abundance of possibilities this winter, from the humourous to the heart-wrenching. Langham Court Theatre, a charming theatre a few minutes from downtown, presents the Oscar Wilde classic Lady Windermere's Fan November 21 to December 8, a comedy of misunderstandings, hidden identities, fluttering fans, whispered gossip and a touching reconciliation. Come the New

Langham Court Theatre presents Lady Windemere's Fan this winter.

Year, Langham Court presents That Face, January 16 to February 2, Polly Stenham's hard-hitting, intense and visceral dissection of children who become parents to their parents and a family at the breaking point. The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre presents Bertolt Brecht’s Good Person of Setzuan November 8 to 24, a classic morality tale, re-set to a modern-day industrialized China, in which a young woman struggles to maintain her goodness in a corrupt business world. Come February 14 to 23, the theatre turns its attention to Reasons To Be Pretty, Neil LaBute’s hard-hitting, yet humourous contemporary drama in which four friends and lovers delve into the layers between self-image and self-esteem. After launching its winter season with the classic A Christmas Carol, the Belfry Theatre continues January 22 to February 24 with Australian Andrew Bovell’s fascinating and erotic play Speaking in Tongues, “a thoroughly modern mystery (that) twists and turns in spooky and unexpected ways.” Following February 12 to March 3 is Helen’s Necklace, by Carole Fréchette, where in the heart of a chaotic Middle Eastern city, Helen, a Canadian, tries to retrace her steps in the hopes of finding a lost necklace. Theatre Inconnu welcomes winter with its production of Murray Gold's Kafka the Musical, November 27 to December 15, an accessible, touching and often hilarious portrait of the playwright. WINTER 2012 / 2013 //

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Musical Measures Victoria’s musical tastes run the gamut from Beck to the Beatles to Beethoven, and the winter concert schedule reflects that diversity.

Celebrating 27 seasons, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra present two classical concerts at the University of Victoria, while the 80-voice Starlight

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Pops Choir swings with Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer and more in their January 25 and 27 concerts. (www. starlightpopschoir.com) The Victoria Symphony presents a diverse season of concert offerings, featuring specialty themes and special guests, while Pacific Opera Victoria will brighten the winter doldrums with Albert Herring February 7 to 17. Modern rock fans can get their groove on to the likes of Metric and Mother Mother, or go re-visit the ‘80s with a December line-up of Journey, Loverboy and Knight Ranger. The '60s more your speed? Don't miss the Beatleshow, November 15 at the McPherson Playhouse. There’s something for everyone during Victoria’s cultural season! For more ideas, see the Entertainment Listings, pages 16 to 18.

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While the Royal BC Museum does a fantastic job of preserving and presenting British Columbia’s rich history, the internationally renowned facility also strives to bring the world to Victorians through a variety of special programs and exhibitions. This winter, the global picture is diverse indeed.

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maps of the world, including the first printed map, more than 540 years old. One of last year’s favourite exhibits returns to the museum with Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, November 30 to April 1. With new photos, this exhibit presents the wonders of nature like you’ve never seen them: through the lenses of prize-winning photographers from around the world. This visually striking exhibition from The Museum of Natural History showcases more than 100 new photographs in 18 categories (including Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Endangered Wildlife, One Earth and Photojournalist of the Year), chosen from thousands of international entries. Each photo and accompanying caption tells the inspirational, astonishing and sometimes humorous stories of our fascinating natural world. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian navy Signal Flag Hoist, painted by David Cameron MacKay, from and explore its legacy with The the Canadian War Museum exhibit The Navy: A Century in Navy: A Century in Art, November 6 to Art, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, CWM January 27. Produced by the Canadian War Museum, this exhibition features 46 paintings from Canada’s leading war artists Taste the bounty with including Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Anthony BC Bites and Beverages Law and many more. From dramatic depictions If your interests lean a little more to of the Battle of the Atlantic to intimate the culinary arts, check out the Royal portraits of life at sea and ashore, these works BC Museum’s BC Bites and Beverages, vividly reveal this rich heritage and look at the an exploration of all things tasty in the human side of these stories. province. For a more local perspective, For Valour – Coming up this winter is Food from the The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Home Front, November 8 and Rich in Food: Mary’s), 100 Years of Service in War and Revitalizing traditional food on the Northwest Peace is on exhibit through December 2. Coast, January 17. Looking ahead, additional Presented by the Canadian Scottish Regiment subjects include Victoria’s Sweet Secret: 100 and the Royal BC Museum, this special years of Confectionery History, March 21, and exhibition tells the stories, some a century old, Uncorked: The Teenage Years of the of this distinguished infantry, through artifacts, BC Wine Industry, May 23. personal accounts and archival footage. The sessions run from 7 to 9pm at the The exhibition will feature six Victoria Crosses, museum. Registration is limited – visit the the highest military decoration for bravery Royal BC Museum box office or online at and courage. sales.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca 14

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November 6

André-Phillipe Gagnon brings his unique musical impersonations to the Royal Theatre.

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Canadian Blues-rock favourite Colin James plays the Royal Theatre.

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The Beatleshow presents the music of the Fab Four at the McPherson Playhouse.

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Blues legend Jim Byrnes performs at Sidney’s Charlie White Theatre.

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Modern rockers Mother Mother come to the Royal Theatre.

Funny Stuff Just For Laughs brings plenty of good pre-holiday humour to the Royal Theatre November 20 when the Comedy Tour returns with Last Comic Standing winner John Heffron hosting a line-up featuring Canada’s sweetheart Debra DiGiovanni, returning tour favourite Godfrey, and special guest SNL alum Jim Breuer. Enjoy these hilarious comedians as they wax hysterically on relationships (or lack thereof) and everything from family to marriage to dating – and everything in between. Debra DiGiovanni

Concerts For Kids The Victoria Symphony’s Concerts For Kids series at the historic Royal Theatre is a great way to indulge the inner musician in all of us. Pre-concert activities begin at 1:30pm in the lobby, followed by orchestral adventures and fun stories geared to the younger set. Concerts include The Snowman, November 18, The Mozart Experience, January 27, and Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead February 24. All performances begin at 2:30pm.

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Y ENTERTAINMENT This directory includes the editor’s recommendations. Information is subject to change, so please call ahead to avoid disappointment. Co-ordinates that follow listings refer to the maps on pages 44 to 46 COMEDY . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 FESTIVALS . . . . . . . . . . . 16 MUSIC & DANCE . . . . . . . . 16 NIGHTSPOTS . . . . . . . . . . 17 SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 STAGE AND FILM . . . . . . . . 18 THIS & THAT . . . . . . . . . . 18

COMEDY ANDRÉ-PHILLIPE GAGNON November 6 La Société francophone de Victoria presents this master impersonator. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121, www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 G8

JUST FOR LAUGHS November 20 The Comedy Tour returns with Last Comic Standing winner John Heffron hosting a line-up featuring Debra DiGiovanni, Godfrey, and special guest SNL alum Jim Breuer. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121, www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 G8

FESTIVALS 2013 WINTER FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL THEATRE Performances include: January 26 Look Mummy, I’m Dancing; January 30 & 31 Grim & Fischer; January 25 to Feb 2 And the Birds Fell From the Sky. Metro Studio, 1411 Quadra St, intrepidtheatre.com for more information. VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL February 1 to 10 From feature dramas to captivating shorts to enticing documentaries, the 19th annual festival is a winter highlight. Additional treats include such sensory experiences such as Sips ‘n’ Cinema, a film followed by wine and animated discussion; Feast and Film, a foodie feature, guest speaker and a locally sourced, full-course dinner; and Country Highlight, a fascinating journey into the culture and lives of others across the globe. Various venues, 250-398-0444, www.victoriafimfestival.com

MUSIC & DANCE VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. For full concert schedule, including times and details, call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250-385-6515 or visit www.victoriasymphony.ca For tickets call the box office or the Royal McPherson 16

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CHRISTMAS WITH KEN LAVIGNE Victoria’s Ken Lavigne will welcome the holiday season December 3 in what has become a tradition for many – a Christmas concert featuring a host of favourite tunes performed at the historic Royal Theatre. One of the founding members of the Canadian Tenors, Lavigne’s musical travels have taken him from the local stage to New York’s Carnegie Hall but Victoria fans are always happy to have him home again, especially at the holidays

Theatre Outlet at 250-386-6121. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. www. victoriasymphony.ca/concerts Map 2 G5 COLIN JAMES November 7 This sixtime Juno Award winner performs in support of his latest album, Fifteen, a mix of rock, blues, gospel and pop. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121, www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 G8 METRIC November 9 The modern rockers open their Canadian tour in support of their new record, Synthetica. Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 250-220-7777, www. saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Map 2 G6 BEATLESHOW November 15 Enjoy the

band's greatest hits, including I Want to Hold Your Hand, Hard Days Night, Twist and Shout, Sergeant Pepper and Hey Jude as the BeatleShow! recreates the music and excitement of a real Beatles concert, live on stage at McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square. 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 BARRA MacNEILS CHRISTMAS LIVE November 18 Canada's first family

of Celtic music returns to Victoria to conclude CeltFest and welcome the holidays at the Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave. Tickets: 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 G7

when his rich voice can warm the coolest evening. Call 250-386-6121 for tickets or visit www.rmts.bc.ca

JIM BYRNES December 1 The BC blues legend performs at Sidney’s Charlie White Theatre, 2243 Beacon Ave, 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear. ca Map 2 C6 THE NUTCRACKER November 30 to December 2 Dance Victoria presents Vancouver's Goh Ballet and the Victoria Symphony in this classic holiday tale. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5 GREATER VICTORIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA November 25 The orchesta brings its 27th season to the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium with Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (The Clock); Smetana’s Má Vlast: From Bohemia’s Meadows and Forests and Weiner’s Suite on Hungarian Folk Themes. February 17 Enjoy Fauré’s Pelléas and Mélisande: Suite; Chatman’s Tara’s Dream and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B minor. Tickets from UVic Ticket Centre, 250-721-8480, www.gvyo.org JOURNEY December 4 The ‘80s supergroup returns to the road with a stop in Victoria with guests Loverboy and Night Ranger. Saveon-Foods Memorial Centre, www. saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Map 2 G6

MOTHER MOTHER December 13 The modern rockers return to Victoria following their stand-out performance at September's Rifflandia Festival. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121, www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 G8 THE GIFT OF PANDORA’S BOX December 27 to 30 Ballet Victoria presents this new family ballet, about children waiting for their uncle who every Christmas brings exotic new tree decorations and wonderful gifts. This year, he also brings a box that is not to be opened! Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121, www.rmts.ca Map 1 G8 ALBERT HERRING February 7 to 17 Pacific Opera Victoria presents Benjamin Britten’s tale of life in the bucolic English countryside when not a single girl in town is virtuous enough to be Queen of the May! McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square. 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

NIGHTSPOTS BARTHOLOMEW’S ENGLISH-STYLE PUB Relaxed pub atmosphere. Live music on weekends. Great pub menu. In the Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F9 BEAGLE PUB Friendly local pub in Cook Street Village. 301 Cook St, 250-382-3301. Map 1 H11 BIG BAD JOHN’S A definite must see! One of the world’s best-known hill-billy bars. You’ll find lots of surprises here as you quaff down your beer. Free peanuts. Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St, 250-383-7137. Map 1 F8 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. Map 2 J10

CLUB 9 ONE 9 The best music of today and a roomy dance floor to shake it up on. Call for special events and concerts. Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St, 250-383-7137. Map 1 F8 CANOE BREWPUB Award-winning handcrafted beers, an extensive wine list and excellent food. The property also features a wonderful restaurant and

its own marina. Year-round waterfront patio. 450 Swift St, 250-361-1940. Map 1 E7

DOUBLES LOUNGE Offering a cozy place to enjoy your favourite cocktail, a tasty appy, dinner and dessert. Intimate feel, old-world charm. Open daily from 4pm ‘til late. Located Arcade Level at the Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111, www.executivehouse. com Map 1 F9 HERMANN’S JAZZ CLUB Great live jazz. 753 View St, 250-388-9166. Map 1 F8

LUCKY BAR Live bands and a dance floor in a '70s-style setting. Good, varied music. Frequented by students and young professionals. Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St, 250-382-5825. Map 1 F8 PENNY FARTHING PUBLIC HOUSE Cosy Oak Bay pub with British beers and good traditional pub fare. 2228 Oak Bay Ave, 250-370-9008. Map 2 J10 SOPRANOS KARAOKE & SPORTS BAR Karaoke, dance floor, pool tables, darts, big screens and more. Pub-style menu. No cover charge. 250-382-5853.

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SPINNAKERS BREWPUB The oldest brew pub in western Canada. British decor, water views, delicious food, and house-made brews. A local favourite. 308 Catherine St, 250-386-2739. Map 2 H9

SWANS BREWPUB Great food, award-winning beers and live music and dancing nightly. Swans Hotel, 506 Pandora Ave, 250-361-3310. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7

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SPORTS VICTORIA GRIZZLIES Exciting hockey from Victoria’s up-and-coming BC Hockey League players is at the Bear Mountain Arena, located behind the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. 1767 Island Hwy, 250-385-1555. www.victoriagrizzlies.com Map 2 G9 VICTORIA ROYALS Thrill to fastpaced hockey action from Victoria’s WHL team, in their second season in the capital city. Play continues through winter as the boys in blue keep their eyes on the Memorial Cup. SaveOn-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. www. saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Map 2 G6

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Y ENTERTAINMENT STAGE & FILM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX THEATRE Experience IMAX in Victoria! 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

THE WOMAN IN BLACK To November 3 A shiver, a jump, a tingle up the spine. Eel Marsh House stands tall and gaunt on the bleak English seaside. A young lawyer is sent to this lonely place, unaware of the secrets that lie behind the house's shuttered window. The Maritime Museum of BC, #28 Bastion Square www.urbanartsproductions.com Map 1 E8

REASONS TO BE PRETTY February 14 to 23 This play from Neil LaBute explores what is it to be “pretty” and why we care about it so much. Presented through the relationships of four friends and lovers, LaBute mines the layers between self-image and self-esteem in a contemporary, beautyobsessed society. Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria. Box office: 250721-8000 finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/ phoenix A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE To November 10 Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre presents Dean Reagan’s popular musical tracking the beloved singer’s career. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square. 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 A CHRISTMAS CAROL November 13 to December 16 Charles Dickens' classic, adapted by Michael Shamata will touch your heart with its story of humanity and redemption. Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www. belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6 LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN November 21 to December 8 Langham Court Theatre presents this Oscar Wilde comedy where comic misunderstandings, hidden identities, fluttering fans, whispered gossip and a touching reconciliation are sure to please audiences of all ages. 250-3842142, www.langhamtheatre.ca Map 1 I9

PAN Novermber 24 to December 1 Kaleidoscope Theatre invites you to fly away to the place where growing up is only for those who lack imagination in this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square. 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

STUART MCLEAN November 26 & 27 One of Canada’s most beloved

KAFKA THE MUSICAL November 27 to December 15 A struggling Franz Kafka has been approached by a famous producer to star in a musical based upon himself. Will this be the event that can turn his life around? Or is it really even happening? Playright Murray Gold makes this very touching, and often hilarious, portrait of Kafka accessible to all. 1923 Fernwood Rd, 250-360-0234 www.theatreinconnu.com Map 1 J6

storytellers and a best-selling author, McLean entertains each week with his hit CBC radio show, The Vinyl Café. Ever since the year “Dave Cooked the Turkey”, Christmas has been a special season at the Café. This year’s tour will feature brand new stories about Dave and his family as well as music by The Vinyl Cafe Orchestra and special guests Reid Jamieson & The Vinylettes. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121, www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 G8

THAT FACE January 16 to February 2 Langham Court Theatre presents this Polly Stenham drama, a hard-hitting, intense and visceral dissection of children who become parents to their parents and a family at breaking point. Please note the play includes some violence and coarse language. 250-3842142, www.langhamtheatre.ca Map 1 I9 SPEAKING IN TONGUES January 22 to February 24 Andrew Bovell's fascinating and erotic play from Australia that pays homage to film noir. Nine parallel lives – interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto – are woven through a series of fragmented confessionals where the lines between right and wrong become dangerously blurred. Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www.belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6 HELEN’S NECKLACE February 12 to March 3 Carole Fréchette’s story of a Canadian woman’s search for a lost necklace that brings her face to face with the realities of a war-torn city and the many facets of loss. Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www.belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6

THIS & THAT CESAR MILLAN Novemebr 4 The internationally renowned dog behaviour expert brings his “Trust Your Instincts Tour” to Victoria, sharing his secrets on how to build happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 250-220-7777, www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Map 2 G6

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SANTA LIGHT PARADE November 17 Annual illuminated parade helps Santa make his grand entrance for the holiday season. From the legislature along Government Street.

23RD ANNUAL LIGHTED SHIP PARADE December 1 Enjoy a magical night filled with Christmas lights, holiday music and Santa, 7 to 9pm at Ship Point/Inner Harbour. Holiday Night Market, candy canes and hot chocolate. Map 1 E9

IEOA TRUCK LIGHT CONVOY December 1 Fabulously decorated trucks weave through the streets of Victoria, Oak Bay and the West Shore. Food bank donations collected along the route. www.ieoa.ca FIRETRUCK PARADE & CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK December 16 A fun parade through Victoria's West Shore neighbourhood, starting and ending from Langford's City Centre Park, This is a holiday highlight for everyone who ever dreamed of being a firefighter! Map 2 F9

SEEDY SATURDAY February 16 Get your growing season off to an early start with this annual favourite among gardeners – seeds, plants, information, demonstrations and much more! Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, 250-361-1000. www. jamesbaymarket.com Map 1 F9 DINE AROUND VICTORIA February 21 to March 10 Sample and savour an array of delicious three-course set menus from many of Victoria’s favourite restaurants during this winter highlight of the local dining scene. For more information, visit www.tourismvictoria. com

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Artistic magic at Mattick’s Farm One of the Capital Region’s most delightful art spaces is the Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, just a short drive from downtown Victoria in the picturesque community of Cordova Bay. Through November and December the gallery presents a selection of gallery artists, including Carmen Mongeau, Louise Monfette, Ira Hoffecker, Wendy Skog and April Ponsford – perfect for a little holiday shopping – before welcoming painter Taryn Brown as the feature artist for January and February. Taryn Brown, Maui Woweeee

Winter colours at red Oak Bay’s red art gallery greets winter with a colourful eye, beginning with AB FAB, the fabulous abstracts show, showing through November 9. Find artwork to stimulate the “fabulous” abstract region of the brain from artists including Jan Henry, Carolyn Kowalyk and Alison Watt. November 20 brings acclaimed local artist Deb Garlick, whose enchanting and compelling figures will be on display through December 1. Meet the artist at a reception November 24 from 2 to 4pm. Leading into the holiday season December 4 to 20 is Eye Candy, featuring new works from Marion Evamy, whose signature style of colourful bold figures and other subjects are sure to catch the eye.

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Art shines on the Avenue Stop by one of Victoria’s loveliest contemporary art spaces to enjoy The Avenue Gallery’s Artistic Pairings, a series of mini shows featuring several artists showcasing up to six paintings. Artists will be in attendance on opening day to allow the public to view and ask questions about the creative process, while the gallery will feature a wine pairing for each event to stimulate repartee and joyful banter. ART EVENTS GALLERY WALK November 29 A collection of downtown galleries offers an evening of fine art, entertainment, refreshments and holiday cheer, 3 to 8pm. Participating galleries include Madrona Gallery, Winchester Galleries (Downtown and Modern), Alcheringa Gallery, Legacy Gallery, West End Gallery and View Art Gallery. For details, call 250-388-0009. ART ON THE AVENUE &GALLERY WALK December 6 Annual evening in Oak Bay celebrating the season with special activities at local galleries and other businesses amid pretty streets all decked out for the season, 6 to 8pm. Map 2 J9

GALLERIES ALCHERINGA GALLERY Aboriginal art from the Canadian Northwest Coast, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mua Island and the Soloman Islands. 665 Fort St, 250-383-8224. Map 1 F8

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Through November 2, enjoy works by Angela Morgan & Crystal Heath, before Brent Lynch and Mark Heine join the gallery November 10 to 16, with the artists’ reception November 10 from 12 to 3pm. Those in town November 24 will want to visit the Oak Bay gallery for the one-day show and sale, Celebrating Small VIII. The miniature masterpieces will be unveiled at 10am sharp and this year, the details are up to the artists – expect the unexpected! 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 coastal landscape as felt and painted by BC’s premiere artist. To January 20 Capturing the Inner Essence Chinese and Japanese Portraiture; To January 6 Beyond Likeness, Contemporary works from Library and Archives Canada. November 9 to January 6 John Cage, Devoted Play November 17 to January 8 Christmas Small Works Show & Sale Pick up original artwork for only $100-$150 for that special someone on your list. 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. To November 2 Artistic Pairings – Angela Morgan & Crystal Heath. November 10 to 16 Brent Lynch and Mark Heine, with reception November 10 from 12 to 3pm. November 24 Celebrating Small VIII, a show and sale of small works from gallery artists. 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. 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 November 3 Marie Nagel & Samantha Dickie. November 5 to January 5 Small Works Original artworks affordably priced under $500. January 7 through February Krystyna Jervis. 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 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. November & December Gallery artists,

including Carmen Mongeau, Louise Monfette, Ira Hoffecker, Wendy Skog and April Ponsford. January & February Feature artist is painter Taryn Brown. 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-6588333. Map 2 I6

established and emerging Canadian artists. November 16 to 29 Nunavut artist Qavavau Manumie, with opening reception November 16 from 1 to 4pm. November 29 Gallery Walk 606 View St, 250-380-4660. Map 1 E8

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 35-per-cent-off regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St Map 1 E8 250-384-5233. www.jademine.com

METCHOSIN ART GALLERY A new art gallery in the pastoral community of Metchosin, about 30 minutes from downtown. November 2 to 30 Artists from the Stinking Fish Tour. While traditionally this group hosts two tours a year, one in the summer and one in November, this winter they opted for a longer exhibit at the brand new gallery space. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm. 4495 Happy Valley Rd, 250478-9223, www.metchosinartgallery. ca Map 2 F11

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 November 24 The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections; November 28 to March 9 Honoris Causa: Artist Honourary Degree Recipients, including works by E.J. Hughes, Carole Sabiston, Robert Davidson, Jack Shadbolt, Bill Reid, Ted Harrison, Pat Martin Bates. 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

RED ART GALLERY Charming contemporary gallery in the Oak Bay Village, featuring award-winning Canadian artists, largely from BC and Alberta. To November 9 AB FAB absolutely fabulous abstracts, from a variety of talented artists. November 20 to December 1 Painter Deb Garlick, with artist's reception November 24 from 2 to 4pm. December 4 to 20 Eye Candy, featuring new works from Marion Evamy. 2033 Oak Bay Ave, 250-8810462 www.redartgallery.ca Map 2 J10

VIEW ART GALLERY Contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture and new media. Tues to Sat, 11am to 5pm. 104860 View St, 250-213-1162. Map 1 G8

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From Nunavut to Victoria Downtown’s Madrona Gallery welcomes Nunavut artist Qavavau Manumie November 16 to 29. A well-established artist whose work can be found in collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Civilization and The McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, Manumie’s addition of whimsy and humour to Inuit narratives has separated his work from many other Inuit artists. Also a master

WINCHESTER GALLERIES Specializing in contemporary, historical and local Canadian, European and International paintings. Winchester Galleries offers a wide diversity of original fine art including works by such artists as Jean Paul Riopelle, Claude Tousignant, Yves Gaucher, Jean McEwen, Harold Klunder, Ronald Bloore, John Hartman, David Blackwood, Joe Plaskett, Max Bates and WJ Phillips. In Oak Bay November 3 to 24 David Thauberger At Winchester Modern to December 1 PK (Page) Irwin, Verve. Open Tues to Sat, 10am to 5:30pm. Downtown: Winchester Modern, 758 Humboldt St, 250-386-2773, Map 1 F9; Winchester Humboldt Valley, 796 Humboldt St, 250-382-7750, Map 1 F9; Winchester Galleries Oak Bay, 2260 Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-2777. Map 2 J10 www.winchestergalleriesltd.com

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printmaker, Manumie is involved in carving and inking the stone tablets for a famous annual collection of prints released each year. His skill and reputation have taken him around the globe to teach others the art that he has spent almost four decades perfecting. Join the gallery for an opening reception November 16 from 1 to 4pm.

WEST END GALLERY Featuring changing exhibits of works by Canadian artists. November 29 Gallery Walk November 29 – December 30 Winter Collection Group Show Festive and eclectic group show featuring new paintings from gallery artists, including Steven Armstrong, Fraser Brinsmead, Claudette Castonguay, Rod Charlesworth, Kari Duke, Ken Faulks, Greta Guzek, Laura Harris, Grant Leier, Danièle Lemieux, Annabelle Marquis, Michael Rozenvain and Claude A. Simard. Also on display are gorgeous glassworks including elegant Incalmo Vessels in rich jewel tones by Paull Rodrigue. January British Columbia Group Show Catch a glimpse of the West Coast in the works of Steven Armstrong, Rod Charlesworth, Richard Cole, Ken Faulks, Robert Genn and Patricia Johnston, or explore BC's whimsical side in works by Greta Guzek,

Paul Jorgensen and Peter Wyse. Also featured are Pierre Giroux, Laura Harris and Elka Nowicka. Open 10am to 5:30pm Mon to Fri; 10am to 5pm Sat, 11am to 4pm Sun. 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009. Map 1 F8

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Cosy up with winter crafts There’s no better time to take up a long-admired craft or hobby than winter, with its cooler days and longer nights. Whether you’re cosying up with an eye-catching new pattern and luxurious local wool or have your eye on some spectacular beads to create the ideal Christmas gift for that special someone, Victoria’s artisan shops will help you find that just-right item. Visit Beadworld in Market Square for beautiful beads and all the related accessories while quilters will find Satin Moon Quilted Garden puts them, well, over the moon! Victoria is a hotbed for wool crafts, and boasts two of the city’s best just minutes from the Inner Harbour: Beehive Wool Shop, in a lovely shop on the northern end of Old Town, and Knotty By

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Nature, in the quaint Fairfield neighbourhood. Questions about your chosen craft? Staff at each of these shops pride themselves on being experts in their fields, offering classes, workshops and just-plain-friendly advice.

Romantic Ideas Visit one of Victoria’s newest shops – already one of its favourites – for the ideal gift for that special someone this winter. Whether it’s the perfect gift for under the tree or a message of romance for Valentine’s Day, Michal Negrin on Government Street will undoubtedly have just the thing. Prefer something to satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth? Look no further than the hand-crafted delectibles, made from scratch, waiting at Chocolat. Offering many unique creations and beautiful designs – you won’t be able to resist!

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Y SHOPPING This directory includes the editor’s recommendations and regular advertisers. Information is subject to change, so please call ahead to avoid disappointment. Co-ordinates following listings refer to the maps on pages 44 to 46.

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all subjects. Superb choice of fiction titles and children’s books. Hours vary. 1108 Government St, 250-382-2464. Map 1 E8

CHILDREN BOOKS AVALON BOOKS & METAPHYSCIAL CENTRE In the courtyard at Market Square for 20 years, visit for crystals, incense, Tarot decks, metaphysical and new age books, silver gemstone jewellery, herbs, Wicca supplies, angels, Buddhas, dragons & fairies, imported clothing, Tarot readings and more. Open Mon to Sat, 10:30am to 5pm, Sun 12 to 5pm. 62-560 Johnson St, 250-3801721, www.avalonmetaphysical.com Map 1 E7

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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

SWEET DREAMS BOUTIQUE Beautiful little bedding shop specializing in Canadian-made linens, duvets, & pillows. Friendly staff. Personal Service. Great prices. They ship everywhere. Two locations: downtown at 636 Broughton St, 250-383-6133 Map 1 F8 and in the town of Sidney,

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

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 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

Relax & rejuvenate Whether you’re looking to relax during the busy holiday season or rejuvenate come the new year, Victoria’s renovated and re-imagined spa SORA, at the Hotel Grand Pacific, has the perfect solution. In recognition of the Asian thread that runs throughout the hotel, the spa offers Asian-inspired pampering and treatments to leave you refreshed and revitalized. SORA, which means “sky” in Japanese, features five treatment rooms (including one double room), and a full menu of services from signature massage treatments and botanical facials using Pevonia products, manicures and pedicures, through to finishing touches such as waxing and tinting. Other excellent choices for a relaxing spa day include the celebrated Willow Stream Spa in the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the award-winning Santé Spa at Bear Mountain Resort!

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CRAFTS & HOBBIES BEADWORLD Your downtown source for an incredible variety of beads, findings, tools and stringing supplies, plus a wide range of books and beading magazines. Friendly staff provide oneon-one help and free instruction. You will find a spacious work area and tools to use. Mon to Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sun 11am to 5pm. In Market Square, lower courtyard, #63-560 Johnson St, 250-386-5534. www.victoriabeadworld.ca Map 1 E7

BEEHIVE WOOL SHOP BC's largest selection of luxurious yarns and knitting accessories, with more than 3,000 square feet of unique local and imported yarns. Habu, sweetgeorgia, Fleece Artist, madelinetosh, Lorna's Laces, Shi Bui and much more! While you're in, be sure and see the fabulous collection of readymade scarves. Friendly, experienced staff. Open daily. 1700 Douglas St, 250-385-2727 www.beehivewoolshop. com Map 1 F8 BUTTON AND NEEDLEWORK BOUTIQUE One of Victoria’s most specialized stores, with an enticing selection of knitting and needlework supplies, beautiful buttons, ribbons and fine notions. Find patterns, books, hand-dyed fibres, elegant needlework tools, needlepoint kits and linens, plus a wonderful array of buttons from around the world. Open daily. Trounce Alley, 614 View St, 250-384-8781. www.buttonedup.com Map 1 E7 KNOTTY BY NATURE Catering to all textile artisans, including First Nations, local designers, weavers, spinners, felters and knitters, find fibres from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands plus organic wool and natural dyes. Consignment sale of work by local fibre artists. Unique hand-made gift items, new and used equipment and a great selection of fibre art books. Classes and drop-in sessions in a comfortable and relaxing space. 1704 Lillian Rd, 250-412-0198. www.kbnfibres.ca Map 1 F6

SATIN MOON QUILTED GARDEN Discover that special gift for family, friends or yourself from the extensive array of handmade quilts and accessories. Create a treasured memory from exciting fabrics, quilting and art quilting supplies. Explore your creativity

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DEPARTMENT STORES 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. www.badenbadenboutiques.com Map 2 I2

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

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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 E8 422 Craigflower Rd. Map 1 B5 Sh:ft Natural Fashion 547 Johnson St. Map 1 E7 In Sidney at 2348 Beacon Ave.

include Simon Chang, French Dressing, Eugenia, Echo Rain, Diane Kennedy, Coldwater Creek, Land’s End, Variations and Jones New York. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm. 1000 Douglas St, 250-3862443, www.pjboutique.com Map 1 F8

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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

SUNDAY’S SNOWFLAKES Canadian sportswear and designer fashions for the contemporary woman. Simon Chang, Spanner, Peter Nygard, Citrine and Linda Lundström. Mattick’s Farm, 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8499. Map 2 I6

FOOTWEAR MICHAL NEGRIN CONCEPT STORE Romantic fashions and jewellery from the celebrated designer come to downtown Victoria. All jewellery is personally designed by Michal Negrin and hand-crafted with Swarovsky crystals in Israel. 1225 Government St, 250-385-8400, www.michalnegrin. com Map 1 F8 PLAIN JANE "Clothes that take you anywhere," find comfortable, stylish pieces for women in sizes from small through plus, including petites. Lines

FOOTLOOSE Tread the urban jungle with confidence with this funky shop that promises you'll never have a dull shoe day! Lines include Birkenstock, Dr. Martens, Fly London, Manitobah, Wolky and many more, not to mention handbags and accessories – from highend imports to comfortable West Coast footwear, Footloose has you covered. 637 Fort St, 250-383-4040, www. footlooseshoes.com Map 1 F8 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

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 find Purdy's at: The Bay Centre, Hillside Mall, Mayfair Shopping Centre and West Shore Town Centre. In Nanaimo at Woodgrove Centre.

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Y SHOPPING 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. 1009 Government St, 250-598-8183. Map 1 E8 330-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-727-7281. www. tenthousandvillages.ca Map 2 I7

HEALTH & BEAUTY SANTE SPA Minutes from downtown Victoria this award-winning spa offers endless opportunities for relaxation, discovery and renewal. Inspired by nature, treatments harness the therapeutic benefits of locally cultivated ingredients such as coastal sea kelp, northern clay and lavender. Additional highlights include the therapeutic mineral pool, meditative labyrinth, cedar sauna. 1999 Country Club Way, 250391-3920 www.santespavictoria.com Map 2 F8

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 pricing and an exceptionally knowledgeable staff make this a sought-after destination for both visitors and locals pursuing a healthful lifestyle. Open Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm; Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm; and Sun 11am to 5pm. 1212 Broad St, 250-386-1212. www. canadianvitaminshop.com Map 1 F8 WILLOW STREAM SPA AT THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS Energy is the key difference to living and living well. Breath in your surroundings. Renew your energy. Relax your body, refresh your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.

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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. 1002 Government St, 250-386-7000. www.artinas.com Map 1 E8 BARCLAY’S FINE CUSTOM JEWELLERS Extensive range of diamond rings, exclusive on Vancouver Island. Antique and estate jewellery. Handcrafted 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

Satin Moon Quilted Garden Fabrics, Notions, Handmade Quilts & Fabulous One-Of-A-Kind Gifts

250-383-4023 825 Fort Street on Antique Row www.satin-moon.com

MICHAL NEGRIN CONCEPT STORE Romantic jewellery and fashions from the celebrated designer come to downtown Victoria. All jewellery is personally designed by Michal Negrin and hand-crafted with Swarovsky crystals in Israel. 1225 Government St, 250-385-8400, www.michalnegrin. com Map 1 F8

KITCHEN & HOME DECOR BABAK'S ORIENTAL CARPETS Serving Victoria since 1994, find a terrific selection of Persian and Oriental carpets, all elegantly hand-knotted by nomadic tribes or master workshops. Find knowledgeable advice to help you choose the perfect carpet for your décor. 919 Fort St, 250-480-7114, www.babaksorientalcarpets.com

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JADE Victoria

CHINTZ AND COMPANY Affordable, eclectic home furnishing collections, including crockery, china, goblets, table and culinary paraphernalia,

911 Government St. 250-384-5233 www.jademine.com

CANADIAN LINES DESIGNED FOR CURVES. Size friendly, Regular, Plus and Petites zero thru 3X French Dressing, Simon Chang, Pretty Woman, Diane Kennedy, Orly, Beta’s Choice, Spanner to name a few.

Adventures of Plain Jane

637 Fort Street 250.383.4040 www.footlooseshoes.com

1000 Douglas St @ Broughton 250 385 3443 pjboutique.com

SPECIALTY SHOPPING

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Y SHOPPING teak outdoor seating, florals, vases, bath wares and interior textiles. 1720 Store St, 250-381-2404. Map 1 F6 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, accessories and Caldrea cleaning supplies. Open daily. 2389 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-656-0011. Map 2 I2

travels: 2950 Douglas st, 250-3843388 Map 2 I9; 343 Cook St, 250-3815450, Map 1 H10; and in Sidney at 9769 Fifth St, 250-656-2326. Map 2 I2 www.lifestylemarkets.com 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

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

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LIFESTYLE MARKETS Providing the finest natural foods and supplements to residents and visitors since 1995, find three locations to serve you in your

NIRVANA PET RESORT Treat your furry friend to a visit to this 4400-square-foot downtown facility offering daycare, overnight boarding, cat

and dog grooming and training. Welltrained 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

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 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

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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

boutiques, including Tommy Hilfiger, Aldo, La Vie En Rose and Le Chateau. Millstream Avenue, North of Trans Canada Hwy, Map 2 F8

SPECIALTY SHOPS 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

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. 644 Broughton St, 250-384-9994, www.artisanwineshop.ca Map 1 E8

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

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

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 twominute walk from the Inner Harbour, browse the shop and learn about the provincial gemstone. Mention WHERE VIctoria and receive 35-percent-off regular priced items. Worldwide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-384-5233. www.jademine.com Map 1 E8

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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 MILLSTREAM VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE Large outside mall with major tenants such as Pier 1 Imports, Golftown and Tom Lee Music, paired with smaller

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, 778-426-1998. www.digthis.com

LENS & SHUTTER Find everything for the dedicated photographer or casual shutterbug. 5-1005 Broad St, 250-383-7443. www.lensandshutter. com Map 1 F8 SEEING IS BELIEVING Fun, funky and functional – find imaginationdefying 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. 1020 Government St, 250-382-8578. Map 1 E8

Mayfair Centre, 250-361-3551. Map 1 E2

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Paintings • Sculpture • Glass • Jewellery

Ancient Arbutus

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 oneof-a-kind shops and galleries, strolling through the many green spaces or soaking up the ambience in cafes and bistros.

RON PARKER 2184 Oak Bay Avenue www.theavenuegallery.com • 250-598-2184

For information about your Oak Bay getaway visit www.oakbaytourism.com

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Dine Around Victoria Savour the flavours of Victoria this winter when one of the region’s most-anticipated dining events of the year returns to area restaurants. Presented by Tourism Victoria and the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association February 21 to March 10, Dine Around & Stay in Town is an opportunity to sample select three-course menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person from participating Victoria restaurants. In addition, many of Victoria’s hotels also offer Senzushi accommodations during the event with rates of $69, $79, $99 and $129. For a list of participating restaurants and links to their menus, visit www.tourismvictoria.com

Winter Warm-ups When the cool temperatures have you dreaming of sunny days, spice things up with a visit to the Reef, downtown on Yates Street.

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Reminiscent of your favourite vacation, the Caribbean restaurant offers an inviting island-inspired setting perfect for sampling the delicious rotis, Jerk dishes and West Indian curries, best quaffed, of course, with a cold Red Stripe beer! Need a few more ideas for a winter warm-up? Here are a few of our favourites: • The Spice Jammer for a delicious blend of Indian and African cuisine – don’t miss the beef samosas! • Hearty pastas and yummy sandwiches from the Italian Imports Deli on Blanshard – perfect for an eat-in or take-away lunch. • The Noodle Cart – Visit Thailand without ever leaving Victoria at this delicious addition to the Victoria dining scene. • India Curry House – Enjoy authentic tandoori, curry, vindaloo and other Indian dishes at this long-standing downtown restaurant, open for lunch and dinner near the Inner Harbour. • Wing’s restaurant – Specializing in Cantonese dishes, this is a local hotspot for lunch and dinner, with a buffet and various combination meals served in a casual, relaxed setting.

Y DINING This directory includes the editor’s recommendations and regular advertisers. Information is subject to change, so please call ahead to avoid disappointment. Co-ordinates refer to the maps on pages 44 to 46.

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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

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 a favourite among locals. Classic bistro fare with international influences. Great wine list. 2524 Estevan Ave, 250-592-7424. Map 2 J9 WILD SAFFRON BISTRO Creative flavours with classical undertones are highlights of this charming bistro’s progressive West Coast cuisine. Pair it with awardwinning locally brewed beers and an extensive selection of wines, all presented in a warm, inviting

atmosphere. Take in live music and dancing in the adjacent Swans Brewpub. Open Tues through Sat from 5pm. Located in Swans Suite Hotel, 1605 Store St, 250-361-3150. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7

BURGERS BIN 4 BURGER LOUNGE A favourite among locals for their tempting array of hand-crafted specialty burgers, along with health-conscious options and a great appetizer selection. Perfect for lunch, dinner or late-night; take-out available. 180-911 Yates St, 250590-4154, www.bin4burgerlounge. com Map 1 F8 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

CASUAL DINING 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, 250-3818444. 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 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. WINTER 2012 / 2013 //

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Y DINING 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

SAM’S DELI Long-time Victoria favourite known for its generous portions and home-made soups, salads and stacked sandwiches. 805 Government St, 250-382-8424. Map 1 E8

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

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

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 year-round for dinner; check for lunch hours. 852 Fort St, 250480-1055. www.spicejammer.com

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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

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

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 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 OTTAVIO ITALIAN BAKERY & DELICATESSEN Savour the many treats from this European-style deli, with wonderful ingredients for a 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 34

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GREEK 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, 250-3824422 or 250-382-5544. Map 1 F8

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. 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. Map 1 G8

JAPANESE AZUMA SUSHI Welcoming atmosphere and delicious Japanese cuisine, including sushi, seafood, tempura and steak. Reservations recommended. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 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 Experience more than 30 years of traditional Japanese dining in a beautiful, newly renovated authentic restaurant in the heart of downtown. Savour deluxe sashimi and sushi, fresh oysters, Koto's Bento Box lunch specials and more. Private tatami rooms available. Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm. Dinner from 5pm. 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 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, 250-385-4320. 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

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SEAFOOD FERRIS’ OYSTER BAR & GRILL Wide-ranging menu with an emphasis on fantastic seafood, along with steaks, pastas and more. 536 Yates St, 250-360-1824. Map 1 E8 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 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 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 ENGLISH-STYLE PUB Relaxed pub atmosphere. Live music on weekends. Great pub menu. In the Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F9 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 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 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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Y DINING 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 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 BELMIRO'S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Steps from the Inner Harbour, enjoy a drink in the lounge before sitting down to a delicious dinner of steak, seafood and other local delicacies. Breakfast, dinner & late night. 777 Douglas St, 250-382-7111, www.belmiros.com

TEA ROOMS THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS Elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea in the 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

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 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

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

WEST COAST 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, 250386-8721. 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

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TASTE OF THE CITY 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. Watch for our Dine Around specials, Feb 21 to March 10. 940 Fort Street 250-385-4320 www.senzushi.com

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 Chef Sean Rankin. 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.

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

GATSBY MANSION Savour locally inspired West Coast cuisine at its best from this historic building overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour. The Mansion is also a favourite for Afternoon Tea, featuring 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 2 to 4pm. 309 Belleville St, 250-388-9191. Map 1 D9

HARBOUR HOUSE Steps away from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, this charming restaurant has been a local favourite for more than 30 years thanks to exceptional service and cozy setting. Separate dining space accommodates up to 30 people. Enjoy fresh, West Coast favourites such as salmon, Seafood en Croûte and Chateaubriand served table side. Open daily for dinner from 4:30pm. 607 Oswego St, 250-386-1244, www.victoriaharbourhouse.com

THE PACIFIC The best in local seafood, organic produce, aged beef, free range poultry and BC wines are featured from this beautiful location right on the Harbour, next to the Legislature. Outdoor terrace. Open daily from 6:30am to 10pm. Visit The Mark for ultra-fine dining and the Courtyard Café for great snacks and coffee. Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St, 250-380-4458. www.pacificrestaurant. com Map 1 D9

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SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE The dining room at this seaside inn is consistently voted one of the region’s top restaurants. Stunning waterfront location, organic gardens and awardwinning wine list. 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd, Sooke, 250-642-3421. Map 2 A1

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, 250-360-5873. www.lurevictoria.com Map 1 D8

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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 Craigdarroch Castle, Government House Gardens

DIVE BENEATH OCEAN TO THE LAST REEF Escape winter's cool temperatures with a theatrical journey to the National Geographic IMAX Theatre and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea. This uplifting giant screen journey explores the beauty and mysteries of the world’s reef ecosystems: a distant yet parallel world, with living cities undeniably connected to our own human communities. Vanishing at five times the rate of rain forests, the world’s coral reefs are under siege. Through vivid visuals, music and narration, the film reveals the teeming life of these underwater cities, and their crucial role in the ocean’s survival – and our own. Fly across iridescent tropical corals, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators. As these ancient, exotic havens face the threat of extinction, The Last Reef inspires audiences with a vision of the reef’s incredible – yet fragile – power to rebuild.

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Y ESSENTIAL CITY 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. 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 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 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. 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. SAANICH PENINSULA AND SIDNEY The pastoral Saanich Peninsula is home to a number of excellent attractions, 40

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including the world-famous Butchart 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. Dining available – call 652-8222 for reservations. November Greenhouse tours Saturdays & Sundays. December 1 to January 6 26th anniversary Magic of Christmas. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. 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. December Christmas in the Jungle, including an evening lights display. Free guided tours with naturalists. Gift shop, art gallery, free parking with designated RV and coach spots. Five minutes to Butchart Gardens. 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. Fort Rodd Hill is a century-old coast artillery fort.

Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. Interactive exhibits. Special events are planned throughout the year. 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 GARDENS AT THE HORTICULTURE CENTRE OF THE PACIFIC Specialty and demonstration gardens including the Doris Page Winter Garden, the Takata (Japanese Style) and Zen gardens, heather and rhododendron collections. The remainder of the 108acre 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. Call for hours and tour details for castle, gardens and museum. Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd, 250-3912666. www.hatleypark.ca Map 2 G9 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. September to May 9:30am to noon. December 7 to 9 and 14 to 16

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Christmas in the Gardens Celebrate the holiday season amid thousands of twinkling lights at the beautiful Butchart Gardens, December 1 through January 6. Entertainment, holiday treats, outdoor ice skating and breathtaking displays make this a seasonal spectacle not to be missed. Beginning January 15, the National Historic Site presents the Spring Prelude Indoor Garden and in the former family home, an engaging historical display. Christmas in the Village Lights, holiday displays and family fun. Take the Island View exit off Hwy 17 and turn left onto Lochside Dr, 250-652-5522. Map 2 H4 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 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 SAANICH COMMONWEALTH PLACE Fun for the whole family with five ozone pools: wave pool, teach pool, dive tank, tot pool and competition pool, as well as a hot tub. Water slide and 10-metre diving boards. A real family place to visit. Ample parking. 4636 Elk Lake Dr, 250-727-7108. Map 2 H7

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Y ESSENTIAL CITY SHAW OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTRE Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea in massive aquarium habitats teeming with marine life from anemones to zooplankton. Through November Local Jewel, National Treasure Focuses on the making of a National Marine Conservation Area in the local Salish Sea. On the waterfront in Sidney at 9811 Seaport Place, off Beacon Ave, 250-665-7511. www.oceandiscovery.ca Map 2 I2 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 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

VICTORIA POLICE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM Likely Victoria’s smallest museum but packed with artifacts highlighting more than 150 years of local policing. Established before the famous North West Mounted Police, Victoria Police were the first in Western Canada to use mug shots, finger prints and tasers. On display are 150 years of various police equipment, forensic tools and uniforms. Open Mon to Thurs from 1 to 4pm, Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Gift shop. 850 Caledonia Ave, , 250-995-7422; for group tours call Bill, 250-656-0853. Map 1 G6

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: 250-590-8250. 4239 Blenkinsop Rd. www.valleyadventuregolf.com Map 2 I8 42

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CORDOVA BAY GOLF COURSE This 18-hole course boasts lovely landscaping and views of the ocean and 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 THE RIDGE GOLF COURSE Lovely nine-hole Par 3 course with beautiful views of Haro Strait, and directly across from The Ridge’s sister course, the 18-hole Cordova Bay Golf Course. 18-hole putting course; refreshments available at The Ridge Cafe. Open yearround. 5300 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-6583996. Map 2 I6

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ADRENA LINE ADVENTURE TOURS Eight ziplines, two suspension bridges and an ATV shuttle ride to the top of the course. 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 yellow Zodiacs, the 31-foot all-weather cruisers, or the high-speed, 60-foot cruiser, Ocean Magic. Hourly departures across from The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Try the 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 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,find the Canyon Zip, King Swing or bungy jumping from 140 feet above the Nanaimo River. 35 Nanaimo River Rd, Nanaimo, 1-888668-7874. www.wildplayparks.com Behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, 1767 Island Hwy, 250-590-7529. Map 2 G9

PARKS 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 details. 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! 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. 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. Through winter Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm,

Winter at the Castle In addition to its extensive Christmas calendar, Victoria's historic Craigdarroch Castle welcomes guests throughout winter for selfguided tours and special events. KATE DAHLGREN PHOTO/COURTESY CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE

plus nightly tours December 27 to 31 at 7:30pm. 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 OLD CEMETERIES SOCIETY WALKING TOURS Every Sunday at 2pm at Ross Bay Cemetery and some of Victoria’s other heritage cemeteries. Most tours depart from the Fairfield Plaza at 1516 Fairfield Rd (across the street from Ross Bay Cemetery). Adults $5. No reservations needed. For recorded information and to confirm tour location, call 250-598-8870. Map 1 F8

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. 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 Map 1 E9

VICTORIA HARBOUR FERRY 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. 250-708-0201. www. victoriaharbourferry.com

reservations, call 1-800-663-2872. Charter service is also available. www.pacificcoastal.com

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HARBOUR AIR SEAPLANES See Victoria from the air. Offering scheduled service between Vancouver and Victoria. Twenty flights each weekday and eight flights per day on weekends. Charter service available for sightseeing, aerial photography, corporate needs, and visits to remote B.C. destinations. address, 250-3859131. Map 1 E8 HELIJET INTERNATIONAL Scheduled service between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver. Experience a spectacular, scenic 35-minute flight in the comfort of their spacious helicopters. Book online or call toll-free 1-800-665-4354. 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

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.

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. Daily, 11am to 4pm. 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, 250-544-4824. Map 2 H4 PHILLIPS BREWERY A local favourite among beer fans, from the longstanding Blue Buck to the yummy Longboat Chocolate Porter. Open Mon 9am to 5pm, Tues to Thurs 10 to 6, Fri 10 to 7 and Sat 11 to 6. Call for tour information. 2010 Government St, 250380-1912, phillipsbeer.com VANCOUVER ISLAND BREWERY One of the Island’s favourite craft breweries offers a store (open Tues to Sat) and tours, Saturdays, 3pm, with additional times during the summer. 2330 Government St, 250-361-0005. Map 1 F5

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6. A sophisticated winter warm-up from from one of Victoria's hip cocktail lounges.

11. Settling into cosy new bedding from Sweet Dreams Boutique. Page 25.

2. Skating on December's outdoor rink at the Butchart Gardens. Page 40

7. Christmas stories from storyteller Stuart McLean.

3. Valentine treats from Rogers’ Chocolates. Page 26.

8. Splash-down time at Saanich Commonwealth Place, with wave pool, water slides and more. Page 41.

4. The fascinating tales on a Discover the Past walking tour. Page 42. 5. A stylish new pair of winter boots from Heart & Sole. Page 27

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12. Victoria’s well-connected Transit system – makes getting around easy and accessible. Page 43. 13. The Winter Garden at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Page 41

9. Crafty ideas from local artisan shops. Page 26.

14. Hearty, family-friendly pasta from the Old Spaghetti Factory. Page 33.

10. Winter bird watching at Esquimalt Lagoon. Map 2.

15. The latest IMAX films, six storeys tall! Page 41.

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