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Connector ONBOARD MAGAZINE FOR THE WILSON’S GROUP

The Fun Is In Getting There!

MARCH/APRIL 2018

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Contents

MAR/APR 2018 5 President’s Message 6 Paradise Found 9 Top Crossings 11 Meet the Concierge 14 Five On the Drive 18 Five for Foodies 20 Hit the Road 22 Meet the Crew

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

welcome to spring! pring has sprung here in the Capital City! The flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the sun is shining a little longer each day. These are just a few reasons why this season is one of our favourites, particularly after our grey, wet and windy winter. It’s this time of year — as our days grow longer and warmer and spring break is right around the corner — we start to see more and more people coming to visit our beautiful city. With that in mind, our Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off City Sights Tour has ramped up service from its winter schedule, now operating seven days a week. Be sure to check out this historical ride through Victoria on our open-top double-decker bus which routes along the Inner Harbour, Chinatown and Old Town and many more locations. There are also many exciting events being hosted both in Victoria and Vancouver this spring, which we anticipate will bring many travellers from all over. Get ready to see all your favourite superheroes as Capital City Comic Con takes over Victoria March 16 – 18. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, March 28 to April 1, check out the Vancouver International Auto Show where you will see the world’s most luxurious cars! May the luck of the Irish find you on March 17 as

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we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Victoria is home to some amazing Irish pubs, such as Irish Times, Bard and Banker and Garrick’s Head Pub, which are some perfect spots to grab a pint or two of green beer. If you are thinking of doing a pub tour, our charter division at Wilson’s Transportation offers charter options of all sizes to get your group home safely. Even with these fun events happening around the city, one of my favourites remains the Easter holiday, which comes early this year. It is times like this — when our family can get together to relax, enjoy each other’s company and some great food — that I hold dear to my heart…the goodies from the Easter Bunny are a bonus too! Whether it is a fun event, some time spent with family, or just enjoying the longer days and nicer weather that has you travelling with us this spring, we hope you enjoy your journey as much as you enjoy your destination. At Wilson’s we believe that “the fun is in the getting there!” P.S. Don’t forget to “Spring Ahead” and set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 11. John Wilson President

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VICTORIA BY DARCY NYBO

DAY-TRIPPING:

ABKHAZI GARDEN

Paradise Found

A trip through time in Abkhazi Garden BY DARCY NYBO

hat does a royal love story tinged with tragedy, Stephen Spielberg, Burton Cummings, gorgeous plants and tea have in common? The Abkhazi Garden in Victoria. Enjoy afternoon tea and take a tour with one of their volunteer guides for some incredible tales, beautiful surroundings and stunning greenery from around the world. Plant lovers, history buffs and anyone who loves nature will enjoy the guided walk through the gardens as they learn all about

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the plants, the land, the house and the couple who created this amazing place. Marjorie (Peggy) Pemberton-Carter and Prince Nicholas Abkhazi both had tragic pasts. Peggy was an orphan, later adopted by a rather well-to-do family. Eventually she settled in Shanghai. Nicolas was an exiled prince who fled the Russian Bolshevik Revolution with his mother in 1919. His father was executed in 1923 and Nicolas spent the next 20 years looking after his mother. Peggy and Nicholas met in Paris in the 1920s. The exiled prince kept in contact with her through the mail and on

occasion they connected in person. During WWII both Peggy and Nicolas were interned as prisoners of war; Nicolas in Germany and Peggy near Shanghai. The movie Empire of the Sun, directed by Stephen Spielberg, was based on the Shanghai internment camps. A resourceful young woman, Peggy hid travellers’ cheques and when released from the camp she used them to go to San Francisco. By March of 1946 she was in Victoria and purchased a scruffy, rocky piece of land for $1,800. During this time, she received a letter from Nicholas, and CONNECTOR l THE WILSON’S GROUP


NOTHING IN A CHINESE GARDEN IS RUSHED OR OBVIOUS. THE COUPLE SPENT THE NEXT 40-PLUS YEARS, EXPERIMENTING, REFINING AND GROWING THEIR PEACEFUL GARDEN. the two agreed to meet in New York. The spark was still there and the pair returned to Victoria, where they were married. The Abkhazis loved the concept of a Chinese-style meditation garden, especially after their experiences as prisoners of war. Nothing in a Chinese garden is rushed or obvious. The couple spent the next 40-plus years, experimenting, refining and growing their peaceful garden. The Abkhazis have since passed away and in 2000, the Land Conservancy of

BC (TLC) rescued the property from becoming a townhouse complex. Today, all the ponds on the land are natural, with dams put in place to create small waterfalls. Our guide took us on a gentle meander through these gardens that soothed the souls of the Abkhazis for several decades. You’ll

find Gary Oak, native to the southern half of Vancouver Island, as well as plants, shrubs and trees from Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, China and Europe. The Tanzanian blueberry (not edible) on the summer house trellis is particularly beautiful. There are Snowberries and Harry Lauder’s Walking Sticks, with something

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new in bloom every month of the year. There’s a huge rock, perfect for sitting on, beside one of the natural ponds. It was put there, by hand, around 15 years ago. (It took an entire rugby team to move it through the gardens to its current location.) The Rhododendron Woodland Garden sits at the front of the property. Many of the donated plants were already over 50 years old when the Abkhazis planted them.

Look way up, about 35 feet, and you’ll see just how tall a 100-year-old rhododendron can get. There are dozens of interesting plants in this area of the garden, including a large skunk cabbage, reportedly donated by Burton Cummings. With the exception of the head gardener, the garden is tended to by dedicated volunteers. As part of the The Land Conservancy fundraising efforts, the

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Plantaholics have a plant sale here every May. There’s so much more to the tour, and there’s still the tea to discover as well! Choose from elevenses or Afternoon Tea in the home where Peggy and Nicholas once lived. Tea is from Victoria’s Silk Road Tea and everything served here is made in house. Traditional cucumber finger sandwiches, egg salad on rye, buttery crisp minicroissants with ham, quiche and freshly baked scones…it’s all delicious. The smoked salmon profiterole with caramelized shallot cream and dill is one small bite of perfection. The top tier changes seasonally, but if the lemon tart is available, savour it. Reservations are recommended. (778-265-6466) Abkhazi Garden does not have a grand entrance. Its black ornate gate is the only thing that hints at the beauty that lies beyond. Parking is on the street. Located at 1964 Fairfield Road, Abkhazi Gardens is open from 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, October 1 to March 31, and daily from April 1 to September 30. Admission to the garden is by donation.

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VANCOUVER BY LAUREN KRAMER

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Top crossings in Vancouver BY LAUREN KRAMER

here’s something compelling about a beautiful bridge. It forces you to stop, look around at the view and acknowledge a great feat of engineering and architecture. Many of Vancouver’s bridges showcase magnificent scenery on good weather days, and even bad. Here’s our top three pedestrian bridges in Vancouver, and where to find them.

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UBC Greenheart Canopy Walkway

One of Vancouver’s hidden gems, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is a series of eight metal pedestrian suspension bridges that crisscross the UBC Botanical Garden and elevate walkers 17.5 metres above the forest floor. Built without a single nail or bolt, the bridges uses a “variable tension system (patent-pending, called the Treehugger) to provide the least amount of infringement or impact on the trees.” The bridges are a tad wobbly as you walk on them, but not in a “help-I’mgoing-to-fall-off ” kind of way. Well secured with railings and nets on both sides so there’s no risk of falling, they can withstand up to 9,000 pounds and span 1,010 feet in total. The canopy walkway is a great place to appreciate the grandeur of old-growth trees and the beauty of Vancouver’s coastal forest from a unique vantage point. Choose a solo walk or join a guided tour to learn about this unique ecosystem. A walk in the Botanical Gardens is free but there’s a charge to use the canopy walkway ($9 for adults, $5 for kids and $21 for a family), which is open daily 10 am to 4pm. See botanicalgarden.ubc.ca for info.

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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

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This one’s in North Vancouver, but it’s a favourite among locals, especially as an access to rainforest hikes. It has gorgeous views of the white water in the Capilano River, running 50 metres below, and you don’t have to spend money to cross it. Located in Lynn Canyon Park, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is a narrow pedestrian bridge a few short steps from the parking area. It forms part of the Baden-Powell Trail, a rugged hiking route in the North Shore, and the bridge bounces and sways as you cross it, particularly during heavily congested times (read: weekends). Built as a private venture back in 1912, the bridge owners once charged 10 cents from everyone who crossed over. The view from the middle is gorgeous, which is why almost everyone stops for a photo op or a selfie midway, with many pedestrians pulling reluctant, scared-stiff canines behind them. This bridge is best unrushed. If you’re feeling weak-kneed, clasp the metal railings on either side and don’t look down. Info: lynncanyon.ca

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver’s top tourist attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, also in North Vancouver, spans 450 feet across the Capilano River, running some 230 feet below. The crossing was first built in 1889 using hemp ropes and cedar planks, but was reconstructed with wire cables in 1903. Today it’s one of three bridge adventures in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. In the Treetops Adventure, seven footbridges are

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suspended between old-growth Douglas Fir trees, giving walkers a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor from 98 feet above. The newest addition to the park is Cliffwalk, a series of narrow, cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms that follow a granite precipice along the Capilano River and through the rainforest. The park experience gives visitors a sense of BC’s natural and aboriginal history with an emphasis on education and an experiential journey through the temperate West Coast rainforest ecosystem. Bald eagles cry as they skim the high treetops, branches droop from the weight of raindrops and there’s a rich, earthy smell in the air. Take the well-maintained hiking paths for a quick overview of the rainforest, and check out the billboards to learn of the plants, insects and birds that live here. There’s another story to the Capilano Suspension Bridge that most visitors don’t know — a miracle that happened here several years ago. It happened somewhere on that bridge that a Canadian woman dropped her 18-monthold daughter over the railings back in 1999. Peer over the side and you can’t help but shudder at the prospect of falling. Jagged rocks line both sides of the river, and the surrounding canyon is sheer and blanketed with rainforest. It seems impossible that any living creature could survive a fall of that magnitude. But somehow that baby survived her 170-foot fall with barely a scratch. Rescue workers found the toddler crying but unhurt, her landing eased by the branches that broke her fall. Entrance is CAD$42.95 for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, children and families. Info: capbridge.com CONNECTOR l THE WILSON’S GROUP


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Douglas side with live music and DJ, and eclectic cocktails. There is a cool private room behind the library. Another of my favourites is Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia rooftop. Hidden from the busy traffic, it is an escape within the heart of downtown Vancouver.  

Where’s your favourite breakfast spot?

Being from Venezuela originally, I am definitely a rum lover; however, living in BC for over 25 years, I have learned to appreciate wines from the Okanagan. The one I would highly recommend is Black Hills’ Nota Bene and Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon. I can have a glass right now!  

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There are many great spots in the city but I have to say Jam Café and Medina are my favourite spots with nice portions and unique menus.     

Where would you schedule a business meeting?

What restaurant (s) really shows off Vancouver?

There are so many great restaurants that really showcase the multicultural influences we have to offer. If you are looking for a true west coast atmosphere I would say Cardero’s, located at Coal Harbour; Ancora at foot of Howe Street, which has Japanese Peruvian influences and Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, which has been a landmark of Vancouver over 25 years.

Where’s a great place to take young children?

I love Capilano Suspension Bridge because it offers nature in the Rain Forest with a little bit of a thrill — and it is educational. All ages can explore, have fun and be amazed by the surroundings.  

What’s a unique-to-Vancouver activity?

Cycling or walking along the oceanfront and trails of Stanley Park. This is by far, a must visit if you come to Vancouver. You

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Any suggestions for a romantic day-trip? SIERRA LUNDY PHOTO

One of my favourite places is at the Vancouver Art Gallery Café. It’s a little hidden gem on top of Vancouver Art Gallery. In the summer you can sit outside on the patio overlooking Robson Square and the courthouse.     

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can explore the lush coastal rain forest in the interior of the park or simply cycle around the seawall leading to and around the park.   

Where would one find a unique shopping experience?

There are many shopping neighbourhoods from Gastown to Robson Street to Yaletown, but if you want to step out of downtown, a nice and pleasant shopping area is Park Royal across Lions Gate Bridge. It offers an indoor and outdoor mall with local and brand name shops.

Where do you take friends for a drink?

D/6 Lounge is the hip and classy hangout — a great place to chat and mingle with locals. It has an indoor/ outdoor rooftop lounge located at the

Whether you fly with Harbour Air, use BC Ferries or charter your own boat, a day-trip to Bowen Island in Howe Sound will be sure to impress your date. Go for a leisurely stroll and try some of the local eateries.

What’s a great early spring activity in Vancouver?

If you like the outdoors, go for a hike to Quarry Rock. Within one hour or so of your hike, you will be treated to one of the best views of the Indian Arm and Deep Cove.    

What’s the craziest question you’ve ever been asked as concierge?

As concierge we get asked all kind of crazy questions — after all we are the local experts and your keys to everything. Two crazy questions come to mind. First, a guest asked if he could dogsled from Whistler to Vancouver and how much luggage can the dogs carry? Another guest asked me once, can you please let me know at what time Canada Place will sail tonight so I can watch it leave. The guest thought the Vancouver Convention Centre was a sailing cruise! MARCH/APRIL 2018   11


Adding a spark to spring Annual Belfry festival dishes up the goods Belfry Theatre fires up the spring with its annual Spark Festival, presenting two weeks worth of world-class performances, free events, theatre workshops and lots more. Running March 8-20, the festival offers something for everyone, and below is a sneak peek at upcoming shows. (For workshops, mini plays, readings and the annual Hootenany, check the website at sparkfestival.ca).

True Crime MARCH 8-10

Clark Rockefeller is a real life conman of the highest order, now serving a nearlife sentence in a California State prison. And iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell wants to try him on for size. What does it mean for an excellent fabulator to embody an excellent fabulator? And in the end, does an intricate con differ that much from a successful work of art? Torquil’s dogged investigation

and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crime and confront our cultural addiction to a good story. True Crime is a mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed with how we all fake it, one way or another.

Why We Are Here! MARCH 12

Why We Are Here! is a unique, standalone experience that invites audience members to become a choir and sing. Why We Are Here! is Toronto-based Nightswimming’s site-specific, pop-up choir that places audiences at the centre of an exhilarating choral adventure — and they’re the singers. Nightswimming is an award-winning dramaturgical theatre company with a national mandate focussed on research, creation and performance through commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance.

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Who Killed Spalding Gray? MARCH 13-17

On the weekend of January 11, 2004, celebrated American monologist Spalding Gray ended his life by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York. That same weekend, on the other side of the country, Daniel MacIvor was spending three days in California in a series of sessions with a man who had offered to save MacIvor’s life. Linking these two real stories is a wholly original fiction about truth, lies and the four most important things in life. Candid and darkly funny, Who Killed Spalding Gray? reunites Daniel MacIvor, one of Canada’s foremost playwrights, with longtime collaborator, director Daniel Brooks.

Mouthpiece MARCH 13-17

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CafE Daughter MARCH 20-24

Nine-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. She’s incredibly smart but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. Her mother has charged her with a secret — to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. Based on the

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Must-see and must-do events in March and April

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festival devoted to educating beer aficionados on BC’s finest craft beer. Victoria Beer Week highlights a broad selection of BC craft breweries. It’s fuelled by events that pair BC craft beer and local Victoria artisan food vendors with a clear focus on showcasing quality BC craft beer and educating beer enthusiasts. Smaller tastings, seminars and micro-events happen at various venues throughout the week. victoriabeerweek.com

Souper Bowls of Hope Where: Victoria Conference Centre When: April 5

Twenty years ago, city councillor Helen Hughes decided that Victoria’s at-risk street youth needed some special programming to improve their circumstances. So she founded Souper Bowls of Hope, a delicious fundraiser where Victoria’s top chefs offer bottomless bowls of gourmet soup in an animated, lunchtime setting. Last year it raised $100,000 and subsidized everything from emergency housing to street outreach, family counselling and mental health services. Four gifted chefs — from the Fairmont Empress, Union Club, Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry and 10 Acres Bistro — each bring a savoury soup, while Portofino Bakery provides a range of artisanal breads. Celebrity servers dish up the soup, and the acclaimed Vic High R&B Band performs sweetly ebullient soul music. This fundraiser has had incredible impact on many lives. SouperBowls.com

Victoria Beer Week Where: various venues When: March 2-10

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Victoria Django Festival Where: White Eagle Hall and other venues When: March 22-25

The seventh annual Victoria Django Festival is set to be a celebration of the jaunty and joyous music of Belgian-born Django Reinhardt, the legendary “gypsy jazz” guitarist whose spirit lives on six decades after his death. Boasting a full cultural experience and not just concerts, the VDF offers both traditional and contemporary versions of gypsy jazz, as well as dance performances by the 12-person Seaside Swingers, a dance competition, savoury “street food” and a burlesque element, courtesy of Victoria’s Rosie Bitts. Most of the action happens Friday and Saturday at the White Eagle Hall in James Bay, with an elegant cabaret setting upstairs and a speakeasy scene below. Events earlier in the week include jam and open-mike sessions at the Victoria Event Centre, the Cornerstone Café and the Moka House. victoriadjangofestival.com

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Capture Photography Festival Where: Multiple locations in Greater Vancouver When: April

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Where: The Royal Theatre When: April 19, 21, 27 at 8 pm; April 29 at 2:30 pm

Launched in 2013, The Capture Photography Festival strives to promote thought-provoking and conversation-sparking photography and lens-based art from local and international artists. Returning for the entire month of April, this not-forprofit festival exhibits photography at dozens of commercial galleries, preeminent cultural institutions and community spaces throughout Greater Vancouver. Come check out what these contemporary artists have to say through their innovative public installations, artist talks, films, tours and community events. capturephotofest.com

Rinaldo, an exquisite masterpiece of Baroque opera, was George Frideric Handel’s first big hit of the London stage, and also considered one of his most flamboyant accomplishments. Based on the heroic poem Gerusalemme liberta by Torquato Tasso, this is a passionate story marked by love, war, religion and sorcery. Taking place during the First Crusade, a Christian army gets ready to lay siege to Jerusalem but matters are complicate by politics, fervour and magic. Directed by Glynis Leyshon, libretto by Giacomo Rossi from a scenario by Aaron Hill, and accompanied by the Victoria Symphony, Rinaldo is a true work of art. rmts.bc.ca

VANCOUVER Ted Conference

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre When: April 10-14

You’ve probably heard of the TED Conference — it’s the annual event that brings together leading lights in the fields of technology, entertainment and design (TED), as well as business, science, the arts and global affairs. It’s a five-day-long event that involves sharing ideas via 18-minute presentations on stage, technology demonstrations, dinners and parties, activities and art exhibits. Although attending the TED Conference is an exclusive opportunity, the broadcasts will be streamed live at sites set up around Vancouver — including some Vancouver Public Library branches. Most of them will also be available to watch at your leisure on the TED website for those unable to attend the conference itself. ted2017.ted.com

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Vancouver International Auto Show 2017

Where: West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre When: March 27 to April 1

This year’s 98th annual auto show is fuelling much excitement as the best-attended automotive event in Western Canada. It promises a wide display of 450 new and customized vehicles, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, McLaren and Porsche. Those who have children who are more interested in toy cars than the real thing, are welcome to drop off little ones at the Volkswagen Playcare Centre, free of charge. vancouverinternationalautoshow.com

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Where: Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island When: March 3-25

Carousel Theatre for Young People presents The Velveteen Rabbit (by Kevin Del Aguila): a charming tale that explores the power of believing, and brings boundless imagination vividly to life. Based on the book by Margery Williams and directed by Deb Williams, this story uncovers the magic of love when a boy becomes gravely ill and is ordered to throw out all his toys — including a toy rabbit who demonstrates endless faith in their loving bond. The Velveteen Rabbit is recommended for ages three to eight and their adult companions. It transforms the play-space into a children’s nursery with a rocking horse, a parade of mechanical toys, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, an affectionate toy rabbit. carouseltheatre.ca

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Soar over America at FlyOver Canada Where: Canada Place When: March 1 to April 2

FlyOver Canada has a new flight ride and it opens March 1. Experience America like never before, soaring more that 10,000 miles across some of the United States’ most unique and iconic landscapes including Hawaii, Alaska, New York and more. FlyOver Canada utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while the film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the rides’ motion to create an unforgettable experience. Entrance times are every 20 minutes and FlyOver America showings will alternate with FlyOver Canada showings. Tickets can be purchased in person at FlyOver Canada or online. flyovercanada.com

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There’s something very civilized about nibbling on a variety of tasty morsels while you sip tea. Afternoon Tea is a great way to unwind, connect with friends and enjoy three tiers of fabulous flavour. Most places offer kids’ menus plus gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options. Reservations are required, two to 24 hours in advance.

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Stroll through the gardens, inhale the fresh scents of spring and then sit down for afternoon tea in a building steeped in local history. High Tea runs until the end of March, then the menu is switched over to Afternoon Tea. Whichever you choose, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. The savoury tier has delectable items like the lemon tarragon, albacore tuna salad, smoked wild BC salmon, caper and scallion mustard egg salad. It has a great assortment of finger sandwiches, including traditional cucumber. Everything here is made in-house, including the scones and the deliciously decadent bergamot chocolate truffle. Best of all, the restaurant shares its recipes when asked! Must Try Tea: There are nine teas to choose from, four of which are available in the gift shop. I chose the Bachelor Button, a delicious Chinese black and Sencha tea flavoured with bergamot, rhubarb and blue cornflowers. A unique twist on black tea.

You’ll feel like royalty the moment you walk through the doors here. This historic manor is steps away from Victoria’s inner harbour. Tea is served in delicate china cups with old-style flair. Choose from Traditional or West Coast Tea, both are delicious. We chose the West Coast as it had a tasty variety of goodies including: petite cup of local crab bisque, hand-peeled baby shrimp salad sandwich, a smoked salmon pinwheel, and seared tuna with wasabi aioli. My favourite pastry/sweet was the chocolate-dipped, gold-dusted shortbread. The pumpkin tartlet was also delicious, featuring a hint of citrus in a gingerbread square. Must Try Tea: The Luck Tea is a blend of TWG black tea and green tea. It’s infused with Caribbean spices, flower blossoms and leaves of pure gold. The tea is served in honour of William J. Pendray, who struck it rich in the Gold Rush.

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Bacchus at the Wedgewood Hotel

Start off your tea with the chef ’s choice amuse, followed by three tiers of decadence. They love their seafood here with an assortment of savoury items, including seared tuna, tomato and bacon on a brioche, smoked salmon on rye bread pudding and — my favourite — the dill and prawn on a croissant. They make some seriously good scones here, as well as mushroom quiche and a lemon raspberry mousse cake. You’ll love the lemon tart which strikes a perfect balance between sweet and sour. There are two pastry chefs in the hotel and everything is made in-house. The truffles and macaroons change with the season. Must Try Tea: Try a flight of teas, one to go with each tier of yummy treats. We started with a traditional chai, followed by their Chocolate Panda (not just for kids) and finished off with the Beauteaful tea. The servers are well-versed in the teas and are happy to give suggestions.

Each Afternoon Tea has its own take on this long-standing traditional event. Bacchus takes the tea part one step further. Once seated, patrons are presented with a wooden box with glass containers of each tea inside. Take a sniff and choose the one that suits your mood. As for the food — the savoury, finger sandwiches and sweets are simply delicious. Ever had a Tandoori chicken sandwich? It’s heavenly. As with most places, everything here is made in-house, including the scones and crumpets. This Afternoon Tea is a chocolate lover’s dream with a chocolate éclair and chocolate mousse. Finger sandwiches are a mixture of seafood, egg and the ever-popular cucumber and cream cheese. Must Try Tea: My tea of choice was the Lemon Verbena. Then we splurged and had a bubbling glass of goodness in the Kir Royal. There’s also the option of the Blue Mountain Gold Label Method Traditionnelle Brut (BC).

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Step into the charm of Hollywood in days gone by at the Notch8. The combination of 1950s film posters, Bogart on the big screen and fine china, works. We had a regular afternoon tea and one that was gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian. The gluten-free menu included an apricot crumble and a chocolate-dipped, goldbrushed strawberry. For those not vegetarian, the seafood array is scrumptious! Lobster, crab, salmon and caviar all in delicious, bitesized morsels. The top tier fits right in with the 1950s film theme with sweets molded into stars, film reels, tuxedos and a clapboard. Must Try Tea: There are several teas on the menu as well as a nice assortment of sparkling beverages. I had the Kyushu Japan Sencha, a buttery smooth green tea. We also tried the Ice Wine tea, which, when you add a touch of honey, has notes of grape and fruit.

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Ted and Carol Bednarksi photographed at Victoria’s Parkside Hotel and Spa.

On Carol: Grey wool turtleneck ($90) by Alfred Sung; black jumper ($10 sneaky sale) and black tights from H&M; knee-high boots ($750) by Stuart Weitzman Classics; necklace ($75) from Bamboozle (in Coombs); hand-crafted silver earrings by local designer Roberto at Filozo. On Ted: Knit sweater ($40) by Mack & Jones from Flavour (Uptown), black pants ($120) by Mex; shoes ($95) from Aldo.

TED AND CAROL BEDNARSKI Where you from and how did you get to Victoria? Carol: I was born in England but have lived all across Canada (airforce dad), including Ottawa, Gimli, Moose Jaw, and Comox. My father retired from the forces to Victoria in 1972 in my grade 12 year. After a very brief marriage, I left Victoria with my two small children and started 20  MARCH/APRIL 2018 

my modelling career with a brief stint in Vancouver and then Japan. I moved to Los Angeles and worked there for a couple of years, but the 80s scene in LA wasn’t for me. So I moved to Toronto, met Ted, and after eight years of back and forth between Toronto and Europe, we decided to semiretire from modelling and head west to a quieter lifestyle in Victoria. At that time our daughter, Evanne, was a one-year-old and we had two teenagers as well. Ted: I was born in Toronto and when I met Carol we moved to Europe together, and later Victoria.

Tell us about your modelling careers… how did you get into it? Carol: I was a single mom with two small kids in 1979, no job and no opportunities and my sister suggested I come to Vancouver to try modelling. I was desperate enough to try, even though I didn’t think I was model material. I ended up getting a contract to work in Japan. Next was Los Angeles, travelling to Italy from there to work seasonally, doing runway in Milan and Rome. I did some acting in LA and was able to get into commercials, so when I moved CONNECTOR l THE WILSON’S GROUP


to Toronto I was feeling confident and my career got rolling. Fortunately I had the height for runway and that gave me the versatility I needed to make a good living. As well as commercials and some TV roles, I did editorial, advertising and catalogue work. The highlight of my career was when I moved to Europe with Ted and my two kids. We had a house in Zurich and an apartment in Munich and were blessed to work in some fabulous locations around the world. The best part of modelling was the travel and all the interesting people we met. Ted: I was working at the Royal Bank at Young and Bloor in Toronto, where one of the women who worked at the modelling agency came to make deposits. She chatted me up and over a period of months talked me into coming in to talk with her about a modelling career. I jumped in while working at the Keg part time, and shortly after it became a full-time career.

How did you meet? Ted actually first laid eyes on me when he saw my comp card as it arrived at my new agency in Toronto. He had just started modelling. Two weeks after I arrived, we met during an interagency baseball game. I was playing centre field and he was in left field. He came crashing in to me trying to steal my pop fly… we ended up in a tangle on the ground, laughing (he definitely planned it). We made pretty quick business of falling in love and it was quite a ride for six years before getting married 30 years ago. We’ve been together for 36 years now, and we are still best friends and madly in love.

enjoy putting things together to create a look. I think working with stylists for years gave me confidence to be adventurous and to throw in the unexpected while still staying true to my personal style. But I’m pretty much all about comfort. Ted: I’m a casual guy, and my clothing isn’t super styled out, but I care about what I wear and I like to look good. I’d say I’m pretty understated. I don’t wear suits to work, mostly jeans and sweaters.

What does good travelling style mean to you? Carol: We just had our 30th anniversary in the Mediterranean. It was fun and challenging to pack. My priority was comfort first without giving up style. I love classic looks but with something a little extra to stand out. A little bit of funk to shake things up. I love outerwear. I have a ridiculous amount of sweaters, jackets, wraps and coats. I also love scarves and boots! Ted: Comfort is the main thing. I’m pretty relaxed and I pack light.

What are your hobbies? Carol: Ted is building me an art studio right now. I’m very excited

about getting back into my art. I’ve sold quite a few of my paintings and I’m looking forward to exploring my art further. I like to play tennis, and I hope we have a few more years of skiing in us. This fall I did a one week Alpine Hiking boot camp at Mountain Trek in the Kootenays. I highly recommend it! Ted: I like biking, tennis and I enjoy projects around the house. I would love to have my own workshop one day.

Who are some of the most interesting people you got introduced to through modelling? Carol: I met a lot of celebrities when I worked in LA. Although they may not have been that “interesting,” it was exciting for me to meet people like Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Sharon Stone. When I was in Canada I worked with Martin Short and Eugene Levy a few times, which was fun. They definitely were interesting. In Milan, I met Armani and Jean Franco Ferre while doing their shows, and a highlight on the runway was a retrospective of Pierre Cardin’s designs that I did in Quebec City. The most interesting people I met, however, were the creative people I worked with — the photographers, stylists, makeup artists and models. It really was a fun job. Ted: International photographers and designers and all the people I worked with really … it was great getting to know models from many countries.

How does have a history in fashion influence your personal style? Carol: Interestingly enough, when I was modelling I rarely

wore makeup or dressed up. After wearing gobs of makeup all day, I couldn’t wait to get it off. It was the model culture to be somewhat anti-fashion in those days. When going on “go sees” to meet a client it was more “cool” to dress casually and to appear not to be trying. It wasn’t until I was 40ish that I paid much attention to how I dressed. I didn’t even own a piece of jewellery until I was 50, and then I went nuts. These days I really

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MEET THE WILSON’S GROUP TEAM and culture which contributes to a great work atmosphere. Let’s be real, who wouldn’t love working with Thomas and Eric everyday!

Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Vancouver BC.

Tell us about your family

What are your hobbies outside of the job?

My parents live in Vancouver along with my younger sister, Tiffany. My older sister, Annie, is married with two adorable young boys, Jayden and Noah.

Some of the hobbies that I enjoy are playing basketball (I’m a huge LeBron James fan) and baseball, camping, listening to music and trying new restaurants and international cuisines.

What path did you take to get to this job?

What is your favourite thing to do in Vancouver?

I used to work for another motor coach company in Vancouver. My previous manager was hired with Wilson’s and called me when a dispatching opportunity opened up. The best move I ever made!

Being the thrill-seeker that I am, my personal favourite thing to do is ziplining. Skydiving, bungee jumping and white-water rafting are some things that I still need to check off my bucket list, along with watching a live NBA game with my Cleveland Cavaliers!

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What do you like best about this job?

NICKY LE NGUYEN Position: Dispatch Time with Wilson’s: Two years

Being relatively new to the bus business, I love how my position allows me to learn new skills and face new challenges. Who knew I would love the bus transportation business this much! I’ve always been taught not to be complacent and that there is always room for improvement — you just have to invest the time and effort. This job allows me to see and appreciate results of our efforts. Also, here in Vancouver we are like a family. We have our own identity

What is a “must-do” in your city for visitors?

I would recommend exploring the outdoors. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether it’s mountains, trees or water, you can’t go wrong.

Anything else you’d like to share?

My dream is to be able to travel the world. My dream destination is Bora Bora … Someday!

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