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he results of the annual Best of the City Awards are always a highlight of the year. It’s a chance to rediscover old favourites and become new regulars at others. It helps remind us why Greater Victoria is such a fantastic place to live – something we can take for granted at times. This year is especially special as we celebrate our 25th annual edition, a theme you’ll find throughout the following pages as we highlight Victoria’s culture. Seeing that translate into votes and giving residents a chance to throw their support behind the businesses, organizations and places they love Katherine really highlights the best our Engqvist region has to offer. Greater Victoria Editorial In all, more than 83,500 votes Hub bureau chief were cast across nearly 150 categories. Some of the most voted-on categories included the best attraction (Butchart Gardens, Royal BC Museum, Breakwater Ogden Point), the best place to shop for BBQs (Capital Iron, Costco, Canadian Tire), and the best new bookstore (Bolen Books, Munro’s Books, Russell Books) or used bookstore (Russell Books, Beacon Books, The Salvation Army Thrift Shore). In days gone by, people would manually

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write out their ballots to vote for their favourites, but that gave way to online voting some years ago. More recently we would allow residents to nominate their favourites for a short period of time before voting open. But this year residents were able to write in their favourites throughout the entire process. If you didn’t get a chance to vote, or nomi-

nate one or more of your favourites, there’s always next year so be sure to watch for the 26th edition next spring.

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Best of the City How to contact us: Black Press 818 Broughton St. Victoria, B.C. V8W 1E4 Phone: 250-381-3484 Email: publisher@vicnews.com Web: vicnews.com Group Publisher Penny Sakamoto Vic News Publisher Michelle Cabana Editor Katherine Engqvist Creative Director Lily Chan Production Cara Robbins Crea Zhang Heather Kohler Janice Marshall Contributing writers Nicole Crescenzi Christine van Reeuwyk Shalu Mehta Jen Blyth Contributing photographers Don Denton Lia Crowe Winners in the 25th annual Victoria News Best of the City supplement were chosen by Capital Region readers over the course of one month. Their votes were then tabulated and ranked in order to determine first, second and third place. Black PressVancouver Island has sole copyright over any written material or images in this publication. In the event of an error occurring in any advertisement, the liability of Black Press shall not exceed the charge of space actually occupied by the item in question.

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Best of the City cover Krystal Hanson and Canoe take in the ocean views from the path along the cliffs next to Dallas Road, one of the many local areas available to enjoy the outdoor

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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria With almost 20,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the largest public collection in B.C. It first opened in 1951 and exhibited art in the historic Victorian mansion next door that dates back to 1889. Now, the museum includes seven galleries that host prestigious exhibitions in a state-of-the-art space.

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A popular walk near downtown Victoria, the Breakwater at Ogden Point is an easy excursion that offers up some beautiful views of the Juan de Fuca Strait. Take in the sights as you watch the many cruise ships sail by. You might even catch some seals hanging around if you’re lucky!

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Looking for a sophisticated afternoon? Try the world famous afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Resort. All of their menu items are created fresh daily using local ingredients from local suppliers and are served in the historic Lobby Lounge filled with live classical piano accompaniment. Indulge yourself with a classic Champagne tea experience.

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Up for a night of good food and laughs? Hecklers Bar & Grill is the place for you. Take in some live comedy every Friday and Saturday night or head over during the week to catch up on sports. The chicken wings at Hecklers Bar & Grill are a must-try and a great way to end any day.

25 things to eat, see and enjoy in Victoria! Whether you’re interested in an adventure with family or a night out with friends, Victoria offers no end of fun, diverse activities for anyone. From museums and shopping to whale watching and outdoor excursions, visitors and residents are never bored. Here are 25 things to eat, see and enjoy in Victoria:

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Discovery Coffee Discovery Coffee hand-selects green beans from farmers all over the world and roasts them in-house, creating new, unique brews every day. Starting with a love of coffee and turning that into a passion for what it takes to make the best, one of Discovery Coffee’s seven locations is a great stop to fuel up with an ethical cup of joe.

Little Jumbo

Inspired by Jerry Thomas, the “father of American mixology” and Harry Johnson, “the father of professional bar-tending,” Little Jumbo emphasizes the craft of preparing food and drinks with fresh, local ingredients and a mix of continental and contemporary styles. If you’re interested in trying a unique cocktail paired with some good food, Little Jumbo is a must.

Bear Mountain Resort Golf, dine, relax and take in the views at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, located in a beautiful nature setting that is only a short drive from downtown Victoria. Spend some time at the spa or try out some incredible biking trails as you enjoy a local getaway.

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Walk the Gardens The Butchart Gardens is a must-see oasis 100 years in the making. Step in and explore 55 acres of displays from the depths of a former quarry to the sweet scents of the rose garden. Butchart Gardens sees more than 1 million visitors every year and features 50 full-time gardeners, 26 greenhouses and 900 bedding plant varieties.

Eagle Wing Tours Head to Eagle Wing Tours for some of the best whale watching on the Island. Take a ride in a semi-covered or open boat and see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Be sure to dress warm, it can get cold out on the ocean!

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Royal Theatre The Royal Theatre and concert hall is located in the heart of downtown. The theatre opened in 1913 and has even operated as a theatre at one point. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1987. Enjoy anything from Broadway Musicals to the Ballet and take in some culture while you’re in Victoria.

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Located inside the beautiful Beacon Hill Park, the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is a must-see for families visiting the area. It is nestled inside 200 acres of park land and is home to the park’s famous peacocks as well as fun animals like goats and donkeys.

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If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, Wildplay is the place to go. Offering mother nature’s urban adrenaline rush, visitors can test their spirit with an adventure course high in the sky, take a zipline tour and jump from a platform 40 feet off the ground. It’s a fun family outing that’ll get everyone excited.

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A literary lover’s paradise. At almost 20,000 square feet, Bolen Books is the largest single-location independent bookstore in Western Canada. Search through over 30,000 titles by up-and-coming names as well as new authors. You’re sure to find your next great read at Bolen Books.

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Esquimalt Farmers Market Launched in May, 2015, the Esquimalt Farmers Market is a must-visit. Dedicated to promoting healthy, local living, the market offers everything from organic food to products made by local artisans. Stop by on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park from May to September.

Beacon Drive In Ltd Voted Victoria’s Best Ice Cream for the last 23 years, the Beacon Drive-In is the perfect stop before or after exploring Beacon Hill Park. It has been open for 60 years and serves everything from breakfast to burgers and of course, soft serve ice cream.

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Get your shopping fix at Uptown, a shopping centre that is not only convenient to get to but is loaded with great stores in an artfully designed space. Shop, dine, and socialize at this easily accessible spot minutes from downtown.

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In the mood for all-day breakfast or for a great lunch? Head to Jam Cafe for a fantastic meal. Located in downtown Victoria, this restaurant serves food inspired by recipes from the south like house made cornbread, buttermilk biscuits and fried chicken. It’s where comfort food meets the urban city.

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Put a little zen in your day with everything from Vinyasa to Barre classes offered in Victoria. With a number of studios across the city, you’re sure to find the right space for your practice. It’s important to spend a little time for you in the day, and setting aside some time for yoga is the perfect way to do just that.

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Satisfy your hunger with the yearlong food truck festival in the back courtyard of the Royal BC Museum. Some of Victoria’s tastiest grub on wheels is stationed from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in June and August and from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily in September.

YMCA-YWCA Looking to fit a workout into your schedule? The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has three locations in the Victoria area as well as a rich, 135-year history in the community. Whether you’re in downtown Victoria, Langford or View Royal, there’s always time for a workout at the YMCA-YWCA.

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Royal BC Museum Spend some time at one of Canada’s leading museums and research centres and take in 550 million years of natural history and 9,000 years of human history in B.C. The Royal BC Museum offers incredible collections year-round as well as travelling exhibits that are sure to inspire.

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Be sure to stop by Esquimalt Ribfest for a weekend of barbecue ribs, local entertainment, craft beer, cider, wine, family activities, local arts and vendors. All proceeds from the Ribfest outside operating costs also go towards local charities and school-sponsored activities for the community’s youth.

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Canoe Brewpub

Head to Canoe Brewpub for great waterfront views on the outdoor patio, handcrafted beer and fresh food. The rustic brick architecture and timber-framed building is the perfect place for any gathering.

Esquimalt Lagoon

Pack a picnic and head over to the Esquimalt Lagoon. This migratory bird sanctuary is the perfect place to unwind in the cool ocean breeze. For birders it’s a great place to sit with a pair of binoculars and with its breathtaking views, it’s a great spot for an evening stroll.

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Local sports teams have a celebrated history in Victoria WORLD CLASS ATHLETES WOW FANS

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reater Victoria is home to a number of worldclass athletes. Whether you enjoy tossing a ball around, shooting a few pucks after work or cheering on your favourite players over a beer, Victoria has a team for you. The following are just a few of the teams that call Victoria home. Since their 2013 inception in the West Coast League (WCL), the Victoria HarbourCats have been celebrated on and off the field. In each of their first four seasons, the HarbourCats increased their win total, leading to a WCL record-setting 40-win campaign in 2016. That campaign earned the team a berth to playoffs, the first playoff berth for a Victoria baseball team since 1952, as the WCL North Division’s half pennant winners. In 2017, the HarbourCats won their second half division pennant, eventually coming within one win of a title. During the last five seasons (2014-2018), Victoria has led the WCL in attendance. The team’s 2018 attendance of nearly 62,600 even set a league record. Counting exhibition games, the HarbourCats saw more than 78,000 people attend games and have eclipsed the 300,000 mark for total attendance during their six years of play.

The Pacific Football Club is a division of the brand new Canadian Premier League and has brought professional men’s soccer to Greater Victoria. Based out of Westhills Stadium, the team is playing its inaugural season in 2019 and is lighting up the field in purple and blue, taking on its opponents. The home opener in April saw a sold-out crowd and the team’s first win as it made Canadian soccer history. The games are for all ages with a family zone, food trucks and a beer garden. A member of the Western Conference in the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Victoria Royals began to play during the 2011-2012 season after the league announced the relocation of the Chilliwack Bruins to Greater Victoria. It marked the return of the WHL to Vancouver Island 17 years after the departure of the Victoria Cougars to Prince George in 1994. The Royals won their first game in franchise history on Sept. 24, 2011, in front of a sold-out crowd in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The team went on to win the B.C. Division during the 2015-2016 season. The Victoria Shamrocks, based out of The Q Centre, are looking for their 10th Mann Cup Championship in

2019. The team got its start in 1950 and has been a force in the local community for almost 70 years with one of the most impressive legacies in Greater Victoria. The club has nine Mann Cup Canadian Senior ‘A’ championship victories, won in 1955, 1957, 1979, 1983, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2015. But that’s not all. The club also has claimed 20 provincial championships, 19 league championships, and has been home to countless league scoring champions as well as league playoff MVPs. A number of big names are back in the roster for the 2019 season, which kicked off at home on May 24. Evolving over the years with a number of different names, the Westshore Rebels football team officially made its move to Westhills Stadium in 2011. The team, which is part of the Canadian Junior Football League and plays in the B.C. Football Conference, has awardwinning coaches and players. The Westshore Rebels have also been recognized for their sportsmanship and involvement in the community and are committed to the development of amateur football and community development across Vancouver Island.

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Look at Esquimalt now! CHECK OUT THE TOWNSHIP THIS YEAR

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he Township of Esquimalt is a land of history and character with something for everyone to see. The shoreline area boasts a modest population of 18,000 people, but it’s rapidly growing with new buildings and businesses opening regularly. Two recent additions covered by Black Press include the addition of Esquimalt’s first coffee roastery, The Esquimalt Roasting Company, and a new and well-received Indian restaurant, Spice Valley. Innovative new infrastructural projects are making their way to Esquimalt, including an upcoming, 12-storey mass-timber project which will be the first on the Island. Additionally, Esquimalt will be hosting the new wastewater treatment plant, for which the township received a $17 million amenity fund. Council is currently deciding the best ways to spend that funding, but so far top contenders include upgrades

to Saxe Point Park and Bullen Park, the installation of a Japanese Tea House in the Esquimalt-Gorge area, and the construction of an emergency coordination centre. In the meantime, present-day favourites include the Splash Pad at the Esquimalt Adventure Park, which reopened for the season in May for the second time since it was constructed. Additionally, the Esquimalt Farmer’s Market will be operating again this summer every Thursday, after winning the Farmer’s Market of the Year award for the second year in a row. Markets run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30

p.m. at Memorial Park at 1200 Esquimalt Rd. Looking for some more outdoor events? Check out the Memorial Park Music Fest, which will be running every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights from June 18 to 30. Last but not least, you better save up your appetite for the upcoming Ribfest at Bullen Park. Some of the best barbecuers of the country will be featured at a weekend long event, with meals paired with live music and local ciders and brews. This year it Ribfest will run from Sept. 6 to 8. nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

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New landmarks in Victoria BRIDGES, BUILDINGS AND MORE HAVE POPPED UP ACROSS VICTORIA IN THE PAST YEAR

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he City of Victoria’s skyline is undergoing significant changes; cranes pepper the downtown core and new developments are sprouting up every month. There are dozens of residential units being built and many more awaiting approval, but other large landmarks have also appeared in the past year. The most recognizable addition to the city is the new Johnson Street Bridge, which officially opened on March 31, 2018. By June 8, 2018 the last remnants of the old bridge were carried away, and on Aug. 28, 2018 the final portion of the new bridge opened to pedestrians. Since then, surrounding plazas on either side of the bridge have been built, and the surrounding area continues to transform as the expansion

of the David Foster Walkway and renovations for the neighbouring Reeson Park continue. Let’s not forget the adjoining bike lanes, which are opening shortly along Wharf and Humboldt streets, with the most recent addition to the bike network opening along Fort Street in May 2018. More bike lanes are slated to open in 2019 along Vancouver Street, Harbour Road and the HillsideQuadra area. Additionally, this year the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Library Branch is celebrating its first anniversary since opening on May 26, 2018. Since opening, over 199,000 items have been checked out. The library celebrated its anniversary with the installation of a new art piece by Victoria’s artist-in-residence, Luke Ramsey. Ramsey was also a participant in the city-wide

effort to bring colour to the city in the form of murals. Murals have appeared throughout Victoria, with a heavy concentration on the industrial Rock Bay area, which was featured in the city’s “Concrete Canvas” initiative in April 2018. The project saw artists from across Canada and the world bring their craft to 16 walls near the bridge on Bay Street. That bridge, formally known as the Point Ellice Bridge, is now under construction to accommodate infrastructural updates. Construction on the bridge began on May 21 and is slated for completion in October. What’s your favourite addition to the city? Send us a Tweet @VictoriaNews. nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

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Victoria has been named the most romantic Canadian city according to Amazon Canada purchases.

There are about 1,600 lamp posts across the city that hold hanging flower baskets every summer.

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There are three resident pods of orca whales, totalling 76 whales, that hang out in Victoria’s waters.

Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada.

The world’s tallest free-standing totem pole is in Beacon Hill Park. There are two universities in the area, Royal Roads University and University of Victoria.

The average age of people in Victoria is 41.9 years.

The City of Victoria has four sister cities: Napier, New Zealand; Suzhou, China; Morioka, Japan and Khabarovsk, Russia.

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As the provincial capital, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings have about 3,300 energy efficient lights shining when the sun goes down.

Trounce Alley nestled in downtown Victoria contains authentic gaslights that are over 125 years old.

The Fairmont Empress serves half a million cups of tea annually.

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Victoria is known as the City of Gardens. Take a walk around and enjoy the beautiful flowers on display!

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The Capital Regional District is made up of 13 different municipalities and three electoral areas.

Victoria is home to Canada’s western naval base, CFB Esquimalt. December and January in Victoria see some of the lowest average temperatures with a high of 8 C. July and August see some of the highest with an average high of 20 C.

Fan Tan Alley inside Chinatown is the narrowest street in Canada. Over 3.5 million overnight visitors come to Victoria every year.

Victoria boasts an average of 2,193 hours of sunshine yearly and an eight month frost-free season.

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Victoria is very bike-friendly, with hundreds of kilometres of cycle paths, bike lanes and routes, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail which will take you through multiple Greater Victoria municipalities.

Victoria has been named among the top 10 friendliest cities in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

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Families are invited to bring a blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy the free festivities that run Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in parks throughout Saanich during July and August. And more and more families are taking Saanich up on the invitation. Music in the Park 2019 Schedule: Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. July 2 - Rock of Ages Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd. July 9 - Younger Than Yesterday Majestic Park, 4380 Majestic Dr. July 16 - Bobby Dazzler Beckwith Park, 857 Beckwith Ave. July 23 - Groove Kitchen Brydon Park, End of Viewmont Ave. July 30 - Late Shift Hyacinth Park, 700 Marigold Rd. Aug. 6 - Freeze Frame Rutledge Park, Inverness & Cloverdale Aug. 13 - Shades of Grey Rutledge Park, Inverness & Cloverdale

Crowds take in the show during Music in the Park last year in Rutledge Park. (Saanich News file photo)

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Another popular, family-friendly event is the annual Strawberry Festival, taking place July 7 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Beaver Lake Park. This popular event promises an afternoon of hanging out at the beach, listening to music, bouncing on inflatables and eating ice cream by the buckets. In past years, organizers have served up more than 500 kilograms of ice cream and 300 kg of strawberries, which an army of volunteers wearing red T-shirts and aprons scoop and sloosh into thousands of little buckets. A cohort of celebrities, often local politicians, then hand them out to the hungry masses. But don’t wait to get in line, this treat is expected to sell out. The Strawberry Festival began as a celebration of Saanich’s agricultural history. From these roots, it has blossomed into a festival that draws not just local residents, but out-of-towners. Part of the event’s appeal lies in the diversity of activities. One area of the park offers music, ice cream and beach access, while another hosts inflatable bounce equipment and a number of arts and crafts stations. Various community organizations will also be on hand to provide information and games.

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Landmarks provide journey through culture and history of First Nations EDUCATION KEY TO LEARNING TRUE HISTORY OF TRADITIONAL TERRITORY ON WHICH VICTORIA SITS *This article was written by a nonIndigenous writer For settlers and visitors on the land that we now call Victoria, taking in Indigenous landmarks and culture is an important key to understanding the history of the land – but it must be tied to learning about the traditional and unceded territory on which Greater Victoria now sits. The southern tip of Vancouver Island – including Victoria and Langford, the San Juan and Gulf Islands – are the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples – the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ Nations. Linda Calla, corporate services and special project coordinator for Indigenous Tourism BC, says there are ways to explore Indigenous culture with respect and care, such as looking for events or attractions that have partnerships and consultations with local First Nations. Education is also vital for non-Indigenous tourists. “Since reconciliation has become big in B.C. and across Canada, people still don’t understand a lot of the history of Indigenous people here,” Calla said, herself a member of the Squamish Nation, located in the Lower Mainland. “They don’t realize that whole communities were displaced – they were literally told they had to pick up and move from one location to another, even though they had probably lived in that location for 10,000 years. It’s extremely important for non-Indigenous people to understand the history of Indigenous communities.” Calla also encourages visitors to ask questions, but respect the fact that some may not be answered. “It might be something we don’t share outside our community members because it’s sacred or spiritual part of the culture,” she explained.

Exhibits at the Royal BC Museum The past is deeply woven into the present. Exhibits at the Royal BC Museum give visitors insight into traditions that span thousands of years and the impact of colonialism on B.C.’s First Nations people. Dive deep into the history of the region’s First Nations people and learn about the 34 languages linked to distinct B.C. territories for thousands of years in the Royal BC Museum’s Our Living Languages exhibit. The interactive, auditory and visual exhibit takes visitors on a ‘tour’ through the traditional territories of B.C. and the history of their mother tongues – of which entire communities are working tirelessly to document and revive. The museum also includes a First Peoples Gallery with an awe-inspiring Totem Hall featuring carvings from Kwakwaka’wakw, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Gitxsan, Haida and Nuu-chah-nulth communities. Crest poles, house posts, masks, regalia and modern works by other B.C. First Nations create an all-encompassing, breathtaking cultural experience . Thunderbird Park Thunderbird Park, although an artificial re-creation, is a stunning representation of Indigenous art along one of the most scenic routes through downtown Victoria. In 1941, a display of totem poles from the Royal BC Museum was set up on a grassy patch near the B.C. Legislature building at the corner of Belleville

and Douglas Streets. Eventually, to preserve their integrity, the original poles were moved inside the museum and replaced by replicas, carved mainly by Kwakwaka’wakw master carver, Mungo Martin and others under his direction, including Henry Hunt and his son’s Tony and Richard. Recently, two of the replica poles were removed for safety reasons, but dozens still proudly stand, including Haida poles, Gitxsan poles and a Kwakwaka’wakw Honouring pole and Heralding pole. Visitors can also see the 1981 studio where the replica poles were produced, as well as Wawadit’la The Mungo Martin House – a Northwest Coast-style house constructed back in 1941. Beacon Hill Park Beacon Hill Park is a renowned Victoria landmark, with otherworldly Douglas firs, deciduous groves and Garry oak meadows dusted with periwinkle Camus flowers and butter-hued golden paintbrushes – not to mention duck ponds and a free petting zoo, complete with bouncing baby goats. But Beacon Hill Park has far more significance than most know. It was once the site of a prehistoric village – remains of village refuse were found at defensive locations along the waterfront and burial grounds have painted a story with origins that are mostly, completely unknown. It is known however, that in the mid-19th century, members of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation

inhabited and gathered edible Camus bulbs in the area that many tourists and settlers enjoy today. Much of the history and original landscape of Beacon Hill Park was permanently altered or destroyed by early settlers. Beacon Hill Park is a popular go-to for all who spend time in Victoria, but not all learn the park’s real history. Learn more at beaconhillparkhistory.org. University of Victoria Walking Tour The beautiful University of Victoria campus is a sight of it its own – but it also includes magnificent pieces of Indigenous artwork, and is best explored via the school’s self-guided walking tour. Stroll through the First People’s House – a cultural, social and academic centre for Indigenous students – and find rotating art collections. UVic asks that all who enter the centre do so with respect for the ancestors, original caretakers of the land, and one another. View the ‘Eagle on the Decayed Pole and the Raven Soaring’ replica poles near the McClaurin Building, head to the engineering building for a view of the cedar and latex paint Welcome Figure and check out the mixed-media Ceremonial Furniture in the mezzanine. The art is endless and takes you from one end of campus to another. Contact Legacy Art Galleries at (250) 721-6562 for more information about the walking tour.

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2019 Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival Every year comes a unique and special opportunity to connect with and learn about the deep cultural histories of B.C.’s First Nations people. Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day weekend at the Royal BC Museum in downtown Victoria with the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nation. Music, dance, food and art abound at this free event – with artisans and First Nations performers from across B.C. and Canada sharing their cultures with the public. Visitors to the Royal BC Museum Plaza between June 21-23 will witness smudge ceremonies, storytelling, drum-making and cedar-weaving demonstrations, traditional dancers, singers and more. “How you keep a culture alive is by passing knowledge and skills down to younger people,” said Calla. “We want to help preserve culture. And tourism is an amazing way to assist communities in preserving their culture.” For more information visit indigenousbc.com.

Songhees Chief Ron Sam welcomes a crew of First Nations members and City of Victoria officials in the canoe crossing to kick of the 2018 Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival. (Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS)


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The Downtown Victoria Business Association is delighted to acknowledge all the winners in this year’s Best of the City edition. We know that small business is the secret sauce of downtown and our regional economy. We celebrate the tireless efforts of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and their employees in creating the rich cultural, economic, and social backbone of Victoria. I invite you to come downtown, spend a day or an evening here. Stroll the Inner Harbour, visit the shops and boutiques on Lower Johnson, Government, or Fort streets. Grab lunch or dinner in one of our world-renowned establishments. Enjoy a cocktail in one of our lively lounges. Attend any one of our over 100 annual festivals held throughout the year. If you have not been downtown for a few years, I urge you to come explore all that we have to offer. I know you will like what you see. You will also be supporting local businesses who are a vital part of our community. To view the full report go to dvba.ca/ report.

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BEST BREAKFAST 1 Jam Cafe 2 Floyd’s Diner 3 Blue Fox Cafe

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BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT 1 J & J Wonton Noodle House 2 Don Mee 3 Lum’s Chinese Restaurant

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1 Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar 2 Veneto Kitchen + Bar 3 Clive’s Classic Lounge

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1 Discovery Coffee 2 TIE- Caffe Fantastico / Habit Coffee 3 Murchie’s Tea & Coffee

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BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT 1 Bin 4 Burger Lounge 2 My Chosen Cafe 3 Red Robin

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BEST GREEK RESTAURANT

1 Ithaka Greek Restaurant 2 Il Greco on the Gorge 3 Maria’s Souvlaki Greek Restaurant

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1 Glo Restaurant + Lounge 2 10 Acres Commons 3 The Collective Wine Bar & Kitchen

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BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

1 Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant 2 Varsha Indian Kitchen 3 Turmeric Indian Cuisine

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1 Il Terrazzo 2 Pagliacci’s 3 Pizzeria Prima Strada

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BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT 1 Red Robin 2 Whitespot 3 My Chosen Cafe

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BEST WINE SELECTION 1 Everything Wine 2 Cascadia Liquor 3 Vessel Liquor

HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST ACUPUNCTURIST 1 Stillpoint 2 Jing Healing

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

1 Jack Chin Victoria 2 Dr. Sean Payne 3 West Shore Wellness

BEST SKIN CARE CLINIC

1 MD ESTHETICS 2 Cosmedica Laser Centre 3 Rosenthal Clinic

BEST DAY SPA

1 Emerald Day Spa 2 Sante Spa-Bear Mountain Resort 3 Sapphire Day Spa

BEST DENTIST

1 Urban Smiles 2 Royal Oak Dental Clinic 3 Academy Dental

BEST EYE CLINIC

1 Purely Optometry 2 Maycock Eyecare 3 Mayfair Optometric Clinic

BEST PHARMACY

1 Heart Pharmacy 2 Pharmasave 3 London Drugs

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1 The Japanese Village Restaurant 2 Nubo Japanese Tapas 3 Shizen Japanese Restaurant Inc

1 Phillips Brewing & Malting 2 Hoyne Brewing Company 3 Sea Cider

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BEST ADVENTURE TOURISM 1 Wild Play 2 Horne Lake Caves 3 Adrenaline Zip

BEST ISLAND ATTRACTION 1 Butchart Gardens 2 Cathedral Grove 3 Mount Washington

BEST PLACE FOR AFTERNOON TEA 1 The Empress 2 Murchies 3 White Heather

BEST PLACE TO MEET A MATE 1 Ogden Point Break Water 2 Online Dating 3 Willows Beach

BEST PLACE TO WALK YOUR DOG 1 Dallas Road 2 Beacon Hill Park 3 Esquimalt Lagoon

BEST STAYCATION/ISLAND RESORT

1 Tigh-Na-Mara 2 Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa 3 Wickaninnish Inn Tofino

BEST URBAN HIKING TRAIL 1 Thetis Lake 2 Mount Doug 3 East Sooke Park

BEST WHALE WATCHING

1 Prince of Whales 2 Eagle Wing 3 Earth Ocean Adventures

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

BEST NEW COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

1 Campbell Construction Ltd 2 TIE – Villamar Construction / The Travino

BEST NEW CONDO DEVELOPMENT 1 Belmont Residences 2 Vivid at the Yates

BEST NEW MUTLI RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPEMENT

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1 Royal Bay-Gablecraft Homes 2 Villamar 3 Westhills

SERVICES

BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM 1 Canwest Accounting 2 Grant Thornton LLP 3 Hutcheson & Co

BEST AUTO SERVICE / REPAIR CHAIN 1 Big O Tires 2 Kal Tire 3 Mr. Lube

BEST AUTO SERVICE / REPAIR INDEPENDENT 1 Searles Auto Repair 2 Jas Toora Automotive & Transmission 3 Tires Unlimited

BEST BARBERSHOP

1 Brothers Barbershop 2 Status Barber Shop 3 Victory Barbers & Brand

BEST BOOKKEEPING / TAX SERVICE 1 Padgett Business Services 2 Liberty Tax Service 3 Reliable Tax Services


2019 RESULTS LEISURE

BEST ADVENTURE TOURISM 1 Wild Play 2 Horne Lake Caves 3 Adrenaline Zip

BEST ISLAND ATTRACTION 1 Butchart Gardens 2 Cathedral Grove 3 Mount Washington

BEST PLACE FOR AFTERNOON TEA 1 The Empress 2 Murchies 3 White Heather

BEST PLACE TO MEET A MATE 1 Ogden Point Break Water 2 Online Dating 3 Willows Beach

BEST PLACE TO WALK YOUR DOG 1 Dallas Road 2 Beacon Hill Park 3 Esquimalt Lagoon

BEST STAYCATION/ISLAND RESORT

1 Tigh-Na-Mara 2 Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa 3 Wickaninnish Inn Tofino

BEST URBAN HIKING TRAIL 1 Thetis Lake 2 Mount Doug 3 East Sooke Park

BEST WHALE WATCHING

1 Prince of Whales 2 Eagle Wing 3 Earth Ocean Adventures

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

BEST NEW COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

1 Campbell Construction Ltd 2 TIE – Villamar Construction / The Travino

BEST NEW CONDO DEVELOPMENT 1 Belmont Residences 2 Vivid at the Yates

BEST NEW MUTLI RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPEMENT 1 Royal Bay-Gablecraft Homes 2 Villamar 3 Westhills

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BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM 1 Canwest Accounting 2 Grant Thornton LLP 3 Hutcheson & Co

BEST AUTO SERVICE / REPAIR CHAIN 1 Big O Tires 2 Kal Tire 3 Mr. Lube

BEST AUTO SERVICE / REPAIR INDEPENDENT 1 Searles Auto Repair 2 Jas Toora Automotive & Transmission 3 Tires Unlimited

BEST BARBERSHOP

1 Brothers Barbershop 2 Status Barber Shop 3 Victory Barbers & Brand

BEST BOOKKEEPING / TAX SERVICE 1 Padgett Business Services 2 Liberty Tax Service 3 Reliable Tax Services

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BEST FOR CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

BEST LAW FIRM

BEST PEST CONTROL

BEST HAIR SALON

BEST MOVING / STORAGE

BEST PET BOARDING / GROOMING / DAYCARE

BEST HOTEL

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

BEST PET STORE

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

BEST NAIL SALON

BEST PLUMBER

1 Luv-A-Rug Services Inc. 2 Sunny Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 3 Citrus O 1 Fish Hair Salon 2 Hunt & Gather Hair Company 3 Chatters 1 Oak Bay Beach Hotel 2 Delta Ocean Pointe 3 Fairmont Empress Hotel 1 Molly Maid 2 Mary Poppins Cleaning 3 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd.

BEST INSURANCE PROVIDER

1 HUB International 2 Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services 3 BCAA

BEST JEWELER

1 Barclay’s Fine Jewellers 2 Paul Mara Jewellers 3 LUGARO - Downtown Victoria

1 League and Williams Lawyers 2 Sitka Law Group 3 Beacon Law Centre 1 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd. 2 Adams Storage 3 Sweenie Moving 1 Long & McQuade Musical Instruments 2 Tom Lee Music 3 Tempo Trend Music 1 Shimmer Body and Nail Spa 2 TIE – Brun Body Bar / Emerald Day Spa

BEST NEW HOME BUILDER 1 LIDA Homes Inc. Custom Home Builders & Renovation Experts 2 Villamar Construction Ltd 3 Abstract Developments

BEST OIL CHANGE

1 Victoria Pest Control 2 Garden City Pest Control 3 Old Island Pest Control

1 Whisker’s Urban Ranch Pet DayCamp 2 Nirvana Pet Resort 3 The Doggy Lounge 1 Pets West 2 Bosley’s by Pet Valu 3 PetSmart 1 Bridgeman Plumbing & Heating Ltd 2 TIE – True Home Plumbing & Gas / Miles Plumbing and Heating 3 Wade Roberts Plumbing

BEST RETIREMENT HOME

1 Amica On The Gorge 2 TIE – The Cridge Centre for the Family / The Wellesley 3 Ross Place Retirement Residence

1 Great Canadian Oil Change 2 Mr. Lube 3 Jiffy Lube

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BEST LAW FIRM

BEST PEST CONTROL

BEST HAIR SALON

BEST MOVING / STORAGE

BEST PET BOARDING / GROOMING / DAYCARE

BEST HOTEL

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

BEST PET STORE

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

BEST NAIL SALON

BEST PLUMBER

1 Luv-A-Rug Services Inc. 2 Sunny Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 3 Citrus O 1 Fish Hair Salon 2 Hunt & Gather Hair Company 3 Chatters 1 Oak Bay Beach Hotel 2 Delta Ocean Pointe 3 Fairmont Empress Hotel 1 Molly Maid 2 Mary Poppins Cleaning 3 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd.

BEST INSURANCE PROVIDER

1 HUB International 2 Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services 3 BCAA

BEST JEWELER

1 Barclay’s Fine Jewellers 2 Paul Mara Jewellers 3 LUGARO - Downtown Victoria

1 League and Williams Lawyers 2 Sitka Law Group 3 Beacon Law Centre 1 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd. 2 Adams Storage 3 Sweenie Moving 1 Long & McQuade Musical Instruments 2 Tom Lee Music 3 Tempo Trend Music 1 Shimmer Body and Nail Spa 2 TIE – Brun Body Bar / Emerald Day Spa

BEST NEW HOME BUILDER 1 LIDA Homes Inc. Custom Home Builders & Renovation Experts 2 Villamar Construction Ltd 3 Abstract Developments

BEST OIL CHANGE

1 Victoria Pest Control 2 Garden City Pest Control 3 Old Island Pest Control 1 Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa 2 Nirvana Pet Resort 3 The Doggy Lounge 1 Pets West 2 Bosley’s by Pet Valu 3 PetSmart

1 Bridgeman Plumbing & Heating Ltd 2 TIE – True Home Plumbing & Gas / Miles Plumbing and Heating 3 Wade Roberts Plumbing

BEST RETIREMENT HOME

1 Amica On The Gorge 2 TIE – The Cridge Centre for the Family / The Wellesley 3 Ross Place Retirement Residence

1 Great Canadian Oil Change 2 Mr. Lube 3 Jiffy Lube

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2019 RESULTS LEISURE

BEST ADVENTURE TOURISM 1 Wild Play 2 Horne Lake Caves 3 Adrenaline Zip

BEST ISLAND ATTRACTION 1 Butchart Gardens 2 Cathedral Grove 3 Mount Washington

BEST PLACE FOR AFTERNOON TEA 1 The Empress 2 Murchies 3 White Heather

BEST PLACE TO MEET A MATE 1 Ogden Point Break Water 2 Online Dating 3 Willows Beach

BEST PLACE TO WALK YOUR DOG 1 Dallas Road 2 Beacon Hill Park 3 Esquimalt Lagoon

BEST STAYCATION/ISLAND RESORT

1 Tigh-Na-Mara 2 Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa 3 Wickaninnish Inn Tofino

BEST URBAN HIKING TRAIL 1 Thetis Lake 2 Mount Doug 3 East Sooke Park

BEST WHALE WATCHING

1 Prince of Whales 2 Eagle Wing 3 Earth Ocean Adventures

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

BEST NEW COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

1 Campbell Construction Ltd 2 TIE – Villamar Construction / The Travino

BEST NEW CONDO DEVELOPMENT 1 Belmont Residences 2 Vivid at the Yates

BEST NEW MUTLI RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPEMENT 1 Royal Bay-Gablecraft Homes 2 Villamar 3 Westhills

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SERVICES

BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM 1 Canwest Accounting 2 Grant Thornton LLP 3 Hutcheson & Co

BEST AUTO SERVICE / REPAIR CHAIN 1 Big O Tires 2 Kal Tire 3 Mr. Lube

BEST AUTO SERVICE / REPAIR INDEPENDENT 1 Searles Auto Repair 2 Jas Toora Automotive & Transmission 3 Tires Unlimited

BEST BARBERSHOP

1 Brothers Barbershop 2 Status Barber Shop 3 Victory Barbers & Brand

BEST BOOKKEEPING / TAX SERVICE 1 Padgett Business Services 2 Liberty Tax Service 3 Reliable Tax Services

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BEST FOR CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

BEST LAW FIRM

BEST PEST CONTROL

BEST HAIR SALON

BEST MOVING / STORAGE

BEST PET BOARDING / GROOMING / DAYCARE

BEST HOTEL

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

BEST PET STORE

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

BEST NAIL SALON

BEST PLUMBER

1 Luv-A-Rug Services Inc. 2 Sunny Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 3 Citrus O 1 Fish Hair Salon 2 Hunt & Gather Hair Company 3 Chatters 1 Oak Bay Beach Hotel 2 Delta Ocean Pointe 3 Fairmont Empress Hotel 1 Molly Maid 2 Mary Poppins Cleaning 3 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd.

BEST INSURANCE PROVIDER

1 HUB International 2 Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services 3 BCAA

BEST JEWELER

1 Barclay’s Fine Jewellers 2 Paul Mara Jewellers 3 LUGARO - Downtown Victoria

1 League and Williams Lawyers 2 Sitka Law Group 3 Beacon Law Centre 1 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd. 2 Adams Storage 3 Sweenie Moving 1 Long & McQuade Musical Instruments 2 Tom Lee Music 3 Tempo Trend Music 1 Shimmer Body and Nail Spa 2 TIE – Brun Body Bar / Emerald Day Spa

BEST NEW HOME BUILDER 1 LIDA Homes Inc. Custom Home Builders & Renovation Experts 2 Villamar Construction Ltd 3 Abstract Developments

BEST OIL CHANGE

1 Victoria Pest Control 2 Garden City Pest Control 3 Old Island Pest Control

1 Whisker’s Urban Ranch Pet DayCamp 2 Nirvana Pet Resort 3 The Doggy Lounge 1 Pets West 2 Bosley’s by Pet Valu 3 PetSmart 1 Bridgeman Plumbing & Heating Ltd 2 TIE – True Home Plumbing & Gas / Miles Plumbing and Heating 3 Wade Roberts Plumbing

BEST RETIREMENT HOME

1 Amica On The Gorge 2 TIE – The Cridge Centre for the Family / The Wellesley 3 Ross Place Retirement Residence

1 Great Canadian Oil Change 2 Mr. Lube 3 Jiffy Lube

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BEST RV SALES AND SERVICE

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST GARDEN STORE/NURSERY

BEST TATTOO STUDIO

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE

BEST GROCERY STORE

BEST TIRE SHOP

BEST CRAFT STORE

BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE

BEST TRAVEL AGENT

BEST EYEGLASS STORE

BEST HOME APPLIANCE STORE

BEST U-BREW / U-WINE

BEST FLOORING / CARPET STORE

BEST HOME ELECTRONICS STORE

BEST VETERINARIAN

BEST FLORIST

BEST HOME FURNISHING STORE

SHOPPING

BEST FOAM STORE

1 Arbutus RV 2 Galaxy RV 3 Peden RV Superstore

1 Urge Tattoo 2 Painted Lotus Studios 3 Universal Tattoo 1 Kal Tire 2 Costco Wholesale 3 Big O Tires 1 Flight Centre 2 Expedia Cruise Victoria 3 Marlin Travel 1 Flying Fish Winery 2 Black Tie Wines 3 The Wine Maker

1 Vic West Pet Hospital 2 McKenzie Veterinary Services 3 Juan De Fuca Veterinary Clinic

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

1 Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop 2 North Park Bike Shop 3 Trek Bicycle Store

BEST BOAT / MARINE STORE 1 SG Power 2 Trotac Marine 3 Sherwood Marine Centre

BEST BOOKSTORE NEW 1 Bolen Books 2 Munro’s Books 3 Russell Books

BEST BOOKSTORE USED

BEST BRIDAL / FORMAL WEAR 1 Shades of White Bridal 2 Blush Bridal 3 Luz Bridal Boutique

BEST BUTCHER

1 Glenwood Meats 2 Red Barn Market 3 Carnivore Meats & More

1 Good Things Oak Bay 2 Baja Rosi’s Consignment 3 Sailor Jack Consignment

1 Michaels 2 Cloth Castle 3 Knotty by Nature Fibre Arts 1 Maycock Eyecare 2 Costco Wholesale 3 Goo Goo Goggles Optical 1 Hourigans Flooring 2 United Floors 3 Fuzzy Wuzzy Carpets 1 Brown’s The Florist 2 Poppies Floral Art 3 Thrifty Foods 1 The Foam Zone 2 Go Rest 3 The Foam Shop Victoria

BEST FOR BBQ’S 1 Capital Iron 2 Costco 3 Canadian Tire

BEST FOR PRODUCE STORE 1 Root Cellar 2 Thrifty Foods 3 Red Barn Market

BEST FOR VITAMIN’S/SUPPLEMENTS 1 The Vitamin Shop 2 Lifestyle Markets 3 Health Essentials, Tillicum

BEST FURNITURE STORE CHAIN 1 The Brick 2 Leon’s Furniture 3 Scan tDesigns Furniture

BEST FURNITURE STORE INDEPENDENT 1 Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress 2 Max Furniture 3 Sager’s Home Living

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1 GardenWorks - Saanich 2 Elk Lake Garden Centre Ltd. 3 Russell Nursery 1 Thrifty’s 2 Country Grocer 3 Save-On-Foods

1 Lifestyle Markets 2 The Vitamin Shop 3 Whole Foods Market

1 Trail Appliance 2 Coast Appliances 3 Lansdowne Appliance Gallery

1 Best Buy 2 London Drugs 3 TIE – Atlas Audio / Visions Electronics 1 HomeSense 2 TIE– Bed Bath & Beyond / Chintz & Company

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE CHAIN 1 The Home Depot 2 Home Hardware 3 Lowe’s

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE INDEPENDENT

1 Castle Home Centre 2 Lumberworld 3 Habitat For Humanity Victoria ReStore Uptown

BEST KITCHEN STORE 1 Capital Iron 2 Cook Culture 3 Penna and Company

BEST LIGHTING STORE

1 McLaren’s 2 Pine Lighting 3 Illuminations Lighting Solutions

BEST LIQUOR STORE 1 Cascadia Liquor 2 BC Liquor Stores 3 Vessel Liquor

BEST MALL / SHOPPING CENTER 1 Mayfair Shopping Centre 2 Hillside Shopping Centre 3 Uptown Mall

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1 Russell Books 2 Beacon Bookse 3 The Salvation Army Thrift Store

1 Sailor Jack Consignment 2 Momease Baby Boutique 3 The Children’s Place

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BEST MATTRESS STORE

1 Ashley Homestore 2 Sleep Country 3 Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE 1 Outlooks for Men Victoria 2 DG Bremner, Sidney, BC 3 Complex Clothing

BEST MOTORCYCLES OR SCOOTERS 1 Action Motorcycle’s 2 SG Power 3 Harley Davidson

BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS 1 MEC Victoria 2 Robinson’s Outdoor Store 3 Island Outfitters

BEST PAINT STORE 1 Cloverdale Paint 2 The Home Depot 3 Pacific Paint Inc

BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE A NEW VEHICLE 1 Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria 2 Campus Honda 3 Pacific Mazda

BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE A PRE-OWNED VEHICLE 1 Galaxy Motors 2 Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria 3 Howie’s Car Corral

BEST POOL / SPA STORE

1 Capital Iron 2 Vintage Hot Tubs Pool, Patio, and Billiards 3 Twillight Hot Tubs & Home Leisure Centre

BEST SEAFOOD STORE 1 Finest At Sea 2 Thrifty Foods 3 Oak Bay Seafood

BEST SHOE STORE

1 Walk In Comfort 2 TIE – The Cobbler / Heart and Sole Shoes 3 Designer Shoe Warehouse, Victoria

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE 1 Capital Iron 2 Kirby’s 3 Island Outfitters

BEST THRIFT STORE

1 Win (Women in Need) 2 Salvation Army Old island Highway 3 Value Village, Store Street, Victoria BC

BEST TOY STORE

1 Mastermind Toys 2 Buddies Toy Store 3 Toys”R”Us

BEST WINDOW COVERINGS

1 Ruffell & Brown Window Fashions 2 Saffron Window Fashions & Drapery 3 Budget Blinds & Window Coverings

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BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE 1 Just for you Fashions Ltd 2 Aritzia 3 Flavour

SPORTS & RECREATION BEST GOLF COURSE

1 Bear Mountain Golf 2 Olympic View Golf Course 3 Cedar Hill Golf Course

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB

1 YMCA-YWCA 2 Fierce Studio Jiu Jitsu and Yoga Therapy 3 Studio 4 Athletics

BEST MARTIAL ARTS

1 Van Isle Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2 Fierce Studio Jiu Jitsu and Yoga Therapy 3 Zuma Martial Arts

BEST SWIMMING POOL OR WATERPARK 1 Commonwealth Pool 2 Esquimalt Recreation Centre 3 Oak Bay Recreation Centre

BEST YOGA STUDIO

1 MokSana Yoga Center 2 FierceHeart Yoga 3 Studio Vancouver Island YMCA/YWCA

BEST WINE SHOP

1 Everything Wine 2 Vessel Liquor 3 BC Liquor Store, Fort & Foul Bay

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“We’ve had a gluten-free menu for almost four years now,” she says, noting that they were one of the first Chinese restaurants in Victoria to add these specially prepared and cooked food choices. “I would say today probably 20 to 30 per cent of our menu is gluten-free items,” Jasmine says. “People tell me they haven’t been able to eat Chinese food for 20 years and they’re so happy they’ve found us.”

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Reputations mean a lot in the restaurant business, and the people at J&J Wonton Noodle House on Fort Street in Victoria take theirs very seriously. The friendly and prompt meal service are a big part of that equation, but the great selection of tasty and flavourful authentic Chinese food is what keeps people coming back and made them the 2018 winner for Best Chinese Food as selected by voters in the Best of the City.

While that change has brought back some diners and introduced a number of new customers to J&J’s, other favourite items bring people down.

With dozens of items on their four separate menus, including numerous seafood options – not to mention special combos for one available for solo diners or busy workers on a time crunch – there’s something for everyone’s tastes here.

The barbecued duck is one of those items. Available in various forms: in noodle soup, in halved form as a side (lunch) or main (dinner) order, or combined with rice, it often sells out early due to its popularity, Jasmine says.

Restaurant manager Jasmine Sun points out that J&J’s has not only maintained its quality food and personable service over its 23 years downtown, it has adjusted its offerings with the changing demands of customers.

The smiling face of owner Michael Xue, the restaurant’s original head chef who bought the business six years ago, is ever present in the kitchen with his hard-working staff. He invites anyone to come down and try the food and say hi. There’s always something special being cooked up.

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We’re proud to be nominated again this year, and would like to thank everyone who made it possible, our producers, farmers, growers and fishermen, our staff and most important of all, you, our customers.


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Mac’s Cycle Centre

Heart Pharmacy

Fairway Market

Ink & Toner Medic

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M&M Food Market

Little Thai Place

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City of gardens GLORIOUS BLOOMS, SOOTHING WATER FEATURES AND WONDROUS WALKWAYS AWAIT VISITORS AT VICTORIA’S BEAUTIFUL GARDENS. The Butchart Gardens   When Robert and Jennie Butchart came to live at Tod Inlet on Vancouver Island they named their home “Benvenuto” — Italian for “Welcome.” Starting with sweet pea seeds and a rose bush, Jennie began a lifelong project to create a garden. With great vision, she transformed a barren limestone quarry, beginning what is now the Sunken Garden at the world famous The Butchart Gardens, located a short drive from Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula. Today, more than 100 years later, the breathtaking gardens stretch across 22 hectares of the 53-hectare estate and are visited by close to a million people each year. Open year-round, The Butchart Gardens are pure magic no matter what the season. Extend your visit in the award-winning Dining Room Restaurant, partake in Afternoon Tea, enjoy the summer’s Saturday Fireworks and Night Illuminations and return during the holiday season for the month-long seasonal light-up.

 Beacon Hill Park The crown jewel of Victoria’s city parks, Beacon Hill could take a full day to explore. With its formal history reaching back to 1882, when the Province of British Columbia granted 75 hectares to the City of Victoria to be held in trust, the park encompasses a vast array of landscapes, including native plant habitats, manicured gardens and playing fields, historic buildings, structures and monuments. Designated a municipal heritage site in 2009, Beacon Hill Park offers something for all ages, including playgrounds, a water park, children’s zoo and duck ponds for the little ones; as well as a putting green, bandshell (featuring summer concerts), accessible walking paths through formal gardens and many scenic spots to spread out a picnic blanket and savour some of Victoria’s delicious culinary treats.

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Enjoy afternoon tea and take a tour with one of Abkhazi Garden’s 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 the plants, the land, the house and the couple who created this amazing garden. The entrance to Abkhazi Garden is via an ornate black gate, which only hints at the beauty that lies beyond. Parking is on the street. Call for seasonal hours; located at 1964 Fairfield Road. Admission to the garden is by donation.

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The temperature inside the Victoria Butterfly Gardens is a comfy 26 degrees Celsius, the perfect climate for the 70 species of butterflies that flitter through the facility. From the rainforest-dwelling Menelaus blue morpho butterfly to the lacewing butterfly from the Philippines and the giant atlas moth from South East Asia, the spacious, tropically-planted indoor venue is filled with exotic colour and delicate winged beauty. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens, located in Brentwood Bay, is also home to iguanas, flamingos, free-flying tropical birds and poison dart frogs. There are ponds filled with koi fish, 200 species of tropical plants (including a carnivorous plant!) and warm air rich with the scent of the tropics. Ticket admission includes access to the insectarium, where leafcutter ants and other insects and invertebrates are safely observed from behind glass.

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begin gentrifying that corner of downtown and renaming it to Hotel Rialto and restoring it to the original grandness. “That got the ball rolling and all the other developments started around it,” she says. Now, the hotel boasts an Italian flare remnant of Danzo’s Italian roots, with 56 rooms in the heart of Victoria. Close to Canada’s oldest Chinatown, endless bars, restaurants and local boutique shopping scattered around the hotel, guests are greeted by a complimentary cheese plate at check-in. “We’ve heard and seen that people want an authentic experience not just the typical Victoria you might see in a postcard,” says Kost. “That sense of home and the boutique nature of our hotel — it’s not a cookie cutter.” Upon entering Hotel Rialto, located at 653 Pan-

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on the Island. “I’ve had other awards, and this one is even more special,” Dodd said. “They told me they appreciate the community work I do, and I appreciate that. They also told me they liked that I was entertaining and that was a different way to sell.” From the beginning Dodd was driven to be successful as a new Canadian. In 1982, the Vic Trader store on Finlayson went under and Dodd took the opportunity to leave Quadra Village and move into the space. It was a 12,000 square-foot, single-storey building and it was too big for Dodd’s business. He asked the landlord for half the store space and the landlord told Dodd to find a subtenant. So Dodd began lobbying other businesses to move in. His search gained momentum when he started calling around to mainland businesses that had considered expanding to Greater Victoria. “I found a carpet [retailer] from Richmond. They took half of it but after three years they went bankrupt,” Dodd said. By then it was 1985 and Dodd was able to take over the entire space. Then in 1990, the landlord offered Dodd the chance to buy the building. By 1997, however, the

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building was in bad shape. “It was actually an old bowling alley, I’m sure there are still a few people around who will remember that,” Dodd said. “It was leaking, and we needed repairs. We decided to demolish the building.” While the current two-storey building on Finlayson was being built Dodd moved into an interim location on Douglas a block south of Finlayson by Spruce Avenue. The current Finlayson building was finished in 2000. Dodd’s has become a family business with Love and Aman running the operations. “We wanted to make something

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Cruise terminal welcomes eight million plus A newlywed marked a milestone as the eight millionth visitor to the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point earlier this spring. Meghan Lorenzon and her spouse Brent Petkus arrived on the Norwegian Joy, welcomed by Lekwungen Dancers at Pier A South. Lorenzon, of Florida, was celebrated during a short ceremony before being whisked away for a tour of the city. “Each million-passenger milestone is a significant moment for any port of call, and we’re excited to welcome our eight millionth passenger this early in our 2019 season,” said Lindsay Gaunt, director, cruise development for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “We’ve worked with our local partners to ensure that the passenger and their spouse are able to choose from a selection of experiences to enjoy the best of the city during their visit.” As Canada’s busiest cruise port of call, the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point will welcome more than 260 calls and 700,000 passengers throughout the 2019 season. The full cruise schedule is available at gvha.ca.

The Norwegian Joy, sister ship to the Norwegian Bliss and celebrating her inaugural season in Victoria, is 333 metres long and carries 3,883 passengers. Features of the ship include the Norwegian Joy Speedway, a twolevel go-kart race track; outdoor laser tag; Galaxy Pavilion VR and 4D theatre; mini golf, and an aqua park. This year, Victoria also saw the largest ship to visit the pier, the Ovation of the Seas, on May 12, though Gaunt said it was a close call whether the ship could arrive or not. The GVHA had planned on building an extended dolphin pier at Pier B to accommodate the size of the ship, but

in December a key piece of steel for the project tumbled off a cargo ship and into the ocean. “So, we’re circling back and will have that in for the 2020 season, and in the meantime, the Ovation will dock at Pier

A South,” Gaunt said. The harbour authority expects the terminal will welcome its 10 millionth passenger by 2021. -With files from Christine van Reeuwyk

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CARNIVAL LEGEND OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE REGATTA NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS QUEEN ELIZABETH OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS AMSTERDAM AZAMARA QUEST CARNIVAL LEGEND GRAND PRINCESS OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS AMSTERDAM REGATTA CARNIVAL LEGEND OVATION OF THE SEAS MAASDAM CELEBRITY SOLSTICE SEVEN SEAS MARINER NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS GRAND PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS AMSTERDAM REGATTA CARNIVAL LEGEND DISNEY WONDER OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS CRYSTAL SYMPHONY CARNIVAL LEGEND GRAND PRINCESS SEVEN SEAS MARINER OVATION OF THE SEAS REGATTA CELEBRITY SOLSTICE

Ketchikan Tracey Arm Inside Passa Ketchikan Icy Point Ketchikan Ketchikan Sitka Ketchikan Skagway Ketchikan Sitka Ketchikan Ketchikan Sitka Tracey Arm Inside Passa Skagway Ketchikan Ketchikan Ketchikan Skagway Ketchikan Skagway Ketchikan Ketchikan Tracey Arm San Francisc Inside Passa Prince Ruper Icy Point Ketchikan Ketchikan Tracey Arm Ketchikan Skagway Ketchikan Sitka Ketchikan Ketchikan Sitka Tracey Arm Inside Passa Skagway Ketchikan Ketchikan Ketchikan Skagway Ketchikan Prince Ruper Ketchikan Ketchikan Wrangell Tracey Arm Sitka Inside Passa

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NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS AMSTERDAM AZAMARA QUEST CARNIVAL LEGEND OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE GRAND PRINCESS NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS REGATTA CARNIVAL LEGEND OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRYSTAL SYMPHONY NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS AMSTERDAM GRAND PRINCESS CARNIVAL LEGEND OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS CRYSTAL SYMPHONY REGATTA CARNIVAL LEGEND GRAND PRINCESS OVATION OF THE SEAS CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NORWEGIAN JOY EURODAM RUBY PRINCESS OOSTERDAM STAR PRINCESS NORWEGIAN BLISS AMSTERDAM REGATTA CARNIVAL LEGEND OVATION OF THE SEAS

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Seattle 3,883 Seattle 2,104 Seattle 3,080 Seattle 1,916 Seattle 2,590 Seattle 4,250 Seattle 1,380 Vancouver 694 Seattle 2,124 Seattle 4,180 Seattle 2,850 San Francisc 2,606 Seattle 3,883 Seattle 2,104 Seattle 3,080 Seattle 1,916 Seattle 2,590 Seattle 4,250 Vancouver 684 Seattle 2,124 Seattle 4,180 Seattle 2,850 Vancouver 922 Seattle 3,883 Seattle 2,104 Seattle 3,080 Seattle 1,916 Seattle 2,590 Seattle 4,250 Seattle 1,380 San Francisc 2,606 Seattle 2,124 Seattle 4,180 Seattle 2,850 Seattle 3,883 Seattle 2,104 Seattle 3,080 Seattle 1,916 Seattle 2,590 Seattle 4,250 Vancouver 922 Seattle 684 Seattle 2,124 San Francisc 2,606 Seattle 4,180 Seattle 2,850 Seattle 3,883 Seattle 2,104 Seattle 3,080 Seattle 1,916 Seattle 2,590 Seattle 4,250 Seattle 1,380 Seattle 684 Seattle 2,124 Seattle 4,180

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VICTORIA HARBOURCATS June through August Cheer our West Coast League baseball team, featuring some of today’s top college players. Royal Athletic Park. Info: harbourcats.com

JAMES BAY MARKET Saturdays, through Sept. 28 Locally grown and produced goods, arts, crafts, entertainment and more, 9am to 3pm at Superior and Menzies streets. Info: jamesbaymarket.com

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ESQUIMALT FARMERS MARKET Thursdays to Sept. 19 Fresh produce, food products, beverages, local artisans and live music at this festive community gathering, 4:30 to 7:30pm at Memorial Park, 1212 Esquimalt Rd. Info: esquimaltmarket.com

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GREATER VICTORIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL July 4 to 27 Two Gentlemen of Verona (Wednesdays/Fridays/Saturdays), and Julius Caesar (Tuesdays/ Thursdays/Saturdays) at Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus. Aug. 1 to 3 Two Gentlemen of Verona at Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt. Info: vicshakespeare.com

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Deuce Days will fill Victoria’s Inner Harbour with 1,367 spectacular pre-1952 vehicles July 21, including more than 650 ‘Deuces’ – the iconic 1932 Fords. GORGE CANADA DAY PICNIC July 1 Celebrate Canada Day along the Gorge Waterway with a pancake breakfast, family parade, stage entertainment, Gorge on Art, classic cars, kids’ activities, canoe rides, street hockey, Strawberry Tea, market and more, 8:30am to 4pm. Info: gorgecanadaday.ca

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