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VISITOR GUIDE Showcasing Greater Victoria’s West Shore & Cowichan Valley HIGHLIGHTING: • Summer Beach Bliss in Colwood • Dynamic Langford • Historic Pubs • Festivals & Events • Arts & Recreation

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Welcome to the City of Langford!

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Langford has much to offer visitors and tourists intent on exploring the true spirit of West Coast living on Vancouver

The city’s multi-cultural cuisine is equally impressive. There’s a lively pub scene, too, with great food and live, local bands playing for a range of ages and clientele almost every night of the week. And, of course, it’s always fun to shop and explore the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and markets.

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Langford residents are justifiably proud of their city. Its healthy economy allows many families to live, work and play in their own community and to grow the community in a positive way for everyone.

Island. Recreation is top of mind here! Exciting outdoor adventures and good time excursions are around every corner. Langford offers a superb blend of natural beauty, parks, lakes, award-winning trail systems, access to worldclass resort golf, biking, tennis, and a myriad of recreational community events.

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ver the past 25 years, the City of Langford has succeeded in building a vibrant and welcoming community where businesses can thrive and hard working families can live, work and enjoy all that Langford has to offer. It is often referred to as one of the most progressive and innovative cities in North America. Under the direction of a dedicated and motivated Council, Langford has earned national awards and recognition as a City that goes the extra mile to make things happen! That spirit of cooperation coupled with overwhelming support from its residents have made it possible to transform Langford from a sleepy, outlier suburb into a progressive, thriving mecca that is the envy of the region.

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Watch exclusive video footage of the interview with the Mayor Stewart Young.

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Victoria’s biggest beach party

Eats & Beats AT THE BEACH JULY 7, 2018

COLWOOD, BC

City of Victoria City of Victoria Fisgard Lighthouse

Eats & Beats

Esquimalt Lagoon

AT THE BEACH COLWOOD BC CANADA

Lagoon Bridge Hatley Castle

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Live Bands  Great Food  Street Market Sports  Climbing Wall  Kayak & SUP Street Performers  Body Art  Caricatures Amazing Driftwood Art Sculptures  More!

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olwood’s 4th Annual ‘Eats & Beats at the Beach’ happens Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 1pm until 8pm. Join a few thousand friends on our breathtaking oceanfront beach with live bands, favourite local food trucks, and free fun stuff all day long. The event takes place about midway along Esquimalt Lagoon on Ocean Boulevard. The area is closed to through traffic so the party happens on the street, sand, sea and sky. Non-Stop Fun • Kayaks and paddle boards with West Coast Outdoor Adventure. • Flex your muscles on the Eats & Beats climbing wall. It’s fully staffed and equipped with an auto belay system to let you down easy. • Work up a sweat with some street basketball, beach volleyball, or frisbee golf. • Check out amazing driftwood art sculptures. Watch more creations come to life before your eyes. • Take a stroll through the street market and pick up local treasures. Laugh with street performers or watch the Navy’s fire boat ballet on the water. Go for some body art, and then capture the moment with a caricature portrait or a silly face-in-the-hole selfie.

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• Meet your favourite local team mascots as they get up to some crazy antics - Harvey the Harbour Cat, Marty the Marmot, and Rocky Raccoon. • Relax on the beach or go for an splash in the ocean! Enjoy the Best Beach Food Dig in to hot eats from all the local favourite food trucks! Dance to Live Local Bands Rock, reggae, folk, country, rhythm and blues all sounds better with your toes in the sand and a cold one in your hand. Check our website to find out who’s playing this year.

GETTING THERE IS EASY… By Shuttle: Take the free shuttle to the event from the Park & Ride and Transit Exchange (at West Shore Parks & Recreation). By Bike: Bike racks onsite and at Colwood Transit Exchange at West Shore Parks & Recreation. Take the shuttle to the site. By Transit: Take bus routes 50, 52, 53, or 61 to Colwood Transit Exchange and transfer to the shuttle. Visit www.bctransit.com/ victoria/schedules-and-maps for details. By Car: Parking is available along the lagoon, but Ocean Blvd. will be closed to through traffic on July 7 from 9am -9pm.

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17 Mile House Ghostly Sightings!

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his quaint, Tudor-style English pub is one of the Vancouver Island’s oldest—and it’s supposedly haunted. Its founder, Edward Cutler, built the hotel at the foot of the Sooke Harbour as a stop for people travelling by stagecoach between Sooke and Victoria. It was also used by sportsmen who had no other place to stay in Sooke at that time. Newspaper reports of the day suggested that the hotel may have served as “a quiet retreat for those unmarried, who required a little privacy!” In the 1920s, the hotel was purchased by Mary Elizabeth Fraser Johnson who changed its name to the Royal Ensign Hotel. There are rumours that the ghost of Jackson’s boyfriend, who hung himself inside the building or outside on the hill, still haunts the pub.

Historic Island Experience!

You can see much of the pub’s history lining the pub walls: dozens of old black and white photographs record past owners and the changing appearance of the building over the years.

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For 75 of its 121 years following, the Wilson family has retained ownership of the 17 Mile House. Beginning in 1940, Edith ‘Ma’ Wilson assumed ownership of the property and transitioned it from hotel to a pub. She renamed it the ‘17 Mile House’ because it was precisely 17 miles west of Victoria. She operated 17 Mile House with an iron fist until 1970. Numerous ghostly sightings have been reported throughout the years after Ma Wilson’s death. A bartender, during a late shift, saw Ma’s favourite rocking chair continuously push itself away from the table. There are reported sightings of a female ghost who haunts the front door for revenge, because the owners wouldn’t open up for her late at night to use the island’s only telephone! In the 1990’s, the cook and her children, who lived on the premises, claimed to have seen Ma’s ghost on several occasions wearing a grey dress, sitting in her rocking chair looking out onto Sooke Road or walking down halls in the middle of the night.

• FABULOUS FOOD Beer, Wine & Spirits! • 17 Mile House Liquor Shoppe • Island Beers on Tap • Live Entertainment

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In 1894, Edward Cutler, pictured above on his horse, built the 17 Mile House as a boarding house. It was named the British Ensign Hotel.

Whether you are in the mood for a satisfying meal, a pint of cool ale, the pub’s famous traditional Irish Coffee or live entertainment, the 17 Mile House has it all. Pub fare, Island beers on tap, a rotating IPA tap and Guinness. Families welcome.

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Ma Miller’s Pub Ma’s Legacy Lives On

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istoric Ma Miller’s Pub, originally The Goldstream Hotel (Inn), has been in existence since 1864. On Sundays, families would ride a flat-decked cargo train along the E&N trail to enjoy picnics in the area and later, stop by the hotel for refreshments. Although the hotel has been lost to fire two times since its original build, the 1933 building, built across the street from the hotel, still stands proudly nestled in the Goldstream Meadows today. Tucked away from the Langford city centre, this quaint pub has become a favourite for hikers at the nearby Mount Wells, Goldstream Park or commuters coming up and down the island via the Trans Canada Highway. The ‘Ma Miller Pub’ got its name from a very entrepreneurial woman back in 1923—Mrs. Mary Greening-Miller, affectionately known by her patrons as ‘Ma’. Originally from Newfoundland, she was a very progressive woman for her time. Against plenty of community opposition, she continued to operate her pub and serve alcohol even during Prohibition. She’s known to have one of the oldest liquor licenses in BC (est. 1864). Ma Miller and her niece, Daisy Cairns, ran the pub through the 40’s along with the Colwood Hotel and the Tudor House.

The original building housing Ma Miller’s pub, established in the 1920s, was destroyed by fire and replaced by its current building in the 1930s.

Fabulous Food • Historic Setting!

Ma’s legacy lives on in name—and in spirit, according to regulars who frequent this establishment. Come to enjoy fabulous pub fare, a kid’s menu, and a new menu with gluten-friendly and vegan options. Ten taps of local craft beer and domestic favourites. Enjoy our large, secluded patio. There’s always something happening during the week, too: Tuesday: Paint Nites; Fridays: Music Bingo with ‘Rockin’ Rob’; Saturday: Live Music; Sundays: Open Mic with Carla Olive. Families welcome.

CRAFT BEER & LOCAL FAVOURITES FAMILIES WELCOME | PATIO OPEN! 2903 SOOKE LAKE ROAD • 250-590-0888 WWW.MAMILLERSPUB.COM

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Gateway to the Cowichan Valley!


Island Magic Begins Here! • Cowichan Winery Tours • Music Festivals • Racing, Golfing & Biking • Kayaks & Paddle Boarding • Artisan & Boutique Shopping Expeditions • Fishing Charters • Pub Crawls

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Cowichan Valley

The Heart of Vancouver Island’s Wine Country!

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ooking for a relaxing, yet pleasurable getaway with friends and guests this season? Then, head north to Cowichan Valley wine country!

Cowichan Valley is often referred to as the “Napa of the North”. The word Cowichan means ‘land warmed by the sun’ or ‘the warm land’ in the First Nations Coast Salish language. It’s Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone. The warmest average year-round temperatures and longest growing season in the country, abundant sunshine, consistent rainfall and rich soils has, in recent years, made Cowichan Valley one of the best wine producing regions in British Columbia, second only to the Okanagan Valley.

family and pet-friendly—as are all the wineries, too. So, whether you’re a wine connoisseur or still developing your palate, this region’s fourteen unique wineries are a notto-be-missed destination on Vancouver Island. (See map on page 8 for winery locations.)

Most Cowichan Wineries are open all year round to meander, sip and enjoy, not just in the summer, when the sun is shining. The countryside is always glorious and wine tasting is an indoor experience.

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No need to drive yourself! Let someone else do the driving by booking a guided tour around the region’s wineries. Safe transport and custom, value-added tours are available for any size group. The more the merrier! Cowichan tours are

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elling tools was a simpler business back in 1976 when Leonard Lee, the founder of family-owned Lee Valley Tools, started his part-time mail order business—selling parts for cast-iron barrel stoves from Wadena, Saskatchewan! By 1978, thanks to a well-positioned ad on the back page of Harrowsmith magazine, 2,220 consumers sent a one-dollar bill for a copy of Lee Valley’s first catalogue of fine working tools. That jump started their business. When a six-week strike by postal workers paralyzed Canada’s mail service in 1981, Lee adapted by opening retail stores so he wouldn’t have to be so reliant on the postal system.

After all these years, Lee Valley is still going strong, creating unique experiences for its customers based on a culture that values respect and integrity. As a consequence, customers and staff alike are treated like friends. No commission salespeople here and no minimum sales targets built into anybody’s job description. “You wouldn’t sell a friend something they don’t need, would you?,” says Judy Passmore, General Manager at the Colwood

location. “You would show them what they need to get their job done—including those collectors out there who want to add another unique tool to their collection!” About one third of total sales volume is in products of Lee Valley’s own design so customers can count on best value for quality products. A full guarantee to Lee Valley means any product may be returned within 3 months* at no cost to the customer; plus, for shipments within North America, they will refund your return parcel post costs. And the customer satisfaction doesn’t end there. “How many times have we had staff maybe miss something on a customer’s order and they’ve driven out to drop it off at their home. Or maybe, go out to help someone, like that gentleman in Duncan, who needed help putting his irrigation system together,” says Randy Kowalchuk, Assistant Manager. “It’s true. Lee Valley gives their stores, and the people in them, the ‘leeway’ to make customers happy—whatever it takes,” adds Judy, smiling. *30 days for Festool products and SawStop table saws.

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2018 EVENTS

Music, Wine, Games and Seaside Festivals!

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May 18-19 Laketown Shakedown Festival - Laketown Ranch Music & Recreation Park - 648-8811 Youbou Road, Lake Cowichan www.laketownranch.com/shakedown/

June 8-9 Laketown Shakedown Festival - Laketown Ranch Music & Recreation Park - 648-8811 Youbou Road, Lake Cowichan www.laketownranch.com/shakedown/

May 18-21 Luxton Spring Fair - Free Grounds Admission - 1040 Marwood Avenue, Langford

June 16, 17, 18 Sooke River Bluegrass Festival - Sooke River Campsite - 2259 Phillips Road, Sooke

May 19-20 | 10am-4pm Cowichan WAM Festival - Wine, Art, Music www.cowichansoutharts.ca

June 29-July 1 Laketown Rock Festival, Laketown Ranch Music & Recreation Park - 648-8811 Youbou Rd., Lake Cowichan, laketownrock.com

May 20 | 6-10pm Musical Feast at Blue Grouse Vineyard Food, Wine and Jazz Feast - 2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan May 26-27 | 10am-5pm Fired Up! Ceramic Artists: Metchosin Community Hall - 4401 William Head Rd., Metchosin, www.artopenings.ca

July 27 - August 6, 2018 380 Artworks/Demos/Music SEAPARC Leisure Complex sookefinearts.com

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JULY July 7 Eats & Beats Festival - Ocean Boulevard at Lagoon Road, Colwood, www.colwood.ca/EatsnBeats July 13-15 Rock the Shores Festival - Westshore Parks & Recreation Centre - 1767 Old Island Hwy, Colwood, rocktheshores.com July 19-22 BC Summer Games: Cowichan 2018 Laketown Ranch Music & Recreation Park - 648-8811 Youbou Rd., Lake Cowichan, www.laketownranch.com July 27-Aug 6 Sooke Fine Arts Show Vancouver Island’s Premier Summer Arts Event

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AUGUST Aug 2-6 Sunfest Country Music Festival- Laketown Ranch Music & Recreation Park - 648-8811 Youbou Rd., Lake Cowichan www.sunfestconcerts.com Aug 19 | 10am-3pm Langford Show and Shine An impressive show of vintage cars Road Closure: Goldstream Avenue, from Peatt Road to Veterans Memorial Parkway Aug 31-Sept 2 Laketown Shakedown Festival - Laketown Ranch Music & Recreation Park - 648-8811 Youbou Rd., Lake Cowichan www.laketownranch.com/shakedown

SEPTEMBER Sept 9 Metchosin Day - Free Grounds Admission Metchosin Municipal Grounds, behind the Fire Hall, - 4450 Happy Valley Road Sept 14, 15, 16 Luxton Fall Fair - Free Grounds Admission - 1040 Marwood Avenue, Langford Sept 15 Colwood Seaside Festival Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse - 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Colwood www.colwood.ca/SeasideFestival

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he Colwood Seaside Festival is a truly homegrown community event you don’t want to miss. On September 15, the festival offers everyone free admission to the breathtaking Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse and a chance to step back in time. It’s a funfilled, family event packed with activities in every corner of this breathtaking heritage site by the ocean. • Imagine riding in a horse-drawn carriage along the ocean by a lighthouse. • Join an historic tour with renowned historian and storyteller, John Adams. Hear his tales about eccentric West Shore characters, heroic deeds, intrigue, love, humour… and ghosts! • Learn how heritage artisans spin wool and take tin-type photographs. • Meet folks in vintage costumes. Dress up for a photo at the ‘Vintage Selfie Station’ set against the backdrop of Fisgard Lighthouse.

• Enjoy live musical performances by local bands. ‘Cookeilidh’ mixes the tunes of Ireland and Scotland with a Maritime flavour, and the ‘Big Weee’ mixes original tunes and bluegrass covers that will have you laughing and dancing. • Eat at our favourite local food trucks. • Up to forty artists will be painting the views ‘en plein air’ for the ‘Paint-In at the Fort’. Vote for your favourite painting. www.gowestshore.com

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Sept 16 | 10am-3pm Cobble Hill Farmer’s Market Over 30 vendors, live music, children’s activities, great food - 3550 Watson Avenue, www.cobblehillfarmersmarket.ca

ONGOING May-September | Noon-7pm Beach Food Days | Fridays & Saturdays Food trucks & live music! - Ocean Blvd at Lagoon Road, Colwood, www.colwood.ca/BeachFood Wednesdays 1st Wednesday of the month: Open Mic Night 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month: Unplugged acoustic with rotating featured artists - Darcy’s Pub Westshore, 737 Goldstream Ave., Langford Fridays & Saturdays Live Music! Fridays: Monkeywrench, Saturdays: BiPolar - Darcy’s Pub Westshore, 737 Goldstream Ave., Langford

Saturdays | 9am-2pm Duncan Farmers Market - With over 150 vendors, it is one of the biggest on Vancouver Island! Live entertainment. - 200 Craig Street, Duncan Saturdays | 10am-2pm Sooke Country Market - Otter Point Road across from Eustace Road www.sookecountrymarket.com Sundays | 10am-2pm Goldstream Farmers Market - Veterans Memorial Park, Langford Sundays | June 17-Sept 23 | 5-8:30pm Sunday Pizza Nights, Merridale Cidery & Distillery, - 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Tuesdays: Paint Nites, Fridays: Music Bingo with ‘Rockin’ Rob’, Saturdays: Live Music - www.mamillerspub.com Sundays: Open Mic with Carla Olive - Ma Miller’s Pub, 2903 Sooke Lake Road, Langford

Featuring 165 Slot Games • Bingo Hall Racebook • Lottery All proceeds go to Cowichan Valley non-profit organizations.

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Fine Tools for Everyday Living Home & Garden • Kitchen • Festool Woodworking • Hardware • Gifts

Visiting Lee Valley is an experience all in itself. Uniquely Canadian, we pride ourselves in designing and supplying quality tools.

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