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Yaletown & Opus Getting to know the people and places in the Canada Line neighbourhoods Opus Hotel. Where on the Canada Line is Lux Travel Diva? On my travels “on the Canada Line” I stopped in to see Amy Ballard, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Opus Hotel in Yaletown located directly across from the Yaletown Canada Line station.

LTD: What is it about Yaletown that makes it the ideal destination. “I am an American and I’ve lived in New York City, Washington, D.C., in Los Angeles and now I’m here and I kind of speak from an experience where I can identify with travelers from other cities and Yaletown we say it’s like the little SoHo. If you are familiar with New York City you wouldn’t necessarily want to

stay in the financial district because when all the business goes away you’re just in a really dead part of town and in Vancouver there are lots of pockets of places like that and at the end of the day you are going to walk outside and all the businesses are closed. We always say no matter what you’re coming to Vancouver to do at the end of the day you are going to want to come to Yaletown because we have all the

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"At our hotel we have complimentary BMW car service . We provide bikes and the BMW cars so there is really no need to have their own car.”

Be sure to check out the new Opus Hotel restaurant, La Pentola, a partnership between Opus and La Quercia restaurant. La Pentola recently won Vancouver Magazine’s Silver Award for best new restaurant.

best restaurants, we are where all the pedestrian traffic is flowing day and night, safe neighbourhood, we have great proximity to the water, we are on the Canada Line. We are the only hotel in Yaletown so if you are going to come here at night to go to dinner you might as well stay here and just enjoy the life that’s happening day and night. We have one of the best cities in the world, the best location in Vancouver, amazing people that work here, and we have something different to provide, we’re not just providing the cookie cutter hotel experience.”

Who stays at Opus? “Our guests are firstly Canadian travelers, then West Coasters from L.A.

and Seattle and next is from New York, those are our highest number of travelers. Then it is interspersed between other cities in the United States and the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries.

By looking you can’t tell an Opus guest by age or what they wear, we like to think it is a mentality or an inner curious traveler that stays with us. Our demographic is one who appreciates the local feel of a boutique hotel as opposed to the monotony of a chain


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Much of Clayoquot sound is still threatened. by Mines, Fish Farming and more.

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Much of Clayoquot Sound is still threatened by logging, and despite improved forest management, mines can be placed anywhere, threatening the progress that has been made towards saving the old growth forests. Clayoquot Sound is the largest intact old growth “Salmon Forest” on Vancouver Island, yet there are 21 salmon farm sites clogging the main salmon migration routes and threatening the marine base of our magnificent terrestrial ecosystems. Without ongoing support from you, the Friends of Clayoquot Sound community, we would be unable to keep providing the conservationist voice that has been and continues to be so key in protecting this globally unique ecosystem. Please consider becoming a donor and join us as we continue holding the line.

Facebook Group: 20th Anniversary of Clayoquot Summer ’93 Where were you during Clayoquot Summer '93? Whether you participated or watched from afar, we invite you to share your memories (photos, stories, poems, songs, artwork), as well as your hopes and dreams for Clayoquot Sound’s future. Please post to our Facebook group "20th Anniversary of Clayoquot Summer '93" or help us create a buzz on Twitter! Share your stories and experiences with us through: #ClayoquotSummerr

This ancient redcedar on Meares Island off the coast of Tofino, BC would appear at first to be dead but it is actually still living. A guess on its age would be hard to place but it could have easily celebrated its 1000th birthday in recent times. The tree lives up to its name with a whole host of plants and other trees growing from its trunk.

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Still in need of our protection FOCS to Imperial Metals: No Mining in Clayoquot Sound! May 29th 2013: Concerned citizens from groups like Friends of Clayoquot Sound and the Wilderness Committee gathered with members of affected indigenous communities outside of Imperial Metals’ Annual General Meeting to protest Imperial’s activities in Clayoquot Sound. Thanks to generous support from private donors and the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort we chartered a bus to carry supporters from Tofino to the rally in Vancouver.
 Imperial Metals owns two mining claims in Clayoquot Sound, both on unceded First Nations territory. One is on Catface Mountain, in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where Imperial is considering an open-pit copper mine.

The second claim (Fandora gold) is in Tranquil Valley above a productive salmon-bearing stream. FOCS has been fighting to protect the ecological integrity of Clayoquot Sound since 1979 and they will not allow mining there, in the largest remaining old growth area on Vancouver Island. Mining in the Sound would bring heavy barge traffic, around the clock noise and light pollution, disrupt animal migration patterns, irreparably alter the Sound’s landscape and could introduce heavy metals and acid leachate into surrounding waters.
 At the rally FOCS delivered a joint statement with Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations to the Imperial Metals board: mineral extraction activities will not be tolerated in Clayoquot Sound. FOCS will be expanding our campaign against mining in Clayoquot Sound, targeting the corporations wishing to operate here and asking the government to protect the Sound from unsustainable land use.

Don Staniford, well-known former FOCS and CAAR salmon farming campaigner was back in Clayoquot Sound for a week. He delivered a presentation on salmon farming and took part in a FOCS investigative tour of local salmon farms including Plover Point. Don presented both an overview of the science and of the way salmon farming companies such as Norwegian owned Cermaq (parent company to Mainstream, the primary fish farm operator in Clayoquot) are trying to silence advocates and scientists alike. The process, Don says, is analogous to the tobacco industry. For years, cigarette and tobacco companies KNEW their product was killing their customers, yet they continued to vociferously market their products and do all in their power to stop others from publishing research that would condemn their products. Today the salmon farming industry behaves in a similar way


This photo was taken at beautiful Meares Island in the Clayquot sound area. Location: On Meares Island Length: Leisurely 3 kilometre walk on boardwalk round trip Find it: Get there from Tofino by kayak (1 hour paddle in relatively calm water) or charter boat (10 minutes). Clayoquot Old Growth: Photograph by Chris Clay

Meares Island is famous throughout the world as a place of oldgrowth forest with ancient cedars rising high into the sky.

Ancient Old growth Cedars even suing over papers published in the top scientific research journal “Science”. Salmon farms create hotbeds of disease and many are significant point sources of pollutants and chemicals. 
FOCS is committed to raising awareness about open net salmon farms and turning the tide against the installation of new ones. Simple actions you can take to help are to watch the movie “Salmon Confidential” and to boycott farmed salmon. Keep in touch with us, as we will have more campaign initiatives coming soon.




Support our Ongoing Campaigns – A message from campaigner Emery Hartley We, the Friends of Clayoquot Sound,

Photography by Chris Clay www.digitalbloom.ca

Much of Clayoquot Sound is still threatened by logging, and despite improved forest management, mines can be placed anywhere, threatening the progress that has been made towards saving the old growth forests. Clayoquot Sound is the largest intact old growth “Salmon Forest” on Vancouver Island, yet there are 21 salmon farm sites clogging the main salmon migration routes and threatening the marine base of our magnificent terrestrial ecosystems. Without ongoing support from you, the Friends of Clayoquot Sound community, we would be unable to keep providing the conservationist voice that has been and continues to be so key in protecting this globally unique ecosystem. Please consider becoming a donor and join us as we continue holding the line. 


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Car free TransLink's new Canada Line is a fast and eco-friendly way to get between the Vancouver airport (YVR), downtown Vancouver and Richmond. To contact TransLink, call 604.953.3333 or visit their website at www.translink.ca. Buses SkyTrain Canada Line SeaBus West Coast Express AquaBus False Creek Ferries Fares A sleek new ride is whisking Vacouverites between Vancouver International Airport, downtown Vancouver, the waterfront and Richmond, with several stops in between. The Canada Line’s rapid-rail service began in August 2009, adding a convenient new transportation option and helping the city reduce the number of drivers on its streets. Perhaps best of all, the travel time from the airport to downtown Vancouver is only about 25 minutes, making Canada Line

No need to drive in Van, you have CL The Canada Line adds 16 new stations to TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s public transportation system, a robust network of trains, passenger ferries and buses. Connecting service to all of these modes of transport is available from Canada Line, ensuring you’re able to get to virtually every corner of the city without leaving the TransLink system. One of

the best advantages of the new line is a reduction in traffic. Canada Line is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to get riders through one of Vancouver’s busiest business and residential corridors. It stops at the airport, cruise-ship terminals, the Vancouver Convention Center and other popular destinations


Foodie Gem Galloping Goose Grille

Steelhead Salmon is prepared delicately Asparagust was pcooked to perfection

A premium casual foodie destination in a bowling alley? Who would have thought, but yes, Langford is very lucky to have The Galloping Goose and Langford Lanes!

1097 Langford Parkway Victoria, BC V9B 0A5

@langfordlanes @langfordgoose Facebook: Langford Lanes Galloping Goose Grille We discovered a tasty “foodie” gem located in the Langford Lanes Facility. Its a bit difficult to find and a little unusual in concept ( bowling lane and restaurant ), but once you have tried their food and spent time at Langford Lanes Bowling, we know you will keep coming back. The food is simply so flavorful and creative and the space is sleek, spacious and bright. The booths are large, leather upholstered and a pleasure to sit in with friends and/or family. The bowling alley is low lit with great music, DJ’s, Tapas a bar and more. We loved the concept, especially the food and the over all value The Galloping Goose and Langford Lanes concept is the brain child of three creative Chefs from Vancouver – Chad Wilson, Yvonne Lee and Phil Kwong . All of whom worked together at the exclusive Oru, Vancouver A fabulous restaurant in the opulent Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Oru serves pan-Asian cuisine that doesn’t shy away from taking chances

All three Chefs brought their combined talent, vision and energy to The Galloping Goose Menu and it has paid off. The “Goose” offers up a small but nice selection of menu items, all made fresh with passion and creativity. All the dishes we tried jumped with an abundance of flavor and great presentation on large, heavy white plates. Chef Chad Wilson, who we found to be a devoted, passionate Chef, assured us that all ingredients were made in house, fresh, including the smoking of oils and meats. He had brought himself a smoker, for a present and was using it daily. We were impressed by his passion and later by the dishes. They make a concerted effort at the Galloping Goose Grille to purchase all ingredients locally, with sustainability in mind. All three Chefs decided to come to the Island at the urging of fellow Chef Phil Kwong, whos family owned the Langford Lanes. They didnt need much coaxing as our Island, filled with lush farm fields, wineries, seafood, Chefs, artisans and more, is a culinary mecca. They decided to draw from this bounty of local produce, Artisans and meats and build Langford Lanes and the Galloping Goose Grille into a fun and delicious spot for the lucky locals of Langford. They designed a tasty simple menu that is all about flavour and fresh ingredients. We tried numreous menu items and not one disappointed us – all left a positive impression. This unassuming Restaurant, made to comfortably accommodate families and groups, offers up some fabulous fare that can also be catered to your VIP room in the Langford Lanes – complete with its own bar and digital juke box sound system. There are regular DJ’s and comedians for your entertainment all year ’round. The low lighting, tapas from the Grille, drinks and friendly staff really adds to the great mood and experience at Langford Lanes and the Galloping Goose Grille. You have to giv ethem a visit to see for yourself.


Above is the Galloping Goose Grille

Fine dining in a bowling Alley! You have to love it. We sure did. Fresh, flavorful dishes prepared by Chef Chad Wilson at The Galloping Goose Grille or Get some Tapas while you bowl

Comfortable leater boots & flavorful fres food

Crispy Fish Cakes

These crispy fis cakes are made wtih flakes of cod and Salmon. at The Galloping Goose Grille

These Crispy Fish Cakes are divine. Made with Salmon and Cod cooked in a crispy panako coating and they come with a fresh made Apple celery and fresh herb slaw. Loved them!


Coconut milk French Toast with carmelized apples and bacon made my mouth water. It was a fantastic dish, any time of day and the Bison Meatloaf is the only way to make meatloaf!

Bison Meat Loaf

This Bison meatloaf is full of flavor, moist and lean

Bison meat is nutritious and flavorful. This Bison Meat Loaf was cooked to perfection. Its easy to over cook Bison, but not at the Galloping Goose Grille. They made a moist, fall apart on your plate Meat Loaf and the roux was silky and tasty


Weddings in Victoria The first items on the agenda are choosing a church and the reception venue. .

Each church has their own criteria every church in Victoria. Each church has their own criteria for marriage and you can spend considerable time meeting with ministers and priests. One of the favourite local churches is located in Saanich, a heritage church that is quite popular but small. It isn’t a good idea to leave the choice of a church in limbo so be sure to continue on with your search if you are offered only to be short listed. Christ Church Cathedral, which can accommodate both a very large wedding in the main

sanctuary or a more intimate service in the ladies chapel, only allows weddings for full time, practicing parishioners which means out of towners are ineligible. St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral accepts parishioners from a Catholic church in another city. In addition to the parish priests the Cathedral relies on priests from the surrounding area to assist with officiating at weddings held in the Cathedral. As with many church communities the

Catholic church requires the bride and groom to take marriage preparation courses. (note: most churches require at least six months notice of your date) Regulations and rules about your religious status, music, vows, etc varies from church to church and you are well served to have an understanding of their expectations in advance of your search. The church staff will be able to let you know what, if any, restrictions there might be in terms of dress, flow-

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Fairmont Empress, Coast Harbourside and the Victoria Golf Club are excellent choices for your reception Getting married in Victoria is amazing A beautiful city for a beautiful occasion

Wedding Season in Victoria WEDDING SEASON in Victoria‌ By Tweedie. Wedding planning is a delicate affair balancing the needs and wants of not only the bride and groom but often taking into consideration the wishes of numerous family members. There is much to do and the list is long. Church, chapel or civil ceremony, reception venue, budget, photographer, florist, DJ, announcements and invitations, guest list,

rehearsal dinner, post wedding open house, attendants, personal preparations for the bride which may include spa treatments and hairdressers, transportation, even party favours can become a point of compromise. The first items on the agenda are choosing a church and the reception venue. Allow a two month window of possible date options which would allow you to secure both the church and reception venue you want. Even starting twelve months ahead not all spaces are avail-

able on the same day. Often the reception locale is the more difficult to acquire as your venue of choice may only accept a limited number of wedding bookings during the summer months. . Here are three different possibilities for the reception; Fairmont Empress, Coast Harbourside and the Victoria Golf Club. I have attended events in all three venues in the past so know the quality of event they would provide. You can easily end up viewing almost

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Attendants: be merciless when selecting your attendants.

Flowers are beautiful and are an integral part of the wedding..

ask yourself “will this person be in my life in 5 years or 10?” Many brides and grooms select family members so at least 25 years from now you will remember the names of your attendants!

Most brides are opting for more simple bouquets and arrangements and this helps to keep the expenditures in line

Wedding Season in Victoria WEDDING SEASON in Victoria cont.. flowers and music. They often have a list of preferred musicians that are familiar with the church and their protocol. (note: some churches require that the bride and her attendants are dressed according to a standard of modesty which may mean no bare shoulders, be sure to find out in advance if there are special rules) Expect to pay a reasonable fee for the musicians, the priest or minister and for the ringing of the bells at the end of the service if offered. Again the church staff will help you with these details. (note: it is also nice to thank the staff member with a small monetary stipend) The Fairmont Empress is a beautiful venue and would make a wonderful

reception location for any size wedding. Personally I think it would be the ideal place for a small, intimate ‘cinderella’ style wedding. They do offer options based on the number of guests. The Coast Harbourside offers a unique poolside reception option as well as banquet facilities but I find their policies a bit inflexible. Victoria Golf Club definitely top my list giving the most space, the best price and unparalleled personal service. The club features multiple rooms allowing the to use three adjoining rooms which can be arranged to allow use of the dining room for the reception dinner with accompanying members’ lounge for the buffet tables as well as the fireside lounge for pre-dinner cocktails and later for dancing. The club has such a special, heritage feel it requires little additional decoration. Extras

such as chair covers, and head table overlays enhance the elegance of the intimate dining room. The Victoria Golf Club offers several dining options and will work with you to provide the best possible dining experience your budget will allow. I feel strongly that the couple should host the wedding they, and their families, can afford. If this means you have to forgo an open bar or reduce the number of guests then that is the choice you may have to make. The Victoria Golf Club is exceptional in their food preparation and presentation. There are a number of ways to control your costs. When confirming the number of guests attending your reception remember that there is often a handful of attendees who are “no shows” at the last minute. This is very aggravating and can

Wedding Season in Victoria WEDDING SEASON in Victoria continued… this may mean to your numbers. Also check with the reception venue as most prepare enough food for 10% more than the numbers you have given them. Have the wine poured by the wait staff rather than place bottles of wine at each table. So often whole bottles of wine are left untouched because it is impossible to know exactly which guests will drink white or red wine only so by having the wine poured there is less waste. Some reception venues will allow you to specify a particular wine even if it is not on their regular wine list. Think about doing a blind tasting prior to the wedding and select a red,

and a white, and a sparkling wine that are not only good tasting wines but excellent value for the cost. By letting the Club know well in advance you may be able to have them order your selected wines and charge a standard mark-up keeping the cost within budget. Most reception venues provide both standard and premium liquors. Unless your guests drink only premium spirits themselves there is no reason to splurge on this extra. Also you can keep to provide more than beer, wine and highballs. This is a wedding reception and shots or liqueurs are not necessary. It has become commonplace to provide a late night snack at or near the end of the evening. Opinion is still out on this one as I have seen the snacks either devoured or

not eaten at all. (note: if dinner is served after 7:30 or at 8:00 pm late night snacks are not really necessary)Once you have secured the two most important components of your wedding day, the church and reception venue, you can turn your attention to the mountain of details left to be decided on. Many brides rely on Facebook, Pinterest, friends, and bride blogs to find the right photographer, florist, hairdresser, and car service. Recommendations and referrals are an excellent way to pair down the list of possible options. Next to the church and reception the photographer is probably the most important. Be sure to ask for references and see examples of the photographers work, you will also want to know what restrictions or copyright issues may arise with reproduction of the photo-


Wedding Season in Victoria Attendants: be merciless when selecting your attendants, ask yourself “will this person be in my life in 5 years or 10?” Many brides and grooms select family members so at least 25 years from now you will remember the names of your attendants! Master of ceremonies has become a much larger role than ever before. Choose someone who is comfortable speaking to a crowd of strangers, has a good sense of humour, is quick witted, and by all means provide them with written material and interesting antidotes. The master of ceremonies can keep the evening going at a good pace and help cover any awkward moments.

WEDDING SEASON in Victoria continued… Flowers are beautiful and are an integral part of the wedding. Most brides are opting for more simple bouquets and arrangements and this helps to keep the expenditures in line. You can also source out grocery and discount stores as well as wholesalers for your church and table arrangements. (note: church flowers do double duty at the reception so be sure to assign a reliable person to handle the transportation of the flowers from the church to the reception) It is nice to give your table arrangements to your guests at the end of the evening and this way you don’t have the task of removing them after the reception.

Oh the dress! Please leave your bridezilla attitude at home. Everyone is going to have an opinion. Chances are the dress you saw in a magazine or on the internet will turn out to be disappointing. Be flexible, smile politely as you ignore suggestions, be sure to try on the dress your mother suggests even though you know it isn’t right. Be firm but never nasty. Stick within your budget and for gosh sake eat something before you go to the bridal salon. I’m sure the salons will hate me but you will find much better quality attendants and bridesmaid dresses for better prices online. On the other hand I have heard too many horror stories about wedding dresses ordered online so I would discourage you from going down that road. Transportation is another area where you have several options. Limousines are expensive and do not necessarily meet your needs. You will probably end up paying for drivers and cars to sit around during

the ceremony and while you are having your photographs taken. You could opt for Town Cars, rentals driven by the grooms attendants perhaps. You will have to shop around and ask the car rentals firms in Victoria if they can guarantee a specific size and style of car that will meet your needs. Town Cars work out well for transportation to the church, for traveling around to various locations for photographs and finally to arrive at the reception. The Victoria Golf Club permits you to leave the cars parked in their parking lot until the next morning when a sober volunteer could return them to the rental location. Horse drawn carriages are a familiar site in Victoria but bear in mind horses do have a distinctive odour which you may not want transferred to your dress. Also allergies are another consideration. If it’s in your budget consider what one lucky bride and her attendants did. Just to make the occasion even more memorable, after the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s grandparents, the bride and her attendants were whisked away to the Fairmont Empress for a good nights sleep. If you are having a hairdresser and makeup artist come to you be sure to arrange your appointments well in advance and set them up for a time 30 minutes sooner than you think you need them. Victoria has an enviable and extensive list of wonderful venues for wedding receptions and an abundance of churches from cathedrals to chapels. As a truly tourist friendly city Victoria is well versed in hospitality and numerous hotels for housing your guests. Congratulations on your big day! Contact us for other fine locations.

Coast Harbourside The Victoria Golf Club The Fairmont Empress Toll Free: 1 866 540 4429 theempress@fairmont.com 721 Government Street Victoria British Columbia, Canada V8W 1W5 Maps & Directions TEL + +250 384 8111 Vancouver Island Style Magazine is your Culinary, Travel & Lifestyle Magazine


Randy Hall is a Vancouver Island photographer specializing in nature photography, whether it is capturing natural settings such as seascapes or forest landscapes or the plants and animals that inhabit this part of British Columbia. Randy had an interest in photography dating back to the early 80’s, when he shot with a Canon A-1 film camera. Being self-taught, and someone who learns best by trial and error, he soon found it to be an expensive hobby and put it aside for several years. It wasn’t until Randy bought his first digital camera, a Sony Cybershot, that he started to get the bug again. Moving to Parksville 5 years ago with his wife and stepson was probably the biggest step in getting into photography more seriously. After years of camping on the island and working in the forest industry, Randy gained a real appreciation for nature. He considers himself a landscape photographer first, but also an opportunistic wildlife photographer. “My photos are my interpretation of works by a true master… Mother Nature”. Randy has developed a style that shows enhanced colours and contrast. When many people think of contrast, they think colours and tones. There can also be contrast in content. An example of this can be seen in some of Randy’s early morning images of Parksville Bay. Towering or threatening clouds can instill the feeling of unrest, while the calm waters of the bay say serenity. “It’s this type of scene, and the incorporation of weather, that interests me the most”. Randy attributes much of his success to his friendship with local professional, Craig Carmichael and to the support of his wife, Cindy. It’s one thing to take photos and produce works of art, but it’s difficult to take that next step and get it out there for all to see. This is where your support team plays a critical role. Current equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, 18-55mm lens, 55-250mm lens Galleries: Island Exposures Art Gallery (Parksville) Clock Tower Gallery (Port Alberni)

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Occasional Shows:The Old School House Arts Centre (Qualicum Beach) McMillan Art Centre (Parksville) Teach monthly workshops (beginner and intermediate level) at Island Exposures Art Gallery Member of The Old School House Arts Centre Contact Info: Email: hallr62@hotmail.com Website: http://1-randy-hall.artistwebsites.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RandyHallPhotography Twitter: http://twitter.com/PicsByRandyHall Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randyhallphotography Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pvpics


VI Art & Artists CR Museum For over 30 years, the museum shop at Campbell River has featured authentic works of aboriginal art from Pacific Northwest coast native artists, including ceremonial masks, rattles, boxes, jewellery, feast dishes, baskets and coppers. They also carry an excellent selection of regional books and locally crafted gift items. Drop in for a visit or call to inquire about their current stock. They ship! Call 250-287-3103 or email them. The Campbell River Museum's focus is the regional history of Campbell River and Northern Vancouver Island with a special section on the First Nations peoples of the area

FEATURED VI ARTIST - Linny Divine Linny has enjoyed numerous successful solo and group exhibitions in galleries across Canada and the USA. Her paintings are treasured in private and corporate collections across the USA, Canada and Europe.

Linny Divine's distinctive contemporary paintings are known for their joyful energy. Whether in her Victoria studio or away on an “en plein air Linnyland painting adventure�, she skillfully combines inspiration and imagination with her uniquely expressive brushwork to create paintings of Vancouver Island that dance with life and joy

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Northwest Bay Ranch CRABFEST Proceeds to Moorcroft Regional Park (Nanoose Bay, BC) – On Saturday July 20, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Ranch, home to Seafood4Life, will host a family-friendly crab feast. Tickets are $30.00 inclusive per person and include a plate of Dungeness crab straight from the ocean with corn on the cob, coleslaw and a bread roll along with live music from The Centaurs. Free hot-dogs, lemonade and hayrides are available for children under 12 provided they are accompanied with an adult ticket-holder. Ticket-holders, 19 years and older can also enjoy the on-site beer and wine garden where refreshments from Longwood Brewery and Backyard Vineyards are available for purchase. Partial proceeds of the event will go to restore and maintain Moorcroft Regional Park. Tickets for the event are $30 and available at the ranch and by phone at (250) 468 7144 Tickets include: -Full Crab Feast: Bread, Corn, Coleslaw -Free hot dogs and lemonade for the kids -Hayrides -Live music by the Centaurs About Northwest Bay Ranch Northwest Bay Ranch a family run ranch owned by the Mauriks family and located on the Nanoose peninsula on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The Ranch lies within a beautiful valley with dogwoods, oaks, arbutus, Douglas fir and big leaf maple trees. The property is 145 acres which is made up of 55 acres of woodlands and 90 acres of pasture and hay fields. The farm has a small flock of Dorper sheep, a few Hereford cattle and free range chickens for meat and eggs. Northwest Bay Ranch also boards horses in addition to their own. Twitter @NWBayRanch Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Northwestbayranch Northwest Bay Ranch is located at 2632 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay, BC just outside of Parksville. When travelling east on Island Highway towards Riverside Road, turn left onto Franklins Bull Road, right onto Northwest Bay Road and travel 7 km to the ranch. About Seafood4life Products Inc. Seafood4life is a small family owned and operated local seafood company. They have been committed to the sustainable harvesting of wild seafood for 48 years and to provide the highest quality product by using the best fishing practices available. Seafood4life sells both wholesale and retail from Northwest Bay Ranch Nanoose Bay, BC. They currently sustainably harvest Dungeness crab by trap, toll caught Albacore tuna, troll caught Pacific salmon and BC spot prawns by trap. About Moorecroft Regional Park Moorecroft Regional Park is owned by the Regional District of Nanaimo and managed under a Conservation Covenant held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The 34 hectare Moorecroft site includes shoreline and spectacular views across the Georgia Strait. There are approximately 32 hectares of natural forest featuring tree species such as Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Arbutus, Bigleaf Maple, Red Alder and Garry Oak. Two intermittent creeks run through the property, and two eagle nesting sites have been identified. The property also contains a wetland area known as Skipsey Lake, an open field and a network of walking trails. www.northwestbayranch.com


Summer Festivals The annual Filberg Festival takes place on the grounds of The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park (www.filberg.com), nine acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds situated on the waterfront in the seaside town of Comox, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island. A public park, now owned by the Town of Comox and administrated by the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association, was once the home of Robert Filberg, former president of the Comox Logging Company. Filberg Lodge and Park is now a popular venue for weddings, art shows, concerts, special events and the famous Filberg Festival. .

Guest Artisans at the Filberg Festival : THE SAMPHIRES Our first experience of the Filberg Festival was in 1996. Various craftspeople had told Adele that the Festival was well attended and a quality event. We decided to apply for a spot for the first two days and see how we liked it. We enjoyed the experience very much and promised ourselves that we would apply again in 1998. We were already committed to a year in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. We were going on our second teaching exchange for the 1997 school year

Fortunately, on our return to BC we were accepted as participants at the Festival and enjoyed our four days. The Filberg site is beautiful and the atmosphere, generated by the artists, both visual and performing and the enthusiasm of the visitors is friendly and exciting. For the last three years we have displayed our work with the glass that our daughter, Lisa makes http://www. samphireglass.ca/. The combination

of glass and clay forms display well together producing a fuller range of colour, a stronger awareness of light and, consequently, a greater sense of cheerful energy that our customers and visitors seem to enjoy. Since 1998 we have missed two Festivals. Each year we look forward to participating in this wonderful event as it gives us the opportunity to display our latest ideas and also to renew friendships with fellow artists and many reg-

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FILBERG FESTIVAL IN COMOX, BC: 31st annual Filberg Festival is a wonderful Festival, for the entire family. August 2-5, 2013-04-04 ( BC Day Weekend ) Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.”

The main objective of the Filberg Festival has always been to encourage excellence in all forms of arts and crafts, and to assist in the promotion and sale of quality work. We are proud to say that the Festival has an established reputation for the excellence of the work of its artisans, and today is one of western Canada’s longest running and largest juried outdoor arts show. The Festival is also well known for the quality musical program provided over the four day weekend on two stages Gate admission is charged at the Fil-

berg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park, a not-for-profit organization who has the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the Park’s property and buildings. Advance tickets are available for purchase online at www. filbergfestival.com, the Filberg Lodge Gift Shop, the Vancouver Island Visitor’s Centre and Arizona Gifts in the Comox Mall as of June 1st and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of June 21st. Four day passes are also available.

When they say “it takes a village” it really does in this case. In order to make the Filberg Festival a reality it takes the support of the community which includes over 300 volunteers and many local businesses. We hope that you will be able to include the Filberg Festival in your vacation plans this summer and find something special to take home with you… whether it is a beautiful piece of art work, a scented soap or just fond memories of enjoyable day in the Comox Valley. Thank-you for your support

Mon. July 1st - 12th, 2013 Tofino Eleven days of music, dance, theatre, visuals, and art in Tofino and Ucluelet InFrinGinG Dance Festival 2013 Thu. July 4th, 2013 - Sun. July 7th, 2013 Nanaimo DANCING IN THE BELLY OF THE DRAGON Four days of Cultural Dance performances, workshops, and dialogue outdoors Maffeo Sutton Park alongside the Dragon Boat Festival! For festival details and special event tickets visit: http://nanaimodragonboat.com/ http://www.crimsoncoastdance.org/

TAPPED Beer Fest @ Mt Washington - HQ Comox Valley On July 12 the first big event on Mount Washington's calendar Tapped Beer Festival! will unfold with at least fifteen breweries expected to attend. Tofino Brewing Company, said it was a big deal

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when they won Tapped in 2011 after having just opened for business in April of that year. CRABFEST Northwest Bay Ranch in Nanoose Crabfest with Proceeds to Moorcroft Regional Park (Nanoose Bay, BC) – On Saturday July

20, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Ranch, home to Seafood4Life, will host a family-friendly crab feast. Tickets are $30.00 inclusive per person and include a plate of Dungeness crab straight from the ocean with corn on the cob, coleslaw and a bread roll


PARKSVILLE RCMP Musical Ride Comes to Oceanside!
Pre-Show Entertainment
Food Services Available
Come early, visit the stables and meet the RCMP riders and horses in person. Three shows:
Saturday, August 3 - 1:00PM & 6:00PM
Sunday, August 4 - 1:00PM only Tickets available at:
Marlin Travel, Parksville
Close to You, Parksville
Chamber of Commerce, Parksville
Chamber of Commerce, Qualicum Beach
RCMP Detachment, Parksville, Marlin Travel, Country Club Mall, Nanaimo Also on display:
"The Musical Ride Series" by Joan Larson. 24 original artworks featuring the RCMP Musial Ride.

RCMP MUSICAL RIDE The Musical Ride has assisted thousands of charities and non-profit organizations raise money to make a difference in their communities. The Musical Ride has also been the feature presentation at a variety of international venues.

The Musical Ride has assisted thousands of charities and non-profit organizations raise money to make a difference in their communities. The Musical Ride has also been the feature presentation at a variety of international venues. The Musical Ride originated from the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) as they made the Great March West across Canada in 1874. Although the original NWMP were scattered in small groups over tens of thousands of miles of unsettled prairies, they routinely practiced both mounted and foot drills. In this time, Sergeant Major Robert Belcher and other members who directed the mounted training had been members of the British Cavalry regiments and had experience in performing drill displays. Only after the men of the NWMP had formed their own band, did the riding displays take the form of the Musical Ride as we know it today. The performance of the drill movements accompanied by music helped the NWMP to entertain themselves during the evening or while off duty. The first recorded display of the NWMP riding performance, under the direction of Sergeant Major Belcher - and with no public in attendance - took place at Fort Macleod, Alberta in 1876. Training for and performing the Musical Ride provided relief for the officers from the daily drill periods and routine duties. The first time the NWMP performance was named the Musical Ride was at the Regina barracks in 1887. A total of five performances were given that year. There were no public displays for many years after this because regular police duties and the creation of new posts took precedence. The NWMP riding performance became a form of public entertainment in 1904. The troop trained under the direction of Inspector Frank Church and performed in Winnipeg, Brandon, Qu'appelle and Regina. In the first part of the 20th century, the Ride would occasionally perform publicly. Some of the Musical Ride movements are based on cavalry drills. These drills began to take shape during the eighteenth century when Frederick The Great of Prussia*(1712-1786) revolutionized cavalry tactics and trained his cavalry to a standard which became the envy and ideal of other European nations. The British Cavalry eventually incorporated these standards into its drills. The basis of the Ride's movements stem from the ability to move a mounted cavalry regiment with some form of organization–e.g. single file, half sections and sections at all three paces. Since 1887, Musical Ride Instructors have developed and elaborated on these basic movements. The Ride varies from year to year as every new Instructor slightly alters the Ride movements and formations. The Musical Ride became a permanent entity of the RCMP in 1961. At this time, the Ride became an annual performance. Up to 1961 it had been impossible to plan performances far in advance, as there had always been doubts about whether or not the Ride would continue. Prior to 1961 and beginning in 1920, there were two Rides that performed in various parts of Canada and the US. One Ride was based in Rockcliffe, Ontario and the other in Regina, Saskatchewan, occasionally with other Rides trained for local performances.

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LOCAVORE We are changing the way the world eats We are changing the way the world eats. Canadians, especially us West Coasters, are WINNING like Charlie Sheen says, in TOP CHEF competitions, sustainable food choices, producing more organic farmers, top Restaurants that offer up the finest west coast fare in the world, because we are conscious to source locally and support loca growers. This is the healthiest, smartest and most delicious way of going about things in the culinary world and in life. The european Chefs have been sourcing locally and fresh for centuries,

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We at VIS are food culture activists. We work to support those who work to preserve the genetic material of heritage plants, support sustainble local seafood and those who source it for their restaurants. We want to see the return of once-endangered flavours and food sources to our tables as well as build community and sustainability.. WE hope to add to the blueprint for a local food revolution.

its about time the world is, with Canada in the lead. Strawberries in January, fresh tomatoes year-round and New Zealand lamb at all times -- these welltravelled foods have a carbon footprint the size of an SUV. But there is a burgeoning local food movement taking place in Canadian cities, farms and shops that is changing both the way we eat and the way we think about food. The book "Locavore" describes how foodies,100-milers, urbanites, farmers,

gardeners and chefs across Canada are creating a new local food order that has the potential to fight climate change and feed us all. Combining front-line reporting, shrewd analysis and passionate food writing to delight the gastronome, Locavore shows how the pieces of a post-industrial food system are being assembled into something infinitely better.

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LOCAVORE by Sarah Elton available on Amazon. Photograph by Chris Clay of the Spider on the plant Photo to the left


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Cayman Island Cook Out with An-

thony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and Vancouver Chef DALE MACKAY CAYMAN ISLAND COOK OUT WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN, ERIC RIPERT, DALE MACKAY AND JOSE ANDRES Vancouver Island Style Magazine’s contributing writer Cassandra Anderton, was blessed to be in the Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman, for the Cayman Island Cook out this spring. For those who take culinary travel seriously, the annual Cayman Island Cookout is a weekend that you will want to add to the top of your bucket list. Held each January and hosted by Chef Eric Ripert at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, the hotel where his restaurant Blue is located, this series of events is full of demos and dinners taught by celebrity guest chefs, most notably Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres.

Cayman Isle Pig Roast Chefs

The cookout is jam packed with culinary demos, wine tastings, cocktail events, barbeque and chefs dinners; two days of full on drinking, dining and entertainment along with full access to these culinary icons and many others. The 2013 event began with culinary demos held ocean-side with the waves nipping up towards the stage. Chef Jose Andres was nowhere in sight when he was due to appear to demo paella. Guests waited patiently alongside chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain who eventually began to appear a tad worried. Suddenly Andres launched out of the ocean in a jet-pack, travelling towards us. Arriving onshore at Seven Mile Beach and throwing on his chef’s whites over his swim trunks, he proceeded to whip up the biggest paella I’d seen. Perhaps it was the mass quantities of olive oil used or the liberal use of saffron, but there was definitely something about

the setting and the company we were in that altered the experience. For the Saturday lunch Chef Anthony Bourdain, a personality on the top of most foodies must meet list, hosted a grazing event on the grass at the Grand Cayman Ritz Carlton. “The Rundown with Anthony Bourdain” involved an actual rundown of local cuisine such as rum cakes, conch chowder and jerk and also the local dish, actually called Run Down, a tasty saltbeef stew. Bourdain wandered the lawn chatting with the various chefs at their stations about their unique dishes via microphone and we sampled Caybrew, the local beer, and rum punch from Seven Fathoms Rum. The afternoon was peppered with humour, however, much like the food, it was tasteful; Bourdain didn’t reveal too much of the wild side he is known for. In the evening guests were bussed out to the “Barefoot Barbeque Welcome Event” held at the Royal Palms on Seven Mile Beach. Sponsored by Certified Angus Beef this event was delayed because of rain and rough seas. The original concept was for chefs to serve from stations in the ocean with guest wading out to sample, but these had to be moved shore-side. Nevertheless the chefs rallied with Jose Andres serving the freshest tasting sea urchin I’d ever had atop a slab of butter on grilled rustic bread. Bourdain did brisket, Ripert a local swordfish, Chef Frederic Morineau of the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman a lamb saddle chop and there were plenty of Patron-filled cocktails, rum punch and wines available. The following afternoon the event to attend was most certainly “Burgers in Paradise”. Leaving the shores via catamaran with swimsuits in tow, passengers were treated to a sail out to Rum Point. Part way through the trip the boat stopped and guests jumped into the ocean to swim amongst the sting rays who are

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attracted to the boats engine. Once the party-goers reached Rum Point the burger choices ranged from Spike Mendelsohn’s lamb burger with tzatziki to Chef Bernard Guillas lemongrass shrimp and scallop. Cocktail guru Adam Seger was on hand pouring Colada Passion’s and Barefoot Rum Punch. The Cayman Island Cookout invites a Canadian Chef down each year and this year Chef Dale Mackay was the guest chef. Mackay, assisted by his front of house manager Christopher Cho, charmed onlookers as he demoed the black cod he helped make so popular and his famous pulled-pork served up in sliders. Mackay also teamed up with local restaurant, Abacus, and their chef, Chef Ron Jacobson ( canadian from Calgary ) for the “Ultimate Dinner Party at Camana Bay”. Dishes such as Grapefruitcured Hamachi, Blue Crab Salad and Black Cod in a Pulled Pork Broth were eagerly devoured by attendees and well-paired with divine wine in a spectacular final dinner.

The grand finale was the “Bon Vivant Taittinger Champagne Brunch and Cook-off” which saw Champagne flowing, caviar, oysters, dim sum, prawns, artisan cheese, cured meats, sushi, desserts and an endless array of regular brunch items and international specialties. This brunch was epic; I had never seen such a spread and I’ve had more than my share of over-the top brunches. Once guests were settled a cooking competition began hosted by Spike Mendlesohn and the Bon Vivant Cookshop and judged by Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres, and the Executive Chef of the entire Ritz Carlton Hotel’s Rainer Zinngrebe. An exchange of pomegranates and tomatoes began as the chefs tossed them back and forth to Mendlesohn and the celebration continued well on into the afternoon. This weekend and the days I spent on Grand Cayman preceding it were some of the most interesting and exciting days I’ve had as a food writer bar none. The trip was epic, the food, people and experiences at the top of my list of culinary adventures. Now if I can only get back there next year!

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Grand Cayman Written by Cassandra Anderton Cassandra is a freelance wine, food and travel writer and broadcaster who appears regularly on Breakfast Television, can be heard on The Shore 104.3 and has been published in The Vancouver Sun, Western Living, BC Wine Trails Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Northwest Palate, EAT Magazine and Concierge Quarterly, Vancouver Island Style Magazine and many other publications. She was born in New Zealand, grew up in the Okanagan and has made Vancouver her home for the past 20 + years. She is passionate about local food and wine, and loves to travel to learn and report on what others are doing to promote their local culture


Chef Dale MacKay Original Winner of Top Chef Canada

Saskatchewan raised Vancouver Chef Dale MacKay was the original TOP CHEF CANADA winner and lucky guest canadian Chef to be invited down to participate in the Cayman Island Cook out in the Grand Cayman Dale's home town is Saskatchewan and that is where he will open Ayden Kitchen & Bar in late summer. MacKay, a Top Chef Canada, will be serving modern Canadian comfort food in a heritage building; an adjoining market will have custom butchered meats, charcuterie, cheeses and gourmet pantry items. The restaurant is named at his son. “I considered many other restaurant names and many more were recommended to me, but Ayden is the centre of my world, so it makes sense that the restaurant I’ve finally come home to will be named after my guy,” he said. MacKay has worked at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in Tokyo, New York and London as well as serving as executive chef of Lumiere under New York luminary chef Daniel Boulud. “My vision for Ayden Restaurant & bar — both front and back of house — is a culinary reflection of how I see Saskatchewan today, built on rock-solid, dependable, hard-working Canadian prairie stock but with an exciting, dynamic, contemporary vibe. Generous, relaxed, approachable, affordable, authentic. We will be all that and more,” he said.

Chef Eric Ripert The Cayman Island Cook out is held each January and hosted by Chef Eric Ripert at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, the hotel where his restaurant BLUE is located, this series of events is full of demos and dinners taught by celebrity guest chefs, most notably Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres.. THE RITZCARLTON, GRAND CAYMAN PO Box 32348 KY1-1209, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Phone: +1 (345) 943-9000


Celebrity Chefs cook up a FEAST

Cayman Island Pig Roast

Celebrity Chef Eric Ripert

Indisputably, Grand Cayman’s premier restaurant. Blue by Eric Ripert ( seen above) is where both guests and Caymanians come to be beguiled by true epicurean artistry in the grand tradition of Le Bernardin. Seafood menus inspired by the bounty of Cayman’s fishermen Featuring locally-caught and responsibly-fished seafood Select from Prix Fixe or Blue by Eric Ripert and Blue Classics Tasting Menus Wine cellar featuring more than 800 selections On the last Saturday of each month, guests are invited to Lunch at Blue

For those who take culinary travel seriously, the annual Cayman Island Cookout is a weekend that you will want to add to the top of your bucket list. Held each January and hosted by Chef Eric Ripert at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, the hotel where his restaurant Blue is located, this series of events is full of demos and dinners taught by celebrity guest chefs, most notably Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres. The cookout is jam packed with culinary demos, wine tastings, cocktail events, barbeque and chefs dinners; two days of full on drinking, dining and entertainment along with full access to these culinary icons and many others.


“Burgers in Paradise”.

Chef Bernard Guillas lemongrass shrimp and scallop

Leaving the shores via catamaran with swimsuits in tow, passengers were treated to a sail out to Rum Point. Part way through the trip the boat stopped and guests jumped into the ocean to swim amongst the sting rays who are attracted to

Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s lamb burger with tzatziki Photo by Cassandra

the boats engine.

The grand finale was the “Bon Vivant Taittinger Champagne Brunch and Cook-off” which saw Champagne flowing, caviar, oysters, dim sum, prawns, artisan cheese, cured meats, sushi, desserts ....

Mackay also teamed up with local restaurant, Abacus, and their chef, Chef Ron Jacobson ( canadian from Calgary ) for the “Ultimate Dinner Party at Camana Bay”. Dishes such as Grapefruit-cured Hamachi, Blue Crab Salad and Black Cod in a Pulled Pork Broth were eagerly devoured by attendees and well-paired with divine wine in a spectacular final dinner.

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MacKenzie Beach Resort was built by the MacKenzies. original settlers in Tofino and the first Resort. You could only visit Tofino only the weekends, via logging roads in the fifties and MacKenzie beach was a popular destination for visitors. It retains its original charm and beauty.

Beach front Accommodation with the "old school" feel

MacKenzie Beach Resort

Although MacKenzie Beach resort is not fancy, it is located right on MacKenzie Beach which is prime beach front. You couldn't get any closer, it is reasonably priced and you can bring your dogThe campground situated next to the cottages is also located on prime beach front, affordable and not as booked up as nieghboring camp grounds.

MacKenzie Beach, Tofino

Beach front cottages are so cosy

MacKenzie Beach Resort is under new management, a couple who have managed some great resorts in Australia and all over the world. They are very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable and the resort is shaping up very nicely under their attention and care. You also have a pool at the resort, free showers and the option of bikes to rent that can be dropped off right to guests. MacKenzie Beach, Tofino

Beach front camping is amazing

Over all the resort was idyllic and perfectly situated. The cottage we stayed in was comfortable, clean and came with firewood for the fire. Wifi is available for an extra fee.


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Beach Break Lodge on Chesterman

Prime location, hot tub & kitchen 1337 Chesterman Beach Road, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Beach Break Lodge is privately owned and a really beautiful lodge to stay in, very private and steps away from the. Beach, The bathroom is well equipped with a large deep jacuzzi, powerful shower head, heated tiles on the floor which carry into the kitchenette and sitting/dining room A lovely large bedroom sits perfectly behind the sliding glass downs which can be left open at night so you hear the ocean roar and soothe you to sleep. A king size bed and gas fireplace completes the bedroom with large flat screen TV. When you walk out of your patio a small deck awaits you with a one person hot tub on it ,lovely to sit in it at night and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. There are only two sets of lodging on the very private property. Beach Break Lodge is a great Tofino escape for couples.


SHOPPING IN VICTORIA

FASHION SHOPPING IN VICTORIA WE FOUND SOME OF THE BEST STYLISH BOUTIQUES in VICTORIA Mangos Boutique

is a locally owned and operated, family business. They specialize in offering women's and men's fashions, accessories and shoes from Canadian and International Designers., at one location, in the heart of Victoria. 577 Johnson street. Established in 2005, MANGOS is most definitely, one of the very best, truly “designer stores” in Victoria, offering great brands like Rock Revival, Diesel, JBrand, and Miss Me. They also have a very cute selection of jeans. Mangos Boutique in Victoria www.mangosvictoria.com

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MANGOS VICTORIA Lower Johnson Street in Victoria, also known as "LoJo" offers wonderful, locally owned and operated boutiques. LoJo houses designer shops such as Mango’s Boutique which is a locally owned and operated, family business. They specialize in offering women’s and men’s fashions, accessories and shoes from Canadian and International Designers., at one location, in the heart of Victoria. 577 Johnson street. The store is large, well laid out with great customer service offered by the owner/operator. This is definitely a favorite of ours. You must check them out.

Established in 2005, MANGOS is most definitely, one of the very best, truly “designer stores” in Victoria, offering great brands like Rock Revival, Diesel, JBrand, and Miss Me. They also have a very cute selection of designer jeans and incredible shoes!


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Johnson street is one of the best places to shop in Victoria

Graciela 561 Johnson St Victoria, BC V8W 1M2 Phone: 250-381-8614 Mangos Boutique in Victoria www.mangosvictoria.com


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Lower Johnson (LoJo) Street in Victoria offers some great independently owned Boutiques for your shopping fix LoJo Shopping District Flower boxes hang from the rooflines of shops mostly owned by and carrying local, hand produced fashion, as well as international Designer brand, British and First Nations merchandise. Located in Downtown Victoria

Boutique Left: Vintage inspired and hand made. Below: Black Fever Frock with Button detailing made to impress at Paradise Boutique on Johnston Street Expect a high level of customer service in a warm and inviting environment. 613 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC. (250) 386-6968

Shopping "LoJo" Brightly painted Victorian-era Shops house adorable modern day, locally owned shopping Boutiques Brightly painted Victorian-era shopfronts flank both sides of busy Lower Johnson Street between Wharf and Government Streets. The area is known for its local and independent boutiques and restaurants. We loved four clothing stores in particular Mangos, Paradise Boutique, Indigo Apparel inc and Smoking Lily. You can easily spend a morning shopping and the afternoon dining and walking the sea wall around "LoJo" Wharf Street runs along the ocean and is actually a great staring point, only a few blocks from Johnson. Perhaps spend a few minutes leaning on the stone wall surrounding the harbour at the Tourist Info Centre, to watch the water taxis, sea buses and float planes buzzing in and out, before you head out for shopping, eating and fun in the LoJo district. As you head along Wharf street towards Johnson street, to your right is Bastion Squarem named after the log towers, or bastions, that were once part of the fort built here in 1843. Bastion Squre is haunted as a result of its violent history ( prisons, court houses and gallows ) There are ghostly Tours in Victoria that will take you on a stroll

through its cobbled stoned alleys, giving you full details on its spooky inhabitants and grisly past. It now serves as an artisan's market, with everything from art prints to jewelry. If you're into maritime history, Bastion Square also offers the Maritime Museum of BC; if you'd rather eat at REBAR, a Modern Food, Vegetarian Restaurant in Downtown Victoria that we recommend. From Bastion Square, you can walk along wharf street, past Swans Hotel and the Saffron then onto lower Johnson Street. A wander along the candy-coloured shopfronts here showcases a number of fantastic locally owned shops and boutiques. A few to watch for? The tiny space of Smoking Lily, a label that belongs to several local women who create clothing, tshirts, home decor and more, mostly from natural fabrics. You can even have your own design silk screened on your t shirt. The small Paperbox Arcade, with several boutiques - including Paradise Boutique. Paradise boutique offers locally designed, vintage inspired, hand made in BC mix & match swim wear and gorgeous frocks. The quality is definitely worth the price, especially since they're made in Victoria with style. Paradise

Boutique is a family owned, womens clothing store specializing in fashion swimwear. Sisters Dani and Rosebud offer truly original clothing and accessories, with a focus on independent designers. Clothing is fresh, feminine and unique. The store is very small, crammed full of adorable, unique womens wear, all generally vintage looking. Similar to Mintage in Vancouver. It isnt possible to order online at this time, but they are on facebook. Indigo Apparel is a great little store, like Mangos, they also offer mens and womens fashions, shoes and accessories from around the world. Clothing is hand picked by the owner Kathryn Stow-Giorio. Labels they carry: Firetrap Smash Cult of Individuality Shapeez SassyBax Sassa James Jeans Red Haute Pure & Simple AG Jeans Level 99 Sanctuary Bella Luxx Feel the Piece

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Firetrap Smash Cult of Individuality Shapeez SassyBax Sassa James Jeans Red Haute Pure & Simple at Indigo Apparel Inc

More JoLo Boutiques and spots we love At Indigo Apparel Inc you will find mens and womens fashions, shoes and accessories from around the world. 118-560 Johnson Street Victoria, BC V8W3C6 250-590-5780 www.indigoapparelinc.com Bliss Boutique (Fashion) 543 Johnson St Victoria, BC V8W 1M2 (250) 386-5990 http://www.blissboutique.ca Bliss BoutiqueAdd Photos Hours: Mon, Sun 11 am - 6 pm Tue-Wed 10 am - 6 pm Thu-Sat 10 am - 7 pm. Yelp review from Janet F from To, Ont. "This little boutique is light and airy and filled with pretty thing! Just what a boutique should be. :) I was delighted to step into this store after being disappointed by a number of other pricey stores on this street. The clothes are fantastic and the prices are reasonable.

118 - 560 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC. (250) 590-5780

Baggins Shoe Store 561 Johnson Street Victoria, BC V8W 1M2 (250) 388-7022 http://www.bagginsshoes.com Angelo T from Calgary, Ab says this about Baggins -"What a cool little store. Little, this place is huge! Stocked with wall to wall chucks and bags, I'm pretty sure I would have frequented this store and spent my allowance, building up a closet full of chuck-licious kicks. I had a chance to chat with one of the store owners and found out that they've been around for ages. I love the decor of the place, comic book murals and cramped shelves filled with chucks that could be a one-of-a-kind" Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm Sun 11 am - 5 pm For Eats, we recommend the Wild Saffron which is in The Swans Hotel. It features Dine Around, all year 'round, giving veryone a chance to try the the slightly finer dining side of Johnson Street for under thirty dollars per person - a full course meal. They just re-opened the bistro after some renovations and have brought in a

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Growing your own Food is the new Gangster Ron Finley Think innovation, and the first thing that usually comes to mind is the technology industry. But, of course, you can be innovative in just about anything you do, which is just what the TED conference aims to celebrate. Artist and designer Ron Finley couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his backyard. “South Central Los Angeles,” he quips, “home of the drive-thru and the driveby.” And it's the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a curable disease like Type 2 diabetes. Finley’s has a great vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” started with the curbside veggie garden which is an echoe of the Guerilla Gardeening project started by one the pioneer of guerrilla gardening in the UK, Richard Reynolds ( see "Planting flowers is revolutionary - next article ) Finley planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education -- and healthy, hopeful futures -- one urban garden at a time. He received support from his local community, but not from his city leaders. The Garden fed local people and taught them how to grow their own food for themselves, their children and neighbors. Finley went on to transform many abandoned lots and taught many inspired people to do the same "An inspiration to all, Ron Finley is a true urban farming hero." Andrew Gunther, Huffington Post, 10.3.11 Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where kids run across the street during lunch hour to a store that is filled with pop, chips, and junk food. Ron believes “If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they're not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them. We Canadians believe in local and sustainable, lets adopt Ron Finleys movement for a healthy, delicious, sustainable life built around community. ronfinley.com


Growing Sunflowers is Revolutionary GuerrillaGardening.org invites to an annual event of optimistic seed sowing. It's the 7th year since guerrilla gardeners in Brussels decared 1 May the day for all of us everywhere to go out beyond our gardens and plant sunflower seeds in the hope that they will bring beauty and health to our neighbourhoods. GuerrillaGardening.org HQ has a lot of free sunflower seeds available for guerrilla gardening. If you want some please send a stamped addressed envelope / box / shipping container to Richard Reynolds, 76 Perronet House, Princess Street, London, SE1 6JS and he will post you some.

Sunflower

Photography by Chris Clay


Planting flowers is revolutionary The idea has spread throughout the world, with guerrilla gardening becoming particularly popular in urban areas However, one of the pioneers of guerrilla gardening in the UK, Richard Reynolds, said in a Daily Telegraph article in 2009, that he believed guerrilla gardening would continue to flourish as a result of the gloomy economic climate, particularly as people search for land to grow their own food. "There is an increasing realisation that the focus on our personal betterment is

not making us happy," he said. "Going out there and taking responsibility for a shared space with other people, on the other hand, can warm the soul." Emerging Trend Guerrilla gardening in general is a growing phenomenon. There is also a trend toward the activity becoming more open, encouraging communities to take action over their local environment. The idea here is to proactively create change to enhance the local environment in a way that will excite the attention and involvement of local peo-

ple. This new spirit of co-operation is exemplified by the Pimp Your Pavement campaign, launched in London by Richard Reynolds. He says on the Pimp Your Pavement website: "This campaign will be a way of giving people, particularly newcomers, a very tangible objective – transforming a patch of pavement and taking back responsibility from the local authorities who have plenty of other things to be concerned with on our behalf. We at VIS would love to see "pimp our pavements" and our green space spread in Canada

Guerrilla gardening is, in its basic form, a type of anarchic direct action where gardeners identify a disused, neglected or abandoned piece of land - which they do not own - and use it to grow either crops, flowering plants or to create wildlife areas. The aim is simple: to rescue land from perceived neglect or misuse and give it a fresh purpose. Some guerrilla gardening activities are secretive and technically illegal, sometimes carried out under the cover of night. They can also be subversive and aimed at delivering a strong message to statutory authorities, such as the creation of wildflower gardens on barren roundabouts or where potholes in roads are filled with soil and planted with flowers.

"Guerilla Gardening"

Photograph by Chris Clay www.digitalbloom.ca

Tips on Guerrilla Gardening There are a number of websites, social networking groups and blogs where anyone interested in guerrilla gardening can find advice, including: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4605708492 www.guerrillagardening.org/ggtips.html www.wikihow.com/Start-Guerilla-Gardening


Featured Recipe fresh spicy SALSA Photograph and Recipe by Chris Clay Garden Harvest

Grow your own sweet, juicy tomatoes. Luckily for you, tomato plants can grow almost anywhere, that is warm and a little damp. But as with most vegetation that produce a fruit, a little "tender, loving care" or TLC goes a long way. With adequate sunlight, water, and patience, you'll be greatly rewarded with a six foot tall tomato plant with big red juicy tomatoes! Tomatoes take a long time to grow so you must have great patience. That's all you need to do to get your tomato plant growing. Have fun growing!


These photographs are by Chris Clay of his own garden harvest. We hope they inspire you to grow your own food and make your own delicious salsa, fresh without any additives! www.digitalbloom.ca www.wikihow.com/Start-Guerilla-Gardening


A favourite haunt is the Pier Street Market in Campbell River. A seasonal market with fresh produce, bbq stations, lots of crafts, buskers, and my personal fave Orca Bakery

Comox Valley Little Orca Bakery Address: #4 2441 Cousins Rd., Courtenay, BC Phone: 250-334-9911 Email: lob4@shaw.ca

The Road Less Traveled By Lux Travel Diva I live north of the Comox Valley, one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, in a rural area about halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. It is tranquil here and most of us think of it as a bit of paradise. As I wander about the north/central Island , I discover more and more of the appeal of living away from the bustle of the city. A favourite haunt is the Pier Street Market in Campbell River. A seasonal market with fresh produce, bbq stations, lots of crafts, buskers, and my personal fave Orca Bakery. Open in the summer season at the Pier. You can fish off the pier and try your luck, or for a sure thing stop at Crabby Bob’s fish shack to take something home for dinner. Visit the Maritime Heritage Centre nearby to see the restored fishing vessel. I like to drop in at the Campbell River Museum Gift Shop with their excellent assortment of native artwork and jewelry. Want to get serious about salmon fishing? Head over to Painter’s Lodge or April Point, part of the Oak Bay Marina Group where you can stay, dine, or charter a fishing boat with or without a local guide. Pacific Playgrounds at Saratoga Beach is also a good place to find a local guide for sport fishing.

Hubert of Little Orca Bakery has been baking in the Valley for over 14 years. Originally from France, he offers quality European and Canadian baked goods using locally grown ingredients, as available. Check out his mulberry/ mixed berry pastries in July and August! Crabby Bob's Seafood Inc Suite 6F-705 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C2 Get directions 250-830-1155 Pier Street Farmers Market and Arts Fair, held every Sunday from May through September, during the hours of 10 am to 2:30 pm (in front of the Maritime Heritage Centre). As you make your way south down the Old Island Highway take a detour to Shelter Point Distillery. Tours by appointment. This is a lovely facility that is fast becoming the “go to” spot for weddings and family reunions. Cool off with the locals on a hot summer day with a tube ride down the Oyster River all the way to the ocean. Next stop Miracle Beach Provincial Park. The park exists thanks to the generosity of a farming family who still reside in Black Creek. Mr. Pottage donated the land that is now the Miracle Beach Provincial Park. It’s said the Park got its name because of a large forest fire that threatened the park, then by a “miracle” the winds changed direction and the park was saved. One of the largest Provincial parks it offers treed camping spaces, a play area, an interpretive center, daily activities such as walks and games for all ages, and a “Jerry’s Rangers” program for kids

at the Miracle Beach Nature House. The beach is safe and sandy, the water warmed by the incoming tide, the Park is popular with locals and visitors alike. Just down from Miracle Beach on Seaview Road you’ll find Leading Edge Kayaking. Christine Gornall a certified guide and instructor offers group and private lessons and guided kayaking excursions. During the winter you will find Christine at Mt Washington where she teaches cross country skiing. Take another detour off the Old Island Highway and pop into Coastal Black Estate Winery. Tours and tastings, with oven baked pizza offered at lunch during the summer. Tasting room and wine sales as well as fresh fruit in season. The backroads in the area of Comox Valley are very popular for avid bike riders. In August you can choose from three different tours on the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour. Two moderate two day tours of local farms and one family friendly one day tour. Ranging from 6 km to 56 km in length the tours highlight the farming community and give you a chance to visit working farms. Between Merville and Courtenay just off the Old Island Highway is a network of roads for those looking for a little solitude on their ride. The area is very popular and local bike clubs can be found pedaling here all year round. Depending on your direction you can go east or west off the Old Island Highway and find yourself at Woodland Gardens. Years of tender loving care has transformed this quiet oasis into a lovely park. During the month of December a man in a red suit sets up a workshop and entertains and delights families who visit.

While making your way along Headquarters Road be sure to stop in at Farmer Dan’s store. Stocked with all kinds of vintage knick knacks, homemade jams, jellies, and preserves. You will also find home baked breads and goodies. Home grown vegetables and locally raised beef and pork. The best place to order a Thanksgiving turkey. Farmer Dan’s is open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Depending on the season there is lots to do in the Comox Valley. Mt. Washington for skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding in the winter, biking and hiking in the summer. The 31st annual Snow to Surf race takes place on April 28, 2013. A multi sport team relay that includes alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, running, mountain biking, kayaking, road cycling, and canoeing. The mountain is a year round adventure playground. Lesser known Forbidden Plateau is also a local spot for tobogganing in the winter

and hiking in the summer. A great place to pick delicious wild blueberries.

When it gets really hot in the Valley those in the know head for the pristine beauty of Nymph Falls. If you go early in the day you may even have the Falls all to yourself.

Once on the road you might as well continue towards town on the quiet route stopping at the Courtenay Fair Grounds for the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Featuring locally grown produce and fresh meats and fish. The market runs from mid April to early October then moves into the Native Sons Hall over winter. The Comox Valley Fair Grounds are also home to the annual Vancouver Island Music Fest being held this year on July 12-14. A ways away in Comox the largest art show in Western Canada – The Filberg Festival takes place on August 2 – 5, 2013. Whether you come for the entertainment, the crafts, the art, or the food you are going to have a great time at the Filberg. If you’re a hot rod enthusiast you’ll want to take in the two cars shows sponsored by the North Island Cruisers at Campbell River on the Sunday before Labour Day and Classic Cruisers at Courtenay in mid July. In September there are two events in Black Creek. The first up will be the Black Creek Community Association annual Fall Fair – everything you would imagine an old time, small town, fair to be. It is a lot of laid back fun. Later in September look for the 2nd annual Flavour Gourmet Picnic at Coastal Black Estate Winery in Black Creek. Last year’s event was such a resounding success it will be interesting to see just what this year has to offer. Mark your calendar for September 15. You won’t want to miss this one! Comox Valley is home to some great restaurants and resorts. Lots of places to see and things to do. Start your touring at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre located just off the Inland Island Highway and exit 117. Coming to the Island from the Mainland? Check out the B.C. Ferries vacation packages. (@luxtraveldiva)


Saltspring Island MARKET


The Salt Spring Island Market www.saltspringmarket.com phone: 250 537 4448 You will find a wide variety of Crafts and food vendors at the Salt Spring Market Body Care Home/Garden Jewelry Paint/Paper/Photo Pottery/Sculpture Textile/Fibre Arts Woodwork Writing & Music Farmers/Growers Food Products

Photography by Mark Perry http://fineartamerica. com/profiles/1-mark-perry.htmlphy/316232422327


Featured Vancouver Islander - Artist Emily Carr Emily Carr

Ruth Humphrey estate

Gallery Information Accession Number: 1984.050.002 Credit: Ruth Humphrey Estate Historical Information Date: c.1938-39 Period: 20th century Culture: Canadian Artwork Details Subject: landscape;forest Object Type: painting Medium: oil Support: paper, brown manilla Height: 87.6 Width: 5

"It's a shame to think of you stuck out here in this corner of the world unnoticed and unknown," says he. "It's exactly where I want to be," says I. And it is, too. This is my country. What I want to express is here and I love it. Amen! (Emily Carr, May 1934)


VANCOUVER

New, hot, & up and coming…

By Lux Travel Diva

Vancouver is just exploding with great, trendy dining. Forget the “no fun” handle it certainly doesn’t apply to the young and innovative entrepreneurs opening restaurants in our vibrant city. First up: Wildebeest Located at 120 West Hastings Street (Gastown) Wildebeest describes their menu as adventurous and they aren’t kidding. A full on delight for the carnivore in all of us, they never disappoint. Definitely not your average “meat & potato” selections. Sumptuous choices such as Angus beef short rib or Natural Angus beef cheek are absolutely delicious. For the slightly more daring try foie gras poutine or roasted bone marrow.

EATS Newest hot spot: PIDGIN Located at 350 Carroll Street (Chinatown) 350 Carrall St Vancouver BC 604.620.9400 Mon-Sat 5-12 Sun 6:00-12

Reservations Inquiries: info@pidginyvr.com They describe their food as Asian elegance and “sublime” above all it is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Several notches above what you may have come to expect from Asian food done well. Simple ingredients transposed into exquisite dishes served family style.

If you’re thinking you need to work up to a full out meal pop in to their Wine Bar and sample their bacon wrapped country pate or Pacific Coast oysters. Whether you are looking for a new and excited dinner option, a glass of wine paired with their specialized wine bar menu, or a “gluttony” group outing this is a terrific concept that lives up to the hype.

Reservations highly recommended but chance walk-ins also welcome. Opentable.ca or directly at 604 687 6880

Been around awhile: Vancouver Urban Winery Located at 55 Dunlevy Avenue (Railtown) Two young guys come up with this concept of “wine on tap” and, who knew, it’s a hit! I first heard about Vancouver Urban Winery from a twenty something gal who was attending an evening Supper Club dinner and wine pairing event. For the most part a 7000 sq ft winery housed in a rustic, historical building on the edge of Gastown. Home to an import and distributor wine outlet selling numerous wines including their house label Roaring Twenties. Wine shop on the premises. Open Sundays through Fridays for tastings and tours. Their tasting bar features local cuisine paired with their wines on tap. Saturdays are reserved for private parties. Definitely worth a visit for anyone who enjoys a wine tasting and pairing experience. Choose from five tasting menu options or you may customize your own menu.

For parties larger than 6 reservations are recommended. 604 566 9463 or at info@vancouverurbanwinery.com vancouverurbanwinery.com for more information on their Supper Club events If you are interested in learning more about the wine you drink check out Sunday School wine seminars conducted by sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook.

Wildebeest

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Randy Hall is a Vancouver Island photographer specializing in nature photography, whether it is capturing natural settings such as seascapes or forest landscapes or the plants and animals that inhabit this part of British Columbia.


Photograph of Parksville, BC by Randy Hall. Randy is a Vancouver Island photographer specializing in nature and wildlife photography, whether it is capturing natural settings such as seascapes or forest landscapes or the plants and animals that inhabit this part of British Columbia.


BriMar Bed & Breakfast 1375 Thornberg Crescent Tofino, BC Canada. TEL: 1 250 725 3410 TOL: 1 800 714 9373 BriMar Bed & Breakfast on south Chesterman Beach in Tofino

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BriMar B & B in Tofino

1375 Thornberg Crescent Tofino, BC Canada. TEL: 1 250 725 3410 TOL: 1 800 714 9373 BriMar Bed & Breakfast on south Chesterman Beach in Tofino is a lovely ocean front retreat

The entire house is well kept and very clean. The colors are bright and the rooms are very comfortable and nicely decorated. The sheets are high quality and available for purchase. We loved BriMar Upon arriving at BriMar Bed & Breakfast, our first impression of the large hip-roofed character home was one of great beauty and a truly, idyllic location. BriMar is situated perfectly on south Chesterman Beach’s sandy paradise in Tofino, just steps down and you are amongst the sand, surf and sun. BriMar is like something out of a story book, it really invokes romance, peace and beauty with a combination of its heritage charm, its stunning location, its tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms and the great care taken by its manager and hostess – Paula. Paula keeps BriMar well loved, spic and span, the guests entertained and well fed. The front lawn welcomes guests with four, side by side sentinel Cedar Chairs, staring off into the miles of ocean and sand. They invite you to sit in them and do the same, leaving all worries behind. The sky and sea were so blue when we visited, it was hard to define where the ocean ended and the sky began which was fine. BriMar feels like a timeless, endless place, where memories are made and spirits are soothed. It is the perfect place to get away to, with your partner or friends. I am unsure whether one would bring small children, as the house is old and sound can travel. BriMar oozes character and comfort. It is

truly a perfect romantic getaway rain or shine – all year ’round. Each room offers the most stunning ocean views and each bed is very cosy with very comfortable bedding. The hostess, Paula has gone out of her way to make this retreat, extra special. Paula is full of local information, stories and referrals, many of which she receives discounts on that she passes down to BriMar guests. So do not forget to ask. Paula is also a wonderful cook and provides the most delicious and healthy breakfasts.-Breakfast was prepared beautifully and laid out with heavy silverware and quality ceramic china. I was taken back to England’s west country and its high end hotels. There were pitchers of fresh juice, cream, milk and home made granola, muffins, jam, toast and of course the main hot course being a fluffy sun-dried tomato and spinach omelette topped with two slices of nicely cooked bacon like a gift wrapped package of deliciousness (see photo above). A lovely ceramic plate of fresh fruit – strawberries, grapes, kiwis and more with a healthy bowl of yogurt, for topping. Breakfast was hearty and tasty The conversation with Paula was very pleasant. She is a perfect hostess and really cares about BriMar and her guests comfort. Paula adores living in Tofino

and who can blame her. It certainly is one of our favorite destinations on the Island. The coffee was from Foggy Bean Coffee Company and was of a medium dark blend. We enjoyed it, the breakfast and the company, very much, just as much as we loved the location and BriMar, itself.. tBriMar Bed and Breakfast offers three large bedrooms - The Moonrise Suite (right), The Sunset Suite and The Loft ( our favorite – photo below ) All suites come with spectacular ocean view. Each of the three rooms is decorated nicely. Each put together to provide a memorable and comfortable retreat for you and your loved one (s) Be prepared to walk upstairs to you room(s), but that is to be expected with a heritage retreat. The Loft suite is located on the top floor of the house, facing the ocean and surrounded by the tall Pacific coast trees, the Loft features a large bay window with a seating area, a wood stove, a traditional claw-foot tub, private en-suite with a large shower, and a queen-sized bed underneath the stars. It is BriMar’s largest and most private room and our favorite. The other rooms have comfortable queen-sized beds and your own private bathrooms. All tastefully furnished and with fantastic views. Breakfast is simply fresh and delicious.

1375 Thornberg Crescent Tofino, BC Canada. TEL: 1 250 725 3410 TOL: 1 800 714 9373 BriMar Bed & Breakfast on south Chesterman Beach in Tofino


BriMar B & B


Roof Top & Sticky Wicket

The Roof Top & The Sticky Wicket in The Strathcona Hotel: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2C2, Phone: 250-383-7137

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The Sticky Wicket in the Strathcona Hotel is actually comprised of five different spots, on multi levels, all under one. Big Bad John’s, The Clubhouse, The Roof, Club9one9 and of course The Sticky Wicket Pub & Restaurant. Both the Roof and the Sticky Wicket have become players in the Gastro Pub market by offering sustainable seafood choices and a really great Menu, generous portions, fresh made items, reasonable price points and interesting daily specials.The food ranges from English pub fare, to Certified Angus Beef ® selections as well as fresh Ocean Wise seafood. he Strathcona is located not too far from the harbour, it is quite easy to find if you are coming up from the harbour as its the most central point. The entrance for the rooftop is on the side of the building, look for their sandwich board The Roof has the only patio beach volleyball in the world, according to their server. There is some talent in the kitchens of both The Roof and the Sticky Wicket. I was quite impressed with the dishes and drinks that I had, certainly the friendly service and knowledge of Jesse and the antics, cooking and plating of the Roof Cook – Eric Holden who cooks up a storm in

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the out door kitchen on The Roof - a fantastic place for any cook to be. It must be pretty nice to work outside, as it can get really hot in a kitchen.The entire design of the Roof is open plan and exciting.The patio itself has a really light, friendly atmosphere and the music was lively but not too invasive. Although there isn’t a nice sweeping view of the ocean or the harbour, people watching is a good alternative and just relaxing into what feels like a beach front location in some far off tropical locale. stopping The Roof is a wonderful place to go with a group of friends, family or event. I saw a cluster of friends, primarily drinking and having a little party whereas seated next to me were a family with small children. The server told me that kids sometimes played in the sand on the Roof, while parents had some quiet time and dined. It seems the sandy roof top has multiple purposes. In Victoria, the law is that you must be an adult to eat in a pub. The Roof upstairs and the Sticky Wicket downstairs, has a dining room that is separate from the “bar” areas, so children are welcome. Either way you slice it, the Roof and The Sticky Wicket satisfies everyone. The Rooftop Surfclub offers a

summer inspired drink and food Menu along with the accompanying atmosphere. The roof comes complete with an outdoor patio and beach volleyball. Surf boards, large flower baskets and surf items adorn the wide open, roof top design, lending a very comfortable, beach front setting. Jesse, my server, said it reminds her of her travels in Mexico, which lead into her recommending one of my now favorite drinks – The Mexican Bulldog – A lime Marguerita mixed with the Corona each time I took a sip, its a perfect summer drink and kind of defines The Roof Below is a recipe from Cookingstoned on youtube or you can just go to the Roof and experience it . The Roof made a perfect Mexican Bulldog which complimented the fresh sustainable seafood dishes that I had with it, perfectly VIS recommends the following dishes from The Rooftop -The hot Crab and Artichoke Dip with in-house made Tortillas and the sustainable halibut mango burger with strawberries on the side, so fresh, so tasty, so summery. Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip: Hot Crab artiCHoke dip Belle River rock crab, artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese,

a great, fun atmosphere.


Roof Top & Sticky Wicket

The Roof Top & The Sticky Wicket in The Strathcona Hotel: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2C2, Phone: 250-383-7137


Roof Top & Sticky Wicket

The Roof Top & The Sticky Wicket in The Strathcona Hotel: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2C2, Phone: 250-383-7137

There is something for everyone on the menu My main dish was the Mango Halibut burger ( photo above ), which was so fresh, it fell apart in light delicious flakes, sitting on a bed of mango, strawberries and red onion, this burger was unique, light, flavorful and very summery. A generous side of fresh, sweet strawberries came with the burger which was a wonderful option. Both of these dishes paired well with my lime Margarita and corona as well as the great music and atmosphere of The Roof. Bill came to less than 40.00.I did not want to leave the Roof as I had become quite comfortable, but I was looking forward to dining at the newly renovated Sticky Wicket. Saying goodbye to the cook – Eric and entourage, I headed down stairs for a tour of the extensive Strathcona Hotel, including Big Bad Johns with its smugglers den feel, and its old west signage adorning the entrance, then on through the games room of the Sticky Wicket complete with its own bar and into the main restaurant area. iI was impressed by the newly renovated, grand interior of the Sticky Wicket. The place is much bigger, brighter and livelier than before. Big screen TV’s are every where and the noise level is low since there are a number of areas for customers to congregate in. There is a Games Room, a Roof top terrace for family dining and the main pub and restaurant area that surrounds a circular bar, populated by what looked to be many happy customers. Local brewing company Taps were evident, representing some of my favorites. It

was nice to see the support the Sticky Wicket, Strathcona and The Roof give to local business and how they are a major member of the ocean wise sustainable seafood program started by the Vancouver Aquarium. We feature and support many local restaurants that participate in this program as we need to give back and take care of our food resources. It is an important and integral part of why Vancouver Island Style Magazine exists The Sticky Wicket’s food was just as good as The Roofs’ but with a different Menu theme all together, more suiting to the pub theme, but there was no run of the mill “pub grub” and the service was attentive and friendly. The menu was decisively heavier then the Roof Tops, but no less delicious They have a fantastic variety of local brews on tap…such as Saltspring Island Heather Ale and one of my favorites, the Dark Chocolate porter by The Lighthouse Brewing Co. which actually smells like dark chocolate. with a roasty dark malt, vanilla and molasses flavor. The flavor is slightly sweet The chocolate porter paired well with the divine Butter Chicken and basmati rice that was delivered to my table. The BC chicken was cut into healthy chunks and simmered in a generous portion of tomato and cream based sauce. The curry came in silver and was separate from the rice and naan, which I appreciated, as I think many diners would. The rice was cooked perfectly, warm, light and fluffy and the dish was accompanied by eight pieces of

toasted naan bread brushed with their signature herb olive oil blend, perfect for dipping. I loved this dish. Not many pub-restaurants can make a decent curry. The Sticky Wicket makes a great Butter Chicken curry. There is something for everyone on the menu. Here are a few sample items from the Sticky Wickets featured Menu. Appetizers Moroccan LaMb MeatbaLLs $10 Lamb Meatballs made with Local Metchosin lamb, spices, fresh herbs, tagine sauce, chick peas, figs, carrots, tomatoes Prawn & bLack LentiL saLad $12 Ocean Wise ™ Prawns, black lentils, spinach, watercress, cantaloupe, Spanish onion, honey Dijon vinaigrette entrÉes bLackened rib eye steak $23 10oz Certified Angus Beef ® Rib Eye Steak, house blend blackening spices, Jack Daniel’s butter, twice baked potato, summer vegetables PaPaya saLMon $20 Wild BC Coho Salmon filet, house made papaya salsa, steamed basmati rice, summer vegetables. Not your typical pub menu ! We highly recommend what is quickly becoming a fantastic Gastro Pub and a perfect summer spot for great food & drinks The Sticky Wicket and the Roof Top Surf Club in Victoria!


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