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CANADA 150: SUMMERTIME STANDOUTS

Arts, Culture, Fun and Exploration on Vancouver Island By Jessica Natale Woollard

Photo Credit: The Pedalars Forget those lazy, hazy days of summer — we don’t get many of them on Vancouver Island anyway. Let’s use the months of reduced rainfall in this, our nation’s 150th year, to explore and revisit the history, arts, and culture that give our Island its unmistakable character. Below are some suggestions for discovering – or rediscovering ¬– the Capital Regional District through fitness, music, food, art, and imagination. Fitness and Culture — Better Together A bike ride, history lesson, and scavenger hunt all in one. The Pedaler’s Victoria By Bike Quest is a self-guided tour of the capital city with a twist that will appeal to tourists and long-time residents alike. Starting in James Bay at the Pedaler headquarters, the tour is a scavenger hunt conducted through a smart phone app that’s accessible without an Internet connection. “You might have to find a sign or landmark, or align yourself in a certain place to see clues; it might be a riddle to solve about a story that happened there in the past,” says Rosemary Lee, who co-owns the Pedaler with her husband. “You get to see iconic locations — Fisherman’s Wharf, Beacon Hill Park, Ross Bay Cemetary and Craigdarroch Castle. If

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you’re local, you’ll get background that you may or may not be aware of, and then you have a puzzle to solve.” Launched in 2013, the Pedaler fills a gap in urban cycling tourism in Victoria, Lee says, noting Quest is “the first bike tour company globally to develop a puzzle hunt.” Priced at $24.99, Quest is an affordable option for a group to have an easy two to three-hour, 12-kilometer bike ride to local landmarks near the downtown core. Over the Canada Day long weekend, Quest will run as a contest with prizes for the fastest time. Visit thepedaler.ca. Hiking more your thing? The Alpine Club of Canada’s Vancouver Island section is attempting to summit 150 peaks on the Island over the course of 2017. Anyone can take part in the ascents; visit accvi.ca to choose your peak. Free Concerts en Plein Air The wild West Coast will be alive with the sounds of music at free concerts all summer long. On Thursday evenings in July, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, welcomes the public to Government House for the Music on the Lawn concert series featuring BC performers. Before the concert, stroll

the beautiful grounds and gardens, and walk through public rooms in Government House. Bring a blanket and chair for the performance. Visit ltgov.bc.ca. For lively music and food truck favourites, there’s Colwood’s Beach Food Fridays and Saturdays along the Esquimalt Lagoon, running through June. Music is scheduled on most Friday evenings. On July 15, Colwood hosts Eats and Beats at the Beach on Ocean Boulevard with several bands, a dozen food trucks, open-air market, driftwood art contest, and stand-up paddleboards to try out. It’s the biggest and best free beach party of the season, says Sandra Russell, the City of Colwood’s communications manager. Visit colwood.ca. Beacon Hill Park’s Cameron Bandshell won’t miss a beat with its musical acts and entertainment for all ages. Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid-June to mid-September, enjoy a variety of genres — jazz, blues, classical, swing, rock. Tuesdays, it’s folk music, and Wednesdays are for the kids. Victoria.ca has more information. Two other concert series to watch: Sidney’s Summer Sounds in their oceanside bandshell and Parksville’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series.

Summertime Fun & Exploration 2017 Issue - Almost Free Magazine  

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Summertime Fun & Exploration 2017 Issue - Almost Free Magazine  

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