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CONTENTS J A N U A R Y / F E B RU A R Y 2 0 12
Y O U R T R A V E L L I N G C O M P A N I O N S I N C E 19 3 6
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>> Hot Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . 1 7 >> Funny Stuff . . . . . . . . . . 1 7 >> Festival of Films . . . . . . . 1 8 Y ART PAGES 22-26
>> Winter in the West . . . . 22 >> Home for the Holidays 22 >> Eclectic Arts . . . . . . . . . 23 Y SHOPPING PAGES 27-35
>> Fun Finds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 7 >> Sensational Skincare . . 2 7 >> Oh, Chocolat! . . . . . . . . . 28 Y DINING PAGES 36-45
>> Bella! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 >> Flights & Bites . . . . . . . . 36 >> 5 Winter Warm-ups. . . 37 Y ESSENTIAL CITY PAGES 46-51
>> Neighbourhoods . . . . . . 46 >> Attractions & Sights . . . 46 >> Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 >> Outdoor Adventure . . . 50 >> Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 >> Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1 >> Transportation . . . . . . . . 5 1 Y MAPS PAGES 52-54
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FEATURES 10 SALUTE TO THE ARTISTIC SEASON Winter offers the perfect excuse – and opportunity – to indulge in Victoria's many celebrated arts performances.
12 TAKE 5! Head indoors for these ﬁve indoor escapes.
1 6 HERE'S TO THE BOYS IN BLUE Welcoming the fast-pasted hockey action of the WHL!
ON THE COVER OH CHOCOLATE! SWEET DREAMS DON'T COME ANY BETTER THAN A VISIT TO CHOCOLAT, IN DOWNTOWN VICTORIA.
ALSO INSIDE 7 HOT DATES 55 15 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT VICTORIA
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Spring Prelude at the Butchart Gardens
A Glimpse of Spring Once the holiday lights are put away for another year January 6, the Butchart Gardens staff turn their attention to the promise of spring with Spring Prelude, January 15 to March 31. Stroll the paths of the astonishing indoor garden where beds of daffodils and tulips, with flowering cherries, witch hazel and viburnum fill the stone-flagged Blue Poppy conservatory with all the joys of spring.
In “Benvenuto,” the family residence, explore the history of the gardens and the Butchart family with the annual Butchart Gardens historical display, January 15 to March 15. An array of memorabilia chronicles everything from the founding of the cementmaking plant to the ensuing development of Jennie Butchart’s garden. Furnishings, correspondence and photographs allow visitors to step back in time. High Tea in the Dining Room Restaurant is also available daily.
Life on the edge The Belfry Theatre kicks off 2012 with Michele Riml’s on the edge. Running from January 24 to February 26 and starring Susinn McFarlen, the play features three women from three very different walks of life. “With great humour, and greater empathy, the author of Sexy Laundry gives voice to three ordinary souls, challenged by the world around them. A surprising and magical encounter offers the possibility of hope and fulfillment in this moving testament to womanhood, humanity and life.” JO-ANN RICHARDS/WORKS PHOTOGRAPHY WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
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A VIENNESE NEW YEAR
January 1 Celebrate the New Year with traditional favourites from the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Page 18
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Victoria’s “foodie favourite” event comes to town February 16 to March 16 with Dine Around and Stay in Town 2012. Throughout the event, participating restaurants offer special three-course menus for either $20, $30, $40 per person, paired with BC VQA wine suggestions. Traditional WHERE Victoria favourites have included Nautical Nellies, Blue Crab, Wild Saffron, Pacific Restaurant and Lure, to name only a few. In fact, with so many delicious options on offer – and at such excellent prices – the trouble really is in choosing! Visit www.tourismvictoria.com to view the list of restaurants and their menus, including some celiac-friendly options.
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JANUARY JAZZ January 25 Jazz maven Brad Turner, with Gordon Clements and colleagues at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Page 18
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January 15 to March 31 A look ahead to the warm days of spring at the Butchart Gardens. Page 48
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VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL
February 3 to 12 More than 150 ﬁlms to entertain, intrigue and inspire. Page 21
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THE SOUJOURNERS February 14 The perfect Valentine’s Day concert at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. Tickets: 250-721-8480
Let’s get growing!
Celebrate the start of growing season with Seedy Saturday, February 18 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Take in a day full of activities, including seed and plant sales, seed swap, speakers, demonstrations and much more – everything for the passionate gardener...and those just starting out!
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Ballet Nacional de Cuba
February 16 to 26, select dates Paciﬁc Opera Victoria performs Bizet’s ﬁery opera. Page 18
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Here’s to Cuba! Dance Victoria welcomes to the Victoria stage the Ballet Nacional de Cuba February 3 and 4. Founded in 1948 by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, this marks the company's premier in Western Canada. This evening of mixed repertoire features 25 principal dancers and soloists in a rich program selected by Alonso herself to showcase the talents of this formidable group.
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February 18 A gardener's delight, at the Victoria Conference Centre. Page 21 WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra
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Winter in Victoria brings shorter days for sure, but it also brings a thriving arts calendar with plenty to entertain.
STAGE STRUCK The University of Victoria's Phoenix Theatre continues its 2011-12 season with Ben Travers' witty, fast-paced Rookery Nook, November 3 to 19. Comparable to the comedies of Noel Coward, the tale follows two fun-loving friends who get caught in a tangled web of silly white lies and flirtatious innuendos. 10
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Following in February is Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus and the Underworld through the eyes of its quirky heroine, Eurydice – “a magical and little menacing twist on an age-old tale.” From the city’s historic Belfry Theatre comes David French’s Jitters, November 15 to December 18. As a new play is poised to open, plunge into a hilarious world of larger-than-life personalities, easily bruised egos, faulty props, lost lines and a visit from a bigtime producer – all adding to the opening night “jitters” of cast, crew, writer and director.
If the stage lights call, Victoria’s arts scene has plenty to offer. Come January, it’s time for on the edge at the Belfry January 24 to February 26, featuring Susinn McFarlen in a tour de force performance exploring three women from three very different walks of life. Langham Court Theatre is one of Victoria's longest -standing companies for good reason. This winter, enjoy The Beauty Queen of Leenane, November 17 to December 3, featuring drama, suspense and black comedy in a small Irish village. The stage takes on a musical tone in January when Langham Court presents The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award-winner recalling the golden age of musical theatre.
DANCE, VICTORIA! Take a time out during the hectic holiday season to enjoy Ballet Victor Victoria’s Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball, when da dazzling fairy tale guests offer music, magic, h humour and holiday cheer at the Royal T Theatre December 27 to 30. Dance Victoria’s season con continues with England’s Random Dance, fr from choreographer Wayne McGregor, before we welcoming Alberta Ballet and the Victor Victoria Symphony for the holiday production of The Nutcracker, December 2 to 4. Come Feb February, the Ballet present an evening Nacional de Cuba visits to p of mixed repertoire of classical ballet.
MAKING MUSIC Musical diversity rules this winter as Victoria welcomes shows ranging from Canadian rocker Matthew Good to classic opera. November 10 to 20 presents the world premiere of Pacific Opera Victoria’s Mary’s Wedding: “The story is eternal. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and their fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times.” Turning the calendar to February, POV presents Bizet’s Carmen, in French with English surtitles. “Bad, beguiling, and
dangerous to know, Carmen will never let herself be chained down by any one man. When she fixes on Don José as her next (but certainly not her last) lover, the naïve but volatile young soldier hasn’t a chance... Tragedy is inevitable, but what a ride along the way!” On a lighter note, the 80-voice Starlight Pops Choir will get toes tapping in February with Pop Rocks!, featuring classic tunes from Elton John, Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, U2, Coldplay and more, February 3 and 5 at St. Aidan’s United Church, 3703 St. Aidan’s St, about 20 minutes from downtown. For details, visit www.starlightpopschoir.com Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra celebrates a remarkable 26th season with performances November 27 and February 12 at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium, under the baton of Yariv Aloni. February’s Salute to the Rat Pack from the Victoria Symphony is sure to be a highlight of the New Year. Join the symphony and vocalist Matt Catingub for a celebration of the music, artistry and songs of Las Vegas and the “Rat Pack,” including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Night and Day, Ain’t that a Kick in the Head and A Lot of Livin’ To Do. For more performances see pages 17 to 21.
Ballet Victoria presents Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball
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Explore First Nations history and culture at the Royal BC Museum
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HEAD INDOORS FOR THESE WINTER ESCAPES Victoria is indeed a beautiful city no matter what the season, but during the winter, it's inevitable we'll have at least a few days that aren't ideal for outdoor activities. Luckily there's plenty of indoor options to both inspire and entertain! Here are five of our favourites...
Wildlife photos at the Royal BC Museum GIANT BEACHCOMBER / THOMAS P. PESCHAK PHOTO
Make it the museum. Victoria is blessed with several fine museums that make it easy to while away an hour, an afternoon or a day! Overlooking the harbour is the Royal BC Museum, with its natural history, First Nations and settlement displays. This winter, meet animals around the world with the visiting exhibit Wildlife Photographer of the Year, from London’s Natural History Museum. Around the harbour, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia explores all things nautical, from pirates to the BC Ferries and everything in between!
Popcorn and a movie at IMAX
Take in a movie – IMAX style! Also at the Royal BC Museum is the six-storey tall screen of the IMAX Theatre, showing both the ever-popular IMAX films as well as Hollywood movies given a whole new look with the theatre’s state-of-the art technology.
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Enjoy a little family fun. No matter what your age, who can resist an entertaining stroll through history and literature at Miniature World or the fascinating world of insects and arachnids presented at the Bug Zoo, both within a few minutes’ walk of the Inner Harbour.
Victoria Bug Zoo
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Chill out at the rink. Victoria boasts two great choices for hockey, the WHL’s Victoria Royals and the BC Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies. The Royals heat up the ice at downtown’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, while the Grizzlies entertain fans at the Bear Mountain Arena in Colwood. 14
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Victoria Butterfly Gardens
IN VICTORIA, F R E S H LO C A L CUISINE COMES FROM T H E PA C I F I C . The Pacific is one of Victoria’s best kept restaurant secrets. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. When you want delicious west coast cuisine, dine here.
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Get inspired in the garden. The world famous Butchart Gardens is a joy any time of year. In addition to the outdoor gardens, the New Year also brings two indoor features, Spring Prelude and the annual historical exhibit. Take a tropical vacation without ever leaving Vancouver Island with a visit to the beautiful Victoria Butterfly Gardens, also on the Saanich Peninsula. With colourful birds, butterflies, fish and flowers, it’s impossible to visit and not be inspired.
INSIDER’S TIP: Visit Butterfly Gardens in December for its inaugural Christmas lights display to add a little extra sparkle to your holiday!
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After close to 20 years without a Western Hockey League team, Victorians were thrilled to welcome the WHL’s Victoria Royals to town this fall. Since opening in September to a sold-out crowd at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, the players – talented 16 to 20-year-olds striving to make it to The Show – have offered thrilling, fast-paced hockey action for both home fans and visitors alike. Led by NHL and national team veteran Marc Habscheid as coach and GM, the boys in blue have come off the bench flying on their inaugural season. As members of the WHL, 16
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visiting teams this winter will include some of North America’s best such as the Vancouver Giants, the Calgary Hitmen and the Portland Winterhawks. All are vying not only for their league championship, but also a place on the national stage, as the West’s representative at the prestigious Memorial Cup. And, with single-game tickets starting at just $12, there’s no better deal for hockey fans! For ticket information, visit the Select Your Tickets box office at the arena, call 250-2207889 or find your perfect seat online at www.selectyourtickets.com
November 15 & 16
Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and the Arts Club present Buddy Holly, at the Royal Theatre. Page 18
Two of Canada’s fan favourites, BC native Daniel Wesley and Matthew Good, perform at the Royal Theatre. Page 18.
January 19 to February 4
Langham Court Theatre hosts The Drowsy Chapereone, a multi-Tony Award-winner celebrating the golden age of musical theatre. Page 20.
January 19 to 21
The Victoria Symphony presents A Salute to the Rat Pack at the Royal Theatre. Page 18.
Poe haunts the Maritime Musuem Prepare to embark on a dark, mysterious journey into the life of American poet Edgar Allan Poe when Urban Arts Productions and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia reunite for their critically acclaimed production of Nevermore, continuing November 3 to 5. Staged “in the round” in the museum’s historic Admiral’s Courtroom, this imaginative musical uses Poe’s poetry and short stories as a base for the plot and his shifting obsessions with the women in his life as a catalyst. With hauntingly beautiful melodies, Nevermore breathes new life into Poe’s work and explores a twisted true-life tale as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre.
Nevermore PHOTO COURTESY URBAN ARTS
Funny Stuff Take a light-hearted look at life from a British perspective November 20 when the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour comes to Victoria’s Royal Theatre. The first-ever British edition offers a side-splitting line-up of comics from across the pond, introduced by Canadian comedy star Steve Patterson. Enjoy Matt Kirshen, a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing; critically acclaimed Stephen K. Amos; Time Out Comedian of the Year Sean Meo and Perrier Award-nominated Terry Alderton. Also warming up the audience is Abandoman with frontman Rob Broderick. WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
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COMEDY JUST FOR LAUGHS November 20 Laughs and good times with a line-up of UK comedians. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5
MUSIC & DANCE VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Winter highlights include: A Sentimental Christmas December 9 to 11; Christmas with Ashley MacIsaac December 17; A Viennese New Year’s January 1; A Salute to the Rat Pack January 19 to 21; and The Laughing Symphony January 22. For full concert schedule, including times and details, call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250-385-6515 or visit www.victoriasymphony.ca For tickets call the box office or the Royal McPherson Theatre Outlet at 250-3866121. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-385-6515. www.victoriasymphony. ca/concerts Map 2 G5 RANDOM DANCE November 4 & 5 Contemporary dance from choreographer Wayne McGregor. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5 MARY’S WEDDING November 10 to 20, select dates Pacific Opera Victoria presents this world premiere featuring music by Andrew P. MacDonald and libretto by Stephen Massicotte. Explore the fleeting nature of time and the lasting power of love, evoking Prairie thunderstorms and ladies’ teas, and, as innocence rides off to war, the horror of the battles of Ypres and Moreuil Wood, in which Canada came of age as a nation. McPherson Playhouse, Centennial Square, 250-385-0222, www.pov.bc.ca BUDDY HOLLY November 15 & 16 Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and the Arts Club presents hits from this rock & roll icon. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5 18
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A FESTIVAL OF FILMS For 10 thrilling days in February, filmmakers, writers and actors gather in Victoria to dazzle audiences with their latest cinematic visions. From February 3 to 12 the Victoria Film Festival welcomes more than 150 new films, setting the city a-buzz with the excitement of exclusive screenings, world premieres and discussions surrounding some of the boldest, most vivid cinema from around the world. GREATER VICTORIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA A Season Of Symphonies continues. November 27 Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3; Holst’s A Somerset Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale). February 12 Borodin’s In The Steppes Of Central Asia; Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony; Mussorgsky’s Night On Bald Mountain; and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake: Suite. Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, 250-721-8480, www.gvyo.org Map 2 K9
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THE NUTCRACKER December 2 to 4 Dance Victoria presents Alberta Ballet and Victoria Symphony in this version of the classic holiday tale that played to standing ovations in 2009. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5 CINDERELLA & THE FAIRY TALE BALL December 27 to 30 Ballet Victoria brings this dazzling fairy tale to life with music, magic, humour and holiday cheer. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5
November 20, January 25 & February 18
Victoria Conservatory of Music presents a series of fine performers in an exciting mix of performances, from jazz to Music Giants to “Dualling” Pianos. 907 Pandora Ave, 250-386-5311. Map 1 F8
BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA February 3 & 4 Mixed repertoire of classical ballet from this legendary company making its Western Canada premiere in Victoria. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 2 G5
MATTHEW GOOD November 29 Modern rock with one of Canada's most popular musicians. Touring with Good is BC favourite Daniel Wesley. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121, www.rmts.bc.ca.
CARMEN February 16 to 26, select dates Pacific Opera Victoria presents Georges Bizet’s sizzling tale of opera’s favourite bad girl. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-385-0222, www.pov.bc.ca
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NIGHTSPOTS BARTHOLOMEW’S BAR AND ROCKEFELLER GRILL Relaxed pub atmosphere. Live music on weekends. Great pub menu. In the Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F9 BEAGLE PUB Friendly local pub in Cook Street Village. 301 Cook St, 250-382-3301. Map 1 H11 BIG BAD JOHN’S A definite must see! One of the world’s best-known hill-billy bars. You’ll find lots of surprises here as you quaff down your beer. Free peanuts. Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St, 250-383-7137. Map 1 F8 CANOE BREWPUB Award-winning handcrafted beers, an extensive wine list and excellent food. The property also features a wonderful restaurant and its own marina. Year-round waterfront patio. 450 Swift St, 250-361-1940.
neighbourhood pub offers traditional British pub fare paired with modern Canadian selections along with a good choice of brews and beverages. 1739 Fort St at Richmond Rd, 250-598-5333. Map 2 J10 CLUB 9 ONE 9 The best music of today and a roomy dance floor to shake it up on. Call for special events and concerts. Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St, 250-383-7137. Map 1 F8 HERMANN’S JAZZ CLUB Great live jazz. 753 View St, 250-388-9166. Map 1 F8 LUCKY BAR Live bands and a dance floor in a '70s-style setting. Good, varied music. Frequented by students and young professionals. Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St, 250-382-5825. Map 1 F8
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PENNY FARTHING PUBLIC HOUSE Cosy Oak Bay pub with British beers and good traditional pub fare. 2228 Oak Bay Ave, 250-370-9008. Map 2 J10
CHRISTIE’S CARRIAGE HOUSE Set in a restored heritage home on the Victoria-Oak Bay border, this
SOPRANOS KARAOKE & SPORTS BAR Karaoke, dance floor, pool tables, darts, big screens and and
more. Pub-style menu. No cover charge. 730 Caledonia Ave, 250-382-5853. Map 1 F6
SPINNAKERS BREWPUB The oldest brew pub in western Canada. British decor, water views, delicious food, and house-made brews. A local favourite. 308 Catherine St, 250-386-2739. Map 2 H9 SWANS BREWPUB Great food, award-winning beers and live music and dancing nightly. Swans Hotel, 506 Pandora Ave, 250-361-3310. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7
SPORTS BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT 10K & HALF-MARATHON November 26 This scenic and challenging course begins in the Bear Mountain Resort village about 25 minutes from downtown Victoria, and winds its way up and down along the Nicklaus co-designed golf course cart paths. The post-race awards ceremony is in the ballroom of the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. www.bearmountain10k.ca Map 2 F8
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Y ENTERTAINMENT VICTORIA GRIZZLIES Exciting hockey from Victoria’s up-andcoming BC Hockey League players is at the Bear Mountain Arena, located behind the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. 1767 Island Hwy, 250-385-1555. www.victoriagrizzlies.com Map 2 G9 VICTORIA ROYALS Thrill to face-paced hockey action from Victoria’s WHL team, in their debut season in the capital city. Play continues through winter as the boys in blue keep their eyes on the Memorial Cup. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Map 2 G6
STAGE & FILM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX THEATRE Experience IMAX in Victoria! The National Geographic IMAX Theatre is equipped with the most technologically advanced theatre system, featuring a six-storey-tall screen. Film showings rotate hourly from 10am to 8pm. Call for detailed schedule information. Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St, 250-953-IMAX. www.imaxvictoria.com Map 1 E9
NEVERMORE November 3 to 5 Embark on a dark, mysterious journey into the life of American poet Edgar Allan Poe. With hauntingly beautiful melodies, Nevermore breathes new life into Poe’s work and explores a twisted true-life tale as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre. The Maritime Museum of BC, #28 Bastion Square www.urbanartsproductions.com Map 1 E8 ROOKERY NOOK November 3 to 19 Ben Travers' fast-paced play full of witty repartee, this stylish 1920s British farce is comparable to the comedies of Traver's contemporary, Noel Coward. On holiday on the Somerset seaside, two fun-loving young friends, Gerald and Clive, get caught in a tangled web of silly white lies and flirtatious innuendos. But what's a gentleman to do when a pretty girl arrives in wet pyjamas seeking protection and a shoulder to cry on? Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria. Tickets: 250-721-8000. www.phoenixtheatres.ca Map 2 J8 QUOTE-ALONG CLASSICS You’ve always wanted to do it...now is your chance! The Victoria Film Festival Quote-Along Classics Series continues
at the Vic Theatre with participatory cinema – dress up, quote-along, yell-along, and curse-along with your favourite characters. November 12 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; December 10 Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Themed beverages and a costume contest. 808 Douglas St. www.victoriafilmfestival.com JITTERS November 15 to December 18 “A delicious backstage comedy about life in the theatre.” The Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www.belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6 THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE November 17 to December 3
Langham Court Theatre presents this story of secrets and deceptions, written by Martin McDonagh. In the Irish backwater of Leenane, oppressive, fiery Mag will stop at nothing in her attempts to keep her long-suffering daughter, Maureen, from leaving home and finding love. Suspense interweaves with high drama and black comedy in this four-time award-winning West End and Broadway hit. 805 Langham Court, 250-384-2142 Map 1 I9 www.langhamcourttheatre.bc.ca A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 18 to 24 This two-person adaptation of the timeless classic has delighted Victoria audiences for years. Performed by Clayton Jevne and Sandra Ritter, this special adaptation succeeds in capturing the intimacy and poignancy of a story written to inspire universal humanity. Various venues. 250-360-0234 www.theatreinconnu.com
Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison Directed by Roger Carr
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Original Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone produced by Kevin McCullum, Roy Miller, Bob Boyett, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman
Jacques Lemay, Choreographer Donna Williams, Music Director
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JAN 19 - FEB 4
Suspense interweaves with high drama & black comedy in this four-Ɵme award winning West End & Broadway hit.
This Įve-Ɵme Tony Award winning Canadian musical comedy takes us back to the golden age of musical theatre.
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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE January 19 to February 4 Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellarson, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, this five-time Tony Awardwinning Canadian musical comedy takes the audience back to the golden age of musical theatre. A lonely man escapes his drab existence by listening to a recording of his favourite musical. As the needle falls, the fourth wall shatters and the musical comes to life around him. 805 Langham Court, 250384-2142, www.langhamcourttheatre. bc.ca Map 1 I9 ON THE EDGE January 24 to February 26 This moving testament to womanhood, humanity and life explores three women from three very different walks of life. The Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www.belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6
VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL February 3 to 12 With over 150 new films each year, the Victoria Film Festival entertains with screenings, premieres and events highlighting and exploring cinema from around the world. www.victoriafilmfestival.com
at the Café. This year’s tour will feature brand new stories about Dave and his family as well as music by The Vinyl Cafe Orchestra, featuring special musical guest Hawksley Workman. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121, www.rmts.bc.ca. Map 2 G5
EURYDICE February 16 to 25 Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl boldly reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and the Underworld through the eyes of its quirky heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice is reunited with her long-lost father in the whimsical, Mad-Hatter realm of the underworld¬complete with singing stones and a creepy overlord on his bicycle! Here, she struggles to recall fading memories of her life as both a bride and a daughter. Infused with the melancholy music of Orpheus, Eurydice is a magical and little menacing twist on an age-old tale. Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria. Tickets: 250-721-8000. www.phoenixtheatres.ca Map 2 J8
RABBIT HOLE March 8 to 24 How can a family survive when the light of their lives has gone out? David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama offers a view of personal tragedy that is at once mesmerizing and heartwrenching, but full of compassion, humour and, finally, hope. 805 Langham Court, 250-384-2142, www.langhamcourttheatre.bc.ca Map 1 I9
THIS & THAT STUART MCLEAN November 28 One of Canada’s most beloved storytellers and a best-selling author, McLean entertains each week with his hit CBC radio show, The Vinyl Café. Ever since the year “Dave Cooked the Turkey”, Christmas has been a special season
IEOA LIGHTED TRUCK PARADE December 3 Fabulously decorated trucks weave through the streets of Victoria, Oak Bay and the West Shore. Food bank donations collected along the route. See www.ieoa.ca for a detailed route map and schedule. FIRETRUCK PARADE December 18 A fun parade through Victoria's West Shore neighbourhood, starting and ending from Langford's City Centre Park, This is a holiday highlight for everyone who ever dreamed of being a firefighter!
DISCOVER The Amazing World of Insects & Arachnids!
Eye Popping Ants-in-your-pants fun!
IT’S LIVE AND INTERACTIVE
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SANTA LIGHT PARADE November 26 Annual illuminated parade helps Santa make his grand entrance for the holiday season. From the legislature along Government Street.
631 Courtney St (Downtown Nootka Court) 384-BUGS (2847) www.bugzoo.com
DINE AROUND VICTORIA February 16 to March 16
Sample and savour an array of delicious three-course set menus from many of Victoria’s favourite restaurants during this winter highlight of the local dining scene. For more information, visit www.tourismvictoria.com SEEDY SATURDAY February 18 Get your growing season off to an early start with this annual favourite among gardeners – seeds, plants, information, demonstrations and much more! Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, 250-361-1000. www.jamesbaymarket.com Map 1 F9
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Richard Cole, Blossoms
Winter on the West Coast Join West End Gallery in celebrating the chilly season with its Winter Collection November 26 to December 30. The colourful collection is sure to bring cheer, with pieces from gallery artists including Steven Armstrong, Claudette Castonguay, Rod Charlesworth and Greta Guzek.
Coming up in the new year, the bright, downtown gallery presents its British Columbia Group Show in January, the perfect opportunity to catch West Coast works by Phyllis Anderson, Patricia Johnston and others. Come February 18 to 29, enjoy a solo show by Richard Cole. Inspired by the West Coast, Northwest Coast themes dominate his landscapes.
Claudette Castonguay, The December Trio
Enjoy an evening full of fun and festivity during the 14th annual Gallery Walk, from 3 to 8pm November 24 in downtown Victoria. Preview West End’s Winter Collection, get a jump on your Christmas shopping and enjoy music and refreshments at a number of Victoria’s downtown galleries, including Alcheringa Gallery, Madrona Gallery, View Art Gallery, Legacy Art Gallery and Winchester Galleries (Modern and Humbolt Valley).
Art to take home for the holidays Whether you’re looking for something special for your home or as a gift for someone else, Victoria’s galleries have just the thing. On November 26 and 27, ‘Chosin Pottery presents its 28th annual Christmas Sale, featuring beautiful pottery from two of Canada’s premiere potters, Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle, plus sterling silver jewellery by Morgan Ann Designs. In Oak Bay, the Avenue Gallery presents a special one-day-only show and sale December 3 featuring miniature masterpieces from gallery artists. “This year we’ve left it to our artists to come up with the details,” the gallery says, “so expect the unexpected!” 22
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Y ART ART EVENTS OAK BAY FALL STUDIO TOUR November 5 and 6
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Discover 20+ artists on this selfguided tour, noon to 4:30pm. Pick up a brochure at Ivy's Bookshop (Page 28) or online at www.recreationoakbaybc.org ALL SOOKE ARTS & CRAFTS CHRISTMAS SHOW November 18 to 20 More than 80 vendors on two floors featuring photography, art, knitted goods, leathercraft, woodworking, painting, glass work, pottery, jewellery, preserves, ornaments, crafts and more all hand-crafted by local artists. Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd, Sooke, phone. Map 2 A11 www.allsookeartsandcrafts.com ART ON THE AVENUE & TASTING EVENING December 1 Annual evening in Oak Bay celebrating the season with special activities at local galleries and other businesses amid pretty streets all decked out for the season. Map 2 J9 GALLERY WALK November 24 A collection of downtown galleries hosts an evening of fine art, entertainment, refreshments and holiday cheer. Participating galleries include Alcheringa Gallery, Legacy Art Gallery, West End Gallery, Winchester Galleries (Modern and Humbolt Valley), Madrona Gallery and View Art Gallery. 250-388-0009, www.westendgalleryltd.com
GALLERIES ALCHERINGA GALLERY Aboriginal art from the Canadian Northwest Coast, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mua Island and the Soloman Islands. November 19 to December 31 Chasing Form: New Directions in Northwest Coast Repoussé. 665 Fort St, 250-383-8224. Map 1 F8
ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA The AGGV is a keeper of treasures with more than 15,000 works in the permanent collection, including works by Emily Carr, a king-sized dollhouse, an authentic Shinto shrine that complements one of the finest collections of Japanese art in Canada, and an impressive range of contemporary art. Permanent Exhibit Emily Carr Experience the power of the coastal landscape as felt and painted by BC’s premiere artist. 1040 Moss St, 250-384-4171. Map 1 I9 AVENUE GALLERY Part of the charming Oak Bay Village, just outside downtown Victoria, The Avenue
ECLECTIC ARTS Eclectic Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue welcomes the holiday season November 14 to January 7 with a group show of small works under $500. Victoria artists include Robert Amos, Pat Martin Bates, Graham Boardman, Carmen Mongeau and Jenny Waelti-Walters. Following an inspiring exhibit of student work from the local St. Michael’s University School, Eclectic welcomes local artist John McConnell January 16 to February 25. Gallery is known to both art collectors and the public alike as an exceptional venue to discover some of Canada’s most distinguished contemporary artists. Ever-changing exhibits provide visitors with an unsurpassed selection of work, ranging from paintings and sculpture to jewellery and glass. Visit the new “Collector’s Corner,” featuring historical paintings by artists such as Emily Carr, J.E.H. MacDonald, Jean Paul Riopelle and A.J. Casson. December 3 Celebrating Small VII Anything Goes! Small size paintings with big impact from the gallery artists. 2184 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2184. Map 2 J9 www.theavenuegallery.com ‘CHOSIN POTTERY Celebrating 27 years in Victoria! Featuring innovative and original works in porcelain by prominent BC artists Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle. Located in the pastoral Metchosin countryside, ‘Chosin Pottery houses two studios, a gallery and a showroom. The gardens on the property are renowned for their beauty and have been featured in several
books and magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens. November 26 & 27
The 28th annual Christmas Sale. Open weekends 10am to 5pm; weekdays, call ahead. About 30 minutes by car from the Inner Harbour. 4283 Metchosin Rd, 250-474-2676. www.chosinpottery.ca Map 2 F11
EAGLE FEATHER GALLERY & GIFTSHOP Exceptional contemporary and traditional work by First Nations, Inuit and Metis artists, including Tony Hunt, Tony Hunt Jr., Doug LaFortune, and Joe Wilson. Custom pieces by the gallery artists are available. Located one block from the Fairmont Empress Hotel, across from the Magnolia Hotel. Open Mon to Fri from 10:30am to 6pm; Sat 10:30am to 5pm; Sun 11am to 4pm. 904 Gordon St, 250-388-4330. Map 1 E8 ECLECTIC Specializing in original contemporary fine art paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and gemstones, and a unique array of collectible home decor. This welcoming light-filled gallery is known for its vibrant
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Y ART selection of local and regional art, offering rotating art exhibitions of excellent quality at an easily accessible location in the heart of Oak Bay Village. To November 12 Desiree Bond’s West Coast Images. November 14 to January 7 Group show of small works under $500. January 9 to 14 Student work from St. Michael’s University School. January 16 to February 25 John McConnell. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm 2170 Oak Bay Avenue, 250-590-8095. www.eclecticgallery.ca Map 2 J10
FULL CIRCLE STUDIO ARTS Step into an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, warmth and beauty. Fine rosewood furniture from India, original art, music, books and gifts for the spirit and soul await. Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm. 1800 Store St, 250-920-4037. Map 1 E6 www.fullcirclestudio.ca GALLERY AT MATTICK’S FARM Specializing in Canadian art and craftsmanship, this gallery offers an eclectic selection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, metal and wood. Discover stunning pieces by such favourite artists as Martha Sturdy, plus an exciting choice of jewellery, watches, tableware and desktop accessories from Georg Jensen, Royal Scandinavia. November & December Find a variety of small works ideal for the holiday season. 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333. Map 2 I6 GALLERY AT THE MAC The gallery is open for public viewing during theatre performances or by appointment. #3 Centennial Square, 250-361-0800. Map 1 F7 GIFT GALLERIA Featuring unique, hand-crafted gift items by local artists, in the Arts Centre in Tulista Park. Stock changes weekly. Open daily year-round, 10am to 4pm. 9565 Fifth St, Sidney, 250-656-7400. Map 2 H2
HILL’S NATIVE ART Showcasing more than 1,200 artists from around the Northwest Coast. Also in Nanaimo and Vancouver. Worldwide shipping. 1008 Government St, 250-385-3911. Map 1 E8
JADE VICTORIA Recognized as the hardest, greenest and most translucent Nephrite Jade found, this BC gem draws the finest international carvers to the company’s mine. Find carvings, crafted jewellery and one-of-a-kind sculptures. Just a two-minute walk from the Inner Harbour, browse the shop and learn about the provincial gemstone. Mention WHERE Victoria and receive 25-per-cent-off regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, Map 1 E8 250-384-5233. www.jademine.com
Paintings • Sculpture • Glass • Jewellery
LEGACY ART GALLERY Browse through an amazing art collection housed in an equally amazing downtown building bequeathed to the University of Victoria by benefactor Michael Williams, a longstanding patron of the arts. To November 26 Kuluta and
The great-grandson of the great impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Waterlilies - oil on canvas
NEW WORKS BY ALEXANDRE RENOIR
2184 Oak Bay Avenue www.theavenuegallery.com
the Professor: The Friendship of Henry Hunt and Peter Smart Celebrating the art and
legacy of famed Kwakiutl artist Henry Hunt (Kuluta). 630 Yates St, 250-381-7670. Map 1 F7 LOVE’S OLDE TOWNE GALLERY Funky shop and gallery in the heart of downtown featuring conversational art that will tickle your funny bone, plus local artists and a new service offering printing onto canvas from your digital camera. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm and Sun, noon to 4pm. Now at 102-535 Yates St, 250-385-6722. Map 1 E8 www.oldetownegallery.com MADRONA GALLERY A historical and contemporary fine art gallery showcasing both established and emerging Canadian artists. November 5 to 15 Contemporary North New work from Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavaw Manumie, Tim Pitseolak, Itee Pootoogook, Ningeokuluk Teevee and Jutai Toonoo. 606 View St, 250-380-4660. Map 1 E8
Out of the Mist Gallery Classic Northwest Coast & North American Indian Art, Tribal Art and Asian Art
MORRIS GALLERY Beautiful large gallery a few minutes from downtown showcasing a fine selection of local and Canadian artists including Keith Hiscock, Jim McFarland, Desiree Bond and others. November Group Show of Morris Gallery Artists. Alpha Street at Burnside Rd East, 250-388-6652. Map 2 I9
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DAVID DAVID BLACKWOOD
ART & ACCESSORIES
Aluminum Spheres by Martha Sturdy
1800 Store Street Victoria,B.C. Victoria B C
tel 250.920.4037 www.fullcirclestudio.ca
#109 - 5325 CORDOVA BAY ROAD
fine art • clothing • jewellery rosewood furniture • music gifts for the spirit and soul
AT MATTICK’S FARM
NEW WATERCOLOURS Nov. 5 - 26 Nov. 5 - 26
WINCHESTER GALLERIES 2260 OAK BAY AVENUE 250.595.2777
ART GALLERIES Canadian Artist | Painter of the Yukon
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SHE SAID GALLERY Find an eclectic selection of fine art, pottery, glass, jewellery, crafts and giftware by talented local artists, plus gemstones and findings for jewellery-making. To November 14 Encaustic and mixed media paintings by Nancy Fraser. November 15 to December 25 Deryk Houston’s Christmas paintings. Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. 2000 Fernwood Rd, 250-361-3372. Map 1 J6
SIDE STREET STUDIO With two locations – in charming Oak Bay Village and downtown across from the Marriott Hotel – visitors will find original jewellery, pottery, woodturnings, glass, textiles, local gifts and wildlife photography, all hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. World-wide shipping with FedEx. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm; Sun 11am to 4pm. 204-2250 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-1262. Map 2 J10 737 Humboldt St, 250-590-4644. Map 1 F9
Find cufflinks and other holiday gift ideas from Jade
TED HARRISON STUDIO One of Canada’s premiere artists has a working studio and gallery in the picturesque Oak Bay Village, a few minutes from downtown. Find Harrison’s colourful depictions of Canadian life in limited edition serigraphs, art cards, posters, calendars, porcelain and more. Open Monday to Friday, 12 to 5 pm, Saturday, 11am to 5pm. 2004 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-0561. http://tedharrison.com Map 2 J10 VIEW ART GALLERY Specializing in contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture and new media, the gallery is a short stroll from all of the major hotels and downtown shops. Open Tues to Sat, 11am to 5pm. Member of Victoria’s Gallery Walk. 104-860 View St, 250-213-1162. www.viewartgallery.ca Map 1 G8 WEST END GALLERY One of the city’s finest galleries. Features changing exhibits of works by exceptional Canadian artists. November 12 to 24 Grant Leier: Romance Returns; November 24
The 14th annual Gallery Walk, 3 to 8pm;
November 26 to December 30 Winter Collection January British Columbia Group Show February 18 to 29
Work by Richard Cole. Open 10am to 5:30pm Tues to Fri; 10am to 5pm Sat. Member of Victoria’s Gallery Walk. 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009. www.westendgalleryltd.com Map 1 F8 WINCHESTER GALLERIES Specializing in Canadian paintings, both modern and historical, including works by the Group of Seven. Winchester Galleries offers a wide diversity of original Canadian art, including works by artists such as Claude Tousignant, Yves Gaucher, Gary Wilson, Paul Hutner, Nicola Wheston, Jean McEwen, Marion Wagschal, Ronald Bloore, Lorne Toews, Harold Klunder, Jeanette Perreault, Ric Evans and many others. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm downtown; Tues to Sat 10am to 5:30pm in Oak Bay. 758 Humboldt St, 250-386-2773. Map 1 F9 2260 Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-2777. Map 2 J10 796 Humboldt St, 250-382-7750. www.winchestergalleriesltd.com Map 1 F9
Welcome to the Jungle! Bring in this ad and receive $5.00 off any admission Limit one coupon per person. May not be used with any other offer. Expires Expires Feb 29, 201212/31/11 - Each complimentary child must be accompanied by a full paid adult.
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Fun Finds & Holiday Help Who’s on your holiday shopping list? From stocking stuffers to the perfect solution for those hard-to-buy-for folks, you’ll find it all at Victoria’s favourite shop for all things fun, Seeing is Believing. Hot items this season include Fidget Friends, small interactive “robots” über-popular among the pre-teen set, and an alarm clock designed by an engineering student that jumps off the nightstand if it isn’t shut off and drives around until it’s caught – ensuring an on-time awakening. The Levitron
Desk toy buff? Try the Levitron, which uses magnetism to suspend objects weighing up to 13 ounces.
SENSATIONAL SKINCARE SOLUTIONS Victoria shoppers have a new way to treat themselves with the recent opening of L’Occitane en Provence’s first boutique on the Island at The Bay Centre. Founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan, L’Occitane is an international manufacturer and retailer of skincare, body care, fragrance and hair care from Provence. Their products are currently sold in more than 90 countries around the world. Take the edge off winter’s cold with L’Occitane’s new Collector Series in the Shea Butter line. The packaging of the hand creams, body creams and lip balms were inspired by the Bogolan cloth, a unique fabric worn by the African women in Burkina Faso.
Make a statement with Vshoen Animal lovers can put their best foot forward without having to worry about the source of their shoes, thanks to downtown Victoria’s Vshoen Boutique. Pronounced “V-shun,” the values-based company provides ethical consumers with fashionable, high-end and affordable vegan-only footwear, purses, belts and t-shirts. All Vshoen’s products are 100 per cent animal-free and ethically sourced, providing a fresh alternative for shoppers. Visit at 620 Broughton St. WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
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This directory includes the editor’s recommendations and regular advertisers. Information is subject to change, so please call ahead to avoid disappointment. Co-ordinates following listings refer to the maps on pages 52 to 54.
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES . . . 2 8 BEDDING & LINENS . . . . . . . 2 8 BOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 9 CHILDREN . . . . . . . . . . . 2 9 CHOCOLATES . . . . . . . . . 2 9 CRAFTS & HOBBIES . . . . . . . 2 9 DEPARTMENT STORES . . . . . 30 FASHION . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 FOOTWEAR . . . . . . . . . . 30 GIFTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 HEALTH & WELLNESS . . . . . . 32 JEWELLERY . . . . . . . . . . . 32 KITCHEN & HOME DECOR . . . 32 MARKETS & SPECIALTY FOODS . 34 MATERNITY . . . . . . . . . . . 34 OUTDOORS . . . . . . . . . . 34 PETS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 SHOPPING CENTRES & DISTRICTS 34 SPECIALTY SHOPS . . . . . . . 35
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES CLASSIC SILVERWARE Gorgeous Antique Row (Fort Street) shop specializing in antique and collectible silver, vintage linens, lace and buttons, plus an extensive collection of silver holloware pieces: tea sets, trays, butter dishes, hotelware, etc. The silver displays are augmented with china, glass and other small collectibles. Pattern matching service available for discontinued silverplated and sterling silver flatware. International shipping. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm. 826 Fort St, 250-383-6860. Map 1 G8
BEDDING & LINENS SWEET DREAMS BOUTIQUE Beautiful little shop specializing in superior bedroom linens, duvets, pillows and other made-in-BC products by Daniadown. Friendly staff. Personal service. Great prices. They ship anywhere. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm (to 5 p.m. in Sidney). Closed Sundays and holidays. 636 Broughton St, 250-383-6133. Map 1 F8 2492 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-656-0510. www.sweetdreamsboutique.com Map 2 I2
BOOKS IVY’S BOOKSHOP Celebrating 45 years in business, Ivy’s is in the heart of Oak Bay Village. With a knowledgeable and friendly staff, the store offers an 28
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OH, CHOCOLAT! From a Christmas thank-you to a Valentine for your Valentine to a “just because” treat for yourself... do we really need a reason to visit Chocolat? Savour hand-crafted chocolates from traditional truffles to unique creations incorporating such ingredients as wasabi and lavender. Chill in the air? Stop in for a warming and rejuvenating hot chocolate. Yum! excellent and eclectic selection of books in a comfortable atmosphere. 2188 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2713. Map 2 J10 MUNRO’S Celebrating its 48th birthday in 2011. Described by journalist Allan Fotheringham as Canada’s most magnificent bookstore. Located in a heritage building featuring a 24’ coffered ceiling, stained-glass windows and wall hangings by Carole Sabiston. Carries a comprehensive selection of books on all subjects. Superb choice of fiction titles and children’s books. Hours vary. 1108 Government St, 250-382-2464. www.munrobooks.com Map 1 E8
CHILDREN BUDDIES TOY STORE One of Victoria’s favourite toy stores, featuring Playmobile, Thomas and Brio trains, Lego, craft items and much more from their two locations, one in Sidney and the other in the Estevan Village in Oak Bay. 2533 Estevan Ave, 250595-6501. Map 2 J9 2496 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7171. Map 2 H3 KABOODLES For kids and silly adults, Kaboodles has been Victoria’s
downtown toy store for years. Discover everything from puzzles, games and wooden trains, to cool spy toys, “Groovy Girls” and whoopie cushions. 1320 Government St, 250-383-0931. Map 1 F7 SCALLYWAGS Casual and formal clothing for newborns to pre-teens with names like Mexx, Joules, Blu and Parade Organics plus a great selection from up-and-coming Canadian designers. Keep their feet happy in shoes from Stride Rite, Geox, Robeez, Crocs and more. Fantastic toys. Everything you need in one shop. 624 Fort St, 250360-2570. Map 1 F8 Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, 170-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-360-2520. Map 2 I7
CHOCOLATES CHOCOLAT Discover chocolate perfection! Handcrafted chocolates made from scratch using the finest ingredients, including unique flavours such as saffron, matcha, wasabi and lavendar, plus sugarfree and dairy-free chocolates. Mon to Sat, 9:30am to 6pm; closed Sundays and holidays. 703 Fort St, 250-381-0131. Map 1 F8
ROGERS’ CHOCOLATES This Victoria icon has been producing fine chocolates for more than 100 years. Beautifully wrapped gift packages. Worldwide mail order service. 913 Government St, 250-384-7021. Map 1 E8 2234 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2911. Map 2 J10
Victoria’s quintessential chocolate ﬁ x stop
703 Fort Street, Victoria
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BEEHIVE WOOL SHOP BC’s largest selection of knitting yarns and accessories with 3,500 square feet of local and imported yarns. Friendly, experienced staff. Closed Monday. 1700 Douglas St, 250-385-2727. www.beehivewoolshop.com Map 1 F8 BUTTON AND NEEDLEWORK BOUTIQUE One of Victoria’s most specialized stores, with an enticing selection of knitting and needlework supplies, beautiful buttons, ribbons and fine notions . Find patterns, books, hand-dyed fibres, elegant needlework tools, needlepoint kits and linens, plus a wonderful array of buttons from around the world. Open daily. Trounce Alley, 614 View St, 250-384-8781. www.buttonedup.com Map 1 E7
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BEADWORLD Your downtown source for an incredible variety of beads, findings, tools and stringing supplies, plus a wide range of books and beading magazines. Friendly staff provide oneon-one help and free instruction. You will find a spacious work area and tools to use. Mon to Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sun 11am to 5pm. In Market Square, lower courtyard, #63-560 Johnson St, 250-386-5534. www.victoriabeadworld. ca Map 1 E7
KNOTTY BY NATURE Catering to all textile artisans, including First Nations, local designers, weavers, spinners, felters and knitters, find fibres from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands plus organic wool and natural dyes. Consignment sale of work by local fibre artists. Unique hand-made gift items, new and used equipment and a great selection of fibre art books. Classes and drop-in sessions in a comfortable and relaxing space. 1816 Government St, 250-412-7980. www.kbnfibres.ca Map 1 F6
SATIN MOON QUILT SHOP Walk from the Inner Harbour to Canada’s oldest Chinatown and discover that special gift for family, friends or yourself from the extensive array of handmade quilts and accessories. Create a treasured memory from exciting fabrics, quilting and art quilting
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Y SHOPPING supplies. Explore your creativity with local designer kits and patterns. The expert staff has assisted quilters and friends of quilters around the world for more than 30 years. Custom classes and daily worldwide shipping. Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. 1689 Government St, 250-383-4023. www.satin-moon.com Map 1 E7
DEPARTMENT STORES THE BAY The Bay is known for its world-class service and shopping, including designer fashions, cosmetics, fragrances, jewellery, fine china and crystal. Find BC jade, souvenirs and more. The Bay Centre location features the HBC Gallery where you can see interesting displays, historic artifacts and art from The Bay’s long history. Open daily. The Bay Centre at Douglas and Fort Sts, 250-385-1311. Map 1 F8 Mayfair Shopping Centre, 250-386-3322. Map 1 E2
FASHION ADVENTURE CLOTHING Specialists in travel and outdoor adventure clothing and accessories for men and women. Tilley Endurables at catalogue prices. Whether you like to travel to exotic places or hike off the beaten path, be prepared for anything that comes your way. 1015 Broad St, 250-384-3337. www.adventureclothing.ca Map 1 F8 BADEN-BADEN BOUTIQUES Featuring casual women’s fashions to classic evening wear, this is one of Sidney’s favourite clothing shops, along with its sister store, Barbara’s Boutique. At Baden-Baden, find jackets by Goldix, silks by Biline, cotton sweaters from Parkhurst, nautically inspired separates from Saint James and more. 2485 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7118. Map 2 I2 www.badenbadenboutiques.com
HEMP & COMPANY Find stylish and comfortable fibres from nature, like hemp, organic cotton, bamboo and soy – everything from socks and shirts to dresses and jackets. Ecofriendly body care, food and edible seed products – from “seed to sewn.” See how gorgeous green can be! 1102 Government St, phone. www.hempandcompany.com Map 1 E8 422 Craigflower Rd, phone. Map 1 B5 Sh:ft Natural Fashion 547 Johnson St, phone. Map 1 E7 In Sidney at 2348 Beacon Ave, phone. Map 2 H2 MARESA BOUTIQUE Explore fashions from North America and Europe. Allow the experienced and knowledgeable staff to help you enhance your unique style. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. In the Oak Bay Village at 2227 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-1412. Map 2 J10 SISSYME FASHION GALLERY Exclusive, elegant and artistic, SissyMe Fashion Gallery combines two worlds: The exquisite delicacy of the East, with the vibrant passion of the West. Rich colours, handcrafted embroidery and fabulous European fabrics define the style and flair of this world class, international designer who calls Victoria home. For one-of-a kind allure, visit SissyMe Fashion Gallery. Open Mon to Fri 10am to 5:30pm, Sat 11am to 5pm. Closed Sundays. 708 View St, 250-381-0222. www.7sm.com Map 1 F8
Bedroom Egyptian Statues Papyrus Bellydancing Costumes Scarves Isis Wings Jewellery Hukka Pipes Chess Sets Perfume Oils 654 Fort St. (Outside Bay Centre)
SUNDAY’S SNOWFLAKES Canadian sportswear and designer fashions for the contemporary woman. Simon Chang, Spanner, Peter Nygard, Citrine and Linda Lundström. Coats, jackets, pants, blouses and accessories. Open daily. 1000 Douglas St, 250-381-4461. Map 1 F8 Mattick’s Farm, 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8499. Map 2 I6
FOOTWEAR CONNIE’S PETITES If you’re a woman who benefits from uniquely tailored petite sizing and love fashion, you’re in luck. Connie’s Petites has three locations in the Victoria area that specialize in collections from Proportion Petite, Bianca Nygard, Ingenuity and French Dressing Jeans in sizes 2 to 16. 2241 Oak Bay Ave, 250-370-5400. Map 2 J10 460-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-7276030. Map 2 I7 2412 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7111. Map 2 I2
FIELD’S SHOES Serving Victorians for 38 years, this downtown shop offers the best in comfort footwear from Ecco, Naot, Josef Seibel, Wolky, La Canadienne and more. Wonderful, friendly service. Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 6pm. 1300 Government St (at Yates), 250-388-5921. Map 1 F7 HEART & SOLE A uniquely Victorian neighbourhood shoe store worth the visit! On Cook Street between Fort and Rockland in the Mosaic Village, find handmade accessories
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Y SHOPPING from local designers including Floating Gold Iceberg and Wild Abandon, plus an extensive collection of one-of-a kind handbags and belts handmade on premises. While in the shop, have a pair of your own sandals made to order. A shoe store for the fashion-forward and comfort-minded customer alike, shoe lines include El Naturalista, Miz Mooz, Joseph Seibel, Gabor, & Everybody. The Smartwool socks & clothing selection is among the largest in Victoria. Get your fix of fun John Fluevog shoes and don’t miss the excellent selection of Birkenstocks. 1014 Cook St, 250-920-7653. Map 1 H8 www.heartandsoleshoes.ca NEW BALANCE VICTORIA Known for outstanding width sizing and comfortable fit in performance footwear for men, women and children, and athletic-inspired apparel and accessories, a stop here will ensure the perfect fit. Also popular are Dunham rugged casual footwear and Aravon comfort performance footwear. Open daily. 1205 Government St, 250-382-9327. Map 1 E8 YATES STREET SHOES Find a broad selection of casual footwear for the beach and street, including an excellent selection of Keen sandals, plus Teva, Timberland and Ecco Performance shoes. Open Mon to Sat, 10am to 6pm. 576 Yates St, 250-382-3226. Map 1 E8
GIFTS PURDY’S A BC favourite for all things chocolate! Ideal for gifts to satisfy that sweet tooth. Individual treats or boxed selections. In Victoria: Bay Centre, Hillside Mall, Mayfair Shopping Centre and West Shore Town Centre. In Nanaimo at Woodgrove Centre. TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES This not-for-profit retail organization with two Victoria locations sells fairly traded products from more than 35 different countries. Find a wide variety of handmade crafts, including tablecloths, jewellery, books and cards, ceramics, musical instruments, home decor items and much more. Not to be missed is the fair trade food section, including coffees, teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, rice, spices, olive oil, jams and chutneys. Open daily. 1976 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-8183. Map 2 J10 330-777 Royal Oak Dr, 250-727-7281. www.tenthousandvillages.ca Map 2 I7
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ETHNO CONCEPTS Hair extensions, weaves, cornrows, dreadlocks and more, plus aesthetics and hair spa services. 709 Douglas St, 250-590-1306 or 250-884-0379
ARTINA’S JEWELLERY 100% Canadian handcrafted jewellery, with a selection of First Nations designs. Bracelets, pendants and First Nations wedding rings. Fine work in sterling silver, gold and more. Open daily. Map 1 E8 1002 Government St, 250-386-7000.
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L’OCCITANE Now open at The Bay Centre, this international manufacturer and retailer offers skincare, body care, fragrance and hair care products from Provence, formulated with traceable, natural and active ingredients inspired by Provençal traditions and offering the experience of well-being. At The Bay Centre, corner of Douglas and Fort Sts., phone. http://ca.loccitane.com Map 1 F8 SPA MAGNOLIA A full-service, chic urban spa providing registered massage therapy, facials and body treatments. Experience awardwinning customer service in a modern spa facility in the heart of beautiful downtown Victoria. Find Aveda, Comfort Zone and Oka B sandals, plus travel comfort items. Open daily 10am to 6pm. Gift boutique available. 625 Courtney St, 250-920-7721. www.spamagnolia.com Map 1 E8 THE VITAMIN SHOP Since 1984 the Vitamin Shop has led the way in providing the very best brand name vitamins, herbal remedies and nutritional supplements. Competitive pricing and an exceptionally knowledgeable staff make this a soughtafter destination for both visitors and locals pursuing a healthful lifestyle. Open Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm; Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm; and Sun 11am to 5pm. 1212 Broad St, 250-386-1212. www.canadianvitaminshop.com Map 1 F8
WILLOW STREAM SPA AT THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS Energy is the key difference to living and living well. Breath in your surroundings. Renew your energy. Relax your body, refresh your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Open 365 days a year and offering a full range of spa services, including massage, registered massage therapists, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Voted No. 1 spa in Victoria and listed on Conde Nast top five. Appointments available from 9am daily. Complimentary valet or self parking available Mon through Thurs. 633 Humboldt St, 250-995-4650. www.willowstream.com Map 1 E9
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BARCLAY’S FINE CUSTOM JEWELLERS Extensive range of diamond rings, exclusive on Vancouver Island. Antique and estate jewellery. Hand-crafted jewellery by local designers. Find a variety of cultured pearls and unique coloured stones set in a minimum of 14 karat gold and an extensive line of Pandora customizable jewellery and Artcarved rings. Specialists in custom design, hand-crafting in gold and platinum and fine jewellery repairs. Open Mon to Fri 9:30am to 5:15pm, Sat 10am to 4:45pm. 106-2187 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-1100. Map 2 J10 www.barclaysjewellers.com LUGARO JEWELLERS Designers of more than 5,000 styles of jewellery, from simple stud earrings to extraordinary designs for the most selective tastes. Candian diamonds, gemstones, extensive watch collection, repairs, cleaning and more. Mon, Tues, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Wed to Fri to 9pm, Sat to 6pm and Sun and holidays 11am to 5pm. For pick-up from your hotel, call 250-415-6609. Mayfair Mall, 235-3147 Douglas St, 250-382-2040. Map 1 E2
KITCHEN & HOME DECOR CHINTZ AND COMPANY Affordable, eclectic home furnishing collections, including crockery, china, goblets, table and culinary paraphernalia, teak outdoor seating, florals, vases, statuary, bath wares, interior textiles and more. Payment plans. Shipping anywhere. Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm; Sun and holidays 11am to 5pm. 1720 Store St, 250-381-2404. Map 1 F6 FRENCH VANILLA Victoria’s destination boutique for all things French-inspired – French milled soap, lavender products, LaRochelle glassware, Provencal tablecloths, Toile bedding, Lampe Berger and much more. Open Mon to Sat, 10:30am to 5pm. 1848 Oak Bay Ave (between Richmond and Foul Bay), 250-592-0422. www.frenchvanillahome.com Map 2 J10
oakbay Victoria’s Seaside Village
A vibrant community only 10 minutes from downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island, Oak Bay is a world away from the rush of everyday life. An unhurried day may be spent browsing one-of-a-kind shops and galleries, strolling through the many green spaces or soaking up the ambience in cafes and bistros.
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Y SHOPPING LA TAVOLA A bright colourful boutique carrying a splendid aray of kitchenware and tableware. Discover WMF, Bodum, Kuhn Riken, Microplane, Rosti, Garnier Thiebaut, Henckels, La Jacket, Cillio, and many more! Chef - run demonstrations, authentic Italian cooking classes ranging from Pasta-making to 6 course dinners. Store Hours are Tues through Sat 10 am to 5:30 pm. 2039 Oak Bay Ave. 250.590.4868. Map 2 J10 www.latavolakitchenware.com MUFFET AND LOUISA Deluxe kitchenware and luxurious bedding, as well as dining and bath linens, accessories and Caldrea cleaning supplies. This is home accessory heaven! Great gift ideas. Open daily. 1437 Store St, Victoria, 250-382-3201. Map 1 E7 2389 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-656-0011. Map 2 I2 TUSCAN KITCHEN Gorgeous shop with everything you need for an Italian kitchen. Ceramics, cookware, utensils, baskets, cookbooks, table linens and specialty food items, including Dean and Deluca spices. 653 View St, 250-386-8191. www.tuscankitchen.com Map 1 F8
MARKETS & SPECIALTY FOODS MARKET ON YATES & MILLSTREAM Excellent grocery markets with in-store bakery, full-service floral department, deli and old-fashioned butcher shop. Fresh garden produce and in-season organic produce. Vancouver Island smoked salmon and Canadian maple syrup for travel. Daily 7am to 11pm. 903 Yates St at Quadra, 250-381-6000. Map 1 G8 West Shore Village, 2401 Millstream Rd, 250-391-1110. Map 2 F8 THE FISH STORE AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF Take a taste of the West Coast home from Victoria’s only floating fish store! Knowledgeable staff will package fresh or frozen seafood in Styrofoam coolers that are accepted for travel by all major airlines. Choose from their large selection of local, Ocean Wise seafood, including salmon, halibut, crab, tuna, shellfish and oysters. The fishermen tie their boats up right in front of the store – it doesn’t get any fresher. Fisherman’s Wharf, 250-383-6462. Map 1 C8 www.floatingfishstore.com
MATERNITY LA MAMA MATERNITY & MORE This bright and airy boutique features the finest Canadian designers, including Jules & Jim and Umame, and is the exclusive Victoria retailer of Australia’s Ripe Maternity. Find nursing wear by Boob, Peekaboo, Bravado and more, plus an extensive collection of designer diaper bags and baby accessories. Attentive, knowledgeable staff are also trained in bra fittings. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm, Sun 12 to 4pm. Conveniently located downtown with parkade paring nearby. 1010 Broad St, 250-388-3977 or toll-free 1-877-5262620. www.lamamamaternity.com Map 1 F8
OUTDOORS ISLAND OUTFITTERS Victoria's hunting and fishing superstore! Find everything you need to enjoy the outdoors on beautiful Vancouver Island, along with expert advice so you'll know where the fish are biting. Find details about saltwater and freshwater charters, local regulations and more. Open Mon to Wed, 9am to 6pm, Thurs & Fri to 9pm, Sat from 8am to 6pm and Sun from 10am to 5pm. 3319 Douglas St, 250-475-4969. Map 1 1D
PETS BARK, BATH & BEYOND Discover everything the finest pet could want at this delightful pet boutique and 34
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grooming salon. Find all-natural pet food and treats, collars, carriers and other essentials, home accessories and more than a few fun possibilities for your four-legged friends. 2041 Oak Bay Ave, 250-590-2822. www.barkpetboutique.com Map 1 J10
NIRVANA PET RESORT Treat your four-legged friend to a visit to this 4400-square-foot downtown facility offering daycare, overnight boarding, cat and dog grooming and training. A place of relaxation and recreation for pets, who enjoy indoor trees, textured safety flooring and waterfalls. Well-trained staff offer more than 35 years combined experience and certifications, meaning your pet will receive the ultimate care. Mon to Fri 7am to 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm. 2000 Government St, 250-380-7795. http://nirvanapetresort. weebly.com Map 1 E6
SHOPPING CENTRES & DISTRICTS BROADMEAD VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE Attractive outside mall boasting a fine assortment of boutiques, including Connie’s Petites, plus Dig This for gardeners and Penna & Co. for cooks, along with larger stores such as Heirloom Linens, Mark’s Work Warehouse, a BC Liquor Store and Thrifty Foods. Other amenities include Pharmasave, BCAA and Romeo’s Restaurant. 777 Royal Oak Dr. Map 2 I7 HILLSIDE CENTRE Minutes from downtown, this shopping centre is anchored by Sears and Zellers, and features a wide selection of more than 100 shops and services. Corner of Hillside and Shelbourne streets, 250-595-7154. Map 2 J9 LOJO In the heart of Victoria’s Old Town, this eclectic selection of trendy specialty shops and boutiques is an excellent shopping destination. 500 block Johnson St. Map 1 E7 MAYFAIR SHOPPING CENTRE More than 120 shops and services including The Bay, Toys R Us and The Gap. The Service Centre has wheelchair, stroller and scooter loans. Free parking. Open daily. The centre is bordered by Douglas St, Blanshard St, and Finlayson St, 250-383-0541. Map 1 E2 MILLSTREAM VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE Large outside mall with an assortment of major tenants such as Pier 1 Imports, Golftown and Tom Lee Music, paired with smaller boutiques,
including Tommy Hilfiger, Aldo, La Vie En Rose and Le Chateau. Other amenities include Everything Wine, Pharmasave, The Market at Millstream and Milestone’s Restaurant. Millstream Avenue, North of Trans Canada Hwy, Map 2 F8
THE BAY CENTRE Spectacular fourlevel galleria, featuring more than 90 shops and services in a unique heritage setting. Find all your favourite brand names, from fashions to fragrance, cameras to Canadiana. Featuring Aerosoles, Eco Chic Spa & Salon, Geox, Guess?, Jacob, Melanie Lyne, Sport Chek, The Bay, The Tuscan Kitchen, Quiksilver and GoodLife Fitness. Open daily. Corner of Government St and Fort St, 250-952-5690. www.thebaycentre.ca Map 1 F8
WESTSHORE TOWN CENTRE More than 60 shops in the West Shore neighbourhood, about 15 minutes from downtown. Stores include Winners/ HomeSense, Shoppers Drug Mart, Reitmans, Liz Claiborne, Sport Mart, Fairway Market and a BC Liquor Store. 2945 Jacklin Rd, 250-474-3269. Map 2 F9
company’s mine. Find carvings, crafted jewellery and one-of-a-kind sculptures. Just a two-minute walk from the Inner Harbour, browse the shop and learn about the provincial gemstone. Mention WHERE VIctoria and receive 35-per-centoff regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-3845233. www.jademine.com Map 1 E8 LENS & SHUTTER Find everything for the dedicated photographer or casual shutterbug, plus expert advice to help you make the most of those vacation photos. Mon to Fri, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sat 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sun 12 to 5pm. 5-1005 Broad St, 250-383-7443. www.lensandshutter.com Map 1 F8 OSCAR & LIBBY’S This bright, colourful store is jam-packed with all that is fun and funky! Discover zany greeting cards, magnets and fab jewellery, an eclectic selection of purses and accessories, including rhinestone belts, socks, designer rubber boots and sunglasses mixed in with truly wacky novelty items – gifts for the upbeat and offbeat. Open daily. 770 Fort St, between Douglas and Blanshard, 250-383-0919. Map 1 F8 Market Square, 560 Johnson St, 250-382-7279. Map 1 E7
SEEING IS BELIEVING Fun, funky and functional – find imagination-defying gifts and gadgets from around the world. See something you like? Don’t be afraid to try it out! A shop that truly has something for everyone, this shop is home to terrific T-shirts, award-winning and hard-to-find games, puzzles and more. Don’t miss the perfect souvenir from your Victoria vacation, the Victoria Puzzle – only available here. Mayfair Centre, 250-3613551. www.seeingisbelievinggifts.com Map 1 E2 1020 Government St, 250-382-8578. Map 1 E8 STRATH ALE, WINE AND SPIRIT MERCHANTS Located in the Strathcona Hotel, this shop offers a wide selection of wines, spirits, cold beer and an array of unique glassware and accessories. 919 Douglas St, 250-360-2337. Map 1 F8 WINE BARREL A must-stop shop for wine lovers. Wonderful accessories like Riedel glassware, decanters, corkscrews, books and wine-based foods. Try the chardonnay-soaked olives! 644 Broughton St, 250-388-0606. Map 1 F8
SPECIALTY SHOPS CLEOPATRA’S BEDROOM Find a wonderful world of exotic gift ideas, all hand-made in Egypt: handpainted papyrus, statues, belly dancing costumes, scarves, Isis wings, jewellery, hukka pipes, Egyptian cotton shirts, kaftans, perfume oil, mouth-blown glass, Egyptian chess sets and pashmina scarves. 654 Fort St (outside Victoria Bay Centre), 250-370-2537. www.cleopatrasbedroom.com Map 1 F8
DIG THIS An exceptional selection of gifts and gear for gardeners. Unique water features, traditional and modern statuary, plus tools and equipment for the expert and novice gardener. Everything you need to create the garden of your dreams. Shipping worldwide. Open daily. 1990 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-0802. Map 2 J10 128-560 Johnson St, in Market Square, 250-385-3212. Map 1 E7 390-777 Royal Oak Dr, Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, 250-727-9922. Map 2 I7 2387 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 778-426-1998. www.digthis.com Map 2 H2 JADE VICTORIA Recognized as the hardest, greenest and most translucent Nephrite Jade found, this BC gem draws the finest international carvers to the
If you haven’t been to The Bay Centre, you haven’t been to Victoria, yet. Our beautiful centre offers superb shopping in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Government & Fort St. And when you’re here, ask about our Visitor Savings Card for great discounts.
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Bella! When Adam Walker, restaurant manager at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, shared stories of his cycling races in Italy with Executive Chef Iain Rennie, both realized a shared passion for the region’s wines and food. Savour the fruits of these memories at the brand new Bella Montagna, an inspired Italian restaurant at Bear Mountain. “The heart of Bella will be the house-made pastas, prepared fresh daily, with traditional sauces and fresh herbs grown right here in Bear Mountain’s own herb garden. We will also feature an array of gluten-free pastas, and we will be harvesting our organic honey for the creation of our signature creamy gelatos made fresh at the table with liquid nitrogen,” Rennie says. For families, starting at 5pm nightly Bella will offer a “Family Table” for $18 per adult and $9 per child. Enjoy plates of pasta, salads and sauces all served “family style” at your table, followed by dessert. Call 250-3915224 or see bearmountain.ca for details. PHOTO COURTESY THE HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC
Flights & Bites Learn more about your favourite tipple in the Hotel Grand Pacific's Pacific Lounge with a series of hourlong Saturday afternoon tasting sessions, “Flights and Light Bites.” Covering everything from tea cocktails to Scotch whisky, each session in the series will be led by an expert in the field who will take guests through a flight of four different samples, paired with a tasting plate. Coming up: November 12: Seasonal Beer; January 14: Scotch/Whiskey/Bourbon; January 28: Eaux de Vie; February 11: Dessert Wines. Tickets are available in advance at 250-380-4478. 36
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INSIDER’S TIP: Other recent highlights for the Hotel Grand Pacific? The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, The Mark, has for the sixth year received Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” for its wine list. The intimate 26-seat dining room offers more than 400 wines from around the globe, chosen to complement the room’s excellent menu.
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BISTRO BLIGHTY’S BISTRO Fine West Coast fusion cuisine in a quaint heritage building “on the Avenue” in Oak Bay. The charming setting, great food and welcoming service staff have made this a local favourite. 2006 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-5111. www.blightysbistro.com Map 2 J10
CHEF SUZI IN THE SQUARE With comfort cooking, sensible prices and friendly service, this is a cozy, welcoming café that locals frequent and tourists love to discover. Savour daily fresh-made, specials, organic Saltspring Island fair-trade coffee and warm-fromthe-oven desserts. 18B Bastion Square, 250-381-8722. www.chefsuzi.ca Map 1 E8
HERON ROCK BISTRO Enjoy an eclectic menu featuring an excellent selection of sandwiches, salads and mains, including Moules Frites, Fraser Valley duck and Salt Spring Island lamb. Live jazz and blues Monday and Friday. Oysters and a pint Fridays. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. 4-435 Simcoe St, 250-383-1545. www.heronrockbistro.ca Map 1 D10 PAPRIKA Charming Oak Bay restaurant with a European ambience. Classic bistro fare with international
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5 WINTER WARM-UPS Victoria’s winter weather is certainly mild by Canadian standards, but it’s still nice to settle into an inviting restaurant and take the chill off with a deliciously warm and tasty meal. Here are five of our favourites: 1 2 3 4
A hearty pasta dinner from the Old Spaghetti Factory India Curry House, near the Inner Harbour A fire-grilled steak from the Keg Spice Jammer on Fort Street – don’t miss the beef samosas! 5 The Tapa Bar in Trounce Alley – the roasted garlic soup is amazing.
influences. Great wine list. 2524 Estevan Ave, 250-592-7424. Map 2 J9
excellent, as are the curries and roti dishes. Open from 11am daily. 533 Yates St, 250-388-5375. Map 1 E8
BREAKFAST & LUNCH DE DUTCH PANNEKOEK HOUSE Great breakfasts! Enjoy traditional breakfast, brunch and lunch favourites and unique Dutch specialities such as the Pannekoek — a 12-inch genuine Dutch pancake served with more than 50 combinations of mouth-watering ingredients. In Saanich at 4011 Quadra St. at McKenzie, open Mon to Fri 7:30am to 3pm; Sat and Sun 7:30am to 3pm, holidays 8:30am to 2:30 pm, 250479-8208. www.dedutch.com Map 2 I8
CARIBBEAN REEF This exciting Caribbean restaurant has a popular sister in Vancouver. The jerk dishes are
CASUAL DINING DELICADO’S This southwestern café serves a delicious assortment of rollups, soups, salads and other specialties. Eat in or take away for a wonderful on-the-go meal. 799 Fort St, 250-3813354. Map 1 F8 1911B Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-9984. Map 2 J10 OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY One of Victoria’s best bets for families! Choose from a varied, affordable menu with an array of delicious pasta, chicken and steak dishes. Dinners from $9.25 include salad, hot bread, coffee or tea and ice cream. Located in the historic Crystal Garden, behind The Fairmont WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
Y DINING Dinner served daily from 5pm. 1321 Quadra St, 250-385-4405. Map 1 G7 WING’S Oriental cuisine in a pleasant and informal setting. Menu emphasizes Cantonese dishes. Combinations for one to eight people. Generous portions of Chinese favourites. Take out and delivery available. Licensed. Daily lunch and dinner buffet. Open 11am to 10pm. 90 Gorge Rd West, 250-385-5564. www.wingsrestaurant.ca Map 2 H9
COFFEE BARS DUTCH BAKERY AND COFFEE SHOP LTD. Incredible selection of pastries, cookies and birthday and wedding cakes. Specializing in handmade chocolates. Coffee shop serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in a family setting. 718 Fort St, 250-385-1012. Map 1 F8
HOT STUFF! The Pacific Northwest is known for its vibrant coffee scene and luckily for java junkies, Victoria is no different. Local coffeehouses to watch for your in your travels include Serious Coffee, a local favourite, and Moka House, with a downtown locations in the quaint Cook Street Village and at Shoal Point overlooking Fisherman's Wharf. For something a little more traditional, try Murchie's, along Government Street, where you'll also find yummy treats and lunch items. Empress. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. Group packages/rates. 703 Douglas St, 250-381-8444. Map 1 F9 www.oldspaghettifactory.ca PIG BBQ JOINT A local favourite for pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken sandwiches with all the fixings. Two locations, downtown and in the West Shore, where you’ll also find fall-off-the-bone ribs and fried chicken. Great for a picnic! 1325 Blanshard St, 250-590-5193. Map 1 G8 #304 - 1913 Sooke Rd, Colwood Corners Plaza, 250-590-8034. Map 2 G9 PINK BICYCLE This self-described gourmet burger joint is heaven for the burger buff, with items ranging from ‘simplicity at its finest’, the Pink Bike Cheese Burger, to a burger of organic local lamb infused with rosemary and apricot and finished with creamy blue cheese. Vegetarian options; delicious desserts. 1008 Blanshard St, 250-384-1008. Map 1 F8 38
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WHITE SPOT Excellent family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, including their famous “Triple O” burgers. Kids love the “Pirate Packs,” pint-sized meals served in a fun pirate ship. Five locations. Take out available. 710 Caledonia, 250-382-9911. 1871 Fort, 250-595-4442. 2401 Mt. Newton X Rd, 250-652-9500. 3965 Quadra, 250-727-3931. 1845 Island Hwy, 250-391-8823.
CHINESE DON MEE Experience the ultimate traditional dim sum lunch or indulge in a world-class Cantonese or Szechuanstyle seafood dinner extravaganza. Discover authentic Chinese food in the heart of Chinatown. Banquet facilities available. Daily lunch 11am; dinner 5pm. Free delivery after 5pm. 538 Fisgard St, 250-383-1032. Map 1 E6 MING’S Exotic decor. Extensive dinner menu with traditional Cantonese, Szechuan, vegetarian, and specialty dishes. Take out/delivery available.
MARINA COFFEE HOUSE This charming waterfront café serves fine specialty coffees and pastries. Enjoy the light-lunch menu outside on the patio, then finish off with a spectacular dessert. Open daily at 7am. Oak Bay Marina, 1327 Beach Dr, 250-598-3890. Map 2 K10
MURCHIE’S CAPPUCCINO DESSERT BAR In the coffee and tea business since 1894. Forty varieties of tea and all the specially blended coffees for which Murchie’s is famous. Pastries, cakes, sandwiches and daily specials. 1110 Government St, 250-381-5451. Map 1 E8
DELI BROUGHTON STREET DELI Since opening in 2006, this deli has become a local favourite, serving breakfast and lunch. Specializing in Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, but with many vegetarian options, fresh soups and salads, plus fair trade coffee and a delicious selection of baked goods. Open Mon to Fri, 7am to 4pm., Sat 11:30am to 3pm. 648 Broughton St, 250-380-9988. Map 1 F8 www.broughtonstreetdeli.com OTTAVIO ITALIAN BAKERY & DELICATESSEN Savour the many treats from this European-style deli, filled with wonderful ingredients for the perfect picnic and a flavourful assortment of gelato. A small café area, including an inviting patio, is also ideal for eating in. 2272 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-4080. Map 2 J10
SAMâ€™S DELI Long-time Victoria favourite known for its generous portions and home-made soups, salads and stacked sandwiches, including the famous shrimp and avocado pairing. Local wine and beer. 805 Government St, 250-382-8424. Map 1 E8 VILLAGE PATISSERIE Luscious Central European pastries and cookies to enjoy with a specialty coffee, as well as ice cream and savoury light lunches of soups and salads. Open Mon to Sat until 5:30pm. 2217 Oak Bay Ave, 250-370-0766. Map 2 J10
EAST INDIAN INDIA CURRY HOUSE Gourmet Northern and Southern Indian cuisine prepared by a chef from India. Fresh herbs and spices used to flavour dishes ranging from mild to hot and spicy. Voted Best of the City for the last 14 years. Certified Foodsafe Excellence. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations appreciated. 506 Fort St, 250-361-9000. Map 1 E8 www.indiacurryhousejr.com SPICE JAMMER A blend of East African and Indian cooking styles and spices create tantalizing curry and tandoori dishes. Friendly staff, warm atmosphere. Zagat rated. Open year-round for dinner; check for lunch hours. 852 Fort St, 250-480-1055. Map 1 G8 www.spicejammer.com
MILLOS Setting reminiscent of the Greek Islands. Popular Greek specialties and classic Greek desserts. Excellent lamb, seafood and pasta dishes. Open Mon to Sat for lunch and daily for dinner. Drink and dinner specials for early-bird and late-night diners. Look for the big windmill at 716 Burdett Ave, 250-382-4422 or 250-382-5544. Map 1 F8
PASSEROâ€™S Family-run restaurant specializing in fine Greek cuisine and pastas. Open for lunch and dinner. 1102 Yates St, 250-384-6474. Map 1 H8 SAN REMO A cosy atmosphere and great Mediterranean cuisine has made this a Victoria favourite for more than 20 years. Friendly service and ample portions. The pizzas are delicious! 2709 Quadra St. at Hillside Ave, 250-384-5255. Map 1 G4
INTERNATIONAL FIRESIDE GRILL Cuisine from around the world in a beautiful dining room. Relaxed but sophisticated. Menu includes pizza, pasta and Asian dishes, as well as steaks, seafood and chicken.
FRENCH BON ROUGE BISTRO & LOUNGE Delightful Paris-inspired bistro in the heart of downtown featuring such specialties as steak frites and smoked pork chop, plus local flavours such as Island mussels and cedar-wrapped spring salmon. Open Mon to Fri from 11:30am to 11pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 11pm. Brunch served Sat and Sun. 611 Courtney St, 250-220-8008. www.bonrouge.ca Map 1 E9 CHEZ MICHEL Charming, intimate dining room serving classic French cuisine, with specialties from Southwest France. Open for dinner from 6pm Tues. to Sat. 1871 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2015.
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GREEK EUGENEâ€™S Family-run Greek restaurant serving excellent Greek fast food such as souvlaki, calamari, salads and spanokopita. Very popular and busy at lunchtime. 3-3960 Shellbourne Ave, 250-381-5456. Map 2 J10
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TASTE OF THE CITY LITTLE THAI PLACE When locals crave authentic Thai cuisine, they choose Little Thai Place, where award-winning recipes are created by Master Thai Chefs using only the highest quality, freshest ingredients: “Our customers always tell us they love our dishes, generous portions and affordable prices... we’re sure you will too!” Little Thai - Big beyond taste www.littlethaiplace.com
Opening Downtown in early spring -
Eat-in, pick-up or delivery* from four convenient locations: 1839 Cook Street, Victoria 250-477-8900 3613 Shelbourne Plaza, Saanich 250-477-8668 110-4480 West Saanich Road, Saanich 250-477-3377 137-2745 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Langford 250-478-5455 *FREE delivery within Victoria, Saanich and Langford on min. $20 orders (5 to 9PM daily)
SEN ZUSHI RESTAURANT Experience traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi in a fresh, modern atmosphere. Sen Zushi offers a menu to suit every palate, even if you prefer vegetarian. Beautifully prepared and presented, enjoy chicken and steak entrees, or a variety of seafood. With the freshest ingredients, professional chefs consistently create a healthy selection of gourmet meals, a wide range of sushi, delectable dinners and specialty desserts. It will be a meal to remember. 940 Fort Street 250-385-4320 www.senzushi.com
WHERE DINING Dining choices in Victoria BC presents a large and varied list of pubs, lounges, family and fine dining restaurants; from tapas to sushi, burgers to oysters. Victoria is a west coast epicurean centre, thanks to the cornucopia of fresh, local produce, seafood, specialty food producers, wineries and micro-brewed ales found here. World-class chefs who work in partnership with growers, producers and foragers to create some of North America’s most innovative and mouthwatering cuisine, make Victoria a destination for food and wine experiences. Check out our complete dining listings at www.where.ca/victoria 40
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BLUE CRAB BAR & GRILL Locally recommended for the best Pacific Northwest cuisine in Victoria. Featuring traditional seafood dishes with dynamic twists of progressive Canadian Cuisine. Daily creations from our award-winning kitchen, lead by local Chef Andrew Dickinson, Vancouver Island Chef of the Year and former member of gold medal winning Team B.C. Friendly, attentive service and superb harbour views. Excellent selection of wines, mainly from B.C., Washington, Oregon and California. Described by Frommer’s as “Victoria’s best bet for seafood” and a nine-year winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. 146 Kingston St. in the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel 250-480-1999 www.bluecrab.ca or visit us on facebook.
SHIKI SUSHI Shiki Sushi's unique creations and ultra modern decor make it one of Victoria's most popular restaurants, serving traditional Japanese dishes and sushi with a creative twist. Check out our new location and expanded menu! Selection includes Tempura, Bento boxes, Hibachi steak, Miso Duck, Kobe Beef, many seafood and vegetarian choices, Udon/Soba, Don Buri, Sushi/Sashimi, and lots more. Hours: Mon to Thurs 11 am to 9:30 pm Friday 11 am to 10 pm Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm Sunday 12 pm to 9:30 pm Closed on major holidays 1113 Blanshard Street 250-381-8622 www.shikisushi.ca
GATSBY MANSION RESTAURANT Nothing feels more like Victoria than dining at the Gatsby Mansion Restaurant. This magnificent Victorian era mansion serves as a boutique hotel and restaurant. This delightful heritage restaurant has the ambience of several distinct rooms, allowing for intimate dining for just 2 or for parties up to 90 guests. Enjoy original West Coast cuisine while overlooking the Victoria’s waterfront. 309 Belleville Street Victoria Reservations 250-388-9191 WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
Y DINING Open daily for lunch and dinner. 4509 West Saanich Rd, 250-479-1222. Map 2 I7
ITALIAN FIAMO ITALIAN KITCHEN A warm, inviting setting is the perfect venue to enjoy this rustic Italian cuisine, prepared in the Tuscan tradition, complemented by French, Spanish and Mediterranean influences. Enjoy pizza, pasta, chicken, lamb and seafood dishes and a wine list featuring both favourite BC vintages and their Italian counterparts. 515 Yates St, 250-3885824. www.fiamo.ca Map 1 E8 IL TERRAZZO Upbeat, romantic ristorante. Heated courtyard. Northern Italian food with West Coast overtones. Mon to Sat 11:30am to 11pm; Sun 5 to 11pm. Off Waddington Alley at 555 Johnson St, 250-361-0028. Map 1 E7 PAGLIACCI’S Not your ordinary Italian restaurant. The menu has a quirky, Hollywood slant. Good food and service. Open late for dinner. 1011 Broad St, 250-386-1662. Map 1 F8
JAPANESE VILLAGE Teppan tables and sushi bar. Savour Japanese steak and seafood. Warm, intimate and lively atmosphere. Lunch Mon to Fri; dinner from 5pm nightly. Reservations. 734 Broughton St, 250-382-5165. Map 1 F8 KOTO Serene, charming restaurant. Choose the privacy of their tatami rooms or sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs in action. Extensive sushi menu. Regular menu includes tempura, teriyaki steak, sukiyaki or ginger pork. Excellent O-Bento lunch specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 510 Fort St, 250-382-1514. Map 1 E8 KUMA Located at the Bear Mountain Golf Resort, enjoy sleek modern decor with vast windows overlooking the great outdoors and an energetic, open-view kitchen. Signature specials include The California Crunch, a traditional California roll dipped in Panko crumbs, deep fried and served with three delicious dips. Bear Mountain Golf Resort, 1999 Country Club Way, 250-391-7170.
from the sushi bar or enjoy the varied menu from the comfort of a private table. Japanese cocktails; specialty desserts. Reservations suggested, but not required. Open Mon to Sat, with lunch from 11:30am to 2pm and dinner from 5 to 9pm. 940 Fort St, 250-3854320. www.senzushi.com Map 1 G8 SHIKI SUSHI Bright and comfortable downtown restaurant serving excellent Japanese cuisine, including noodles, sushi, Bento boxes and full meals. Popular with locals – the lunch combinations are a great value. Monday to Friday from 11am; Sat and Sun from 12pm. Free delivery after 5pm with minimum $20 purchase (within 5km); 10 per cent off on pick up orders over $20 1113 Blanshard St, 250-381-8622. Map 1 F8
LATIN THE TAPA BAR Excellent tapas-style cuisine in a charming restaurant tucked into downtown’s Trounce Alley. Don’t miss the roasted garlic soup – delicious! 620 Trounce Alley, 250-383-0013.
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OSAKA SUSHI This new Japanese restaurant in the Oak Bay area offers an extensive menu of traditional cuisine for dining in or taking out. Find an excellent selection of sushi, sashimi and a la carte options in addition to Bento box lunch specials and full meals. Open daily, except Tues, 11am to 2:30pm and 5 to 9pm. 1951 Oak Bay Ave, 250-590-6650. Map 2 J10
AZUMA SUSHI Welcoming atmosphere and delicious Japanese cuisine served daily, including sushi, seafood, tempura and steak. Reservations recommended. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11am ‘til late. 615 Yates St, between Broad and Government, 250-382-8768. Map 1 F7
SENZUSHI JAPANESE CUISINE AND SUSHI BAR This wonderful, authentic restaurant boasts an inviting, contemporary atmosphere and delicious, traditional Japanese cuisine beautifully prepared and presented. Sample the taste-tempting creations
ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL Italian cuisine in a fun atmosphere of stone walls, string lighting, hand-painted murals and more. Families welcome. 3195 Douglas St, 250-385-2211. Map 1 E2
De Dutch Quadra #1 – 4011 Quadra St. Victoria, BC | 250.479.8208
CAFE MEXICO Casual and cosy Mexican restaurant located in Old Town’s historic Market Square. Great food; fun atmosphere. 1425 Store St, 250-386-1425. Map 1 E7
PUBS & LOUNGES BARTHOLOMEW’S BAR AND ROCKEFELLER GRILLE Lively Britishstyle pub with heated outdoor patio. Enjoy fish and chips and other pub fare. Great local bands, no cover charge. Mon to Sat 11am to 1am; Sun 11am to midnight. Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F8 BENGAL LOUNGE Chic, colonial atmosphere, a famous curry buffet, a long list of specialty cocktails and weekend jazz are just a few reasons this lounge in the Fairmont Empress Hotel has been attracting vsitors for 50 years. Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St, 250-384-8111. Map 1 E9 CHRISTIE’S CARRIAGE HOUSE Set in a restored heritage home on the Victoria-Oak Bay border, this neighbourhood pub offers traditional British pub fare paired with modern Canadian selections along with a good choice of brews and beverages. 1739 Fort St at Richmond Rd, 250-598-5333. Map 2 J10
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SWANS BREWPUB Renowned for its house brews, floral arrangements and art collection. Quality pub fare and fresh seafood, poultry and pastas. Open from 7am daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Brunch Sat and Sun 7am to 2:30pm. 506 Pandora Ave, 250-361-3310. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7
Business hours from 11:00am -10:00pm 90 Gorge Rd. West Victoria, B.C.
506 Fort Street at Wharf St. (Walking distance from Empress/Infocentre)
DAILY LUNCH & DINNER BUFFET
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
EAT IN, TAKE OUT or DELIVERY
20 Years of Excellence ✶ North & South Indian cuisine ✶ Tandoori Chicken ✶ Vegetarian Thali
on food orders over $40
Voted Best in the
STICKY WICKET PUB & RESTAURANT English-style pub fare with Pacific Northwest favourites. Large selection of micro-brewed and imported beers. Seasonal rooftop beach volleyball, pool tables, darts and patio. Mon to Sat 11:30am to 2am; Sun 11:30am to midnight. 919 Douglas St, 250-383-7137. Map 1 F8
SPINNAKERS BREWPUB AND GUESTHOUSE Canada’s oldest licensed brewpub. Full-service restaurant, lobby bar and upper floor taproom overlooking the Victoria Harbour. Patio seating. Wholesome West Coast fare accompanied by handcrafted ales. Deli and bakery offer features daily. Off-sales available. Open 11am for lunch and 5pm for dinner. 308 Catherine St, 250-386-2739. Map 1 B7
SEAFOOD FERRIS’ OYSTER BAR & GRILL Wide-ranging menu with an emphasis on fantastic seafood, along with steaks, pastas and more. 536 Yates St, 250-360-1824. Map 1 E8
HAULTAIN FISH & CHIPS Friendly neighbourhood diner serving fresh fish with a fluffy light batter that melts in your mouth, as well as oysters, prawns, calamari and deep-fried perogies. Eat in or take out. Open Tues to Sat 11:30am to 7:30pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and stat holidays. 1127 Haultain St, 250-383-8332. www.haultainfishandchips.com
HAULTAIN Fish & Chips
The Best Fish & Chips in Victoria
fresh fish daily
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PESCATORE’S FISH HOUSE Excellent food and atmosphere. Fresh seafood and grilled meats are the specialties. Fabulous wine and martini lists. Has a jazzy, New York sort of ambience. 614 Humboldt St, 250-385-4512. Map 1 E8
1127 Haultain (1 block off Cook) Dine in / Take out Open Tue - Sat: 11:30 - 7:30
SPICE JAMMER RESTAURANT 852 FORT ST. 480-1055 www.spicejammer.com
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Y DINING THE FISH STORE AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF Visit The Fish Store and take home some local, Ocean Wise seafood, or choose from a selection of freshly made sushi, fish tacos, seafood poor boys, seafood fritters, shucked oysters, steamed shellfish and fresh salads. For a real treat, try a steamed Dungeness crab. It’s so fresh, it’s never been on land! Fisherman’s Wharf, 250-383-6462. www.floatingfishstore.com Map 1 C8
STEAK & SEAFOOD NAUTICAL NELLIES The cozy interior sets the tone for great food and wine to come. At the centre of this rustic charm is the oyster bar, with an excellent selection of fresh oysters, including 10 varieties of oysters from the Pacific northwest and East Coast. Adjacent to the oyster bar is a traditional, gourmet and fusion sushi bar serving only the finest quality and most beautifully platted sushi in Victoria. Open daily from 11am. 1001 Wharf St, 250-380-2260. Map 1 E8 www.nauticalnelliesrestaurant.com PRIME STEAKHOUSE WHERE Victoria’s Best New Restaurant of 2010! Located in the beautiful Magnolia Hotel in the heart of downtown, this is a steak lover’s paradise, with six cuts of steak gracing the menu. Additional flavours include lobster, halibut, lamb and delicious freerange chicken. Lunch menu available. 621 Courtenay St, 250-386-2010. www.primesteak.ca Map 1 E9 THE KEG Grilled steaks, seafood and salads in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Specialties include roasted prime rib, king crab and of course, steaks. With two locations in Victoria, The Keg is perfect for business or pleasure. Dinner daily.
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Entrees $14.95 to $39.95. Reservations available. 500 Fort St, 250-386-7789. Map 1 E8 3940 Quadra St, 250-479-1651. www.kegsteakhouse.com Map 2 I8
137-2745 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, 250-478-5455. www.littlethaiplace. com Map 2 F9 110-4480 West Saanich Rd, 250-477-3377. Map 2 H7
SIAM THAI Family-run Thai restaurant. Menu includes a wide selection of delicious Thai dishes with an emphasis on seafood, crisp vegetables and exotic sauces. The amount of spice in each dish is clearly marked. Open daily. 512 Fort St, 250-383-9911. www.siamthai.ca Map 1 E8
GATSBY MANSION Think of this tea service as a lunch alternative with calories! Enjoy all-day tea service at one of the oldest and most recognized properties in Victoria, featuring fresh fruit salad, homemade scones, Devonshire cream, tea sandwiches, dessert squares, luscious chocolate and fine teas, savoured while overlooking the gardens and the beautiful Inner Harbour. Tea served 11am to 4pm. 309 Belleville St, 250-388-9191. Map 1 D9 JAMES BAY TEAROOM AND RESTAURANT Cosy tea room, relaxed and homey, but very traditional. Easy walk from the Inner Harbour in historic James Bay. Dinner fare features British-style specialities. Great prices. 332 Menzies St, 250-382-8282. Map 1 E10 THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS Elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea in the Tea Lobby from noon daily. Features fresh berries in season and scones with Jersey cream. Dress code in effect. Reservations required. The Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St, 250-384-8111. Map 1 E9 WHITE HEATHER TEA ROOM A wonderfully authentic afternoon tea that is sure to please. Teas feature fresh-baked scones, tea sandwiches and other savory treats, together with a selection of shortbread, cakes, squares and more. Baking is done on-site. Teas are artfully presented by friendly and knowledgeable staff in a comfortable, yet elegant white linen setting. A selection of delicious lunch items is also offered. This is where the locals go for afternoon tea! Special Christmas Tea December 9 to 31 and Valentine Tea February 11 and 14. Open Tues to Sat from 10am to 5pm. Reservations recommended. 1885 Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-8020. Map 2 K10 www.whiteheather-tearoom.com
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LITTLE THAI PLACE Delicious Thai cuisine is as close as this inviting restaurant group, with four locations around the region. Excellent curries, rice and noodle dishes await. Eat in, take out or delivery. 1839 Cook St, 250-477-8900. Map 1 H6 3613 Shelbourne St, 250-477-8668. Map 2 J9
SOOKJAI THAI Delightful, inviting restaurant offering beautifully presented, delicious Thai cuisine, including chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes with plenty of fresh vegetables. The curry dishes are excellent – try the lunch combos for great value. 893 Fort St (at Quadra), 250-383-9945. Map 1 G8
VIETNAMESE LE PETIT SAIGON Now in their 24th year of serving delicious, authentic cuisine, this familyrun Vietnamese restaurant has been voted Best Of The City. Enjoy the best of Vietnamese cuisine in a friendly, casual atmosphere, including spring rolls, salad rolls, PHO noodle soups, seafood dishes, vermicelli bowls, curries and Vietnamese crepes. A wide selection of vegetarian dishes. Fully licensed. Open daily. 1010 Langley St, between Goverment & Wharf Sts, 250-386-1412. Map 1 E8
WEST COAST AURA One of Victoria’s newest restaurants has quickly become one of its finest. Boasting an atmosphere of casual sophistication perfect for the Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine, savour eclectic international dining room entrees and relaxed patio fare, featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. Popular items from Aura’s award-winning chef include surf & turf, wonton prawns and wild mushroom risotto. Inn at Laurel Point, 680 Montreal St, 250-386-8721. www.aurarestaurant.ca Map 1 C8 BLUE CRAB BAR AND GRILL One of the best seafood restaurants in Victoria. Features fresh ingredients from around the world: scallops from Alaska, halibut and salmon from BC, duck from the Fraser Valley, mahi mahi from Hawaii and more. Friendly, attentive service and superb harbour views. Beautiful patio overlooking the harbour. Excellent selection of wines, mainly from BC, Washington and California to complement the creatively prepared
fresh seafood. Described by Frommer’s as “Victoria’s best bet for seafood” and a five-year winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Coast Harbourside Hotel, 146 Kingston St, 250-480-1999. www.bluecrab.ca Map 1 C9 CANOE BREWPUB, MARINA AND RESTAURANT With a changing menu reflecting seasonal organics, the finest cuts of meat and wild seafood, the food ranges from pure comfort to globally inspired cuisine. Heritage landmark building. Award-winning handcrafted beers and an extensive wine list. Year-round waterfront patio. 450 Swift St, 250-361-1940. Map 1 E7 FIRE & WATER FISH AND CHOP HOUSE Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The a la carte dinner menu features Sterling beef, fish and local produce. Watch for seasonal specialties and the signature meal, Prime Rib a la Plaque. In the Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour Hotel. 728 Humboldt St, 250-480-3828. Map 1 F9
FORESTER’S BISTRO & BAR AT OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF COURSE Savour clubhouse classics and contemporary West Coast cuisine while enjoying the view overlooking the golf course. 643 Latoria Rd, 250-474-3673 ext 227. www.golfbc.com Map 2 F10 GLO Excellent West Coast cuisine, extensive selection of cocktails, wines and beer, heated patio with palm trees and a gorgeous view of the Selkirk Waterway – a must-see spot. 104-2940 Jutland Rd, 250-385-5643. Map 1 C3 LURE Boasting stunning views of the Inner Harbour, this dynamic West Coast restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, prepared with fresh, local ingredients, including an array of seafood dishes. Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, 45 Songhees Rd, 250-360-5873. www.lurevictoria.com
E9 Millstream Village Shopping Centre,
Millstream Ave, north of Trans Canada Hwy, 250-391-5016. Map 2 F8 SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE The dining room at this seaside inn is consistently voted one of the region’s top restaurants. The organic kitchen gardens provide chefs with year-round inspiration. Stunning waterfront location; award-winning wine list. 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd, Sooke, 250-642-3421. Map 2 A11
THE PACIFIC The best local seafood, organic produce, aged beef, free range poultry and B.C. wines are featured right here on the Harbour, next to the Legislature. Outdoor terrace. Open daily from 6:30am to 10pm. Visit The Mark for ultra-fine dining and the Courtyard Café for great snacks and coffee. Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St, 250380-4458. www.pacificrestaurant.com Map 1 D9
VENETO Where Victoria’s Best New Restaurant of 2009! This sophisticated urban lounge in the heart of downtown puts a tapas-style twist on West Coast cuisine. Try the sliders, both funky and fabulous! The ideal place to unwind with co-workers and friends. Extensive
cocktail menu. Open daily at 4pm; Sun to Wed until midnight; Thurs to Sun to 1am. Hotel Rialto. 1450 Douglas St, 250-383-7310. www.venetodining.com Map 1 F7
VISTA 18 The crown jewel atop the Chateau Victoria Hotel boasts a spectacular view. Modern, comfortable decor. West Coast cuisine with Californian and Asian influences at down-to-earth prices. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 740 Burdett Ave, 250-382-9258. Map 1 F8
WILD SAFFRON BISTRO Creative flavours with classical undertones are highlights of this charming bistro’s progressive West Coast cuisine. Pair it with awardwinning locally brewed beers and an extensive selection of wines, all presented in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Take in live music and dancing in the adjacent Swans Brewpub. Open Tues through Sat from 5pm. Located in Swans Suite Hotel, 1605 Store St, 250-361-3150. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7
SPICE IT UP Few things warm the soul so well on a chilly winter day as flavourful cuisine from Asia and India. A few not-to-miss choices in Victoria include The Little Thai Place, with four locations around the city, Wing's, specializing in delicious Cantonese dishes, and India Curry House and Spice Jammer, two favourites for Indian cuisine. Head to Chinatown for Dim Sum at Don Mee, or savour some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in the city at Le Petit Saigon, near the Inner Harbour.
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MILESTONE’S One of the city’s busiest and most popular restaurants for good reason: the food, setting and service are excellent! The West Coast menu offers fresh fish and seafood, pastas, chicken, ribs, gourmet sandwiches, steaks and vegetarian dishes. Located on the Inner Harbour Causeway, directly below the Visitor Centre, 250-381-2244. Map 1
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NEIGHBOURHOODS INNER HARBOUR / DOWNTOWN The Inner Harbour is the most often photographed and most easily recognized place in Victoria, and home to several renowned landmarks, including the Legislative Buildings and The Fairmont Empress Hotel. The Causeway is one of the city’s best people-watching spots and during the summer is alive with artists and street performers entertaining the crowds. Nearby, Bastion Square is the site of the original Fort Victoria and currently home to great shops, restaurants, and attractions, including the Maritime Museum. Other downtown attractions not to miss include the Royal BC Museum, the National Geographic IMAX Theatre, the Victoria Bug Zoo and Miniature World. Shoppers will love Government Street, Antique Row (Fort Street) and The Bay Centre. Take in views of the Inner Harbour with a stroll along the pedestrian-only walkway beginning near Belleville and Menzies streets and following the waterfront over the blue Johnson Street Bridge into the neighbourhoods of Vic West and Esquimalt. NEIGHBOURHOODS NEAR DOWNTOWN Several picturesque, historic neighbourhoods surround downtown and are within easy walking distance. Just south of downtown, James Bay is Victoria’s oldest residential neighbourhood, bordered by water on three sides and Beacon Hill Park on the fourth. Beacon Hill has been Victoria’s best-loved green space since the 1850s, with pathways, gardens and a seasonal children’s petting zoo. On the east side of the park is Fairfield, a residential neighbourhood with a trendy collection of shops 46
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CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE Visit Craigdarroch Castle this season and step back to experience the holidays as they were in an earlier time. The late-nineteenth-century castle stands tall above the city from Rockland, and during Christmas and New Year’s is decked in traditional decoration of the period. The castle welcomes a variety of special programming during this period, including Family Night December 17 and 18 and performances of the beloved A Christmas Carol December 10, 14, 16, 21 and 23. The general Christmas program continues December 19 to 31 (closed Christmas and Boxing Day) with entertainment, guided tours and even a visit from Santa! and cafés called Cook Street Village. East of downtown, Rockland is a prestigious area of older, stately homes; attractions include Craigdarroch Castle, Government House Gardens and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Northwest of downtown, over the blue Johnson Street Bridge, Esquimalt is home to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. Beautiful Saxe Point Park and CFB Esquimalt’s museum are highlights here. OAK BAY Considered the most British of Victoria’s neighbourhoods, Oak Bay is a charming area of Tudor-styled homes, oak trees and manicured gardens. Oak Bay Village and the Avenue are the main shopping areas with excellent shops and galleries, featuring antiques, art, gifts, china, fashion and jewellery. Great places to enjoy traditional afternoon tea include the White Heather Tea Room on Oak Bay Avenue. Oak Bay is also one of
Victoria’s best cycling areas, especially along Beach Drive, with its spectacular water and mountain views. The Oak Bay Marina and Willows Beach are also popular stops. www.oakbaytourism.com OLD TOWN / CHINATOWN Just north of Bastion Square and the shops of Government Street is the area known as Old Town. During the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, this area was known as “the other side of the tracks.” Brothels, saloons, hotels and supply stores were the main businesses. Now, Old Town is a popular shopping and dining area. Market Square is the “heart” of Old Town and features a collection of shops and restaurants in restored heritage buildings. Old Town is also known as Victoria’s Home Décor District, and includes such shops as Chintz and Company, Muffet and Louisa and Dig This. Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest city in Canada. The Gate
Y ESSENTIAL CITY of Harmonious Interest is a landmark constructed to recognize Chinese immigrants’ participation in establishing the City of Victoria. Wander along Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada, once a row of opium dens and gambling houses, now a collection of interesting and unusual shops. SAANICH AND CORDOVA BAY Saanich is a large residential area beginning north of downtown. Highlights include Mt. Douglas Park, with hiking trails and panoramic views of the city from its drive-to summit, Elk/Beaver Lake Park, a great spot for watersports, walking and fishing, Glendale Gardens and Woodland, Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Centre of the Universe. Just east of Elk/Beaver Lake Park is the seaside neighbourhood of Cordova Bay, valued for its rural beauty and unparalleled views of Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands. Highlights here include a charming collection of shops and galleries called Mattick’s Farm, Cordova Bay and The Ridge golf courses.
SAANICH PENINSULA AND SIDNEY The pastoral Saanich Peninsula is home to a number of excellent attractions including the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Heritage Acres and several wineries. Enjoy good cycling opportunities and pleasant drives throughout the Peninsula. Recreational areas include John Dean Park, criss-crossed with hiking paths, and Island View Beach. Sidney is a charming seaside town with picturesque marinas, oceanside walking paths and great restaurants, galleries and shops. Port Sidney Marina draws boaters from all over the Pacific Northwest and offers whale watching, sailing and fishing charters. Sidney attractions include the Mineral World and Scratch Patch, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and the BC Aviation Museum. WEST SHORE COMMUNITIES AND SOOKE West of Victoria along the Island Highway (Hwy 14), discover the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke, which offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. Top West Shore
attractions include Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Hatley Park at Royal Roads University, Adrena Line Zipline and Adventure Course, the Sooke Region Museum and a thriving arts community. West of Sooke, the highway leads to some of the Island’s most beautiful scenery at French Beach, China Beach, Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach.
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTS BC AVIATION MUSEUM The collection and restoration of planes and other aeronautical paraphernalia has been an ongoing project since 1944. Watch for museum signs on Pat Bay Hwy (Hwy 17). Turn off at the airport and find the large white hangar near the control tower. Call for hours. 1910 Norseman Rd, Sidney, 250-655-3300. Map 2 H3 BUG ZOO Discover the amazing world of insects and arachnids at this unusual and fascinating zoo. Home to giant tropical bugs from around the world, including ghost mantids, the world’s longest stick insects, shaking leaf insects
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Y ESSENTIAL CITY and orchid mantids, as well as Canada’s largest ant farm. Entomologists (bug scientists) offer interesting presentations, fun bugholding activities and answer questions. Good for all ages. Entrance fee allows return same-day visits. Gift shop. One block from the Fairmont Empress Hotel. 631 Courtney St, 250-384-BUGS. www.bugzoo.com Map 1 F8 BUTCHART GARDENS Twenty hectares of world-famous gardens that marked 100 years in 2004. Major gardens include the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Concert Lawn and Ross Fountain. Dining available at the Blue Poppy restaurant, the coffee shop and The Dining Room Restaurant – call 6528222 for reservations. Housed in the graceful, original Butchart home, this licensed, smoke-free restaurant offers fine West Coast cuisine in a charming atmosphere. Enjoy lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Free parking. Tour buses and public transit offer daily scheduled service. Wheelchair accessible. Weddings celebrated mid-Jan to March 31. December 1 to January 6 Magic of Christmas. Gardens and restaurants are open daily; call for hours and admission. 800 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-5256 (recorded message). Map 2 G5
BUTTERFLY GARDENS A tropical 12,000-sq-ft indoor garden with more than 2,000 exotic butterflies and the world’s largest species of moth. Tropical plants, birds, ducks, flamingoes, fish, waterfalls and streams add to the ambience. Exotic plants include an exhibit of epiphytes (plants that do not require soil), including stunning orchids and bromeliads. In addition, there’s a carnivorous plant section and a garden of “Foods of the World.” Fun for the family and a photographer’s paradise. Free guided tours with naturalists. Gift shop, art gallery, free parking with designated RV and coach spots. Five minutes to Butchart Gardens. To November 30 10am to 5pm; December 10am to 7pm (Closed Dec. 25, 26 & Jan. 1); January 2 to April 30 10am to 5pm; May 1 to September 4 2012 9:30 am to 7pm. 1461 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-3822. Map 2 G5 www.butterflygardens.com CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE This 7,000-sq-ft visitor interpretive facility offers an exciting glimpse into astronomy and Canadian research into deep space. Operated by the National 48
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Research Council. Inside the Centre, check out the Starlab Planetarium, interactive displays, engaging programs, giftshop and more. Hours vary; call for details. Located 16km from Victoria on Little Saanich Mountain, off West Saanich Rd, 250-363-8262. Map 2 H6 CFB ESQUIMALT NAVAL AND MILITARY MUSEUM This museum charts the rich maritime history of the naval base at Esquimalt. Displays include re-creations of a WWII shipboard mess deck, communications room and wheelhouse. Located in a National Historic District, the museum is housed in a complex of distinguished brick buildings designed by prominent Victoria architect John Teague. Selfguided walking tours of Naden yearround; guided tours of the museum by arrangement. Open Mon to Fri 10am to 3:30pm for self-guided tours. At CFB Esquimalt’s Naden Base, off Admirals Rd, 250-363-4312. Map 2 H9 CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE Historic museum/mansion. Originally the home of BC’s first millionaire Robert Dunsmuir and his family. Period furnishings. Amazing craftsmanship and details throughout the 39-room castle. The ongoing restoration work is an interesting part of the attraction. Construction started in 1887; completed in 1890. Spectacular view of Victoria from the tower. Ample parking. Open daily for self-guided tours, 9am to 7pm. 1050 Joan Cres (off Fort St), 250-592-5323. www.thecastle.ca Map 1 J9 FORT RODD HILL AND FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES Peek through original gun barrels, venture into intriguing underground magazines and find camouflaged searchlight emplacements...Come explore Fort Rodd Hill, a century-old coast artillery fort. Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. Step inside, play with its brand-new interactive exhibits and marvel at the stories of its keepers, who once helped mariners find their way home safely. Special events are planned throughout the year; check the website for further information. Only 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria. Open daily. Located off Ocean Blvd, in Colwood. Fort Rodd Hill Rd, 250-478-5849. www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill Map 2 G9
GLENDALE GARDENS AND WOODLAND Victoria’s garden for gardeners, 17 specialty and demonstration gardens including the Doris Page Winter Garden, the Takata (Japanese Style) and Zen gardens, heather and rhododendron collections and the hardy plant borders of the Victoria Horticultural Society. The remainder of the 108-acre site is being rehabilitated and preserved as a functioning Douglas-fir ecosystem. A carefully designed trail system allows visitors to observe, but not disturb, the fragile Garry oak and wetland habitat. A must-see for gardening enthusiasts. Open daily; hours and admission vary. 505 Quayle Rd, 250-479-6162. Map 2 H7
GOVERNMENT HOUSE GARDENS Six hectares of dazzling gardens open to the public (house is a private residence). Take a self-guided tour through a wide variety of gardens, including the newly rejuvenated terraces, a new public area that sits atop a steep embankment and looks out over a Garry oak woodland and the Juan de Fuca Strait; accessible by staircase. Gardens are open sunrise to sunset. Free admission. 1401 Rockland Ave, phone. Map 1 J10 GREAT CANADIAN CASINO – VIEW ROYAL Looking for a fresh spin on excitement? Enjoy hundreds of slot machines and all your favourite table games then satisfy your appetite at the deli or restaurant. Call for details about the free shuttle. 1708 Island Hwy, 250-391-0311. Map 2 G9 HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE This gracious castle built by James Dunsmuir, whose father built Craigdarroch Castle, is now home to Royal Roads University, after years as a military college. Gorgeous gardens and forested walking trails surround the castle, which features a museum in the basement that traces the property’s history. Call for hours and tour details for castle, gardens and museum. Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd, 250-391-2666. www.hatleypark.ca Map 2 G9 HELMCKEN HOUSE Built in 1852 for Dr. J.S. Helmcken, surgeon with the Hudson’s Bay Company, this is one of the oldest houses in BC still on its original site. The good doctor became a statesman and helped negotiate the entry of the province into Canada. His original 19th century medical kit is among the
interesting items on display. Open Noon to 4 pm daily in summer and for special programming throughout the year. Next to the Royal BC Museum Located behind Thunderbird Park, next to the Royal BC Museum, 250-356-7226. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca. Map 1 F9 HERITAGE ACRES Twelve-hectare forest and park featuring the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s old-fashioned museum housing thousands of household, agricultural and industrial artifacts dating from 1900 to the present and a huge model railway track used by the Vancouver Island Model Engineers. Miles of beautiful nature trails to explore. Open daily in June, July and August, 9am to 4pm. September to May 9:30am to noon. Take the Island View exit off Hwy 17 and turn left onto Lochside Dr, 250-652-5522. Map 2 H4 MARITIME MUSEUM OF B.C. An excellent museum for all ages! Explore BC’s extensive maritime history through collections of models, the Canadian Navy Gallery, exploration and shipwreck exhibits and much more. View the open-cage, turn-of-thecentury birdcage elevator Chief Justice Begbie rode to the Vice-Admiralty Courtroom on the third floor. See the restored courtroom where Begbie, the “hanging judge” presided. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Gift shop. Wheelchair accessible. 28 Bastion Square, 250-385-4222. Map 1 E8 MINIATURE WORLD More than 80 attractions for the whole family from the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace to the Enchanted Valley of Castles. Follow the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway scale model across Canada. Excellent for children. Open daily. 649 Humboldt St, in The Empress Hotel, 250-385-9731 or 250-953-9000 ext. 4555. Map 1 E9
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX THEATRE The National Geographic IMAX Theatre is not just a movie – it’s an experience! Featuring the most technologically advanced theatre system and a sixstorey-tall screen, this is an adventure you won’t soon forget. Film showings rotate hourly from 10am to 8pm. Call for detailed schedule information. The theatre is located at the Royal BC Museum at 675 Belleville St, 250-953-IMAX. www.imaxvictoria.com Map 1 E9
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EMILY CARR: AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY Looking for an extra-special gift for the art or literature buff on your shopping list? The Royal BC Museum has a special treat in its recently publised Emily Carr’s illustrated notebook, penned and painted on a two-month journey from Victoria to London with her sister Alice. Carr’s 92-page “funny book” Sister and I from Victoria to London was one of the gems found in a trunk that came to the BC Archives in the 1980s. Emily and Alice Carr, aged 38 and 40, crossed Canada by train, took a steamer from Quebec City to Liverpool, then finished their trip by rail to London. This tale has been reproduced in its entirety, directly from the original handwritten journal. Each diary page is opposite a colourful – and characterful – watercolour illustration by Carr. Sister and I from Victoria to London sells for $24.95 at the Royal BC Museum Shop. ROYAL BC MUSEUM Discover the Royal B.C. Museum and its award-winning First Peoples and Modern History galleries, Natural History gallery and interactive Ocean Station gallery. Sit among aboriginal poles and masks, explore the dark world of mining and the dangerous world of logging, walk through a rainforest and visit with a grizzly bear. Cafe; fine gift shop with well-stocked book sections and exceptional art and jewellery. Open daily. Also the location of the National Geographic IMAX Theatre. 675 Belleville St, 250-356-7226. Map 1 E9 www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
SAANICH COMMONWEALTH PLACE Fun for the whole family with five ozone pools: wave pool, teach pool, dive tank, tot pool and competition pool, as well as a hot tub. Water slide and 10-metre diving boards. A real family place to visit. Ample parking. 4636 Elk Lake Dr, 250-727-7108. Map 2 H7 SHAW OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTRE Take a journey into the ocean. Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea in massive aquarium habitats teeming with marine life from anemones to zooplankton. See wolf-eels lurking in caverns; get an up-close look at a giant Pacific octopus in his overhead den. Learn about the intricate web of life with
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Y ESSENTIAL CITY friendly Oceaneers, interactive exhibits and hands-on/hands-wet exploration. Children age 2 and younger/free; ages 3 to 6/$4. On the waterfront in Sidney at 9811 Seaport Place, off Beacon Ave, 250-665-7511. www.oceandiscovery.ca Map 2 I2
SOOKE REGION MUSEUM Local history is presented through exhibits on Native history, early settlers, the gold rush, logging, farming and fishing. Tours of Moss Cottage. Two film presentations daily. Gift shop and art gallery. Open Tues to Sun. 2070 Phillips Rd, Sooke, 250-642-6351. Map 2 A11 ST. ANN’S ACADEMY Magnificent historic treasure older than both The Empress Hotel and the Legislative Buildings. The 1858 chapel and 1910 auditorium are fully restored. Tidings of Comfort and Joy Christmas Concert Series in the historic chapel,
November 27, December 4, 11 and 18. All concerts at 2pm. Tickets $16; $13/ seniors or students. Series tickets $46/ adult; $37 seniors or students. Winter hours: 1 to 4pm Thursday to Sunday. Wheelchair accessible. Parking off Blanshard St. Closed statutory holidays. 835 Humboldt St, 250-953-8828. Map 1 F9
VICTORIA POLICE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM Likely Victoria’s smallest museum but packed with artifacts highlighting more than 150 years of local policing. Established before the famous North West Mounted Police, Victoria Police were the first in Western Canada to use mug shots, finger prints and tasers. On display are 150 years of various police equipment, forensic tools and uniforms. Open Mon to Thurs from 1 to 4pm, Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Gift shop. 850 Caledonia Ave, 250-995-7422; for group tours call Bill, 250-656-0853. Map 1 G6
GOLF BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Enjoy world-class golf on two 18-hole, Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed courses. Visit the well-stocked pro shop and try one of several dining establishments on-site: The Copper Rock Grill, for all-day dining; Panache, for fine dining; Kuma, for sushi, and the Master’s Lounge, for relaxing after the game. For dinner reservations, call 250-391-7170. For the Golf Shop, call 250-744-2327. Map 2 F8
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BLENKINSOP VALLEY ADVENTURE GOLF CENTRE Practise your swing at the covered driving range with lessons, putting and chipping green and pro shop. Open daily; call for hours. Driving range: 250-721-2001; Proshop: 250-5908250. 4239 Blenkinsop Rd. www. blenkinsopvalleyadventuregolf.com Map 2 I8
CORDOVA BAY GOLF COURSE This gorgeous 18-hole course boasts lovely landscaping and views of the ocean and Mt. Baker beyond. Restaurant, lounge, pro shop, driving range and putting green. 5333 Cordova Bay Rd at Mattick’s Farm, 250-658-4444. Map 2 I6 OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB This picturesque, 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course is about 25 minutes from downtown and has been one of Greater Victoria’s favourite courses since its opening in 1990. Pro shop. Full service restaurant and lounge overlooks the course. 643 Latoria Rd, 250-250-474-3673. www.golfbc.com
CRD PARK PROGRAMS Capital Regional District Parks offers a year-round series of excellent, educational family-oriented programs in Victoria’s many parks. Topics include everything from birds to insects, bats and marine life to trees, plants and forests. Hiking and walking are part of almost all events and most are approximately 90 minutes in duration. Pre-registration and a fee apply in some cases. To find out what’s on and when, call the CRD at 250-478-3344. PRINCE OF WHALES WHALE WATCHING Enjoy whale and sea lion watching at its finest and most exciting. Look for the new yellow Zodiacs, the 31-foot all-weather cruisers, or the high-speed, 60-foot cruiser, Ocean Magic. Hourly departures across from The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Try the new Butchart Garden tour or the company’s alternative to ferry or plane travel: a tour aboard the Ocean Magic II incorporating travel to either Vancouver or Victoria. 812 Wharf St, Lower Causeway Level, 250-383-4884. www.princeofwhales.com Map 1 E8
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ROYAL OAK GOLF CLUB Picturesque nine-hole course a short drive from downtown. The layout includes both longer holes and a series of Par 3s. Pro shop, restaurant and lounge. 540 Marsett Pl, 250-658-1433 or 250-658-4330. Map 2 I7 THE RIDGE GOLF COURSE Lovely nine-hole Par 3 course with beautiful views of Haro Strait, and directly across from The Ridge’s sister course, the 18-hole Cordova Bay Golf Course. 18-hole putting course; refreshments available at The Ridge Cafe. Open year-round. 5300 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-3996. Map 2 I6
WILDPLAY – VICTORIA & NANAIMO Two Island locations to challenge you: Both Nanaimo and Victoria feature climbing, swinging and balancing feats high above the ground on a Monkido obstacle course set in a Douglas fir forest. In Nanaimo, feel what it’s like to fly on the Canyon Zip or, for extra adrenalin, try the King Swing or bungy jumping from 140 feet above the Nanaimo River. All activities have age, weight and/or height requirements. In Nanaimo, 80 minutes from Victoria, enjoy a licensed restaurant, bonfire circle, volleyball court. Call for hours. 35 Nanaimo River Rd, Nanaimo, 1-888668-7874. www.wildplayparks.com Behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, 1767 Island Hwy, 250-590-7529.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ADRENA LINE ADVENTURE TOURS AdrenaLINE offers eight ziplines, two suspension bridges and an ATV shuttle ride to the top of the course. Each tour is professionally guided, with the guests enjoying scenic views of a temperate forest while zipping through 100 acres in the Sooke Hills. Located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria, AdrenaLINE offers approx. two-hourlong tours – a great activity for the entire family! Shuttle transportation from downtown on some daily tours. 5128 Sooke Rd, , 250-642-1933 or 1-866-ZIP9145. www.adrenalinezip.com Map 2 C11
PARKS BEACON HILL PARK Rose garden, bandshell, wildfowl sanctuary, picnic tables, tennis courts, playgrounds, 100-year-old cricket pitch, lawn bowling, baseball and soccer fields and a seasonal children’s animal farm. Enjoy the gardens that bloom all year. Map 1 E12
EAST SOOKE PARK The beach and forest trails of this 1,422-hectare park offer hikers of all levels everything from casual half-hour walks to challenging full-day treks. Consult park map before heading out and be sure to allow
enough time to return to your car before dark. Hwy 14 west of Victoria, off Gillespie Rd, Call 250-478-3344 for more information. www.crd.bc.ca/parks Map 2 C11
GALLOPING GOOSE & LOCHSIDE REGIONAL TRAILS This unique park system offers 84 kilometres of cycling/hiking trail along a former railway line. The trail connects the Saanich Peninsula with Victoria, Saanich, Colwood, View Royal, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke and leads through some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes of rolling farmland, forest and rocky shoreline. Accessible from numerous points along the route. Call 250-478-3344 or pick up a map at the Inner Harbour Visitor Centre. Map 2 GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK An extensive network of hiking trails winds through this park of ancient forests, majestic waterfalls and a fascinating diversity of plant and animal life. The salmon run generally begins during the last two weeks of October and is a fascinating sight as thousands of salmon struggle against the current to get to their spawning grounds before they die. Park naturalists and interpretive signs along the river and in the nature house explain this amazing journey. Located 20 minutes from downtown Victoria on Hwy 1. Call BC Parks at 250-391-2300. Map 2 E8 SWAN LAKE CHRISTMAS HILL NATURE SANCTUARY This nature sanctuary celebrates 34 years in 2009. Enjoy a 2.5km loop walk around the lake or a 2.5km linear walk to Christmas Hill. The nature house is a favourite destination, with hands-on exhibits, an informative library and more. Stop here first to pick up a bag of duck food and venture out along the floating boardwalk, passing the native plant garden along the way. Year-round programs are also offered for children, adults and families. 3873 Swan Lake Rd, 250-479-0211. www.swanlake.bc.ca Map 2 I8
TOURS CHINATOWN WALKS Saturdays at 10:30am. Explore Canada’s oldest Chinatown, more than 150 years old! Visit Fan Tan Alley, Dragon Alley, the Tam Kung Temple and Market Square where the Chinese settled in 1858. History, social customs, politics and religion are discussed on these professional 90-minute walking tours. No reservations needed. Start at the
“Bright Pearl” (in front of Starbucks Coffee at the corner of Government and Fisgard streets). Adults $13. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www.discoverthepast.com GHOSTLY WALKS November 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012
Every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm (except Dec. 24). Plus tours nightly December 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Fascinating 90-minute walking tours past downtown Victoria’s spookiest spots. Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in British Columbia as you visit the dark alleys, squares and private courtyards in Old Town. The Friday and Saturday tours are different, but both end up inside a haunted building in Bastion Square, the ghostly heart of town, where public hangings took place in colonial days. December tours focus on “Ghosts of Christmas Past.” No reservations needed. Start at the Visitor Centre (Government & Wharf streets). Adults $13. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www.discoverthepast.com HISTORY TOURS AND PROGRAMS WITH JOHN ADAMS Selected Saturdays and Sundays. Join well-known local historian John Adams for popular 90-minute walking tours or talks about Victoria’s diverse history. Learn about the history, archaeology, people, architecture and development in eight different parts of town. Tours take place twice per month and times and starting locations vary. No reservations needed, but call 250-384-6698 or check www.discoverthepast.com for full details. OLD CEMETERIES SOCIETY WALKING TOURS Every Sunday at 2pm at Ross Bay Cemetery and some of Victoria’s other heritage cemeteries. Most tours depart from the Fairfield Plaza at 1516 Fairfield Rd (across the street from Ross Bay Cemetery). Adults $5. No reservations needed. For recorded information and to confirm tour location, call 250-598-8870. Map 1 F8 VICTORIA CARRIAGE TOURS Victoria’s first horse-drawn carriage company is celebrating 31 years providing private horse-drawn carriage tours. Uniformed drivers wearing top hats will discuss the past, present and future of Victoria while you take in the city’s beauty at a leisurely pace; 30 to 90 minute tours depart year-round from under the green umbrella stand at the corner of Belleville and Menzies.
Free pick-up from most downtown hotels and other select locations. Mention Where Victoria magazine to receive a special discount with advance reservations. 20-passenger trolly tours available for group events. Reservations required – call 250-383-2207 or 1-877-663-2207 or visit online. www.victoriacarriage.com Map 1 E9 VICTORIA HARBOUR FERRY See Victoria from the water. Tour includes floating homes, classic yachts, the Olympic Mountains, reversing falls, seabirds, and seals. Just hop on board, sit back, and enjoy the sights. Seven stops around the harbour, five stops on the Gorge Waterway. A 45-minute narrated tour departs every 15 minutes. March and April 10am to 5pm; May 1 to September 30 9am to 9pm; October 10am to 5pm. Main boarding area at the Inner Harbour Causeway. Reservations not required, 250-708-0201. www. victoriaharbourferry.com
TRANSPORTATION GRAY LINE WEST The sightseeing experts. Tours include Butchart Gardens and whale watching adventures, plus tours to Vancouver and Whistler. , 250-388-8639 or 1-800-663-8390. HARBOUR AIR SEAPLANES See Victoria from the air. Offering scheduled service between Vancouver and Victoria. Twenty flights each weekday and eight flights per day on weekends. Charter service available for sightseeing, aerial photography, corporate needs, and visits to remote B.C. destinations. address, 250-385-9131. Map 1 E8 HELIJET INTERNATIONAL One-of-a-kind scheduled service between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver. Experience a spectacular, scenic 35-minute flight in the comfort of their spacious helicoptors. There’s no other flight like it! Book online or call toll-free Map 1 B10 1-800-665-4354. www.helijet.com VICTORIA REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM Year-round public transportation from Sooke to Sidney. Family Travel Program. Schedule information at www.bctransit.com or 250-382-6161. WEST COAST AIR 35-minute scheduled twin-engine float plane service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, 1-800-347-2222. http://westcoastair.com WINTER 201 1 - 2012 //
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15 THINGS WE LOVE
1. Colourful Canadian images from the Ted Harrison Gallery. Page 26
6. Skating outdoors at the Butchart Gardens. Page 48
11. Settling into cosy new bedding from Sweet Dreams Boutique. Page 28
2. A sophisticated cocktail concoction from Vista 18, with its stunning views over the city. Page 45 3. Christmas stories from Stuart McLean. Page 21 4. The fascinating tales on a Discover the Past walking tour. Page 51 5. A stylish new pair of winter boots from Heart & Sole. Page 30
7. A mouthwatering pulled pork sandwich from Pig BBQ Joint. Page 38 8. Splash-down time at Saanich Commonwealth Place, with wave pool, water slides and more. Page 49 9. Crafty ideas from local artisan shops. Page 29 10. The stellar line-up performing with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra - like Ashley MacIsaac! Page 18
12. Victoria’s well-connected Transit system – makes getting around easy and accessible. Page 51 13. The Winter Garden at Glendale Gardens and Woodland. Page 48 14. A brisk round of winter golf on the sunny winter day. Page 50
15. The latest IMAX ﬁlms, six storeys tall! Page 49
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