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hot hotdates dates Musical Maestras Music lovers are in for a treat this spring when Canada’s 'First Lady of the Guitar,' Liona Boyd, visits the McPherson Playhouse March 12, accompanied by guitarist Michael Savona. Five-time Juno award-winner for Instrumental Artist of the Year and renowned around the world as a classical guitar virtuoso and composer, Boyd’s most recent CD, The Return...to Canada with Love, features songs inspired by Canada, with guest appearances by distinguished Canadian artists. Liona Boyd Later in the month, internationally acclaimed singer and humanitarian Nana Mouskouri performs March 30 at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium as part of her Happy Birthday Tour. Recognized as one of the world's best-selling artists over her long career, Mouskouri came to international prominence with her 1961 recording of The White Rose of Athens, which became her signature tune, translated into several different languages.

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Marital mayhem set to music Pacific Opera Victoria presents Mozart’s riotous comedy replete with revolutionary subtext, Marriage of Figaro. Staged at the Royal Theatre on select dates from April 24 to May 4, the opera follows the Almaviva household through a single tumultuous day as Count Almaviva, his wife, his valet Figaro, and his servants spin a tangled web of love affairs, plots and counterplots. Based on the Beaumarchais play that caused an uproar in 18th century France for its subversive portrayal of uppity servants outwitting their aristocratic betters, the opera charges along like Upstairs, Downstairs on steroids as the predatory

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Victoria Spoken Word Festival March 4 to 9 Welcoming a dozen emerging spoken word artists from across Canada. Page 18

Urbanite March 7 Mix, mingle and muse at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Page 24

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From April 23 to May 10 Langham Court welcomes The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood’s brilliant re-imagining of Homer’s The Odyssey from the wry eye of Penelope, Odysseus’s devoted, Langham Court Theatre's The Penelopiad long-suffering wife. The play opens with Penelope reflecting on her life. For 20 years, she used cunning and the wiles of her maids to keep her kingdom, while her husband wandered home from Troy. Now in Hades, Penelope has an eternity to reconsider her story and her role in the death of the maids who kept her safe. Palace intrigue and backstage comedy converge in Bill Cain’s Equivocation, an entertaining ode to art, politics and the perils of negotiating both, April 22 to May 25 at the Belfry Theatre, in a co-production with Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach. When King James’ factotum Sir Robert Cecil charges William Shakespeare with writing the “true history” of Guy Fawkes and the thwarted Gunpowder Plot, the famous playwright tries to discover where the fiction stops and where the facts may lead – without losing his head in the process!


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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Through April 6 Some of the world’s best wildlife photography is on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. Page 41

Glenn Miller Orchestra April 4 The legendary orchestra returns to the Royal Theatre Stage. Page 19

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April Fools! Don’t let the experts at the Royal BC Museum dupe you. To celebrate April Fool’s Day, staff have planned the annual scavenger hunt, with unusual objects placed alongside artifacts and specimens throughout the galleries. One of these objects is not like the other, and it’s your job to identify the ones that don’t belong! Join the search March 28 to April 1, from 10am to 5pm. While at the museum, be sure to take in the breathtaking Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, showing through April 6.

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Restoration Fair & Swap Meet April 13 Old English Car Club gets ready for the season with this show & sale. Page 21

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Spring

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Sensations

Spring comes early here on the southern West Coast, and when it comes to celebrating its arrival, there’s nowhere better than the City of Gardens! In fact, whether you prefer to walk, cycle, paddle, or just sit back and enjoy the ride, springtime in Victoria is a breeze...

X By foot Start your springtime visit with a pleasant stroll or bike ride through the blossomlined streets of downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods – a beautiful way to enjoy Victoria’s prettiest season. From downtown, head west along Belleville to Dallas Road and Scenic Marine Drive or north up Wharf Street then over the Johnson Street Bridge to the West Song Walkway and the communities of Vic West and Esquimalt. To escape the bustle of the 10

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city, the 10-kilometre loop trail around Elk and Beaver Lakes, about 15 minutes from downtown, is a popular spot for walkers and joggers for its flat terrain and charming rural scenery. If a stroll around the links is more your speed, you’ll find opportunities to challenge every level of golfer, from championship courses like Olympic View, Bear Mountain and Cordova Bay to charming regional courses, including Prospect Lake and Metchosin.

X By Bike Prefer two wheels to two feet? The popular Seaside Touring Route is a lovely way to take in Victoria’s long, picturesque waterfront through its most charming residential

communities. (See Map 2, page 45) Along the way, you’ll also come across two of the most popular beaches for locals when the spring sun shines: Willows Beach in Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay Beach in Saanich. Other popular cycling options include the Galloping Goose Trail, which winds through Greater Victoria along a former railway line – ideal for a scenic tour or family excursion. Connect with the Lochside Trail and continue out through the rolling farmlands of the Saanich Peninsula. A variety of access points are available along the route.

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exploring Victoria's downtown sites and shoreline.

X By carriage A ride aboard Victoria Carriage Tours’ quaint horse-

drawn carriages is a relaxing (and romantic) way to explore Victoria’s downtown streets, parks and neighbourhoods. Come enjoy the ride!

Gorgeous Gardens Known as the City of Gardens for good reason, taking in all the region’s public gardens could require a holiday all its own! While many of the gardens come into their true glory a little later, early spring brings its own beauty. Near downtown, in the neighbourhood of Fairfield, history and horticulture come together beautifully in the stunning grounds of Abkhazi Garden, developed by Prince and Princess Abkhazi in 1946 with towering Garry oaks, spring-flowering rhododendrons, bulbs, perennials and more. Beacon Hill Park offers familyfriendly gardens filled with early blooms, while for a stunning view over the city, be sure to stop by Government House in Rockland, where volunteers keep the large gardens looking lovely year-round. A little farther outside the city is the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Victoria’s “Garden for Gardeners” since 1979. Known by many as Glendale Gardens, the nine acres of spectacular demonstration gardens showcase more than 10,000 varieties of plants and also host the Pacific Horticulture College. Spaces include the Takata Japanese Garden, the recently added Bonsai Garden and the Doris Page Winter Garden. march - april 2014 //

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A unique and diverse shopping experience

Adrienne’s Tea Garden Art Knapp Garden Centre A Stable Way of Life Country Gift Shoppe Elephant Flowers Ladybug Candles & Gifts Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf Paper Chain Pure Day Spa Red Barn Market Sunday’s Snowflakes The Gallery Toying Around VQA Wine Shop Cordova Hair Boutique Momease Baby Boutique Something More 5325 Cordova Bay Road Next to Cordova Bay Golf Course OPEN EVERY DAY / FREE PARKING

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Tulips bloom in the gardens at Helmcken House, at the Royal BC Museum Jennifer Blyth photo

Blossoms of every variety will be blooming at The Butchart Gardens, where bulbs, blooms and flowering trees bring early season colour to the city’s most famous gardens, a National Historic Site. The indoor Spring Prelude and historical exhibits continue to March 15, while children will be delighted to take a spin on the Rose Carousel. The only carousel on Vancouver Island, the menagerie includes 30 animals hand-picked by Robin Clarke, great-granddaughter of the gardens’ founder, Jennie Butchart. Youngsters can also have fun exploring with the Family Discovery Walk – stop by the Visitor Information Centre for details. And if you need a hint of something a little warmer, visit the lush rainforest environment of the Saanich Peninsula’s Butterfly Gardens, WHERE Victoria’s Best New or Improved Attraction for 2012. In addition to beautiful, free-flying butterflies, the attraction includes tropical birds, turtles, fish and more, all in a tropical garden.


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TAKE 5 in Historic Victoria

Thunderbird Park, at the Royal BC Museum

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is a must for all ages. The stunning totems outside in Thunderbird Park offer a hint of some of the First Nations treasures awaiting inside, including the longhouse and First People’s Gallery. Other highlights include Old Town, and a variety of special exhibits, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on until April 6. While at the museum, catch a movie at the National Geographic IMAX Theatre, also on-site, and featuring both stunning IMAX features and Hollywood blockbusters.

While its parks and buildings might seem youthful when measured against some other international locales, the history of southern Vancouver Island is a fascinating blend of ancient First Nations cultures and European settlement history reaching back to the mid-19th century. From ceremonial Aboriginal masks at Royal BC Museum to Canada’s oldest Chinatown, come discover the richness that is historic Victoria!

narrowest street, and a delicious lunch at one of the many eateries. If historic hauntings are more to your liking, Discover the Past delivers the goods with their professionally led Ghostly Walks featuring spooky tales from British Columbia’s most haunted city!

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Town is Bastion Square and the Maritime Museum of BC, a favourite haunt for history

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Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown? The neighbourhood’s colourful streets are fun to explore, either on your own or on a popular guided walk with Victoria’s own Discover the Past walking tours. Don’t miss Fan Tan Alley, Canada’s

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buffs of all ages. Formerly a courthouse where “the Hanging Judge,” Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, once presided, the building celebrates its 125th birthday this year – take the working birdcage elevator to the third floor to see the restored vice-admiralty courtroom and the meticulous handiwork that went in to the design and construction of this National Historic Site. On the first floor, look for Treasures from Within, a small


display featuring some hidden treasures from the museum’s vast collection of 35,000 unique maritime artifacts.

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from downtown, social history comes alive at Craigdarroch Castle, completed in 1890 for the family of BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Follow the road through the recently reconstructed stone gates to the castle, where gracious elegance fills the 39 rooms. Don’t miss the climb to the top to enjoy views over the city from the Rockland grounds. A variety of special events are planned throughout the year – visit www.thecastle.ca to learn more. During spring break, March 8 to 23, the castle will host daily story time at 11am and 2:30pm for children in Grades 3 and younger. Come May, the castle welcomes live theatre with an adapted version of everyone’s favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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In the West Shore community of Colwood find the Hatley Park National Historic Site and Greater Victoria’s other castle, built by Robert’s son, James Dunsmuir.

emplacements, in addition to Canada’s oldest West Coast lighthouse, complete with fascinating interactive

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to recognize the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Victoria’s Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites provide a look at what life was like then on Canada’s West Coast. Explore century-old coastal gun batteries, including intriguing underground magazines and camouflaged searchlight

exhibits. Take a picnic and make a day of it, exploring the acres of meadows, beaches and stunning ocean views.

The Royal BC Museum hosts a special three-day camp for kids, Focus on Nature, March 11 to 14 or 18 to 20. Aspiring shutterbugs from age eight to 12 will develop skills, meet one of BC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners, venture to Beacon Hill Park, and have their work displayed in a photography show. Learn more at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca In town March 22? Check out the Maritime Museum of BC’s Ghost Hunt, from 10pm to 3am. Open to skeptics and believers alike, search for what really wanders the halls of the old Supreme Courthouse after midnight. For registration details, call 250-3854222 (space is limited). march - april 2014 //

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hot Tickets • March 2 – Mark Berube and The Patriotic Few play Hermann's Jazz Club. Page 19.

playoffs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Page 20

• March 5 – The Goo Goo Dolls showcase their new album, Magnetic, at the Royal Theatre. Page 19

• April 4 – The Glenn Miller Orchestra comes to the Royal Theatre. Page 19.

• March 7, 8 & 14 – The WHL Victoria Royals conclude regular season play, and prepare for

• April 10 – Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS, above) brings modern rock to the Save-onFoods Memorial Centre, performing with Canadian pop stars Hedley (below). Page 19 Hedley

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Victoria Rocks the Classics Spring will bring more than March blossoms and April showers to Victoria.

Chicago

Within one week in March, the city will get its classic rock groove on with three concerts from powerhouse bands Chicago, YES and Texas bluesrockers ZZ Top, all performing downtown at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Chicago, the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades, gets things rolling March 16. And as a band that has toured every year since first taking the stage, audiences are sure to be in for a treat! An Evening with YES next fills the arena March 19, when the Grammy-winning English rock band brings its “Triple-Header Concert Tour� to the Victoria stage, performing three classic albums in their entirety, Close to the Edge, Going for the One and The Yes Album. ZZ Top rounds out the rock

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Comedy Bill Burr March 18 The Just For Laughs alumnus and Breaking Bad actor has developed a comedic style of uninformed logic that has made him a regular on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Come join the fun! Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 DANNY BHOY: DEAR EPSON April 5 See Just For Laughs comic sensation Danny Bhoy in his brand new show in which he takes on some of the biggest and smallest issues in the world. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

DANCE Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève: Roméo et Juliette March 14 & 15 This world-renowned company of 22 classically trained dancers is rarely seen outside Europe. In this 2009 version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and loss, choreographer Joëlle Bouvier has abstracted the Prokofiev score and concentrated on the story's essential turning points, allowing the medium of dance to speak directly to the audience’s hearts and emotions. Simply beautiful. Royal box office, 250386-6121. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Map 2 G5 Ballet Victoria’s rite of spring and other works March 22 & 23 Enjoy a new ballet by local choreographer Paul Destrooper, performed to Stravinsky's music, as part of a mixed program. University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, 250-721-8480. Map 2 J8 www.balletvictoria.ca 18

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Rite of Spring Ballet Victoria will have audiences ready for sunny skies and blossoms with a brand new ballet by Paul Destrooper to Stravinsky’s infamous Rite of Spring, music paired initially with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky that debuted to Parisian audiences just over a century ago in May 1913. The Ballet Victoria performance, March 22 and 23 at the University of Victoria’s Farqhuar Auditorium, will be part of a mixed program Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Mixed Repertoire April 8 & 9 Following sold-out Victoria performances in 2011, Alvin Ailey's dancers – hailed as America's cultural ambassadors to the world – present an exceptional mixed program of contemporary favourites and spirit-lifting classics such as Ailey's masterpiece Revelations. Royal box office, 250-386-6121. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Map 2 G5

Festivals VICTORIA SPOKEN WORD Festival March 4 to 9 Bringing together 12 emerging spoken word artists from across Canada to create and perform innovative and inspiring spoken word. Various venues. www.victoriaspokenwordfestival.com

featuring all new works, including two by prominent Canadian choreographers, Shawn Hounsell and Bruce Monk.

and entertainers of all descriptions. St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St, http://creativelyunitedfortheplanet.org May 1 F9

FOOD & WINE EVENTS DINE AROUND & STAY IN TOWN VICTORIA To March 9 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 Culinaire March 20 Sample the bounty of Vancouver Island! Enjoy featured presenters from Victoria, the Cowichan Valley, and Salt Spring Island, serving their inspired creations and signature dishes. Crystal Gardens, 713 Douglas St. www.culinairevictoria.com Map 1 F9

CREATIVELY UNITED FOR THE PLANET April 25 & 26 All-ages arts & sustainability festival brings together and showcases school programs, green business leaders, not-for-profit groups, artist, musicians, speakers

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Markets Victoria Public Market at the Hudson Find a delicious variety of culinary treasures, including local food producers at every level – farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs. Tues to Sat 9:30am to 6:30pm, Sun to 5pm. #6 1701 Douglas St, http://victoriapublicmarket.com Map 1 F7

Music VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Spring highlights include Le Vent Du Nord, March 7 to 9, Concerts for Kids' Green Eggs & Ham, March 30, and Wicked Divas, April 11 to 13. For full schedule, call the Symphony Box Office at 250-385-6515 or visit www. victoriasymphony.ca For tickets call the box office Royal box office, 250-3866121. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Map 2 G5

Mark Berube and The Patriotic Few March 2 The artist performs in support of his latest album, Russian Doors. Tickets: online at hightideconcerts.net, Lyle’s Place, 770 Yates St.‚ Ditch Records 784 Fort St, McPherson Box Office and at the door. Hermanns Jazz Club, 753 View St. www. hightideconcerts.net Map 1 F8 Tegan and Sara March 4 The Canadian indie-pop sensations Tegan and Sara appear in their first Victoria performance since January 2009. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

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double-bill of operas by baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 CHICAGO March 16 The rock & roll icons visit Victoria. Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. Map 2 G6 www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

An Evening with Yes March 19 Fans will hear three classic albums in their entirety, Close to the Edge, Going for the One and The Yes Album. Save-onFoods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. Map 2 G6 www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com ZZ TOP March 21 The Texas rockers roll into the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-2207777. Map 2 G6 www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com Elvis Elvis Elvis March 21 Three of the world's top Elvis tribute artists, Chris Connor, Ted Torres and Brandon Bennett, each playing various stages of King's career, fill the McPherson stage. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

HEDLEY, with USS April 10 The multiplatinum Canadian pop stars and Juno Award winners rock Victoria, with opening band USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker). Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-2207777. Map 2 G6 www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre. com

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra April 13 The orchestra’s 28th season concludes with a program including Mussorgsky's Khovantchina: Introduction, Vaughan Williams' In the Fen Country and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, op. 35. University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Tickets: UVic Ticket Centre, 250-721-8480. www.auditorium.uvic.ca Marriage of Figaro April 24 to May 4, select dates both comic and poignant, Mozart’s celebrated opera is sure to play a starring role on Victoria’s spring entertainment calendar. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

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Snowbird: A Tribute to Anne Murray March 24 This multi-media show will take audiences back over four decades of hits, career highlights and songs like Cotton Jenny, Could I have this Dance, What About Me and the one that started it all, Snowbird. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

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Collective Soul April 2 Celebrate 20 years with hits from 11 albums, from 1993's Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid to their soon-to-be-released eighth studio album. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

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Bartholomew’s English-Style Pub Relaxed pub atmosphere. Live music on weekends. Great pub menu. In the Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F9

Alvin Ailey's masterpiece Revelations is among the pieces showcased in the company's mixed repertoire performance at the Royal Theatre April 5 and 6. See why Ailey's American Dance Theater is considered among the world's most popular modern dance companies.

BIG BAD JOHN’S A definite must see! One of the world’s best-known hill-billy bars – lots of surprises here as you quaff down your beer. 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. p 450 Swift St, 250-3611940. Map 1 E7

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Snug Pub Classic English pub featuring local and international brews, spirits and wine. On the menu find traditional favourites like fish and chips and steak & kidney pie. Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Dr, 250-598-4556. www.oakbaybeachhotel.com Map 2 J10 SPINNAKERS BREWPUB The oldest brew pub in western Canada. British decor, water views, delicious food, and 20

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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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VICTORIA GRIZZLIES Exciting hockey from Victoria’s up-and-coming 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

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX THEATRE 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

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iconic coming-of-age movie of the 1960s is expertly adapted by Terry Johnson to bring the film’s sense of humour and longing to the stage. A must see! Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court 250-384-2142. Map 1 I9 www.langhamtheatre.ca

Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www.belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN April 24 to May 10 Canadian College of

Performing Arts presents this hilarious musical production based closely on Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy classic, a parody of Hollywood's horror films. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 The penelopiad April 24 to May 10 Brimming with movement, light,

Unity March 13 to 22 Written and directed by Kevin Kerr, Unity takes audiences back to the early 20th Century, when as the First World War ends and a mysterious flu pandemic nears, the inhabitants of a small Saskatchewan town deal with the trials of life and death. Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria, 250-721-8000. www.phoenixtheatres.ca Map 2 J8

and song, Margaret Atwood's brilliant re-imagining of Homer’s Odyssey from the wry eye of long-suffering wife Penelope is a feast for the eyes and mind. Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court 250-384-2142. Map 1 I9 www.langhamtheatre.ca

SPARK Festival, March 17 to 30 The Belfry Theatre presents is annual SPARK Festival, including such intriguing titles as Terminus (“Imagine a Tarantino film set to poetry”), Little Illiad (A Skype conversation between two characters, one about to ship out from Kingston, On. to Afghanistan), and When it Rains (“What looks like a graphic novel, makes you laugh, and breaks your heart?”). Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www.belfry.bc.ca

of the many attractions Victoria has to offer, with a variety of substantial discounts offered on a whole host of local activities, tours, museums and more! www.attractionsvictoria.com

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Theatre Inconnu presents Tom Noonan’s quirky, insightful and humourous play, "a first-date encounter story like no other, in which two co-workers find unlikely common ground in what at times is more of a surrealistic joust than a date." Audiences enjoy the work's "heightened theatricality that makes ordinary life magical, offering an irresistible perspective on those confounding moments when we feel inspired, desperate, or obligated to make connections with others." 1923 Fernwood Rd, 250-360-0234, www.theatreinconnu.com Map 1 J6 Equivocation April 22 to May 25 Can William Shakespeare write the “true history” of Guy Fawkes and the thwarted Gunpowder Plot for King James – without losing his head?

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GottaCon 2014 To March 2 More than 1,600 gamers are expected at the Victoria Conference Centre as Victoria's premier hobby-based gaming event arrives downtown for its sixth year. Showcasing the video gaming format as well as an industry component, recognizing the growing video game industry in the Capital Region. Enjoy contests, tournaments, exhibitors, demonstrators, discussion panels, entertainment, and all types of games. Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, www.gottacon.com

Pinafore at the Playhouse The Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents the international sensation HMS Pinafore, March 28 and 29 at Sidney’s Charlie White Theatre and April 5 and 6 at the McPherson Playhouse in downtown Victoria. A comic operetta that pokes fun at the British class system, parliamentary politics and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority, the story takes place aboard H.M.S. Pinafore, anchored in Portsmouth Harbour, where the Captain’s daughter, Josephine, has fallen in love with a common sailor, rather than her father’s choice, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter.

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FAMILY FEUD LIVE STAGE SHOW March 12 A hit audience participation stage show that gives contestants the opportunity to experience the same family drama from the vastly popular TV show, and even win as much as $10,000. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7 MASSIVE OUTDOOR MARINE GARAGE SALE April 12 Discover all manner of marine goodies at this annual fundraiser for the Maritime Museum of BC. Ogden Point (the cruise ship terminal) on Dallas Road. Map 1 A10. http://mmbc.bc.ca

Restoration Fair & Swap Meet April 13 Old English Car Club hosts its annual spring show and sale, featuring cars for sale, car club displays, tools, parts, literature and collectibles, demonstrations and more, all related to British cars, 10am to 3pm, rain or shine at Heritage Acres. Take the Island View exit off Hwy 17 and turn left onto Lochside Dr. Map 2 H4 Victoria Harbour FLOATING Boat Show May 1 to 4 Vancouver Island’s premier boat show, from the BC Yacht Broker’s Association, sails into Victoria’s Inner Harbour. www.bcyba.com Map 1 E9 march - april 2014 //

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Thousands of buttons and hundreds of metres of thread have helped transform one single swath of cloth into the largest button blanket in the world, on exhibit at the University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery. For more than 200 years, the button blanket has been celebrated by Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, telling the stories of people, places and events. Students of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer,

UVic’s Williams Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts, created the Big Button Blanket – measuring six metres square – in collaboration with design consultant, curator and Tahltan Nation artist Peter Morin, and elder button blanket makers, during a History in Art class. The exhibit continues through April 25. Admission is always free at UVic’s downtown art gallery and everyone is welcome.

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Galleries ALCHERINGA GALLERY Aboriginal art from the Canadian Northwest Coast, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mua Island and the Soloman Islands. 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 kingsized 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. To April 28 Carole Sabiston: Everything Below All of the Above; To March 30 Crossing Terrain: Isabelle Hayeur, Jon Sasaki, Jodie Mack; To May 19 Winter is an Etching: The Printmaking Legacy of Rembrandt Van Rijn

March 7 to June 15 Alternative Visions: Renditions of Myth, Legend and Folk Tales from China and Japan 1040 Moss St, 250-384-4171. Map 1 I9

www.aggv.bc.ca AVENUE GALLERY Part of the charming Oak Bay Village, just outside downtown Victoria, The Avenue 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. 2184 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2184. Map 2 J9 www.theavenuegallery.com bateman centre Discover the legacy of Canada's premier nature artist in this state-of-the-art gallery filled with interactive displays. Sun to Wed 10am to 6pm, Thurs to Sat, 10am to 9pm. In the former Steamship Terminal building on the Inner Harbour, 470 Belleville St, 250-940-3630. www.batemancentre.org Map 1 E9 24

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Carole Sabiston: Everything Below All of the Above Explore the works of Victoria fabric artist Carole Sabiston this spring when the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents Everything Below All of the Above, featuring more than 40 works borrowed from the artist, and from public and private collections. Running through April 28, the exhibition examines the Insider'S TIP: Sabiston’s career from the See more of Carole 1970s to the present. During Sabiston’s work on the that time, the internationally walls of celebrated local renowned artist’s many bookstore Munro’s Books awards have included the on Government Street, Saidye Bronfman Award for in the heart of Excellence in the Crafts, the downtown. Order of British Columbia, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 125th Canada Medal. Although Sabiston began her career as a painter in the 1960s, in her search for a medium which would allow the effects of light, movement and texture that she aspired to express in her work, Sabiston turned to textiles. She would soon become renowned for unique textile assemblages that incorporate text, collage and humour. For a look at some of Sabiston’s recent works, visit Winchester Modern downtown March 8 to April 26, including an opening reception with the artist March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. ‘CHOSIN POTTERY Celebrating 30 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. 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 ECLECTIC Contemporary fine art paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and gemstones, and a unique array of collectible home decor. To March 8 Peggy Fletcher, Lisa Riehl, Linda Skalenda; March 10 to April 5 Peter Dowgailenko + Lindy Michie. Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5:30pm. 2170 Oak Bay Avenue, 250-590-8095. www.eclecticgallery. ca Map 2 J10 Gallery at mattick's Farm Specializing in Canadian art and craftsmanship, with an eclectic selection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal and wood. Discover stunning pieces by Martha Sturdy and an exciting choice of jewellery, watches, tableware and desktop accessories by Georg Jensen. At Mattick's Farm, 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333. thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com Map 2 I6

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. Mention WHERE Victoria and receive 15-per-cent-off regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-384-5233. www.jadestores.ca Map 1 E8 LEGACY GALLERY Browse an amazing collection housed in an equally amazing downtown building bequeathed to the University of Victoria by Michael Williams. To April 25 Adasla: The Movement of Hands. The Big Button Blanket Project features the world's largest button blanket, created by designer and artist consultant Peter Morin with elder button blanket makers in Victoria and students of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, Williams Legacy Chair in modern and contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest 630 Yates St, 250-381-7670. Map 1 F7

26 Rick Bond: Solo Exhibition. 606 View St, 250-380-4660. Map 1 E8 www. madronagallery.com Red Art GALLERY Charming contemporary gallery in the Oak Bay Village, featuring award-winning Canadian artists, largely from BC and Alberta. March Featured artist Marion Evamy, with opening event March 6, from 6pm to Eclectic Gallery, White Flowers and Oranges, 8pm. April Featured Lindy Michie artists: Carolyn Kowalyk, Deb Garlick & Catherine Fields, reception March 8 from 2 to 4pm with opening event, May 1 from 6 to with Siebner's daughter, Angela 8pm. 2033 Oak Bay Ave, 250-881Nielsen, in attendance. March 8 to 0462 www.redartgallery.ca Map 2 J10 April 26 Carole Sabiston: New Works WEST END GALLERY Featuring Opening reception March 8 from 2 changing exhibits of works by Canadian to 4pm with the artist in attendance. artists. March 29 to April 10. Michael (Note: This exhibition coincides with Rozenvain April 12 to 24 Paul Jorgensen. the public exhibition at the Art Gallery Open 10am to 5:30pm Mon to Fri; 10am of Greater Victoria through April to 5pm Sat, 11am to 4pm Sun. 1203 28) April 5 to 26 William Perehudoff: Broad St, 250-388-0009. Map 1 F8 Selections from the Estate Opening www.westendgalleryltd.com reception April 5 from 2 to 4pm with members of the Perehudoff family WINCHESTER GALLERIES Specializing in attendance. Winchester Oak Bay: in contemporary, historical and local March 11 to 29 Will Millar Opening Canadian, European and International reception March 15, from 1 to 5pm, paintings. Winchester Galleries offers with the artist in attendance. April 8 to 29 Brad Pasutti, with Avis Rasmussen a wide diversity of original fine art Oopening reception April 12 from 1 to including works by such artists as 5pm, with both artists in attendance. Jean Paul Riopelle, Claude Tousignant, Open Tues to Sat, 10am to 5:30pm. Yves Gaucher, Jean McEwen, Harold Winchester Modern, 758 Humboldt St, Klunder, Ronald Bloore, John Hartman, 250-386-2773 or 250-382-7750 Map 1 David Blackwood, Joe Plaskett, Max F9; Winchester Galleries Oak Bay, 2260 Bates and WJ Phillips. At Winchester Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-2777. Map 2 Modern March 8 to 31 Herbert Siebner: J10 www.winchestergalleriesltd.com Celebrating an Anniversary Opening

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Sunny Spring Fashions Covering a full city block in the heart of downtown, The Bay Centre boasts more than 90 streetfront and interior shops, services and dining options, meaning that whatever you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it here! If a new spring outfit is on your to-buy list, look no further than The Bay, where new fashions by Vince Camuto will be turning heads this spring. Other stores to check out will be BCBGMAXAZRIA, Guess? and Melanie Lyne, along with Quiksilver and for the younger set, Scallywags Children’s Boutique.

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Sweet Dreams Complement your spring cleaning with fresh new bedding from Sweet Dreams Boutique. Offering the finest products designed to induce a good night’s sleep in a beautiful bedroom, find an excellent selection of sheets, duvets and accessories, including organic bedding, blankets and throws, cushions, bathroom accessories and more. Visit downtown and on Beacon Avenue in Sidney.


Discover a BC Beauty With its excellent array of charming souvenirs, accessories and fine jewellery, a visit to Jade, downtown on Government Street, should definitely earn a spot on your holiday itinerary. Featuring beautiful works crafted from the finest Canadian Nephrite Jade, not to mention staff knowledgeable about the qualities of jade, its mining and its cultural history, find the perfect keepsake from your Victoria vacation.

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Y shopping 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 44 to 46.

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Bedding & Linens SWEET DREAMS BOUTIQUE Beautiful little bedding shop specializing in Canadian-made linens, duvets, & pillows. Friendly staff. Personal Service. Great prices. They ship everywhere. Two locations: downtown at 636 Broughton St, 250-383-6133 Map 1 F8 and in the town of Sidney, 2492 Beacon Ave, 250-656-0510. Map 2 I2 Open Monday thru Friday 10 to 5:30, Saturdays 10 to 5pm; closed public holidays. www. sweetdreamsboutique.com

BOOKS Avalon Books & Metaphyscial Centre In the courtyard at Market Square for 20 years, visit for crystals, incense, Tarot decks, metaphysical and new age books, silver gemstone jewellery, herbs, Wicca supplies, angels, Buddhas, dragons & fairies, imported clothing, Tarot readings and more. Open Mon to Sat, 10:30am to 5pm, Sun 12 to 5pm. 62-560 Johnson St, 250-3801721, www.avalonmetaphysical.com Map 1 E7

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 excellent and eclectic selection of books in a comfortable atmosphere. 2188 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2713. Map 2 J10 MUNRO’S Celebrating 50 years! Described by journalist Allan 28

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Let's get crafty Victoria enjoys a thriving community of artists and artisans, inspired by the region's breathtaking natural scenery. Get inspired during your Victoria visit at one of the region's favouite craft shops, Knotty By Nature, chock full of ideas for all of fibre artists, from the youngest felters to most experienced knitters. 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. Map 1 E8

Children BUDDIES TOY STORE One of Victoria’s favourite toy stores, featuring Playmobil, 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, 250-595-6501. 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 and whoopie cushions. 1320 Government St, 250-383-0931. Map 1 F7

Chocolates 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.

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Crafts & Hobbies 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 10 am to 5:30 pm. In Market Square, lower courtyard, #63-560 Johnson St, 250-386-5534. www.victoriabeadworld.ca Map 1 E7

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Department Stores THE BAY The Bay is known for its

world-class service and shopping, including designer fashions, cosmetics, jewellery, fine china and crystal. The Bay Centre location features the HBC Gallery with 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 CONNIE’S PETITES If you’re a woman who benefits from uniquely tailored petite sizing and loves fashion, you’re in luck. Connie’s Petites has two 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 2412 Beacon Ave, Sidney, 250-655-7111. Map 2 I2 HEMP & COMPANY Find stylish and comfortable fibres from nature, like hemp, organic cotton, bamboo and soy

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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 Michal Negrin Concept Store Find romantic fashions and jewellery from the celebrated designer in downtown Victoria. All jewellery is personally designed by Michal Negrin and hand-made at the studio and factory in Israel. 1225 Government St, 250-385-8400, www.michalnegrin. com Map 1 F8 Plain Jane "Clothes that take you anywhere," find comfortable, stylish pieces for women in sizes from small through plus, including petites. Lines include Simon Chang, Eugenia, Echo Rain, Diane Kennedy, Coldwater Creek

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Footwear HEART & SOLE SHOES A uniquely Victorian neighbourhood shoe store worth the visit! Find handmade accessories from local designers plus an extensive collection of one-of-a kind handbags and belts handmade on premises. Have a pair of 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, John Fluevog and Birkenstocks. The Smartwool socks & clothing selection is among the largest in Victoria. 1014 Cook St, 250-920-7653. Map 1 H8 www. heartandsoleshoes.ca

Health & Beauty Sante Spa About 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, this award-winning spa offers endless opportunities for relaxation, discovery and renewal. Inspired by nature, treatments harness the therapeutic benefits of locally cultivated ingredients such as coastal sea kelp, northern clay and lavender. Additional highlights include the therapeutic mineral pool, meditative labyrinth and cedar sauna. 1999 Country Club Way, 250-391-3920 www.santespavictoria.com Map 2 F8 SPA MAGNOLIA A full-service, chic urban spa providing registered massage therapy, facials and body treatments. Experience award-winning customer service in a modern spa facility in the heart of beautiful downtown Victoria. Open daily 10am to 6pm. Gift boutique available. 625 Courtney St, 250-9207721. 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. 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

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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. Complementary valet or self parking available Mon through Thurs. 633 Humboldt St, 250-995-4650. www.willowstream.com Map 1 E9

Jewellery AnN-Louise Jewellers Find exceptional jewellery from diamonds, gold and pearls to brand name watches and the exquisite Pandora collection. Custom-made jewellery and repair work. Downtown Victoria at the Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas St, 250-383-9188 Map 1 F8 www.annlouise.ca 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 15-per-centoff regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-3845233. www.jadestores.ca Map 1 E8 Michal Negrin Concept Store Find romantic jewellery and fashions from the celebrated designer in downtown Victoria. All jewellery is personally designed by Michal Negrin and hand made at the studio and factory in Israel. 1225 Government St, 250-385-8400, www.michalnegrin. com Map 1 F8

Kitchen & Home Decor LA TAVOLA A bright colourful boutique carrying a splendid array of kitchenware and tableware. Discover WMF, Bodum, Microplane, Rosti, Garnier Thiebaut, Henckels, La Jacket, Cilio, Epicurean and many more! Chef-run demonstrations, authentic Italian cooking classes ranging from Pasta-making to six-course dinners. Store hours are Tues through Sat 10am to 5pm. 2039 Oak Bay Ave. 250-590-4868. Map 2 J10 www. latavolakitchenware.com

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Pets BARK, BATH & BEYOND Discover everything the finest pet could want at this delightful pet boutique and 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, 250-5902822. www.barkpetboutique.com Map 1 J10 NIRVANA PET RESORT Treat your furry friend to a visit to this 4400-squarefoot downtown facility offering daycare, overnight boarding, cat and dog grooming and training. Well-trained staff offer more than 35 years combined experience and certifications, meaning your pet will receive the ultimate care. 2000 Government St, 250-380-7795. Map 1 E6

Real Estate PromOntory With clean, crisp architecture and 21 floors of tailored, luxury condominium living, Promontory is the newest development taking shape along Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Find the smart, efficient floorplans Bosa Properties is renowned for along with refined exterior touches that offer superb value. Sales Centre open 12 to 5pm daily, 80 Saghalie Rd, 250-382-2672. www. bosaproperties.com/promontory Map 1 C7

Shopping Centres & Districts THE BAY CENTRE Spectacular four-level 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, Guess, Jacob, Melanie Lyne, Sport Chek, The Bay, Quiksilver and GoodLife Fitness. Open daily. Corner of Government St and Fort St, 250-9525690. www.thebaycentre.ca Map 1 F8 BROADMEAD VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE Attractive outside mall boasting a fine assortment of boutiques, including Dig This for gardeners and Penna & Co. for cooks, plus Heirloom Linens, Mark’s Work Warehouse, liquor and grocery store, BCAA and Romeo’s Restaurant. 777 Royal Oak Dr. Map 2 I7

HILLSIDE CENTRE Minutes from downtown, this recently expanded shopping centre is anchored by Sears, Thrifty Foods and Bolen Books, and features a wide selection of more than 100 shops and services designed to appeal to all members of the family. Coming this spring will be Target and Marshalls. Corner of Hillside and Shelbourne streets, 250-595-7154. Map 2 J9

LOJO In the heart of Victoria’s Old Town, find this eclectic selection of trendy specialty shops and boutiques. 500 block Johnson St. Map 1 E7 Mattick's Farm Venture out of the city to this charming shopping destination just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria or Sidney. Featuring a host of one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafés, services and activities, Mattick's Farm is popular with both locals and visitors looking for a unique way to spend an afternoon. Also accessible by bike via the Lochside Trail. 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, www.matticksfarm.com Map 2 I6 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

Cleopatra's Bedroom Find a wonderful world of exotic gift ideas, all hand-made in Egypt: hand-painted papyrus, statues, belly-dancing costumes, scarves and more. 654 Fort St, outside the Bay Centre, 250-370-2537. Map 1 F8 www. cleopatrasbedroom.com 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. Open daily. 1990 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-0802. Map 2 J10 480-777 Royal Oak Dr, Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, 250-727-9922. Map 2 I7 9813 Third Ave, Sidney, 778-426-1998. www. digthis.com Map 2 H2 Knightsbridge Gift Shops Locally owned since 1997 and now in new premises, find the same quality items from the UK and Europe. Specialty lines from Moorecroft, Dunoon, Emma Bridgewater, Wentworth wooden jigsaw puzzles, unique cards, Timothy Richards architectural bookends, tapestries from Belgium and so much more. 517 Fort St, 250-385-6020. Map 1 E8 LENS & SHUTTER Find everything for the dedicated photographer or casual shutterbug. 5-1005 Broad St, 250383-7443. www.lensandshutter.com Map 1 F8

MILLSTREAM VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE Large outside mall with 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. Millstream Avenue, North of Trans Canada Hwy, Map 2 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 and Liz Claiborne. 2945 Jacklin Rd, 250474-3269. Map 2 F9

original Christmas Village Discover four Christmas gift and souvenir shops under one big roof! Find thousands of Christmas treasures, ornaments, gifts and collectibles, Open daily, 1323 Government St, 250-3807522. Map 1 E8

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Bistro 10 Acres BISTRO + Bar Enjoy a unique West Coast experience showcasing the freshest foods from the Island including meat, cheese, seafood and the finest seasonal produce direct from the farm. Enjoy a casual meal by fireplaces on the heated garden courtyard. Open 11:30am to 12am. Brunch served Sat and Sun. 611 Courtney St, 250-220-8008. www.10acres.ca Map 1 E9 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

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 WILD SAFFRON BISTRO Creative flavours with classical 34

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Dine Around Victoria Savour the culinary Marina Restaurant diversity of one of Canada’s true culinary hotspots during the annual Dine Around Victoria. Through March 9, participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus for either $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person, paired with BC VQA wine suggestions. Vegetarian and glutenfree options are also photo courtesy Marina Restaurant available. Delicious possibilities include such WHERE Victoria favourites as Nautical Nellies, Swans Brewpub, SenZushi and the Marina Restaurant. In fact, with so many delicious options on offer, the trouble is in choosing! Visit www.tourismvictoria.com/dinearound to view the list of restaurants and their menus. 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 in Swans Suite Hotel, 1605 Store St, 250-361-3150. www.swanshotel.com Map 1 E7

Burgers BIg wheel BURGERs Great dinerstyle burger joint has quickly become a local favourite. 11am to 10pm, 341 Cook St, 250-381-0050, bigwheelburger.com Map 1 H10

BIN 4 BURGER LOUNGE A favourite among locals for their tempting array of hand-crafted specialty burgers, along with health-conscious options and a great appetizer selection. Perfect for lunch, dinner or late-night; take-out available. 180-911 Yates St, 250-5904154, www.bin4burgerlounge.com Map 1 F8 102-716 Goldstream Ave, 778-2655464 Map 2 E9

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

Caribbean REEF This exciting Caribbean restaurant offers a terrific array of Caribbean fare, including flavourful West Indian curries and delicious jerk dishes, all served in a warm, colourful setting that will whisk you away to the tropics. Open from 11:30am weekdays, from 10:30am Saturday and Sunday. 533 Yates St, 250-388-5375. Map 1 E8

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


Galloping Goose Grille Premium casual dining in the heart of the West Shore's recreation area. Open Sunday to Thursday 10am to Midnight; Friday and Saturday 10am to 1am. Located in the Langford Lanes bowling facility, 1097 Langford Pkwy, 250-920-9397, www. gallopinggoosegrille.com Map 2 E9 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 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. Great for a picnic! 1325 Blanshard St, 250590-5193. Map 1 G8 West Shore Town Centre, #129-2955 Phipps Rd, 250-590-7627. Map 2 F9 The Roost A visit to the Saanich Peninsula isn't complete without a stop at this popular bakery and café, conveniently located near the ferries and airport. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, many of the ingredients are grown on their 10-acre farm for the ultimate in freshness and local flavours. A must for foodies! 9100 East Saanich Rd, 250-655-0009, www. roostfarmcentre.com Map 2 H3 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. 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. Authentic Chinese food in the heart of Chinatown. Daily lunch 11am; dinner 5pm. Free delivery after 5pm. 538 Fisgard St, 250-383-1032. Map 1 E6 JJ's Wonton Noodle House This popular eatery is a favourite lunch and

dinner destination among locals for its excellent selection of Cantonese and Szechuan dishes, including delicious soups. Look for the Chef's Suggestions to try a combination. 1012 Fort St, 250-383-0680. www.jjnoodlehouse. ca Map 1 H8 MING’S Exotic decor. Extensive dinner menu with traditional Cantonese, Szechuan, vegetarian, and specialty dishes. Take out/delivery available. 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. 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 GOOD EARTH COFFEE. Authentic community coffeehouse with a focus on simple, wholesome comfort food and exceptional coffee. At Uptown shopping centre, 3450 Uptown Blvd, 250-590-6723 Map 2 I9 At the Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay St, 250598-1144 Map 2 J9 www.goodearthcafes.com 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. Licensed. Open daily at 7am. Oak Bay Marina, 1327 Beach Dr, 250-598-3890. www. marinarestaurant.com 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, 250381-5451. Map 1 E8

DELI BROUGHTON STREET DELI 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 Italian Food Imports A delicious choice for light lunch or take-away meal, with pastas, salads, and yummy sandwiches, plus specialty foods to take home. 1114 Blanshard St, 250-385-7923. Map 1 G8

OTTAVIO ITALIAN BAKERY & DELICATESSEN Savour the many treats from this European-style deli, with wonderful ingredients for a 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 SAM’S DELI Long-time Victoria favourite known for its generous portions and home-made soups,

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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, 250370-0766. Map 2 J10

East Indian Saaz restaurant and lounge Savour the flavours of India interpreted in new and exciting ways at this warm and inviting Indian restaurant in the heart of downtown. Specialties include tandoori dishes, butter chcken and the south Indian delicacy Dosa, a fermented crepe served with a tamarind base lentil soup and coconut chutney. 103-535 Yates St, 778-433-7229, www.saazrestaurant. com Map 1 E8 SPICE JAMMER A blend of East African and Indian cooking styles and spices creates tantalizing curry and tandoori dishes. Friendly staff, warm atmosphere. Zagat rated. Open yearround for dinner; check for lunch hours. 852 Fort St, 250-480-1055. www. spicejammer.com Map 1 G8

gluten free Santé Gluten Free Cafe Honouring dietary needs by offering delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo diet options, Victoria's first completely gluten-free café features the season’s freshest produce and exceptional, carefully researched gluten-free fare. Enjoy the warm, inviting atmosphere perfect for sharing a great meal with good friends. Take-away options and retail sales available. Mon to Sat 8:30am to 6:30pm, Sun 10am to 5pm. In the Quadra Village at 2630-A Quadra St, 250-590-7174 www.santeglutenfreecafe.com

Greek MILLOS Relax in this 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 latenight diners. Look for the big windmill at 716 Burdett Ave, 250-382-4422 or 250-382-5544. Map 1 F8 36

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West Coast cuisine – Galloping Goose style Taking in the many attractions of Victoria's West Shore community? Take a break from your travels at the Galloping Goose Grille, where the friendly service and casual West Coast cuisine has quickly made it a popular neighbourhood destination. Located at City Centre Park, inside Langford Lanes, the Grille is ideal for brunches, lunches, dinners and late-night dining, with such comfort food favourites as Pulled Pork & Mushroom Ragu, Pan Seared Salmon and Bison Meatloaf.

PASSERO’S Family-run restaurant specializing in fine Green cuisine and pastas. Open for lunch and dinner. 1102 Yates St, 250-384-6474. 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, 250-3845255. Map 1 G4

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. 515 Yates St, 250-388-5824. 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, 250386-1662. Map 1 F8

Japanese 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 Experience more than 30 years of traditional Japanese dining in a beautiful, newly renovated authentic restaurant in the heart of downtown. Savour deluxe sashimi and sushi, fresh oysters, Koto's Bento Box lunch specials and more. 510 Fort St, 250-382-1514. Map 1 E8

KUMA New 60-seat sushi restaurant at the stunning Bear Mountain Golf Resort. 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. Map 2 F8

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SAAZ RESTAURANT FINE INDIAN CUISINE Taking the cuisine & culture of India to the next level with a amazing atmosphere & delicious cuisine. Traditional spices & flavors makes each dish an opportunity to experience classics & delicacies in new & exciting ways. Every plate becomes a culinary journey.

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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. Beautiful 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. 940 Fort Street 250-385-4320 senzushi@hotmail.co.jp Mon - Sat 11:30 to 2:00 & 5:00 to 9:00 Closed Sundays march - april 2014 //

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Y dining 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 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. Map 1 E8

Mediterranean Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar Where Victoria's Best New Restaurant of 2013! Downtown in the Magnolia Hotel, Catalano showcases local produce with a distinct Mediterranean flare, embodying the soul of regional Italian and Spanish cuisine, including delicious Venetian tapas known as "cicchetti." 619 Courtney St, 250-480-1824. www. catalanorestaurant.com

Mexican 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 English-Style Pub Relaxed pub atmosphere. Live music on weekends. Great pub menu. In the Executive House Hotel, 777 Douglas St, 250-388-5111. Map 1 F9 BENGAL LOUNGE Chic, colonial atmosphere, a famous curry buffet, 38

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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

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

Seafood Ferris’ Oyster Bar & Grill Wideranging menu with an emphasis on fantastic seafood, along with steaks, pastas and more. 536 Yates St, 250360-1824. www.ferrisoysterbar.com 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. Map 1 I5 www.haultainfishandchips.com PESCATORE’S Seafood & Grill 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. 11am to 11pm weekdays, from 11:30am weekends. 614 Humboldt St, 250-385-4512. Map 1 E8

Steak & Seafood 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. 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 NAUTICAL NELLIES Featuring fresh local seafood, perfectly aged steaks, grilled chicken and innovative pastas. Enjoy the Oyster Bar, complement your meal with a spectacular dessert or a selection from the award-winning wine list, or come for brunch on Sundays.

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Tea Rooms THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS Elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea in the Tea Lobby. Dress code in effect. Reservations required. The Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St, 250-384-8111. Map 1 E9 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 Britishstyle specialities. Great prices. 332 Menzies St, 250-382-8282. Map 1 E10 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! Open Tues to Sat from 10am to 5pm. Reservations recommended. 1885 Oak Bay Ave, 250595-8020. Map 2 K10 www.whiteheather-tearoom.com

Thai 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, 250-4778900. Map 1 H6 3613 Shelbourne St, 250-477-8668. Map 2 J9 137-2745 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, 250-4785455. www.littlethaiplace.com <http:// www.littlethaiplace.com> Map 2 F9 110-4480 West Saanich Rd, 250-4773377. Map 2 H7 NoodleCart Experience a taste of Thailand right here in Victoria, enjoyed in a setting that will sweep you away to a traditional Thai marketplace. Eat in or take-out. 1018 Blanshard St, 250-4773883, www.noodlecart.com Map 1 F8 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


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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 yearround inspiration. Stunning waterfront location; award-winning wine list. 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd, Sooke, 250642-3421. Map 2 A11

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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. 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 include the Royal BC Museum, the National Geographic IMAX Theatre, The Bateman Centre and the Victoria Bug Zoo. Shoppers will love Government Street, LoJo (lower Johnson Street), Fort Street and the Bay Centre. Take in views of the Inner Harbour with a stroll along the pedestrian walkway beginning near Belleville and Menzies streets and following the waterfront over the blue Johnson Street Bridge into neighbouring 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 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 40

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Spring delights See how beautiful an early spring garden can be with a visit to the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Be sure to enjoy a stroll through the Doris Page Winter Garden and if visiting in early March, stop by for Hellebore Sunday, March 2 from 12 to 3pm. Find a great selection of the winter bloomers for sale, plus a variety of ferns and spring-flowering perennials. of Greater Victoria. Northwest of downtown, over the Johnson Street Bridge, Esquimalt is home to CFB Esquimalt, beautiful Saxe Point Park and CFB Esquimalt’s museum. OAK BAY This charming area of Tudorstyled homes, oak trees and manicured gardens is a few minutes' drive from downtown. Oak Bay Village and the Avenue are the main shopping areas with excellent shops and galleries, featuring antiques, art, gifts, china, fashion and jewellery. Dining options range from English-style pubs and afternoon tea houses to modern bistros and beautiful waterfront dining rooms, including the Marina Restaurant. Oak Bay is also one of Victoria’s best paddling and cycling areas. Beach Drive, Estevan Village, the Oak Bay Marina and Willows Beach are popular stops. www.oakbaytourism.com Old TOWN / CHINATOWN Just north of Bastion Square and the shops of Government Street is Old Town. During the Gold Rush in the mid1800s, this area was known as “the other side of the tracks.” 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. Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada. The Gate of Harmonious Interest is a landmark constructed to recognize Chinese immigrants’ participation in establishing the City of Victoria. 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, Elk/Beaver Lake Park, a great spot for watersports, walking and fishing, the gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 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.

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Attractions & Sights bateman centre Discover the legacy of Canada's premier nature artist in this state-of-the-art gallery filled with interactive displays. Sun to Wed 10am to 6pm, Thurs to Sat, 10am to 9pm. In the former Steamship Terminal building on the Inner Harbour, 470 Belleville St, 250-940-3630. www.batemancentre. org Map 1 E9 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 and orchid mantids, as well as Canada’s largest ant farm. Entomologists (bug scientists) offer interesting presentations, fun bug-holding 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 & Map 3 H9

BUTCHART GARDENS Twenty hectares of world-famous gardens that marked 100 years in 2004. Dining available – call 652-8222 for reservations. Free parking. Wheelchair

accessible. Open daily; call for hours and admission. 800 Benvenuto Ave, 250652-5256. 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. Fun for the family and a photographer’s paradise. Free guided tours with naturalists. Gift shop, free parking with designated RV and coach spots. Five minutes to Butchart Gardens. 1461 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-3822. Map 2 G5 www.butterflygardens.com CFB ESQUIMALT NAVAL AND MILITARY MUSEUM Charting the rich maritime history of the naval base at Esquimalt. 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. Open daily for self-guided tours, 9am to 7pm. 1050 Joan Cres (off Fort St), 250-5925323. www.thecastle.ca Map 1 J9 FORT RODD HILL & FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES Fort Rodd Hill is a centuryold coast artillery fort. Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. Interactive exhibits. 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 HERITAGE ACRES Twelve-hectare forest and park featuring the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s oldfashioned 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. September to May 9:30am to noon. Take the Island View exit off Hwy 17 and turn left onto Lochside Dr, 250652-5522. Map 2 H4 Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Victoria's garden for gardeners! Discover an array of specialty and demonstration gardens offering year-

round interest and inspiration. Open daily; hours and admission vary. 505 Quayle Rd, 250-479-6162, www.hcp. ca. Map 2 H7 GOVERNMENT HOUSE GARDENS Six hectares of dazzling gardens open to the public (house is a private residence). Gardens are open sunrise to sunset. Free admission. 1401 Rockland Ave, phone. Map 1 J10

HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 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 forest trails. Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd, 250391-2666. www.hatleypark.ca Map 2 G9 Langford Lanes 10-pin bowling facility offering public bowling and Cosmic Bowling on weekend evenings. Sun to Thurs 10am to 12am; Fri and Sat to 1am. 1097 Langford Pkwy, 250-3919908, www.langfordlanes.com Map 2 E9 MARITIME MUSEUM OF BC Explore BC’s extensive maritime history through collections of models, the Canadian Navy Gallery, exploration and shipwreck exhibits and more. See the restored courtroom where Begbie, the “hanging judge” presided. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Wheelchair accessible. 28 Bastion Square, 250-385-4222. Map 1 E8 MINIATURE WORLD More than 80 attractions in miniature and newly expanded for 2014! 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 Featuring the most technologically advanced theatre system and a six-storey-tall screen, this is an adventure you won’t soon forget. Film showings rotate hourly from 10am to 8pm. Call for schedule information. The theatre is located at the Royal BC Museum at 675 Belleville St, 250-953IMAX. www.imaxvictoria.com Map 1 E9 ROYAL BC MUSEUM Discover the Royal BC Museum and its awardwinning First Peoples and Modern History galleries, Natural History gallery and interactive Ocean Station gallery. Open daily. Also home to the National Geographic IMAX Theatre. 675 Belleville St, 250-356-7226. Map 1 E9 www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca march - april 2014 //

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Y essential city SHAW OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTRE Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea in massive aquarium habitats teeming with marine life. 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney, 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. 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. Parking off Blanshard St. Closed holidays. 835 Humboldt St, 250-953-8828. Map 1 F9

Golf Arbutus Ridge Golf Club Enjoy the picturesque drive to the Cowichan Valley and this scenic course that has earned a Four Star Golf Digest rating. Full service Satellite Bar & Grille offers a scenic patio overlooking the 18th hole with ocean views. Directly surrounded by nine wineries. Pro shop. 3515 Telegraph Rd, Cobble Hill, 250-7435100. www.golfbc.com Map 2 F10 BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Enjoy world-class golf on two 18-hole, Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed courses. Visit the wellstocked pro shop and try one of several dining establishments. For dinner reservations, call 250-391-7170. For the Golf Shop, call 250-744-2327. Map 2 F8

BLENKINSOP VALLEY ADVENTURE GOLF CENTRE Delightful 18-hole minigolf course in a colourful garden setting that's fun for the whole family. Practise your swing at the covered driving range with lessons, putting and chipping green and pro shop. Open daily at 4239 Blenkinsop Rd. call for hours. Mini-Golf: 250-477-4104; Driving range: 250-7212001; Proshop: 250-590-8250. www.valleyadventuregolf.com Map 2 I8 CORDOVA BAY GOLF COURSE This 18-hole course boasts lovely landscaping and views of the ocean and Mt. Baker. Restaurant, lounge, pro shop, driving range and putting green. 5333 Cordova Bay Rd at Mattick’s Farm, 250-658-4444. Map 2 I6 PROSPECT LAKE GOLF COURSE Popular nine-hole golf course in a lovely 42

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IMAX Victoria celebrates 70mm cinema IMAX Victoria is home to the biggest IMAX screen in BC and to show it off, this spring the theatre is hosting a Classic 70mm Film Festival. The festival will feature six films over four weeks, from March 21 to April 25. Opt to see one film or a double feature at regular prices or purchase a Festival Pass for $36. The six films presented were all filmed with IMAX cameras using 70mm film. It’s Island Insider: a challenging format to film in as it’s More the 5 million only possible to film three minutes people have before reloading the extremely large, attended IMAX heavy cameras with new film stock, Victoria since it but IMAX filmmakers believe the end opened in 1998. result is well worth the effort. Among the films on-screen will be Penguins and Majestic White Horses – for the full line-up visit www. imaxvictoria.com Festival Passes and Annual Passes are available at the National Geographic Gift Store in the Theatre. Individual and double feature tickets are available at the Royal BC Museum Box Office. All passes and tickets are available online at www.imaxvictoria.com

lakeside rural setting. Licensed patio restaurant; rentals available; practice green and driving nets. 4633 Prospect Lake Rd,250-479-2688. Map 2 G7 OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB This picturesque, 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course is one of Greater Victoria’s favourite courses since its opening in 1990. Pro shop. Full service Forester's Bistro & Bar overlooks the course. 643 Latoria Rd, 250-4743673. www.golfbc.com Map 2 F10

Outdoor Adventure PRINCE OF WHALES WHALE WATCHING Enjoy whale and sea lion watching at its finest and most exciting. Look for the 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 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.


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812 Wharf St, Lower Causeway Level, 250-383-4884. www.princeofwhales. com Map 1 E8 SpringTide Tours Experience the West Coast's favourite "locals" – resident Killer Whales, porpoises, seals and more, plus migrating Humpbacks. Choose from a 61’ luxury yacht or speedy Zodiacs for a fun and exhilarating ride. Knowledgeable, experienced naturalists. An experience you’ll never forget! 1119 Wharf St, 250-384-4444 or 250-386-6016 springtidecharters.com Map 1 E8

Parks BEACON HILL PARK Rose garden, 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. Map 1 E12 GALLOPING GOOSE & LOCHSIDE REGIONAL TRAILS Unique park system with 84 km of cycling/hiking trail along a former railway line, connecting the Saanich Peninsula with Victoria and Saanich to the West Shore. 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 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. Located 20 minutes from downtown Victoria on Hwy 1. Call BC Parks at 250-391-2300. Map 2 E8 WITTY’S LAGOON A wonderful ocean-front park with wide-open beaches at low tide. This is a big hit with kids. The forest hiking trails have stairs at steep points and benches along the way. Picnic area with washrooms. Call CRD Parks at 250-478-3344. Map 2 F11

Tours CHINATOWN WALKS Take an in-depth look at Canada's original Chinatown, Saturdays at 10:30am, starting in front of Starbucks Coffee, corner of Fisgard and Government Streets. The Chinese Temple, Fan Tan Alley and a unique noodle restaurant are among the many highlights on these popular tours that have been featured on Chinese TV. No reservations are needed. Tickets may be purchased

directly from the guides starting 15 minutes before the walks begin. Private tours are also available. Adults $15; students & seniors $13. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www. discoverthepast.com Discovery Walks 90-minute historical walks that bring Victoria's diverse history to life. Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10:30am. Each weekend features different places and starting locations vary, but are easily accessible – visit www.discoverthepast.com or call 250384.6698 for details and full schedule. Adults $15, students/seniors $13. GHOSTLY WALKS Fascinating 90-minute walking tours past downtown Victoria’s spookiest spots. Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in British Columbia. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, starting from the Visitor Information Centre, 812 Government St. Adults $14; students & seniors $12. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www. discoverthepast.com VICTORIA CARRIAGE TOURS Enjoy private horse-drawn carriage tours. Uniformed drivers 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. 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 Hippo TOURS The hippest way to see Victoria is by both land and sea! These 90-minute tours aboard specially designed amphibious vehicles will take you past many of Victoria’s top attractions, while also offering a glimpse of local life – the perfect way to plan the rest of your visit! Tours depart from 468 Belleville St daily from 11am to 5pm daily, with extended hours during summer. 250-590-5290 www.victoriahippotours.com Map 1 E9

Transportation HELIJET INTERNATIONAL Scheduled service between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver. Experience a spectacular, scenic 35-minute flight in the comfort of their spacious helicopters. Book online or call toll-free 1-800-6654354. www.helijet.com Map 1 B10

PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES Daily scheduled flights between Victoria and Vancouver, departing from Victoria International Airport. Fares start from $49 one way. For information or for reservations, call 1-800-663-2872. Charter service is also available. www. pacificcoastal.com VICTORIA REGIONAL TRANSIT Year-round public transportation from Sooke to Sidney. Family Travel Program. Schedule information at www.bctransit. com or 250-382-6161.

Wineries & Breweries CHURCH & STATE WINES 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, this awardwinning winery welcomes visitors for tastings. 1445 Benvenuto Ave, 250652-2671. churchandstatewines.com Map 2 G5

MUSE WINERY This award-winning winery produces a selection of quality red and white vintages. Visit Fri to Sun 12 to 5pm or by appointment for groups. 11195 Chalet Rd, 250-656-2552. www. musewinery.ca Map 2 G2 SEA CIDER FARM & CIDERHOUSE The Saanich Peninsula’s only cidery brews a selection of ciders in the British style from its certified organic apples. Tours, tastings and sales. Wed through Sun, 11am to 4pm. 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, 250-544-4824. www.seacider.ca Map 2 H4

Phillips Brewing Visit one of Victoria's original craft brewers and discover what has kept Phillips bringing innovative flavours to beer fans for more than 10 years. Stop by at 4pm Wednesdays or Thursdays for a tour. Tours are limited to 10 people and fill quickly, so reservations are recommended – call 250-3801912. The cost is $5.60/person and includes samples from our taster bar. 2010 Government St, 250-380-1912. phillipsbeer.com Map 1 F6 VANCOUVER ISLAND BREWERY One of the Island’s favourite craft breweries offers a store (open Tues to Sat) and guided tours, Fridays and Saturdays, at 1 and 3pm for $7 per person or $10 per person with a branded Vancouver Island Brewery pint glass. 2330 Government St, 250-361-0005. Map 1 F5 www.vanislandbrewery.com march - april 2014 //

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1. The blossoms – definitely the blossoms!

6. A St. Patrick’s Day pint at Oak Bay’s historic Penny Farthing Pub. (Page 20)

11. Playoff hockey action with the Victoria Royals. (Page 20)

7. A cheerful new outfit from Connie’s Petites. (Page 29)

12. Feeding the ducks during a sunny stroll at Beacon Hill Park. (Page 43)

2. Wildlife Photographer of the Year, at the Royal BC Museum. (Page 41) 3. A sandy stroll along Willow’s Beach on a warm spring day. (Page 45)

8. Two-wheel touring along Victoria’s Scenic Marine Drive. (Page 45)

4. The home-made burgers at Galloping Goose Grille... (Page 34)

9. Kite flying along Dallas Road. (Page 45)

5. ...followed by bowling at Langford Lanes. (Page 41)

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10. Catching a play at the charming Langham Court Theatre. (Page 20)

13. The view of Mt. Baker from the Sidney walkway. (Page 45) 14. A cider sampling at Sea View Organic Cider House. (Page 43) 15. It’s spring!

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