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1. The colourful artworks at Oak Bay's Avenue Gallery. Page 22. 2. Beating the heat with a trip to the South Pole – via the Royal BC Museum. Page 42 3. Gorgeous, go-anywhere fashions from Adventure Travel. Page 26

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4. Boys of summer – the Victoria Harbourcats – in the batter’s box at Royal Athletic Park. Page 18 5. The history that comes alive at Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites. Page 40 6. Catching a summer sunset from the top of Mt. Douglas in Saanich. Map 2 J8 7. Cooling off with a summer afternoon of shopping at the Bay Centre. Page 28

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hot hotdates dates Stage Struck From beloved musicals to classic Canadian comedy, Victoria’s theatres set just the right tone for summer. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre opens its summer programming July 2 to 14 with Brighton Beach Memoirs, Neil Simon’s semiautobiographical tale following the hilarious journey of a Jewish American teen navigating through puberty and struggles with self-identity. Blue Bridge takes a musical turn next with My Fair Lady, featuring Professor Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle and such timeless melodies as I Could Have Danced All Night and On the Street Where You Live. From July 30 to August 25, the Belfry Theatre reprises the first three episodes of Dan Needles’ enduring Wingfield series. In Letter from Wingfield Farm we first meet stockbrokerturned-gentleman-farmer Walt The Belfry presents Wingfield as he sets up shop the Wingfield Trilogy in Persephone Township and meets his incredibly colourful neighbours – all performed to perfection by Rod Beattie, that is. In Wingfield’s Progress, Walt, nominally settled in his new home, must rouse his fellow farmers to tackle urban sprawl and hold the wolves of progress at bay. In Wingfield’s Folly, after two profit-free seasons at the farm Walt decides he must take the economic reins and turn his and his neighbours’ fortunes around. Stockbrokers taking on the economy, what could possibly go wrong?

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Shakespeare and an outdoor stage just seem made for summer evenings. The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival brings live, outdoor theatre to Camosun College's Lansdowne Campus July 17 to August 17. This summer, enjoy two favourites, Measure for Measure and the Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Busk stops here Hit the streets to take in the thrills and chills of the third annual Victoria International Buskers Festival, welcoming professional street performers from around the world July 19 to 28. The festival will feature performers from Japan, Australia, Sweden, the UK, Canada and the US, including many performers who have worked extensively with the Cirque du Soleil. With seven stages and 20 “Busk Stops” there’s plenty to see. Show your appreciation to the performers by casting your vote for the RE/MAX People’s Choice Award – the winning act receives $1,000!

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Ira Hoffecker at Mattick’s Farm July 2 The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm opens an exhibit of work by Ira Hoffecker, continuing through July. Page 22

Kiss Monster Tour July 5 The rockers perform in support of their 20th studio album, Monster. Page 18

Victoria Ska Festival July 9 to 13 Lively music at venues around downtown Victoria. Page 17

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo July 10 The rock songstress and the inimitable guitar skills of husband Neil ‘Spyder’ Giraldo, at the University of Victoria. Page 18

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Make a Splash! Join the Victoria Symphony for one of summer’s greatest hits: Symphony Splash, August 4 in the Inner Harbour. With family entertainment beginning at 1pm, this full-day spectacle concludes with an open-air evening concert with the symphony musicians playing from a barge on the water. The dramatic finish with the 1812 Overture – complete with cannon fire and fireworks – is not to be missed. Can’t make Splash? Symphony musicians will also perform in a series of outdoor concerts at Butchart Gardens: Salut D’Amour, July 23; A Night at the Movies, July 28; and In Nature’s Realm, July 31. All concerts begin at 8pm. Additional performances are planned in the week leading up to Splash, with VS Presents: “Expect the unexpected at lunchtime concerts at Centennial Square July 29 to August 2.” All performances begin at 12pm.

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Shakespeare Festival July 17 to August 17 Measure for Measure and The Merry Wives of Windsor, performed outdoors at Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus. Page 18

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Little Deuce Coupe...and more It only drives into downtown Victoria once every three years but for classic car buffs, the wait for Northwest Deuce Days is more than worth it! While more than 900 cars are expected in town July 19 to 21, the premiere event for spectators will be Sunday, when the show sets up around Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Legislative Grounds. Deuce Days is open to all cars and trucks up to 1951, with preferred parking for 1932s.


Time for a Tattoo The Pacific Tattoo will march into the Saveon-Foods Memorial Centre July 13 and 14, bringing with it hundreds of performers from Canada, Europe, Australia and the US. The event will showcase military and civilian performers in marching bands, drill teams, dance teams and skills demonstrations, plus what is sure to be a highlight of the evening, the Massed Pipes and Drums, which this year will feature a line-up 100-strong. The two-hour production will also include a celebration of police and firefighting services, including the Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums.

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For local flavour it doesn’t get any better than the 19th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash, August 31 to September 2. Head to the all-ages outdoor stage at the Inner Harbour for free afternoon performances from some of the Island’s best blues, soul and R&B bands. Two evenings of ticketed performances welcome legendary blues guitarist Duke Robillard (above) and a twin bill featuring two of Quebec’s best blues bands, the Stephen Barry Band and Adam Karch.

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Victoria Dragonboat Festival August 16 to 18 Racing and cultural activities in the Inner Harbour. Page 17

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Fab Forts August 18 History Comes Alive at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Page 40

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How do locals celebrate summer? Outside in the sunshine of course, indulging in the sights, sounds and tastes of their community. From community markets to family-friendly movies under the stars, come celebrate summer like a local!

Market Season Markets are a mainstay of weekly shopping for many families, whether looking for fresh-picked fruits and veggies, yummy baking and preserves or unique arts and crafts. Among the many interesting options is the Bastion Square Public Market in the heart of downtown, the Sidney Summer Market, Thursday nights, the Oak Bay Village Night Market, and Saturday morning staples, the Peninsula Community Market, Moss Street Market and the James Bay Community Market. Whether picking up the fixings for a weekend picnic or an artistic treasure from your Victoria vacation, you’ll find it here.

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Film Festival presents the summer-friendly Free-B Film Festival, showing an awesome collection of family-friendly films on a giant inflatable screen at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Bring blankets and snacks and enjoy classics like Karate Kid, Never Ending Story and Big Trouble in Little China.

Artistic Measures The Garden City offers a wealth of inspiration for artists, and it's no surpise some of summer's favourite events come from the arts community. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s annual Paint-in is an outdoor artistic showcase stretching along Moss Street


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from the gallery to the ocean at Dallas Road July 20. A local highlight every year. Two smaller but equally entertaining events follow in August – the Bowker Creek Brush Up in Oak Bay and Art and Music in the Garden, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. In Sooke, about 40 minutes from downtown, the Sooke Fine Arts Show is the Island’s longest-running juried exhibition – help celebrate 27 years at the Seaparc Leisure Centre July 27 to August 5.

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Fort and a main stop during the gold rush, through modern times, Victoria has enjoyed some colourful characters whose exploits make for some exceptional stories. Explore these and more with local historian John Adams, whose Discover the Past walking tours include the always popular Ghostly Walks and Chinatown Walks. New for July and August – and perfect for living local – are Discovery Walks, historical walking tours exploring eight themes ranging from Emily Carr to Memories and Mysteries. For historical tales connected to the grand dame of Victoria hotels, the Fairmont Empress, Walkabouts Historical Tours offers a 90-minute drop-in tour daily at 10am. Stroll through the historic halls with a guide in period costume who shares stories of the events, history and a wee bit of gossip that make the landmark come alive!

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Let's make some The international percussion sensation Stomp will make its Victoria premier at the Royal Theatre for a one week limited engagement August 27 to September 1. And even if you’ve seen the celebrated show before, you’re in for a treat with four new pieces. It’s safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…

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A unique blend of percussion, choreography and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial

objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping

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orchestra, Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional

percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

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Robert Bateman, Long Light – Polar Bear

Showcasing the Bateman Legacy One of Canada’s favourite contemporary artists now has a premier location in which to showcase his life’s work. The Robert Bateman Centre opened this spring in the former Steamship Terminal overlooking the Inner Harbour, exhibiting the largest collection of Bateman’s work ever assembled for the public. More than an art gallery, the centre invites guests to explore their relationship with the environment and pay homage to the majesty of nature. Supported by The Bateman Foundation, the centre was created to house and preserve Bateman’s legacy, and to be a

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multi-purpose meeting place for collaboration, creative thinking and networking about in-nature education initiatives. Through works spanning years and continents, visitors will explore the life of this iconic artist from his childhood to his latest masterpiece, with 160 pieces on display. “The Robert Bateman Centre showcases more than seven decades of work, motivated by our natural surroundings, life experiences and those who have brought so much inspiration to my life,” the artist says. “I can’t think of a better way to educate visitors, especially youth, on

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the importance of ecology, the environment and preservation.” The centre features leadingedge technology, including a motion-sensor activated gallery of birdsong which will bring the sounds of the forest into the room as each bird featured within the artwork will call out from a series of speakers. Visitors can also use a tablet or their smart phone to activate the Robert Bateman Centre app and by scanning QR codes next to each piece of art reveal further detailed information, videos and facts about each piece within the collection.

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Bruce Horak in Assassinating Thompson plays the Victoria Fringe Festival.

July 6 & 7 – Ballet Victoria, Best of the Season, at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre. www.marywinspear.ca July 9 to 13 – Summer was made for toe-tapping Ska music...celebrate at the annual Ska Festival. Page 17 Through summer – Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, at the National Georgraphic IMAX. Page 42 August 8 & 9 – Chilliwack performs at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre. www. marywinspear.ca August 22 to September 1 – Theatre buffs celebrate the Victoria International Fringe Festival at various downtown venues. Page 17

Happy birthday, Canada! Head to the Inner Harbour June 30 & July 1 for Victoria's two-day Canada Day celebrations. Fun for the whole family, highlights include the Kid’s Zone in front of the legislature with bouncy castles, mural painting, and more, kids' entertainers The Kerplunks, the annual "living flag" creation, Canadian power-pop legends the Odds, Victoria favourites Acres of Lions and of course, fireworks! Visit victoriacanadaday.ca for details.

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Rock on! After its inaugural showcase last year, featuring headliners the Tragically Hip, the second annual Rock The Shores music festival promises to be even bigger and better. Rocking Victoria for two days, July 13 and 14, at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre lower fields, the line-up is a who’s who

of modern rock, from local favourites Acres of Lions and Vince Vaccaro to the Sam Roberts band, Matthew Good, The Sheepdogs, 54-40, Weezer and more. Prefer your rock of a classic variety? Early July features a stellar line-up of Joan Jett and Neil Giraldo, Nazareth with the Headpins, and Kiss, while August 8 and 9 brings BC rockers Chilliwack to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. Rock on!

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Festivals SIDNEY DAYS to July 1 Celebrations of community and Canada Day, including parade, pancake breakfast and family-friendly events. www. peninsulacelebrations.ca Map 2 I2 Canada Day July 1 Take in a variety of activities around the Inner Harbour. www.victoriacanadaday.ca VICTORIA PRIDE WEEK July 1 to 7 Festivities from the Victoria Pride Society, concluding with the Pride Parade and Festival July 7. Parade starts at noon at Government and Pandora streets; the festival follows at MacDonald Park in James Bay. Various venues. www.victoriapridesociety.org SAANICH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL July 7 Take in this 45th annual community celebration at beautiful Beaver Lake. www.saanich.ca Map 2 H7 SKA FESTIVAL July 9 to 13 Summerfavourite ska music in all its forms is showcased at both indoor and outdoor venues. Highlights include Mad Kaddies, Katchafire, Tanya Stephens and many more. Various venues. www. victoriaskafest.ca VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL BUSKER FESTIVAL July 19 to 28 Many of the world’s top street performers take to event stages located across downtown. Free and for all ages. 250-590-8709. www.victoriabuskers.com TASTE: VICTORIA’S FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINE July 25 to 28 Taste the bounty of Vancouver Island at this celebration of local food and wine. Various venues. www.victoriataste.com FREE-B FILM FESTIVAL Friday & Saturday nights in August Familyfriendly film-festival at Beacon Hill Park’s Cameron Bandshell. Bring your own snacks, blankets and flashlights,

they’ll provide the hidden gems from moviemaking history! August 2 Karate Kid; August 3, Flash Gordon; August 9 UHF; August 10 Never Ending Story; August 16 The Iron Giant; August 17 Big Trouble in Little China; August 23 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; August 24 Smokey and the Bandit Movies start at 9pm. www.freebfilmfest.com Map 1 F12 VICTORIA DRAGONBOAT FESTIVAL August 16 to 18 Dragonboaters from near and far converge on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, along with food, entertainment, cultural demonstrations and more. www.victoriadragonboat.com Map 1 E9 Integrate Arts Festival August 23 and 24 Gallery art crawl, music, performance art and independent artist displays; meet local artists, curators and musicians creating Victoria’s vibrant cultural scene. A map will be available from participating organizations or download a mobile map at www. integratearts.ca VICTORIA FRINGE FESTIVAL August 22 to September 1 Drama, dance and comedy from around the world converge in downtown Victoria for this 27th annual festival. Various venues. www.intrepidtheatre.com Vancouver Island Blues Bash August 31 to September 2 The 19th

annual festival welcomes both local and international stars, filling the outdoor stage at the Inner Harbour with live blues, R&B and more, including both free and ticketed performances. 250388-4423. www.jazzvictoria.ca Map 1 E9

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Maur Road, Downtown Langford. www. goldstreamstationmarket.ca Map 2 F9 JAMES BAY COMMUNITY MARKET Saturdays, May through October Locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, entertainment and more, at the corner of Superior and Menzies streets, 9am to 3pm. www.jamesbaymarket.com Map 1 E8

METCHOSIN FARMER’S MARKET Sundays, through October Taste the freshness growing on the farms of Greater’s Victoria’s Metchosin community, 11am to 2pm. 4450 Happy Valley Rd. www. metchosinfarmersmarket.blog.com Map 2 E11

MOSS STREET MARKET Saturdays, through mid-October Locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, entertainment and more, at the corner of Fairfield and Moss streets, 10am to 2pm. www.mossstreetmarket.com Map 1 I11

OAK BAY VILLAGE NIGHT MARKET July 17 & August 21 Stroll along Oak Bay Avenue and enjoy locally grown fruits and veggies, plus entertainment and the work of area artisans including woodturning, handmade greeting cards, glass art, paper casting, fabric arts, jewellery, preserves and more, 4 to 8pm. Map 2 J10 PENINSULA COUNTRY MARKET Saturdays to Thanksgiving Excellent country market in the heart of Victoria’s farming community featuring fresh fruits, veggies, locally grown plants, crafts and more. Family fun! Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys X Rd, www. peninsulacountrymarket.com Map 2 H5

BASTION SQUARE PUBLIC MARKET Thursday to Sunday to September 29 A colourful and eclectic European-style artisans marketplace featuring original local arts and crafts, entertainment and more. Sundays include farmer’s market. Bastion Square, at the foot of Wharf Street, opposite The Bay centre and overlooking the Inner Harbour. www.bastionsquare.ca Map 1 E8

SIDNEY SUMMER MARKET Thursdays, to August 29 Evening market along Sidney’s main street, Beacon Avenue, closed to traffic and filled with foods, crafts, art, entertainment and more. A favourite summer activity! Beacon Avenue, Sidney. Map 2 H2

chinatown night MARKET July 10 & August 14 Visit Canada’s oldest Chinatown for this night market. 500 Block of Fisgard St. www. chinatownnightmarket.ca

SYMPHONY Splash Hugely popular outdoor concert extravaganza as the Victoria Symphony performs from a barge in the Inner Harbour. www. victoriasymphony.ca Inner Harbour,

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Nazareth with the Headpins July 6 Take in the hard rock super group Nazareth, with Canadian guests the Headpins. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-386-6121 www.rmts. bc.ca Map 1 F7 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo July 10 Rockstar vocals and inimitable guitar skills. University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium, 250-721-8480, www.auditorium.uvic.ca Map 2 J8 Rock the SHores 2013 July 13 & 14 Huge summer concert featuring Weezer, Sam Roberts Band, Mother Mother, City and Colour, Matthew Good, The Sheepdogs, Awolnation and more. Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre lower fields, 1768 Island Hwy, 250478-8384. www.rocktheshores.com Map 2 G9

special skills demonstrations.Save-onFoods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, 250-220-7777. www.pacifictattoo. ca Map 2 G6 STOMP August 27 to September 1 The percussion masterpiece that has delighted fans around the world for its use of everyday objects to create rhythm enjoys its Victoria premier. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, 250-3866121 www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

Sports Victoria HarbourCaTs Victoria’s entry in the West Coast League, featuring elite college-level baseball players competing against 11 Pacific Northwest teams. Royal Athletic Park. Map 1 H6 www.harbourcats.com VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS High-level soccer action with Victoria’s United Soccer League team. Full schedule online. Royal Athletic Park, 250-5908432. www.victoriahighlandersfc.com Map 1 H6

The Pacific Tattoo July 13 & 14 Western Canada’s musical extravaganza featuring military bands, massed pipes and drums, dancers and

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Stage & Film 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, 250-953IMAX. www.imaxvictoria.com Map 1 E9 Brighton Beach Memoirs July 2 to 14 Neil Simon’s hilarious semiauto biographical comedy about the trials and tribulations of growing up. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

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The Wingfield Trilogy July 30 to August 25 Reprising the first three episodes of the Wingfield comedy series, featuring the acting talents of Rod Beattie. Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave, 250-385-6815. www. belfry.bc.ca Map 1 J6 My Fair Lady August 6 to 18 Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre presents this beloved Broadway musical from Allan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, 250-386-6121. www.rmts.bc.ca Map 1 F7

Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride July 6, 7, 13 & 14 Seventeen short performances

of comedy, drama, improv, dance, music and more performed continuously along the Galloping Goose Trail. Enjoy a short bike ride between shows. Box office, bike rentals, bike decorating, refreshments, entertainment will be at Cecelia Ravine Park. Family friendly. 250-386-7526, www.skam.ca Map 2 I9 Smalltown: A Pickup Musical August 13 to 25 Presented by Theatre SKAM in the Victoria High School field (enter through Belfry Theatre at 1291 Gladstone Ave), enjoy this new Canadian musical about a small town in British Columbia. Performed from the back of a pickup truck. 250-386-7526, www.skam.ca Map 1 J6 SHAKESPEARE IN THE SUMMER July 17 to August 17 Head outdoors to enjoy live summer theatre, celebrating its eighth season in Victoria. Featured this year are Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure for Measure. Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Lansdowne Road at Foul Bay Road. http://vicshakespeare. com Map 2 J9

This & That Cadillac Car Show July 14 Canada’s largest Cadillac car show rolls into Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, 10am, to 4pm. Off Ocean Blvd, in Colwood. Fort Rodd Hill Rd, 250478-5849. www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill Map 2 G9

Art Gallery PAINT-IN July 20 Enjoy the creativity of local artists, working along the beautiful tree-lined Moss Street, from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to Dallas Road. www.aggv.bc.ca SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW July 26 to August 5 This juried show of local artists highlights some of the region’s finest work. SEAPARC Arena, 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke, 250-642-7256. www. sookefinearts.com Collector Car Festival August 11 Oak Bay Avenue is transformed into a pedestrian walkway as 250 to 300 vintage and collector cars of all makes and models are showcased. Bowker Creek Brush Up August 11 Enjoy more than 40 artists displaying, demonstrating and selling their art along beautiful Bowker Creek in Oak Bay, 11am to 4:30pm. Music, refreshments. www.oakbayartists.com Map 2 J9


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SHACKLETON’S A N TA R C T I C A D V E N T U R E A testament to the heroism and endurance of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-man crew who survived nearly two years trapped in the Antarctic. Playing in conjunction with the Race to the End of the Earth exhibition May 17 – October 14, 2013 at the Royal BC Museum. Also Playing

Kenya: Animal Kingdom | Rocky Mountain Express | Flight of the Butterflies Hollywood Feature Films | Shows daily from 10am For information on all current films, showtimes and rates 250-480-4887

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Winchester Watercolours: Toni Onley Winchester Galleries’ Humboldt Valley location welcomes an exhibit of works by one of Canada's most celebrated painters with Toni Onley: West Coast Watercolours. Best known for his watercolours, Onley (1928-2004) left behind an impressive collection of work that Winchester Galleries, Toni Onley, Grainger Peak also included serigraphs, etchings, drawings and collages. In addition location will be Collector’s on the Oak Bay waterfront to the downtown exhibit, July 1 Choice Summer 2013, featuring at 1159 Beach Dr. Coming up to 31, a concurrent show will be a mix of both historical and in August at the Humboldt held at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, contemporary work.

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West End Gallery, Lois Scott, Round Vessel Blown, Diamond Carved and cold worked glass.

Discover glorious new glassworks from Canada’s most celebrated artists as Victoria’s West End Gallery welcomes the annual Canadian Glass Show, a “must do event” for every summer calendar! New artist Lois Scott is proving popular among collectors already as her deeply carved works exude a manifestation of constructive and destructive forces. Utilizing an amalgam of processes, including hot and cold worked glass, carving, etching and polishing, Scott’s sculptural pieces are thick and architectural while maintaining a minimal form. By deeply carving and sculpting the surfaces her work reveals a landscape of visual and tactile interaction, following the natural patterns in the glass as well as her own sense of design and whimsy.

Celebrate Victoria’s artistic diversity Discover the capital city’s diverse arts scene August 23 and 24 when Victoria hosts the seventh annual Integrate Arts Festival. Featuring both opening and closing celebrations, a gallery art crawl, music, performance art, and independent artist displays, the festival provides an excellent opportunity to discover Victoria’s art galleries and organizations and meet the city's artists, curators and musicians. A map will be available from participating organizations or download a mobile map at www.integratearts.ca

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Y art Galleries ALCHERINGA GALLERY Aboriginal art from the Canadian Northwest Coast, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mua Island and the Soloman Islands. To July 23 Paddling on the Pacific. 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 July 14 Landscape Prints by Kawase Hasui (1883 -1957) To September 8 David Blackwood, Black Ice: Prints from Newfoundland; To July 7 A Postcard from Victoria; To November 3 The Art of Kiyoshi Saito; To September 22 Fanciful Japanese Banko Ceramics. 1040 Moss St, 250-384-4171. Map 1 I9 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. August 31 See Angela Morgan and Crystal Heath painting on-site. 2184 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2184. Map 2 J9 www.theavenuegallery.com ‘CHOSIN POTTERY Celebrating 29 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 July 27 Marla Thirsk: The Shadows Behind. 22

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Jennifer McIntyre and Wendy Oppelt. 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 Marion Evamy, rock n’ roll pony of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal The Wild West goes Red and wood. Discover Oak Bay’s red art gallery saddles up this stunning pieces by Martha Sturdy and July to welcome guests and artists from and an exciting choice Stampede City when Celebrating the Wild of jewellery, watches, West – Calgary Connections comes to tableware and desktop accessories the gallery July 6 to 13. “Saddle up and by Georg Jensen. saunter on down to the red gallery corral July Ira Hoffecker and enjoy some cowtown hospitality!” August Taryn Brown At Mattick's Farm, 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333. Oak Bay Ave, 250-881-0462 www. thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com redartgallery.ca Map 2 J10 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 10-per-cent-off regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-384-5233. www.jademine.com 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. 630 Yates St, 250-381-7670. Map 1 F7

Madrona GALLERY This historical and contemporary fine art gallery in the heart of downtown showcases both established and emerging Canadian artists. 606 View St, 250-380-4660. Map 1 E8

Red Art GALLERY Charming contemporary gallery in the Oak Bay Village, featuring award-winning Canadian artists, largely from BC and Alberta. July 6 to 13 Celebrating the Wild West – Calgary Connections. 2033

WINCHESTER GALLERIES Specializing in contemporary, historical and local Canadian, European and International paintings. Winchester Galleries offers a wide diversity of original fine art including works by such artists as Jean Paul Riopelle, Claude Tousignant, Yves Gaucher, Jean McEwen, Harold Klunder, Ronald Bloore, John Hartman, David Blackwood, Joe Plaskett, Max Bates and WJ Phillips. At Oak Bay July 6 to 27 Terry Fenton: Recent Seascapes. At Humboldt Valley July 1 to 31 Toni Onley: West Coast Watercolours. August: Collector's Choice. At Winchester Modern to August 31: David Blackwood: Selected Works on Paper. Open Tues to Sat, 10am to 5:30pm. Winchester Modern, 758 Humboldt St, 250386-2773, Map 1 F9; Winchester Humboldt Valley, 796 Humboldt St, 250-382-7750, Map 1 F9; Winchester Galleries Oak Bay, 2260 Oak Bay Ave, 250-595-2777. Map 2 J10 www. winchestergalleriesltd.com WEST END GALLERY Featuring changing exhibits of works by Canadian artists. July & August. Canadian Glass Show and The Best of BC Painters Open 10am to 5:30pm Mon to Fri; 10am to 5pm Sat, 11am to 4pm Sun. 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009. Map 1 F8


DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH HIS EYES.

See the world’s largest exhibit of original works by the legendary artist, Robert Bateman. 470 Belleville St, Victoria, BC in the inner harbour. 250-940-3630 Open daily from 10 am www.batemancentre.org

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Set sail for the West Coast Galley Located as it is at the tip of Vancouver Island, the sea figures prominently in Victoria’s favourite pastimes. Food culture is also huge with the bounty of local oceans appearing on more than a few menus. These two passions have come together beautifully in Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, by veterans of the Victoria’s Swiftsure International Yacht Race, Lorna Malone, and her daughters Alison Malone Eathorne, and Hilary Malone. A new title from Harbour Publishing, the sailing-themed cookbook features more than 100 sea-tested gourmet recipes suitable for both meals aboard and the home dining table – and any cook will appreciate the benefits of thoughtful preparation, clever shortcuts, local ingredients, a hearty dose of creativity and fast, fresh, delicious meals!

While Victoria offers many excellent family-friendly activities – the Bug Zoo and Butterfly Gardens are a must! – sometimes kids just need a little downtime. If you're looking for an interesting activity to keep them busy, stop by the Royal BC Museum where both the Museum Shop and the National Geographic IMAX Store are filled with excellent ideas. If settling in with a good book is more their speed, Ivy’s Bookshop on Oak Bay Avenue is a favourite for families...along with the nearby Timeless Toys. Crafty kids will love the beautiful possibilities awaiting at

Beadworld, while those who prefer the fabric arts will love exploring Knotty by Nature Fibre Arts and the Beehive Wool Shop, where inspiration awaits on every shelf.

Outstanding! Have you been wowed by outstanding service while visiting Victoria? The Victoria Hospitality Awards want to hear about it! Sponsored by Black Press, the City of Victoria, the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria, Tourism British Columbia, Tourism Victoria and WHERE Victoria Magazine, the awards recognize those in the local hospitality industry who go above and beyond to offer exceptional customer service. If you’ve met someone who fits the bill, nominate your star at www.victoriahospitalityawards.com

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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.

BeDDING & LINENS . . . . . . . 26 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 CHocolates . . . . . . . . . 26 Crafts & Hobbies . . . . . . . 26 Department Stores . . . . . 26 Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 FOOTWEAR . . . . . . . . . . 26 Jewellery . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Kitchen & Home Decor . . . 28 Markets & Specialty Foods . 28 Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Shopping Centres & Districts. 28 SPECIALTY shops . . . . . . . 28

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

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 BEEHIVE WOOL SHOP BC's largest selection of luxurious yarns and knitting accessories, with more than 3,000 square feet of unique local and imported yarns. Habu, sweetgeorgia, Fleece Artist, madelinetosh, Lorna's Laces, Shi Bui and much more! While you're in, be sure to see the fabulous collection of readymade scarves. Friendly, experienced staff. Open daily. 1700 Douglas St, 250-385-2727 www.beehivewoolshop. com Map 1 F8 KNOTTY BY NATURE Catering to all textile artisans, including First Nations, local designers, weavers, spinners, felters and knitters, find fibres from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands plus organic wool and natural dyes. Consignment sale of work by local fibre artists. 1704 Lillian Rd, 250-412-0198. www.kbnfibres.ca Map 1 F6

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

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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

ROGERS’ CHOCOLATES This Victoria icon has been producing fine chocolates for more than 100 years. Beautifully wrapped gift packages. Worldwide mail order service. 913 Government St, 250-384-7021. Map 1 E8 2234 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2911. Map 2 J10

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

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

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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 – everything from socks and shirts to dresses and jackets. See how gorgeous green can be! 1102 Government St, www.hempandcompany.com Map 1 E8 422 Craigflower Rd. Map 1 B5 Sh:ft Natural Fashion 547 Johnson St. Map 1 E7 In Sidney at 2348 Beacon Ave. Map 2 H2

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 and Jones New York. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm. 1000 Douglas St, 250-3862443, www.pjboutique.com Map 1 F8

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

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


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Y shopping 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 10-per-centoff regular priced items. World-wide shipping. 911 Government St, 250-3845233. www.jademine.com 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 aray 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

Markets & Specialty Foods Lifestyle Markets Providing the finest natural foods and supplements to residents and visitors since 1995, find three locations to serve you in your travels: 2950 Douglas St, 250-3843388 Map 2 I9 343 Cook St, 250-3815450 Map 1 H10 and in Sidney, 9769 Fifth St, 250-656-2326 Map 2 I2 www.lifestylemarkets.com

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, 250-590-2822. www.barkpetboutique.com Map 1 J10

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Shopping Centres & Districts 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 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 THE BAY CENTRE Spectacular fourlevel galleria, featuring more than 90 shops and services in a unique heritage setting. Find all your favourite brand names, from fashions to fragrance, cameras to Canadiana. Featuring Aerosoles, Eco Chic Spa & Salon, Guess, Jacob, Melanie Lyne, Sport Chek, The Bay, Quiksilver and GoodLife Fitness. Open daily. Corner of Government St and Fort St, 250-952-5690. www. thebaycentre.ca Map 1 F8

Specialty Shops ARTISAN WINE SHOP Find an excellent selection of fine BC wines, including Mission Hill Winery, Mission Ridge, Prospect Winery and Painted Turtle, along with gifts and accessories and wine tastings. 644 Broughton St, 250-384-9994, www.artisanwineshop. ca Map 1 E8 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 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 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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oakbay Welcome to

Victoria’s Seaside Village

A vibrant community only 10 minutes from downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island, Oak Bay is a world away from the rush of everyday life. An unhurried day may be spent browsing one-of-a-kind shops and galleries, strolling through the many green spaces or soaking up the ambience in cafes and bistros.

Come take a peek and stay for a treat. Full Grooming Services All Natural Foods & Treats Collars & Leashes Specialty Beds & Carriers

Paintings • Sculpture • Glass • Jewellery

Predisposed to Harmony oil on canvas 40 x 20

ANGELA MORGAN new paintings

2241 Oak Bay Ave.

2041 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC ~ 250-590-2822 www.barkpetboutique.com

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A picture-perfect community There’s no better way to get to know a community than from the people who live there every day. So what do the locals know about Oak Bay, a picturesque community of world-class dining and galleries, shopping, heritage buildings and outdoor pursuits? Located just minutes from downtown Victoria and easily reached by car, transit or bicycle, start by discovering the Oak Bay waterfront. Scenic Marine Drive, linking Oak Bay with downtown Victoria and Saanich, is a particular favourite for those out for a leisurely drive or bike ride. From here, you can also access some of the numerous beaches perfect for launching ocean adventures, from kayaking and windsurfing to beachcombing and summer swimming.

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Kids will love the Oak Bay Marina’s resident seals that come to the dock in Oak Bay each day (buy packets of frozen fish from the marina store to feed them), and look carefully – you may also spot otters looking for a snack. Oak Bay Recreation Centre boasts one of the city’s best family-friendly pools, take the kids for a round at the Par 3 Henderson Golf Course, or taking in one of the many community events planned throughout the year. Oak Bay is known for its heritage homes, beautiful residential gardens and lovely parks. Enjoy a heritage walking tour or stroll the numerous “secret” paths linking local neighbourhoods, take in the view from Anderson Hill Park or step back in time at the Second World War observation platform still standing at Walbran Park on top of Gonzales Hill – don’t miss the panoramic views of Victoria, the Olympic mountains and the Salish Sea. Urban delights are found along Oak Bay Avenue, where you’ll find restaurants, boutique shopping and wonderful art galleries with ever-changing exhibits of work by Canadian and international artists. Estevan Village is also worth a visit, with shopping and dining just steps from the children’s play park and sandy shores at Willows Beach, a favourite among locals for generations. Discover more at www.beautifuloakbay.com july - august 2013 //

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Mediterranean flavours Downtown’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa welcomed spring with the addition of the new Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar, inspired by the Mediterranean cuisines of Italy and Spain. Drawing on the distinct regional variations of cuisines from Mediterranean regions, in particular Venice (cicchetti is the term for Venetian tapas) and the Spanish coast, menus are bursting with flavour and colour. In addition to lunch, dinner and cicchetti menus, the Catalano bar program includes an interesting wine list with a focus on both BC and international winemakers, as well as traditional and custom cocktails, with added touches including house-made bitters and vermouths.

5 Family-friendly favourites 1. Old Spaghetti Factory – yummy pasta right downtown. 2. Haultain Fish & Chips – picnic perfect. 3. The Roost – great food, funky location! 4. Big Wheel Burgers – great for kids and grown-ups. 5. Galloping Goose Grille – a real find in the West Shore. 32

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From farm to plate Enjoy cuisine crafted straight from the farm at 10 Acres Bistro + Bar. While the bistro is located in the heart of downtown, it draws on delicious seasonal ingredients from its own farm on the Saanich Peninsula.


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Casual Dining 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

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

OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY One of Victoria’s best bets for families! Choose from a varied, affordable menu with

PIG BBQ JOINT A local favourite for pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken

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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 our 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

downtown victoria on government street, in oak bay, in saanich & in sidney

WILD SAFFRON BISTRO Creative flavours with classical undertones are highlights of this charming bistro’s progressive West Coast cuisine. Pair it with awardwinning locally brewed beers and an extensive selection of wines, all presented in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Take in live music and dancing in the adjacent Swans Brewpub. Open Tues through Sat from 5pm 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

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

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TASTE OF THE CITY SWANS BREWPUB Fusing west coast fare with an English pub feel, this destination brewpub has been attracting craft beer enthusiasts and comfort food lovers since 1989. Conveniently located downtown, Swans Brewpub is easily spotted by the bright colours of the heritage building’s exterior and its billowing flowers in the summertime. Swans Brewpub features 9 of Swans mainstays on tap plus a selection of seasonal beers. The Swans Brewery has won over two dozen medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards including a Gold Medal in 2010 for the Coconut Porter. Open daily with live music and dancing in the evenings 506 Pandora Ave 250-361-3310 www.swansbrewpub.com

Sen zushi ZuShi restaurant ReStauRant sen Experience traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi in a fresh, modern atmosphere. Sen Zushi offers a menu to suit every palate, even if you prefer vegetarian. Beautifully prepared and presented, enjoy chicken and steak entrees, or a variety of seafood. With the freshest ingredients, professional chefs consistently create a healthy selection of gourmet meals, a wide range of sushi, delectable dinners and specialty desserts. 940 Fort Street 250-385-4320 www.senzushi.com

WILD SAFFRON BISTRO Have a seat in our warm and inviting dining room and enjoy contemporary west coast fare. In addition to serving dishes that will appeal to a variety of moods, we offer a 3 course dinner that changes daily for only $29.95. The Wild Saffron Bistro features an extensive wine list with a focus on local British Columbia wines, as well as award-winning beer from Swans’ on-site brewery. 1605 Store Street next to Swans Brewpub and Swans Hotel 250-361-3150 www.wildsaffronbistro.com

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TASTE OF THE CITY J&J Wonton noodle House Located on Fort St. between Cook and Vancouver, J&J Wonton Noodle House specialises in Cantonese and Szechuan food. Using as many local ingredients as possible could be a reason for them receiving the title Best of the City more than once! The staff is attentive and friendly and the glassed in kitchen area allows you to watch the chefs preparing your food. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and there are a many daily specials. There are often line-ups so you may want to avoid peak times or reserve. Gluten-free and vegan-friendly options available. Bring the whole family. Tues-Sat, lunch from 11-2 & dinner from 4:30-8:30 1012 Fort St. • 250-383-0680 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, 250590-7627. 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

Chinese JJ's Wonton Noodle House This popular eatery is a favourite among locals for lunch and dinner 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 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

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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

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

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

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

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 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. www.pescatores.com Map 1 E8


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

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JAMES BAY TEAROOM AND RESTAURANT Cosy tea room, relaxed and homey, but very traditional. Easy walk from the Inner Harbour in historic James Bay. Dinner fare features British-style specialities. Great prices. 332 Menzies St, 250382-8282. Map 1 E10

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Harbour House Steps away from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, this charming restaurant has been a local favourite for more than 30 years thanks to exceptional service and cozy setting. Separate dining space accommodates up to 30 people. Enjoy fresh, West Coast favourites such as salmon, Seafood en Croûte and Chateaubriand served table side. Open daily for dinner from 4:30pm. 607 Oswego St, 250-386-1244, Map 1 D9 www.victoriaharbourhouse.com MARINA RESTAURANT With one of Victoria’s most magnificent waterfront settings, the Marina Restaurant in Oak Bay offers a premium dining experience. The restaurant serves the highest quality delicious seafood, regional cuisine and Sunday brunch. Enjoy a selection from their extensive wine list or visit the sushi bar for exotic creations. 1327 Beach Dr, 250-598-8555. www. marinarestaurant.com Map 2 K9 THE PACIFIC The best in local seafood, organic produce, aged beef, free range poultry and BC wines are featured from this beautiful location right on the Harbour, next to the Legislature. Outdoor terrace. Open daily from 6:30am to 10pm. Visit The Mark for ultra-fine dining and the Courtyard Café for great snacks and coffee. Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St, 250-380-4458. www. pacificrestaurant.com Map 1 D9

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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

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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 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, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and Centre of the Universe. Just east of Elk/Beaver Lake Park is the seaside neighbourhood of Cordova Bay, valued for its rural beauty and unparalleled views of Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands. Highlights here include a charming collection of shops and galleries called Mattick’s Farm, Cordova Bay and The Ridge golf courses.


Y essential city SAANICH PENINSULA AND SIDNEY The pastoral Saanich Peninsula is home to a number of excellent attractions, including the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Heritage Acres and several wineries. Enjoy good cycling opportunities and pleasant drives throughout the Peninsula. Sidney is a charming seaside town with picturesque marinas, oceanside walking paths and great restaurants, galleries and shops. Sidney attractions include the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and the BC Aviation Museum. WEST SHORE COMMUNITIES AND SOOKE West of Victoria along Highway 14, discover the communities of View Royal, Highlands, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke, which offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. West Shore attractions include Olympic View Golf Course, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Hatley Park at Royal Roads University, Adrena Line Zipline, the Sooke Region Museum and a thriving arts community. West of Sooke, find beautiful scenery at French, China, Sombrio and Botanical beaches.

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. 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

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Get hip to these tours View the city sites in comfort and style aboard one of Victoria’s newest attractions: Victoria Hippo Tours. The safe, comfortable amphibious vehicles allow guests to take in the Garden City from both land and sea, perfect for this Island escape. The relaxing 90-minute tours depart regularly from the Inner Harbour at 468 Belleville St, passing many of the Capital’s top attractions, from the Fairmont Empress and the Parliament Buildings to Chinatown and Beacon Hill Park. With knowledgeable staff and tour guides, enjoy a tour of Victoria like never before! 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 CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE This 7,000-sq-ft visitor interpretive facility offers an exciting glimpse into astronomy and Canadian research into deep space. Inside the Centre. Hours vary; call for details. Located 16km from Victoria on Little Saanich Mountain, off West Saanich Rd, 250-363-8262. Map 2 H6

CFB ESQUIMALT NAVAL AND MILITARY MUSEUM 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 EMILY CARR HOUSE Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most famous artists, was born in this house in 1871. 207 Government St, a few blocks behind the Legislative Buildings,250-383-5843, www.emilycarr.com Map 1 E11 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 Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Specialty and demonstration gardens. Open daily; hours and admission vary. 505 Quayle Rd, 250479-6162, 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


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Y essential city 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. 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 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 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 42

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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 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 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. 812 Wharf St, Lower Causeway Level, 250-3834884. 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

Tours CHINATOWN WALKS To August 31 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

at 10:30 am. Explore Canada’s oldest Chinatown, more than 150 years old! History, social customs, politics and religion are discussed on these professional 90-minute walking tours. No reservations needed. Start at the “Bright Pearl” (in front of Starbucks Coffee at the corner of Government and Fisgard streets). Adults $15; students & seniors $13. Rain or shine. Call 250-384-6698 for details. www. discoverthepast.com GHOSTLY WALKS To August 31 Nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm Fascinating 90-minute walking tours past downtown Victoria’s spookiest spots. Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in British Columbia. 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. Map 1 B10 www.helijet.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.


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