Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
DATE: 29 November 2013
VICTORIA BUTTERFLY GARDENS REOPENS 07 DECEMBER AFTER FACILITY UPGRADE
After a 9 week ‘metamorphosis’ Victoria Butterfly Gardens is now ready to emerge from their pupae and show off their new wings, or in this case their new roof and redesign. December 7, 2013 is the grand reopening of Victoria Butterfly Gardens.
The facility is a 12,000 square foot glass house, although now the new roof has been made from a polycarbonate material, which weighs very little in comparison to glass. Its insulation properties are up to ten times better than the glass roof that was there before, plus it provides a much safer environment in the event of an earthquake.
David Roberts, General Manager said “It was the right time. The building has been in existence for over 20 years and as technology changes we wanted to take advantage of these factors to lower our carbon footprint.” Because the Gardens are tropical and host a variety of tropical plant life, birds and other creatures the temperature is maintained at a balmy 25 degrees Celsius. The energy savings are expected to be considerable with this new roof.
“We have been getting so many questions about every aspect of the construction, relating to the animals, butterflies and plants. Pupae are onsite and will have emerged into butterflies by the time we open 07 December.
Our friends in the industry have helped keep our animals safe and healthy during the closure. Some have stayed in temporary housing on site and others have been housed at approved homes of site. The safety and wellbeing of their animals is of paramount importance. They are part of our family. Most of the animals at Butterfly Gardens have come from private homes where owners have not been able to look after them any longer, and some have been rescued from places where they were not receiving the care they need.”
Other improvements have been to the look and feel of the admissions and gift shop area, which are now more user friendly and inviting to guests. The average guest will not notice the change in the roof but many of the pillars have been removed for better sight lines and visitors will definitely notice some of the new tropical birds that have just arrived.
All in all, “the Jungle”, as the staff like to refer to it, is ready to give you a dose of the tropics. So as the weather outside gets colder, wetter and gray….a trip to Butterfly Gardens is like a trip to a tropical paradise.
Christmas lights are on in the jungle from 10am daily with last admission at 5pm from December 7-31 (closed Christmas day).
Contact: David Roberts, General Manager. Victoria Butterfly Gardens. (250)508-0075, email: email@example.com
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
We had another excellent lunch at Shirley Lang's recently opened Boutique Bistro at 638 Fisgard Street. in the Ambrosia Event Centre. Today we had Sweet Spicy Smokey Chilli and Seafood Stew. The Chilli was one of the very best we have ever had. I am not aware of any restaurant in Victoria that changes the menu every day, like Shirley does. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tonight members of the Victoria Guest Services Network were hosted by the owner of Nautical Nellies. Jeff wanted the opportunity to showcase his new menu items to workers in the tourism industry. Jeff told me that he wanted everyone who comes to Nautical Nellies to feel like they are at home and have exactly the kind of individual experience they are looking for. Jeff emphasized at Nautical Nellies he guarantees a quality you won't find anywhere else, always served with a smile by friendly, caring and knowledgeable staff. I checked around and everyone I talked to through the course of the meal said exactly that. Most said that it was the best restaurant in Victoria and the food was always top quality and very delicious. Jeff brought out a series of tasting plates that included Corn and Clam Chowder, sushi (Hawaiian Role and Mermaid Roll), Crocodile Sliders (croc meat from Australia), a Lobster Sandwich, Iva Mae’s Spinach and Crab Dip, and a superb West Coast Paella. VGSN members were also treated to drinks from an impressive wine, cocktail, martini and beer menu. The food was absolutely delicious. The attached photos also show some of the main courses enjoyed by VGSN members . What a feast! The servers were skillful and friendly, and we were amazed at how quickly our meals arrived at the table, considering that the restaurant was busy and we were a group of 30. Jeff has been in business for 17 years in Victoria and from what we saw this evening, it is easy to see why he is so successful. There are many great reason for choosing Nautical Nellies, including a great location on Victoria's waterfront, lots of parking, great staff, superior food, comprehensive food and drink menus, beautiful decor, a caring attitude, an oyster bar, and the best seafood and steaks in Victoria. We always recommend Nautical Nellies when seafood is called for. Our guests have always been impressed and it is our "go-to" restaurant for special occasions. So why not impress your guests when they arrive in Victoria? You won't be disappointed either.
For more pictures from Nautical Nellies please go to our Facebook Page.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Tonight we attended the Grand Opening of the Kitchens of Distinction Boutique Bistro and the Ambrosia Catering and Convention Centre. His Worship Mayor of Victoria Dean Fortin, assisted by Bistro owner Shirley Lang and Centre Manager Guy Le Monnier cut the ribbon. Mayor Nils Jensen from Oak Bay was also in attendance as was Councillor Pamela Madoff from the City of Victoria. About 200 people attended to congratulate Shirley and Guy and enjoy delicious appetizers and champagne in the newly refurbished Ambrosia Centre. It has been some time since we have attended an event here and the transformation achieved by French trained chef (and owner of Island Gourmet Catering), Guy Le Monnier is stunning. Guy took over the business and expanded on the solid foundation of good work and quality reputation built by its former owners. Both businesses, Shirley Lang’s Boutique Bistro and Guy’s Ambrosia Conference and Event Centre are centrally positioned at 638 Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria in historic Chinatown. Situated between Government and Douglas streets on the main floor of Ashlar Manor, it is a short walk from Victoria City Hall and Centennial Square. Affordable, secure covered parking is located directly across the street in the City Parkade. In the month that Shirley has been in business, the accolades for her delicious food have poured in. If you have not visited her Boutique Bistro and checked out Guy’s Conference and Event Centre, you are missing something special. Congratulations Shirley and Guy. While at the Bistro, check out the feature artist of the month, currently photographic artist Laura Breckenridge.For more pictures please go to our Facebook Page.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Ever since Madison was little she loved to chase the gulls, or perhaps she thinks she can fly like they do! When we get into the lagoon and pull out the hen scratch, they start coming from every corner of the Lagoon. Geese, ducks of all kinds, gulls, swans, and pigeons all flock to the shore, even if you don't have food, they think you do. It was another great late October afternoon as the fog finished burning off just as we arrived. What a beautiful place we live in. For more pictures please go to our Facebook page.