Friday, December 30, 2011

Great New Fresh Snow at Mt. Washington...where are you?

To see the video of the fresh snow on mt. Washington, click here. Great New Fresh Snow at Mt. Washington...where are you?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hamper Party a huge sucess thanks to Joyce Kline and Peter Such

An annual Christmas Hamper party that brought some 300 people together that jointly produce 158 hampers that the Salvation Army delivered to grateful people throught out Greater Victoria was held December 18 at the home of Joyce Kline and Peter Such. Well done Joyce, Peter and Friends. This amazing event just continues to get bigger and bigger and the idea has now spread to other North American cities and what a great idea it is. To see more pictures go to our Facebook page.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Santa Bringing Snow This Christmas to Mount Washington

Santa Bringing Snow This Christmas!
Image: The Pepsi Torchlight Parade and Fireworks will light up the night sky on Boxing Day.

La Nina was in full force in November. The snow was falling fast and furious, the temperatures were below normal and Mount Washington opened ahead of schedule. It was the kind of early season dreams are made of. Then something strange happened, La Nina went on holidays.

“Since opening on December 2nd, we've had one of the sunniest, driest Decembers on record,” explains Resort spokesperson Brent Curtain. “That's not what you would expect from a La Nina weather pattern. It's been a great start for fairweather skiers and boarders but not the best for the powderhounds.”

Looking at the forecast, it appears the sunny and dry conditions are going to change pretty quick and it definitely looks like La Nina's holiday is coming to an end. According to, snow is expected to fall moderately beginning Friday afternoon with heavy accumulations expected through Sunday.

“It looks like we may get another epic Christmas Eve like last season,” says Curtain.

Going back to last year's Christmas Holiday, Mount Washington received a whopping 1.5 metres of snow on Christmas Eve. The snow in the forecast isn't expected to arrive in the same epic proportions that it did last year, but new snow is more than welcome for the holiday season.

“The new snow will put a nice frosting on the trees and turn the Resort into a winter wonderland just in time for Christmas, thanks Santa!”

The conditons will be perfect for Mount Washington's holiday events over the next two weeks:

December 23 Carols by Candlelight
December 24 Christmas Eve Service
December 26 Pepsi Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
December 31 New Year's Eve Celebrations

If you're looking for a white Christmas, Mount Washington is the perfect location! For more information on the holiday events, check out the full event calendar at

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and Island Express service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to for additional information including our live snow cam.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sun Shines on Victoria To Golf or not to Golf

Sun Shines on Victoria - To Golf or not to Golf, that is the question. The golfer next to the oak tree has a Santa hat on. I love golf, but I have my limits. These photos were taken around 11:30 am this morning and although it was sunny, the temperature was only about 5C or 41F. I like about 15C for a minimum to golf...yes I know, what a weep! Check out our Facebook page for more photos and to see what our City fountain looks like at 5C or 41 F. Enjoy

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Birds and Seals get hungry too....

Today I took my granddaughter to the Oak Bay Marina to feed the seals and to Esquimalt Lagoon because these are a couple of her favourite things to do. It was a nice day and all the critters were really hungry. Merry Christmas critters....from Madison. For more pictures go to our Facebook page.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CVS Sightseeing Tour to Butchart Gardens

Last night members of the Victoria Guest Services Network toured the incredible Butchart Gardens winter display. The Gardens do such an amazing job it is easy to see why they are the number one tourist attraction in Victoria and why they are world famous. The displays are amazing and the light show is simply incredible. Thousands of lights cover the flower beds, trees, walk-ways and buildings. Search for the 12 Days of Christmas displays as you walk through the Gardens. We all had a ride on the Carousel which is also world class. All of the critters are wood carved, which is amazing in this day and age. We finished our tour with supper in the blue poppy. Everyone raved about the great food. Well done Butchart Gardens. Thanks to Josh Bickerton from Sales and Marketing for organizing and guiding our tour and to Dawn as well and to April, manager of the Blue Poppy Restaurant for making sure we were all well fed. Butchart is such a classy organization. Be sure to visit the Gardens and see for yourself. Bring you family and friends. There is definitely something for everyone. For more pictures visit our Facebook sight. Thanks to Tom and driver Adrienne from CVS Sightseeing for arranging and driving us to and from Butchart Gardens. CVS are the best way to get to and from the Gardens.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mount Baker viewed from Victoria BC West Shore

Today Victoria is covered in glorious sunshine and a high pressure over the city is giving us incredible views of our surroundings. Mount Baker to the east of the city is beautiful as you can see.

See more pictures on our Facebook page.