Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from now until October 15th, Bastion Square is transformed into a colourful and eclectic European-style artisan's showcase and open-air marketplace; vendors sell original paintings and prints, stained glass, multi-media jewelry, woodwork, pottery, herbal soaps, clothing and accessories, and so much more.
Many artisans will be demonstrating their work on-site from 11am on.
On May 1st, the popular Government Street Market moves into Centennial Square, to offer its exciting assortment of crafts, locally-designed clothing, imports, food, and entertainment, as well as a farmer's market. The "Sunday Market in the Square" will run from May until September 25th, every Sunday from 11 am - 4:30 pm.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
If you want to ski or snowboard at Mount Washington, this weekend is your last chance to hit the slopes. The final weekend of the snowiest season on record sees the resort reopen this Friday, April 22nd through to Easter Monday on April 25th.
“We've seen more snow fall on the mountain this winter than any other on record,” explains resort spokesperson Brent Curtain. “Our total snowfall accumulation to date is over 1840 centimetres, which surpasses our previous record of 1835 centimetres in the 1998-99 season.”
The old record fell last week when a significant weather system moved through the region. The system dumped over 40 centimetres of new snow onto Mount Washington's slopes. The La Nina weather phenomenon, which was predicted in early fall, brought a barrage of snow early to the mountain in November and never let up.
“Even with snow settling and less frequent snowfall over the last two weeks, the amount of snow we have up here for late April is amazing,” adds Curtain.
Ideal late season conditions have enabled the resort to keep its Ozone Snowtubing Park, Nordic Centre, and Sunset Ski programs running right up until the final weekend.
“You can still go cross-country skiing, night ski, or slide down the lanes in our Tubing Park in near perfect snow conditions,” says Director of Business Operations Don Sharpe. “This will also be the last weekend for our Green Chair, the longest serving chairlift on the mountain.”
The venerable Green Chair is the anchor of Mount Washington's Green Zone learners area and was installed when the mountain began operations back in 1979. The mountain will remove the lift this summer and there are plans already in place for a whole new look for next season.
“Our main goal is to make the new Green Zone as user-friendly and accessible as possible,” explains Sharpe. “If you want to ride the Green Chair one more time for nostalgia's sake, now is the time to do it!”
Mount Washington's last weekend is jam-packed full of great events which includes the two-day Monster Rail Jam-o-rama beginning Friday evening and an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday. Don't forget that the first two stages, the alpine and nordic legs, of the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Race take place on the mountain on May 1.
For all the details on Mount Washington's final weekend of the season, surf to mountwashington.ca.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort's final weekend of winter operations takes place April 22-25. The 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 www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live snow cam.
Photo courtesy of Bear Mountain.
One of the best golf courses on Vancouver Island is Bear Mountain...there are actually 2 - 18-hole golf courses - the mountain course that features the 19th hole shown above and the Valley Course. My favourite is the Valley Course because every hole looks like a signature hole to me. John and Lori Randall are the pros that run the golf academy at Bear Mountain. They are two of the best instructors around. My wife Linda and I have taken some lessons from Lori and she was great! Check out Bear Mountain soon.
The Junction Artist Market opened April 17th. This is NOT just another market -- It's like a Fair with workshops for the kids, Strolling Entertainers, and Special Interactive Events for the Whole Family. And they will be DIFFERENT, EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY!
Each and Every Artist will Dazzle you with their Abilities and Personality.
EACH AND EVERY VISITOR has at least one chance to WIN our Weekly Door Prize!
There will be beautiful hand crafted art objects on display,yours to be bought or won.
There will be events that you can talk about all week long!
We are just one hour away from both Victoria and Nanaimo, so after your Sunday Brunch, head over to Whippletree Junction and get in on the fun!
Every Sunday April 17 to October 16 from 11AM to 5PM. Will we see you at the fair? Hope so.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Last night I attended a familiarization dinner at the Golden City Seafood Restaurant - 721 Fisgard Street Downtown Victoria. The purpose of the dinner was to educate and demonstrate to members of the Victoria Guest Services Network how different and special a Chinese dinner could be. As Daniel Low, our host stated...."no chow main, no chop suey". His mission was to show our members how the restaurants chefs could prepare and present a different Chinese dinner experience to visitors coming to Victoria. All guest have to do is call the restaurant or have a hotel concierge contact the restaurant and indicate that they would like to have a different and special dinner. Golden City will custom make a menu that features local specialties and local cuisine. They can also accommodate dietary restrictions guests may have. The restaurant also serves traditional menu items, but after experiencing the dinner Daniel presented, I would certainly recommend his approach. The food was delicious and very well presented. Our mouths were watering before we dug in.
If you check our Facebook page you will see more pictures of the restaurant and the unique dishes that were presented. The signature dish was Sauteed Prawns with pees and Honey Glazed Walnuts. The seafood was very fresh and super tasty. Every dish we had was very good.
Members of the Victoria Guest Services Network are all front line staff working in the hospitality sector. Through these kinds of sessions members learn first hand about services available to visitors to Victoria.