Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Did you miss Swiftsure? This is one of the most spectacular of the spring happenings in Victoria. Thousands of people line the Dallas Road Waterfront for a view of the 150 or so boats, most of which are in one of the races. Watch them jockey for a spot on the start line and then they are off, some not coming in to harbour until the next day. If you would like to see more photos of this very special event, please click on our Facebook Link and also go to the Swiftsure International Yatch Race Website. Enjoy.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria is a supported mass participation cycling event, catering to all ages and fitness levels by offering three distances: 140km for the enthusiast, 90km for the entry-level rider and an up to 1.5 hour Community Ride for beginners, families, and for those who want to experience cycling for the first time.
Check out some of the events over the next 10 days or so....
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
We recently completed a tour of Lake Cowichan in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Our first stop was at the Kinsol Trestle, just south of Duncan. The Trestle was in bad shape and could no longer be used. It is now under re-construction and by early summer it will be open for use. If you have not been there, be sure to check it out. You can get the closest too it by going to the north side.
To get there, from the Trans-Canada Highway, turn west on to Koksilah Road, then drive under a narrow railway overpass (see pics on
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Looking to celebrate summer in Victoria with family and friends? Get your CITYVibe, your free go-to guide for festivals and outdoor events in the Capital City.
In its second year, this City of Victoria publication showcases festivals and celebrations that are recipients of the City's 2011 Festival Investment Grant. The guide also features Victoria's vibrant public markets, City sponsored concerts and events at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park, and Summer in the Square programming in Centennial Square, next to City Hall.
Watch for CITYVibe in early May in your community newspaper, or pick up a copy at your local library, recreation, community or seniors centre, or at Victoria City Hall. To see a photo pictorial of some of the events that occur in Victoria, check our Facebook web site.
You can also view CITYVibe online below.
To view these pdf calendars of events, please click here for live links.
2011 CITYVibe - [PDF 5.3MB]
You can also view the guide by section:
Outdoor Festivals and Events - [PDF 3.7MB]
Stage in the Park (Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park) - [PDF 969KB]
Public Markets - [PDF 1.0MB]
Summer in the Square (Centennial Square, next to Victoria City Hall) - [PDF 701KB]
CITYVibe Map - [PDF 696KB]
Make CITYVibe your guide to summer fun in Victoria! For more information, contact:
Parks, Recreation and Culture Department - 250.361.0388 - Information from the City of Victoria
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
If you live on Vancouver Island, or plan to visit anytime soon, be sure to check out Avatar Grove. This ancient-growth forest is just a 20 minute drive from Port Renfrew (a two-hour drive from Victoria), and it is well worth it!
Avatar is one of the most breathtaking forests of old-growth Red Cedars and Douglas Firs on the Island. Named after the blockbuster movie in an effort to help save it, it truly lives up to the name.
This beautiful forest is particularly precious because it is endangered. According to the Ancient Forest Alliance, "A small portion of the Grove is protected within an Old-Growth Management Area, but most of the largest trees have been surveyed and flagged for logging. So far the Ministry of Forests and Range has not issued any cutting permits for Avatar Grove, but that could change quickly."
The Grove is easily accessed from the road, but the hike is quite rugged and not for the faint of heart! There's no official trail and ropes are provided for climbing up/down steep inclines. The overall distance is about 3 km, and can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to complete, depending on how long you want to stay with some of these amazing trees. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear, layer your clothing, and be prepared for some very large mosquitoes! This is the Wild West Coast in its purest form, and one of the best adventures we've been on here so far!
Visit while you can, enjoy your trip, and be sure to take lots of pictures!
For more photos visit our Facebook Page. For more info on Avatar Grove - and for directions, please visit the AFA Website.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Assorted canapés to start
smoked oyster eclair
Kings and Spies
Pan Fried Skate Wing
cider beurre blanc and wilted spring greens
note: this is subject to availability. May be a different white fish
Oven Roasted Chicken Ballotine
smoked cheddar and chorizo farce, soft polenta, sautéed nettles
Blue Cheese Cheesecake
crisp sgambato, cider braised pork, rhubarb caviar
Orange Maple Crème Caramel
$80.00 (includes applicable tax and gratuity)
For tickets or more information, please call Kevin Neilson at 250.361.5692
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Clive’s Classic Lounge will be participating in World Cocktail Week by having two fundraising events at the start and the end of the week.
Firstly, to kick the week off right, we will be partnering with Hendrick’s Gin to bring you a very special Experimental Mixology menu focusing on the theme of Cucumber & Rose. When the week is all but almost over, our closing party with Plymouth Gin Party will round the World Cocktail Week off. Plymouth Gin punch, feature cocktails & food will be there to close the week down in style.
Donations will be in the form of $2 from every feature cocktail going to the Museum of the American Cocktail. Show your support & enjoy some of the feature libations coming from the Clive’s Classic Lounge crew.
Clive's Classic Lounge, named after hotel owner Clive Piercy, defines modern elegance while embracing the unique and distinctive qualities of the hotel and its owner. Don't miss this event!
Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
1 250 884 3116
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
You have to experience the ride to believe it! Be sure to give it a try. It is good for all ages. The harness is comfortable and the ride very smooth. When you hit the braking device, there is a slight bump, but it is really nothing.... a good friend making sure you don't crash into the landing pad. We were really high in the tree tops, riding through the canopy of the trees. It was amazing. I am not a lover of heights but it was manageable for me. I was not fond of the suspension bridge, but I just took my time and handled it okay. The rest go easier and more comfortable with each ride, which the guides know and expect. Everyone there truly enjoyed the day. Thanks guys.... !
For more photos, check out our Facebook Page. To find more Adventures like this, visit our Vancouver Island Travel and Tourism web site.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
For more pictures of Cathedral Grove go to our Facebook Page.