Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Today we attended an industry familiarization tour of Great Pacific Adventures. They are situated at 950 Wharf St. on the spectacular and "Super Natural" Inner Harbour of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is the home base of operations for Great Pacific Adventures Incorporated. Serving visitors year-round to Vancouver Island and Victoria since 1995, GPA has lead the industry in innovation and customer service for outdoor eco-tour adventures. Tonight they partnered with the Flying Otter Restaurant, neighbouring business Cycle Treks, and Dragonfly Winery to showcase their new location, boats, office and staff. Guests were treated to some great food at all three venues, some libations, and a tour of the harbour on the King Salmon. If you are looking for a great ocean experience and want to check out Pacific wildlife give these guys a call. While you are there, enjoy a great meal on the Flying Otter restaurant floating on the Inner Harbour. Then to wear off the meal, rent a cycle from Cycle Treks and tour Victoria's amazing waterfront. Enjoy Victoria.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Alison brought our first course, a local Morel Soup with house smoked bacon, scallions and truffle oil. The soup had a rich velvety texture with a mild bacon meatiness and taste galore. It was bowl-licking good!
For the second course we were treated to a fillet of local pan-seared Halibut served on Panzanella Salad, with roasted cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olive tapenade. The halibut was cooked perfectly, fresh and flaky the way we like it.
Then plates of roasted local Duck Breast arrived, with house smoked bacon, leeks, fingerling potatoes, and a port wine reduction which added a sweet fruity complement to the rich duck breast. We didn't leave a morsel!
To finish we enjoyed Berry Blast, a blackberry sorbet with a port wine/cinnamon reduction. Now we were truly sated, and a decaf coffee went down well as a chaser. The Spotted Bear has an extensive wine list featuring local and imported wines, as well as a number of cocktails and beers.
We hope we have your attention by now as everything in this meal was an explosion of flavours that left a wonderful after-taste. Chef Vincent has raised the bar on gourmet food in Tofino and certainly sets a standard for customer service as well. We keenly watched other meals flow across the enormous cedar plank bar as the restaurant filled. They all looked and smelled delicious. We recommend you give the Spotted Bear your attention when you visit Tofino. You will be glad you did. Visit our Facebook page for more pictures and information.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
The Prestige Oceanfront Resort is and ideal haven for you to relax and rejuvenate. This full service resort features luxurious guest rooms, exceptional dining experiences, and extraordinary hospitality. Rising above the Pacific Ocean, this exceptional waterfront resort offers breathtaking views of Sooke Harbour, Sooke Basin, Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. It is conveniently located near unique local attractions, including the Sooke Pot Holes, French Beach, and the West Coast Trail. We recommend that you try this resort for a true West Coast experience.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Photo courtesy of the Festival Society.
Professional street performers from around the world will be converging on downtown Victoria July 15th-24th for the Victoria International Buskers Festival, presented by the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria. We are presenting an array of local, national and international busking talent that is fun for everyone! The festival features six downtown stage locations, multiple single performer street locations, an international food village and a Buskers Bistro on the Inner Harbour. For more pictures go to our Facebook Page.
• The TELUS Stage – Ship Point Area along Inner Harbour
• The Harbour Air Stage – Ship Point Area along Inner Harbour
• The Tourism Victoria Stage – Fairmont Empress Lawn
• The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority Stage – Lower causeway along Inner Harbour
• 100.3 The Q / The Zone @ 93-1 Stage – Beside Maritime Museum, Bastion Square
• The BAY CENTRE Stage – Main Foyer (12 & 1pm Daily)
FESTIVAL TIMES AND DATES:
Friday, July 15th: 5PM – 10PM
Saturday, July 16th – Saturday July 23rd: Noon – 10PM Daily
Sunday, July 24th: Noon – 5PM
• Free-to-attend 10 day family oriented festival
• Street performer acts from around the world. Tips to busker hats welcomed and appreciated.
• Event is programmed – Hourly stage performances, ten hours daily. Program guides are $2.00 and available at BAY CENTRE, lower level kiosk.
• Volunteers are encouraged to apply on event website or at our BAY CENTRE kiosk.
• Inner Harbour vendor locations still available, applications on the event website.
Victor Rubilar (Sweden) – Multiple Guinness World Record Holder (Juggling) Picture above
Becky Hoops (Montreal) - #1 in Hula Hoops – many at one time! Picture above
Fraser Hooper (UK) - #1 Clown / Comedian Picture above
Bendy Em (Australia) – Amazing Contortionist
The Aerial Angels (USA) – High Flying Trapeze Artists
And many more! Visit the “Who’s Coming” tab at victoriabuskers.com
High Resolution Performer Photos Available Upon Request
GOLD SPONSORS: TELUS, Coca-Cola
SILVER SPONSOR: The Provincial Capital Commission
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Today we took our 8 year old granddaughter to the Victoria Wild Play Element Park in the property of the Juan de Fuca Recreation centre on Victoria's West Shore. The staff here are very safety conscious and did a great job making sure the children's safety was job one! Well done gang. Every child there had tons of fun. A child with special needs was given individual attention. This is one of Victoria's great attractions. I took a look at the adult side and it gets progressively more challenging as you progress through the stages. If you are looking for a good core workout, this is just the place. You can have fun will you work on your six-pack! Give it a try, you will be glad you did. Also, for a pictorial of the Park, check out our Facebook Page.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Above is Lake Cowichan, a sample of great food ahd te amazing Kinsol Trestle.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Bus loads of tourists and lots of locals go to Oak Bay Marina where at least four harbour seals hang out by the fish cleaning table. The only seem to eat frozen herring from the Marina bait freezer. They are fat because they are well fed and they hang around there most of the year. There are signs everywhere telling people not to hand feed them to avoid getting bit. Many do not heed the warning. The seals seem so tame. I wonder if they like finger....