January 2014

There are 13 blog entries for January 2014.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shezamm/5809651693/Finding a great pub is necessary when you first arrive in a new place. The right atmosphere can provide a place to relax, meet new people and enjoy a social life. Here are the top pubs in Victoria, BC.

Garrick's Head Pub - 1140 Government Street

As one of the oldest pubs in the city, Garrick's is a wonderful English-style pub. You can enjoy a pint in front of the fireplace or just sit out on the patio and enjoy the weather. They carry plenty of microbrews and the people watching is perfect with Bastion Square bustling. When you get hungry, they serve bangers and mash, along with very good fish and chips.

Sticky Wicket Pub & Restaurant - 919 Douglas Street

Another British-style pub with plenty of excellent beers, Sticky Wicket Pub is a top choice

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Mo:Le - Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hanspetermeyer/9299322135/Vegetarian restaurants can be a little harder to find, if you don't know where to look. Everybody should be able to find a great place to dine. Vegetarians can find some great choices in Victoria. Here are a few of the top vegetarian restaurants throughout the city.

Kim's Vietnamese Restaurant - 748 Johnson Street

Featuring a casual atmosphere that will make you feel like you've come home to grandma's house, Kim's is a great place for everybody. They feature many different dishes including a number of excellent vegetarian choices. With tofu on their menu, it's easy for vegetarians to dine here.

Cafe Brio - 944 Fort Street

Featuring beautiful wood decor, candlelight and terra cotta tones, this restaurant is a wonderful choice for a date. It's a

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Golf CourseThe mild climate found in Victoria, BC allows golfers to enjoy teeing it up more often than many other areas of Canada. Golf in Victoria is a very popular activity and twenty different courses provide plenty of fun. The reputation brings many visitors year-round due to the afternoon tea, golf, gardens, scenery, climate and ambiance.

Your skill level on the course doesn't matter. There's a golf course perfect for you. From family-fun mini golf courses to pristine championship courses, you'll find the right place for your golfing fun.

Choose from 20 different courses ranging from very challenging to short and straightforward. Some even provide ocean views, while others are found close to the valleys and forests. The best part about golfing in Victoria,

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Girl with ClayVictoria is a very family-friendly city in British Columbia. Many attractions and stores cater specifically to kids and families. Here are some of the best choices for you to enjoy with your children.

Top Attractions for Kids

Beacon Hill Children's Farm

This attraction is perfect for kids and adults. They provide all types of fun with farm animals and help children to learn how to properly respect these animals.

Victoria Bug Zoo

Bugs are interesting and kids are usually very fascinated by the Victoria Bug Zoo. This is a unique attraction with plenty of great bugs to enjoy from scorpions to giant bush crickets.

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Discover the underwater life of many animals throughout the colourful aquariums of the Shaw Ocean

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Did you know Victoria is home to a beautiful castle that looks like it was taken right out of a fairytale? The Craigdarroch is a beautiful castle visited by over 150,000 people every year. The interior of this castle is absolutely amazing and paying a visit will provide a look at something you won't forget anytime soon.

The Craigdarroch Castle


The Craigdarroch isn't the only castle in the area, however. Hatley Castle is another choice for your visit and sits on over 560 acres today. Unlike the Craigdarroch Castle, the Hatley Castle does have gardens throughout. Today, this castle is home to the Royal Roads University, but it was once a private residence. It contains Italian, rose and Japanese gardens.

The Craigdarroch Castle

Even though the Hatley Castle provides plenty

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrish_99/6632375445/Yes, we are a few weeks into 2014, but it's not too late to make the most out of the first month of the year. Whether it's getting back on track with a resolution or just getting your mind, body and soul ready for the year, it's time to get yourself in gear. Here are a few ways to kick start your year in Victoria.

Start with the Gym

The first week or three may be difficult, but getting back to the energized self you want means putting in time at the gym. Victoria offers plenty of great choices with classes, nutrition consultants and more. Top gyms and recreation centres in Victoria include:

  • Crystal Pool - 2275 Quadra Street
  • Esquimalt Recreation Centre - 527 Fraser Street
  • Saanich Commonwealth Recreation Centre - 4636 Elk Lake Drive

Other

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Ships WheelThe Maritime Museum of British Columbia is the place for those enjoying all types of nautical fun. This museum is a great place for kids and adults with all types of attractions including shipwrecks, pirates, heritage vessels and more. Many features exhibits are shown here including the singular sailboats, Dorothy, Tilikum and Trekka.

This museum is found in the downtown area of Victoria at 28 Bastion Square. It provides both permanent and featured exhibits including:

  • Convoy PQ-17: The Art of History
  • Guardians of the Coast
  • Engine Room
  • First Floor Gallery
  • Modelmania
  • Canadian Pacific Steamship Gallery
  • BC Ferries Gallery
  • Royal Navy Gallery
  • Royal Canadian Navy Gallery
  • Vice-Admiralty Courtroom
  • And More!

You can tour the museum as

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Organic FoodAn organic grocer can make a big difference in your food shopping. If you want to make sure you get organic items, here are the three best places to shop in Victoria, BC.

Red Barn Market - Multiple Locations

Red Barn Market is found in West Saanich, Mattic's Farm, Vanalman and Latoria Walk. This organic grocer provides a number of items grown and raised locally. They only carry the best local items and they process their own meats. Along with the high quality products, they offer reasonable prices and help to support the community in many ways.

You can find all types of produce here, along with the best meat possible and plenty of other foods. They even serve sandwiches and other deli items. Red Barn also has their own line of product, which include

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Valentine's DayThe holiday season is over and it's time to move onto the next holiday. Valentine's Day is approaching fast and it's time to start making your plans. Whether it's a dinner reservation at a top restaurant or a trip to one of the most romantic attractions, now is the time to make your plans.

A B&B is the Perfect Choice

With a Bed & Breakfast, you not only get a beautiful room for the night, but also a gourmet breakfast in the morning. Whether you want to enjoy the night of Valentine's day at a B&B or you want to wake up there on the morning, booking your stay now is a good idea.

Victoria is full of great Bed & Breakfast options with plenty of comfort, privacy and plenty of fun. Many are close to the main attractions throughout the area and many are

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Finding the best in different categories throughout Victoria can help you shop, dine and enjoy plenty of entertainment. If you're new to the city, it's fun to discover all the best places to go throughout Victoria. Here are some of the most popular choices named as the best in Victoria for 2013.

Best of Leisure & Entertainment

Whether you need to take a tourist out or a family member, the choices below are the best for entertainment throughout Victoria.

  • Butchart Gardens
  • Dallas Road
  • Inner Harbour
  • The Fairmont Empress
  • Beacon Hill Park
  • The White Heather Tea Room
  • Murchie's
  • Mount Doug Park
  • Willows Beach
  • Thetis Lake
  • Elk Lake
  • Royal BC Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Wild Play Elements Parks
  • Moss Street
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