September 2014

There are 11 blog entries for September 2014.

Ballet DancersVictoria has a wonderful variety of performing arts entertainment for residents. People love to check out the community theatres, modern arts centres, and historical halls. Here is a look at the type of performing arts that residents can enjoy in Victoria.

Ballet Victoria Society - 643 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC

If you love to watch the ballet, you must see the Ballet Victoria Society. Director Paul Destrooper has created a contemporary and thrilling ballet for audiences to enjoy. The Ballet Victoria Society is one of the most admired ballet companies in the country.

All ages will enjoy the harmonizing of ballet, dramatics, and music offered in the show. There are four productions every season in which the ballet collaborates with local artists,

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Lure Restaurant - Victoria, BC


Dining with a view is a popular way to spend time with your significant other. Victoria is truly a beautiful city and some of the top restaurants provide an amazing view of the city, gardens or another wonderful site. Here are some of the top choices that could easily be considered the best restaurant with a view in Victoria, BC.

Canoe Brewpub, Marina & Restaurant - 450 Swift Street

Found on the water, this brewpub provides an amazing deck with beautiful seating for most of the year. They also provide indoor seating with high ceilings, skylights and copper cauldrons of beer. The view from the Canoe Brewpub is perfect for anybody that loves the water and their food is quite amazing, too.

Deep Cove Chalet - 11190 Chalet Road, Sidney

If you're

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Outdoor ApparelSince Victoria is an outdoors type of town, it’s important to have all of the outdoor clothing you need. To spend time outdoors, you need functional yet aesthetically appealing clothing, along with good quality and a great value. Here are a few shops that offer the perfect clothing for the hot summer sun and the cold weather outdoor activities.

Tilley Endurables

560 Yates Street
Victoria, BC

Tilley Endurables is the place to get quality and functional clothing. They are a great place to go for travel gear, outdoor adventures and exploring in your own town. They offer Canadian-made clothing and hats. In fact, everything they sell is made from Canada, except for their Iowa-made UNHOLEY world’s best socks and the Washington-made water bottle.

Tilley

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Specialty StoreSome of the best shopping is found at local specialty shops away from the big malls. Whether you're looking for books, chocolates, clothing or anything else, there's a specialty shop in Victoria perfect for you. Here are some of the top specialty shops throughout the city.

Rogers' Chocolates - 913 Government Street

When you want something sweet, this is the place for you. The store features Tiffany glass throughout, along with old-fashioned counters. Of course, people don't come to Rogers' Chocolates for the glass or the counters. They come here for the amazing chocolates and candies found throughout. Whether you enjoy hard candies, nut clusters or a number of other choices, you'll find them here.

Satin Moon Quilt Shop - 825 Fort Street

Quilting

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Sunomono Cocktail - Veneto Tapa LoungeVictoria is an excellent place to go for a great cocktail. The scene in Victoria is funky and hip for a great glass of wine with lunch, or you can experience the nightlife with dinner, wine, and music. Whatever time of day you’re ready for some wine, try one of these wine bars in Victoria to relax with a delicious bottle of wine.

Veneto Tapa Lounge

1450 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

For a great glass of wine or a cocktail, stop by the Veneto Tapa Lounge in Victoria. They were selected as a top new restaurant in Canada in 2010 and their food is incredible. Pair that glass of wine with a “tapa trios” which offers guests the choice of crab, beef, chicken, vegetarian, or lamb and they will receive three entrees with the selection they made. You can get a

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Bastion Square, Victoria BCIf you love shopping, downtown Victoria is a great place to go. There are many good choices for your day of shopping throughout the downtown area. Here are a few of the best areas in downtown to spend the day shopping.

Market Square - 560 Johnson Street

Whether you love to shop or you enjoy history, Market Square is the place to go for you. With over 45 shops carrying all kinds of goods from specialty teas to souvenir t-shirts, you'll find plenty of places for shopping. This is also a historic area and was created in the late 19th century. The three-level building used to be home to lumberjacks, whalers and sailors, but has changed over the years into a top shopping destination in Victoria.

The Bay Centre - 1150 Douglas Street

If you prefer a bit

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The Cadboro Bay area has a sundry of beach access points, secluded coves, green trails and gorgeous parks. Whether with the kids, wife, husband, friends or by yourself, these parks are a great place to take in a relaxing breeze.

Here are just a few of the parks you can find in the Cadboro Bay area:

Cadboro-Gyro Park - Cadboro Bay
  • Maynard Park: If you’re looking for some batting practice, or maybe you just want to throw the ball around, then you’ve come to the right place. Also, there’s a playground for the youngsters and/or adults because age doesn’t really matter when it comes to fun and leisurely activity.
  • Phyllis Park: If you’re a runner, walker or bicycler, then this park has many scenic paths that you’ll love. Even if you’re only looking to relax on a park bench, this
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Halloween - Scary FaceVictoria has some exciting coming up for the fall season. Everyone loves Halloween and all of the events that come with it, from dressing up in costumes to great parties and treats. Here are a few of the special events that residents can look forward to this Halloween season.

Victoria Zombie Walk

From 4-6pm on October 11th head out to Centennial Square for the Victoria Zombie Walk. Everyone will dress in their best zombie attire and makeup and parade down Government and Douglas Streets from Centennial Square. It will end at the Legislative Buildings.

Pumpkinfest

Get ready for the family’s favourite event, Pumpkinfest. On October 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th the event will go from 10am-4pm. This gives families plenty of weekends to choose

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Public WashroomIn Victoria you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there are public washrooms all over the place. While you may not be a fan of a public washroom, sometimes you can’t go without. Whether you need one for a day out of the home or if you have kids that may need to use it often, you need to know where they are located.

In addition, the elderly and those with urinary problems have no choice but to be in reach of a washroom. Instead of wondering where you can find them when you are ready to use them, use this guide to be prepared for the day in Victoria and have an idea of where they already are.

List of public washrooms

To be prepared, take note these public washrooms in downtown Victoria:

  • On Broughton Street you can use the washroom at the
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Brentwood Bay Lodge - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hershman/497310774


If you’re planning to relocate to Victoria, BC, you can live in comfort at one of the luxurious hotels near Victoria while you search for a more permanent home. You will find that each of the hotels listed below will provide you with a home-like feel to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Magnolia Hotel and Spa - 623 Courtney Street, Victoria

Conveniently located in the downtown area of Victoria, you will have easy access to a variety of restaurants, stores, and other businesses. There are also several restaurants located within the hotel for added convenience. Each of the hotel rooms are fully furnished and include comfortable beds, feather pillows, high quality linens, bathrobes, and toiletries. If you need a bit of relaxation, you can head

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