December 2014

There are 8 blog entries for December 2014.

Pub

Throughout British Columbia, you will find many breweries, distilleries and cideries, providing all kinds of award-winning beer, delicious spirits and hard ciders. Whether you love trying new beer or you prefer a good whiskey, you'll find a great place in BC for your next tour.

Over 50 breweries and brewpubs are found throughout the area and Victoria is one of the hotspots for brewpubs. Many distilleries and cideries are also found here and this was the birthplace of the 100 Mile Diet. A popular choice found at many brewpubs is a great craft beer paired with west coast cuisine.

Another part of the scene throughout the area are the many beer festivals including, The Canada Cup of Beer, The Great Canadian Beer Festival, Hopscotch and the Okanagan

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Victoria BC - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jorislouwes/15004572018

With the winter nearly here, it's important to find events that will help you get out and enjoy some social fun. There are always festivals going on throughout Victoria. Even though the summer is the best time for festivals, there are still a few good choices in the months of January, February and March. Here are three upcoming festivals in Victoria.

Health, Wellness & Sustainability Festival - February 7th at the Victoria Conference Centre

This festival is perfect for those that live healthy and want to learn more about living healthy. There will be plenty of experts on hand to provide their knowledge, along with plenty of vendors. Whether you live a gluten-free lifestyle or you want to learn about massage therapy, you can find it here.

The

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The Fairmont Empress - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/christine-wagner/6321541915

During the holiday season, the Fairmont Empress has transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland that is the perfect place to take the family to have a little fun and make some memories that will last a lifetime. The Fairmont Empress has opened a new ice skating rink right on the front lawn of the hotel.

If you live locally, you can drop by for a few hours just to skate on the rink between the hours of 5pm and 9pm on weekdays and 11am to 9pm on the weekends. They offer several special holiday events on the ice, such as Skating with Santa on Sundays and Skating with the Elves on Christmas Eve.

You can also enjoy a nice hot cup of hot cocoa or apple cider to keep you warm. The Fairmont Empress also offers group skating packages so if you would

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Christmas Eve - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidstanleytravel/11551983355

If you’re looking for some fun family activities to do to get you in the Christmas spirit, there are many activities to choose from in Victoria. Christmas is approaching quickly and before you know it, it will have come and gone, so the more memories you can make this holiday season, the better.

Live Nativity

Between December 21st and 23rd, you and the family can head over to Topaz Park to watch the Livre Outdoor Nativity Pageant in the evening hours. This event is free to attend and it’s an excellent way to experience the true meaning of Christmas that often gets overlooked and overshadowed by shopping, gifts, and parties.

Ferris Wheel

On weekends up until Christmas, you can head over to Centennial Square and take a ride on the Ferris

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Holidays

While the holidays are a magical time of year, they truly bring on a great deal of stress. You have to get everyone on your list the perfect present, there are extra events going on and the weather isn’t always great. It can be expensive, overwhelming and of course stressful.

When you have a scheduled packed with holiday parties, malls packed with too many people and you feel like there’s no end in sight, try one of these activities around Victoria to relieve the stress and take a break.

Get Active

One of the most underused forms of stress relief is exercise and yet it’s one of the most effective. Rather than picking up another Christmas cookie and turning on another Christmas movie, try getting a workout to release some endorphins. Victoria

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New Year - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sally_12/339912423

Get ready Victoria. New Year’s Eve is around the corner and that means it’s time to celebrate. Once Christmas has passed you don’t want to be worrying about how you’re going to celebrate New Year’s. Get your plans made now because there are going to be some really exciting celebrations going on around town.

From galas to restaurant events, there is going to be something for all to enjoy. Here are the best celebrations going on in Victoria this December 31st.

Blue Crab Seafood House – 146 Kingston Street, Victoria

Check out the New Year’s Eve celebration at The Blue Crab Seafood House in Victoria. It’s a dinner and dance with special menu features. It starts at 7pm until 1am and will feature salmon, lamb rack, ahi tuna tartar, roasted duck

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Restaurant

Camille’s Fine West Coast Dining is a restaurant located in Bastion Square in the heart of Old Town Victoria. It’s an intimate dining experience in a historic building of Victoria built in 1898. You’ll experience not only a cozy atmosphere, but fine dining in a casual environment.

Their menu remains diverse and keeps up with the seasons. They use fresh and local produce in their menu. Enjoy a candlelit restaurant playing soft jazz with a friendly staff offering you some of their fine wine. Here is a look at Camille’s Fine West Coast Dining.

Recognition in the Community

Camille’s has been recognized as “Best Restaurant Cooking Local” in Victoria for 2012 and 2013. They’ve also been called “Best Farm to Table” in 2012 and given a Lifetime

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Bus 

Victoria’s Tourism Industry officials are saying that any replacement for the bus terminal should stay in downtown Victoria. Since the bus lines at 700 Douglas Street are being given 18 months’ notice to move, options are being considered of what should happen next.

The downtown terminal currently serves thousands of arriving tourists each year and continuing to have them dropped off here is the goal of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. Their tourism consultant thinks that even dropping the passengers off on the sidewalk downtown is better than not dropping them downtown at all. Here is a look at the downtown bus terminal discussion in Victoria.

What is happening to the current bus terminal?

The Fairmont Empress Hotel is hoping to

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