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BC Ferry Queen of Oak Bay - Image Credit:

If you have yet to discover Oak Bay, you certainly need to put it on the schedule. This area of Victoria is one of the most outstanding you will find. It's active year-round and provides entry of beauty throughout.

From the wildlife to the family-friendly parks, you will find plenty to enjoy in Oak Bay. There's a marina, a fish cleaning station, plenty of accessible beaches and so much more. Here's what you will find throughout the Oak Bay area.

The Parks

Queen's Park provides plenty of things to enjoy in Oak Bay. This is just one of the public spaces you can enjoy year-round. Whether you want a full-facility park or a quiet place, you will find it here. Enjoy hiking, panoramic views, plenty of different birds and so much more.

On the Water

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Vegan Food - Image Credit: love is the name of a restaurant that first opened their doors in October of 2013. It was a combined vision of the Cunliffe siblings along with their father. The goal was to provide the locals with a full service restaurant with a modern theme.

They wanted the restaurant to only serve natural, organic, and plant based products to their customers. Does this mean you have to be a health nut to eat at this establishment? Absolutely not!

The Food Is Just Good

The goal of this place wasn't really to provide you with super foods that are good for you. The goal of the place is to provide you with food that tastes good because of the ingredients that go into it. When you eat at be love you can rest easy knowing all of the herbs, fruits, and vegetables

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Salt Springs Island, BC - Image Credit:

Salt Spring Island is known as one of the organic capitals of Canada. It is located between Vancouver and the Mainland in the Strait of Georgia. Salt Spring Island offers a plethora of activities and is visited by many people each year. The Island has many activities and events to experience, but below are five specific things you can do on your visit to Salt Spring Island.

Easy Does It

Once you arrive on Salt Spring Island you will forget about the "need for speed". Take it easy. Go nice and slow and relax in this wondrous place. The atmosphere of the Island exudes the "easy does it" kind of lifestyle. Treat yourself to a night at Hastings House, and really get the feel of what Salt Springs Island is all about.

The Saturday Market

The Salt

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Lounge - Image Credit: 242 Lounge and Grill is located at 242 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna. This is no ordinary bar and grill, as they offer a social aspect you will not find in other eateries. Patrons feel at home when at Social 242, as the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The food is great and there are a variety of drink options.

This eatery has many options when it comes to arranging events. They can cater to parties that range from 30 to 140. Social 242 is the ideal place for corporate dinners, weddings, group events, retirement parties, birthday parties, galas and holiday gatherings.

The staff is very friendly, and is eager to help you plan your event. Social 242 will put together the perfect menu, which your guests will be impressed with. Plus, they

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Butchart Gardens Victoria - Image Credit:

Finding the best entertainment in any new city isn't always easy. You have to figure out which attractions fit your style and where the right restaurants, venues, shops and other places are for you. Victoria is full of great places for entertainment and here are some of the best choices throughout the city.

Butchart Gardens

Named as one of the best places to take a tourist or a parent, Butchart Gardens is one of the top attractions in the Victoria area. Every season of the year is a different experience from the blooms of spring to the colors of fall. The garden is one of the National Historic Sites in Canada and provides the opportunity for a tranquil visit full of beauty.

Inner Harbour

Another great place to enjoy is the Inner Harbour.

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Hatley Park Victoria BC - Image Credit:

Hatley Park is found in the Greater Victoria area and provides one of the largest historic sites in the entire country. This park is home to a castle from 1908, which was owned by British Columbia premier James Dunsmuir. If you're new to the area and you want to see and experience some of the rich history, this park is a great place for a day trip.

The park covers 565 acres and is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Just a short drive from downtown Victoria will land you at the park. Once you arrive, you can tour Hatley Castle, enjoy the museum, stroll through the Japanese Garden, visit the Rose Garden, enjoy the Italian Garden and so much more.

Visitor Programs

Visitors to Hatley Park can enjoy one of many visitor programs

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ZipliningVictoria is full of things to do outside and those in love with adventure will find exactly what they're looking for in the area. Whether you're looking for an exhilarating adventure or something a little less dangerous, you can find it here.

Ziplining and Bungee Jumping are a huge part of the culture in Victoria and the surrounding area. Many places throughout British Columbia provide the ability for an air-borne adventure. You can fly without wings as you move from one tree to another. The feeling of flying at 60 miles per hour provides all types of thrills and a unique angle to view wildlife and nature.

Those wanting to go a step further can try bungee jumping. The adrenaline rush you get form jumping with just a massive rubber band attached to

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Sophisticated dining can be found at The Bengal Lounge. Specializing in buffet and a la carte dining, all guests are required to be at least 19 years of age as the lounge is a liquor primary establishment.

If you’re looking for a classy night out, The Bengal Lounge should be top on your list. Between the hours of 9am and 5pm, you can make a reservation via the Dining Reservations desk. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm onward the restaurant operates on a walk-in only basis.

The lounge also upholds a business casual dress code. Guests are asked to refrain from wearing short shorts, torn jeans, cut off pants, baseball caps, beach wear, and flip flops.

A Colonial Style Lounge with Flair

The Bengal Lounge draws inspiration from Queen

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October brings Victoria's ghosts and goblins to life with the best Halloween celebrations around. From the Ghosts of Fort Rodd Hill, to rushing through the dark forest, or attending a superb masquerade ball; you will have a ghoulish time. Bring all your friends and celebrate the holiday any way you desire. 

Prepare to Be Scared

Zombies will cross your path as you race through the elevated 150-foot forest. What better way to spend a Halloween? You should visit Victoria's Evil Acres; the scariest haunted house in town. Go and check out the walking dead at the Zombie Walk or the Haunted Zipline. You can be thrilled by the horror/comedy, Arkenham Abbey, at Craigdarroch Castle. Those will be sure to get the adrenaline rushing.


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You’ve been thinking about eating at Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar for a while. Maybe you are thinking about getting a meal and maybe you are just thinking about getting a drink. Either way, no one wants to wander into a place they’ve never been to before. Hopefully, this spotlight can give you a little more insight into what this place has to offer, should you decide to go there for a bit to eat or a drink.

The History of Mixology

Mixing drinks is an art that truly started back in the early 1800’s. Harry Johnson, the owner and founder of (New York’s original Little Jumbo Saloon in the 1880’s) was a pioneer in customer service; the owners of Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar, decided to make sure all of their talented bartenders were paired with

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