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WestShore is a golfing venue often taken advantage off by locals. Visitors and guests passing through, however, tend to realize how truly beautiful this golfing venue is. In fact, WestShore is home to some of the best golf clubs and golf courses you are going to find anywhere in Canada. If you love golfing and happen to be in Canada, you are only cheating yourself if you do not check this place out.

An Award Winning Golfing Venue

WestShore like to brag about how two of their golf courses were named in the 2014 issue of ScoreGolf for being in the top 100 golf courses. Bear Mountain and Royal Colwood, both made it to the top 50 in the list of 100. A third golf course, Olympic View, was in the list during a previous year.

Enjoy All 36 Holes

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The unfortunate truth is a lot of people see the restaurant name “Brasserie L Ecole” and are unwilling to give the place a real chance. There are a few different reasons this happens. First, the name really doesn’t tell you what kind of food or drinks to expect.

The second, is that it sounds like a pretentious and upscale place that is going to break the bank. If you can look past the name and give this place a try, you will find it really has a lot of great things to offer.

So, What Kind of Place is it?

The first and most important thing to know is this place is unpretentious. It serves drinks (a lo of beer) as well as simple and delicious food. The restaurant likes to identify itself as a French Bistro. It is a bold, cozy, and comfortable…

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Sweet summertime is anticipated by all after a long winter. Victoria offers an abundance of water activities that are perfect for summer.

Pickle Pub Crawl

You will be intrigued when you listen to the funny jokes and tales being told while the Harbour Ferry Captains escort you to four unusual restaurants and pubs. 

All Around Town

Ride the Ferry and spend the day in Sooke. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and the Gorge, or meet the seals with Coastal Sea Adventures.

Whale Watching

Victoria is the home of three killer whale families, harbour seals, and sea lions. You might see humpback whales which visit the area. 

Paddle Exploration

If you are into kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding then enjoy viewing local wildlife while getting a…

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Do you love BBQ but traditional is not really your style? Well, Hank’s Untraditional BBQ is definitely the restaurant for you! With two different locations to suit your non-traditional BBQ fancy. Fellow BBQ Lovers Guy Fieri & Bobby Flay have said “Sometimes with BBQ, nothing goes better than a beer.”

Hank's is the alcohol-fuelled brainchild of Francois Pilon and Clark Deutscher. So, pairing alcohol, a variety of quality meats, with equally amazing sides & maybe a dessert or two, who could resist? Again, with two locations one in Victoria and the other in Ucluelet both open 7 days a week from 11am to 10pm.

What’s on the Menu?

Flat out Hank’s Untraditional BBQ serves up nothing but uniqueness; yet still manages to give you that home cooked…

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There are plenty of activities found in the WestShore area for all to enjoy. Here's a look at a few of the best and most popular choices.

Biking and Hiking

This area near Victoria provides plenty of areas for biking and hiking. You can enjoy the Galloping Goose Trail, Matheson Lake area or even the Sooke Potholes. All of these areas provide plenty of fun with lush forests and plenty of great scenery.


Whether you prefer a tent or an RV for camping, you will find plenty of WestShore spots to enjoy. Thetis Lake provides spots nearby for tent camping, while Fort Victoria has a full service RV park. You can even spend the night at Fort Rodd Hill at oTENTik. These are heated tents with full beds and plenty of historic fun to enjoy.

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Padella Italian Bistro is a West Coast type of Italian restaurant with a modern twist. They provide housemade dishes with plenty of flavour and a casual atmosphere. With plenty of quality found throughout each dish, Padella provides incredible value for the dollar. Here's what you can expect at the restaurant.

The Menu

You will find plenty of classic Italian dishes on the menu, along with a few unique choices. Some of the favourites include:

  • Warm Goat Cheese Flan
  • Padella Caesar Salad
  • Arancini
  • Grilled Eggplant & Lamb Sausage Rigatoni
  • Fettucine Verdura
  • Spaghetti & Clams
  • Finocchio Gnocchi
  • Nona's Meatballs
  • Cowichan Valley Chicken
  • And More!

They also have a fish of the day, which varies depending on the season.…

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