Yearly Archives: 2015

3 surefire ways to feel like a kid in Vic this Christmas

3 surefire ways to feel like a kid in Vic this Christmas

Judging by Victoria’s jam-packed calendar, there’s more than a trio of holiday happenings to make the 20-plus crowd feel like the under-10s this season. We’ve handpicked a few events guaranteed to leave you feeling festive—and spry. Get Your Gingerbread On at the Cottage Bakery  Cottage Bakery & Café 1267 Fairfield Road December 5 & 12 ... Read More
Foraging for Wild Mushrooms on Vancouver Island

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms on Vancouver Island

If you haven’t explored the coastal forest in search of fungi yet, you’re missing out. Our west coast is famous for growing some of the world’s best mushrooms. I’m not a mushroom whisperer by any means, but most weekends this fall I’ve gotten out into the woods for some soul-soothing foraging. What I can tell ... Read More
Victoria’s Super Cool Solar-Powered Surf Shop

Victoria’s Super Cool Solar-Powered Surf Shop

If there’s anything more quintessentially Victoria than two 20-something surfers selling boutique clothing and surf boards out of a solar-powered shop on a lot once used as a dumpster staging area, I’ve yet to see it. That’s the scene I stumbled upon on Saturday when I parked on Discovery Street to scoot into Capital Iron ... Read More
Four Things to Do in Victoria During the Rainy Season

Four Things to Do in Victoria During the Rainy Season

Well, it’s official: the rainy season is here. And we all know what that means: Netflix. Lots of Netflix. While there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with spending a little extra time in sweatpants, it doesn’t hurt to get out of the house now and again. Here are four things on my to-do list now that ... Read More
Matheson Lake: A Hidden Gem on Victoria’s Outskirts

Matheson Lake: A Hidden Gem on Victoria’s Outskirts

Looking for an awesome hike within an hour’s drive of Victoria? Skip Thetis Lake, drive right by clogged Witty’s Lagoon and head toward Sooke for Matheson Lake Park. Set in a thick rainforest at the base of steep Mount Matheson, Matheson Lake has a lot to offer for the perennial hiker and nature-lover: a stunning ... Read More
Only in Victoria: The Bicycle-Powered Taco Tour

Only in Victoria: The Bicycle-Powered Taco Tour

Julie and I were rock climbing at Fleming Beach — Victoria’s best urban outdoor climbing spot, tucked away near Macaulay Point in Esquimalt — on a summer evening a couple of years ago. We hadn’t brought enough food with us, and so naturally started talking about tacos. “We should go to ALL of them!” we ... Read More