Paper Street Theatre Co. is Killin’ Christmas

Paper Street Theatre Co. is Killin’ Christmas

It may be the season of sparkly lights and scented firs, but let’s face it: Christmas can also set the stage for family tiffs and botched traditions. Now, it’s downright lethal. Scrappy Victoria-based improv company Paper Street Theatre Co. is set to unleash its Lethal Christmas: An Improvised Action Movie at Intrepid Theatre Club Dec. ... Read More
Victoria’s Raucous Christmas Past

Victoria’s Raucous Christmas Past

Don’t be fooled by all of those postcards featuring dainty tea sets and saluting pinkies; Victoria was once a hard-drinking, hardscrabble frontier town, where street brawls and opium dens set the tone. If you’re unconvinced, consider at one time there was a rifle range at Clover Point and a bear pit in Beacon Hill Park. ... Read More
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
Pssst … The Secret to Keeping Cozy with Renewable Energy this Winter

Pssst … The Secret to Keeping Cozy with Renewable Energy this Winter

I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I heard that one habit David Suzuki couldn’t break was taking long, hot showers. Me too, man. On the whole “be the change” file, I’m ticking boxes just like the next person. But taking shorter showers? When it’s dark and rainy and cold outside, and the ... 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
The Lowdown on Victoria’s Holiday Markets

The Lowdown on Victoria’s Holiday Markets

It’s that time of year. Sequined cat masks and boxes of mini Mars have been pulled from the shelves, replaced by ornaments iced in the kind of glittering snow most south islanders can only fantasize about. It’s that time of year. Meaning the pressure is on to land your list of gifts for family and ... 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
Three Awesome Victoria Happy Hours

Three Awesome Victoria Happy Hours

Until recently, happy hour was something Victorians had to travel to Seattle to enjoy. And then, voila, on June 20, 2014, B.C. loosened up its liquor laws, enabling B.C. establishments to offer happy hour specials — sort of. What’s the catch? There’s still a minimum price in effect — $5 for a pint of beer ... Read More