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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
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
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
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
Lunch: The Next’s Incredible Bento Sushi Deal

Lunch: The Next’s Incredible Bento Sushi Deal

Lunch has a special place in my heart — because let’s face it: it’s the underdog of meals. When is the last time you saw people lining up down the block for lunch? Or making reservations weeks in advance? Yea, lunch doesn’t get that much love. But here’s the thing: you can score some sweet ... Read More
Chow Down at Victoria Food Truck Festival All Year Long

Chow Down at Victoria Food Truck Festival All Year Long

It’s Friday, approaching lunchtime and it’s one of those clear blue-sky days when Victoria shines, postcard-style. The water is sparkling and the Olympics sharp against the skyline. I’m downtown and I’m hungry. Reluctant to get myself into a sit-down restaurant affair, I wander down to one of Victoria’s top seafood vendors on the water — ... Read More