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Victoria Dining Guide

Victoria Dining Guide

Wondering where to dine in Victoria? I LOVE trying new restaurants, and I've been compiling my BIG list of favourite eateries for more than a decade. Click the fork-and-spoon image to read my Victoria Dining Guide.

See Gorgeous Christmas Trees and Gingerbread Houses for FREE in Victoria


Could you use a great big dose of holiday cheer this season? I can recommend two excellent budget activities full of Christmas spirit. Both are annual fundraisers at elegant downtown Victoria hotels: the Inn at Laurel Point and the Fairmont Empress. Admission is by donation.


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Esquimalt Arts Festival: FREE family fun this Sunday!

It’s going to be a full day of arts (30+ vendors), live music, pirate dress-up, funny animal balloons, swimming in the Gorge, and more at the FREE Esquimalt Arts Festival. The event takes place this Sunday, August 10, 2014, noon-8pm. Come on out to Gorge Park at 1070 Tillicum Road.

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Where to Find Good Used Toys in Victoria

The joys of Christmas shouldn’t be dragged down by the woes of credit-card debt in the New Year. Sure, it’s fun to give and receive, but maybe our holiday gifts don’t have to be quite so costly.

Reader Tracey L. sent me a great question this week: “I am looking . . . → Click to read full blog


Gingerbread Showcase Just Gets Better and Better

Playing with your food is elevated to an art form at Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase, running November 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014 at Victoria’s Inn at Laurel Point. Amateur and professional chefs have used slabs of spicy holiday gingerbread as the sweet building blocks for some amazing creations, . . . → Click to read full blog


Fernwood’s Fernfest is an Annual Fun Fest

Fernwood really knows how to throw a party. Their annual Fernfest neighbourhood festival is one of the best in Victoria with a multitude of free events and performances.

June 21 and 22 this year, come out to Fernwood Square—Gladstone Avenue and Vic High Field—to enjoy musicians, dancers, magicians, artists, cold . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria Day Weekend 2013 Events: Victoria, BC

Those of us who live in B.C.’s capital city like to see the Victoria Day weekend as our holiday. (Apparently other parts of the country see the statutory day off as a nod to Queen Victoria.)

The lineup of special events over the long weekend is entertaining and varied. Forecasts . . . → Click to read full blog


Discover Vic West’s Fun and Funky Vibe at the Vic West Art Quest 2013

Mosaic by Vic West artist Hart Downey.

Have you noticed? Victoria’s Vic West neighbourhood is developing a great community vibe. It’s hip, it’s arty, it has a funky coffeeshop and an artisan bakery. It has arrived.

The Spiral Café on Craigflower has long been a communal hub for the . . . → Click to read full blog


B.C. Family Day Holiday

Classic Canadian rock band Trooper will provide the finale performance at B.C.’s Family Day events at Ship Point in Victoria. photo: Kevin Cahoon

I never thought we’d see the day when British Columbians would have a statutory holiday in February. But that day has come — the second Monday . . . → Click to read full blog


Love Your Library: Sunday Hours Starting Oct. 14, 2012

On Sunday, Oct. 12, 2012, the Greater Victoria Public Library will resume its Sunday hours. Yay, autumn!

No more peering into the locked doors of your neighbourhood branch on a Sunday, wishing you could get your hands on that reserved book or movie you *know* is just sitting there on . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria International Chalk Art Festival Finale

The Victoria International Chalk Festival wraps up this weekend with a two-day exhibition of a half dozens artists’ work. Government Street will be closed to vehicle traffic this weekend, September 15-16, 2012, so chalk artists from around North America—including Victoria’s own Ian Morris— can create their ethereal masterpieces along the . . . → Click to read full blog