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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.

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BC Ferries CoastSaver Special: $39.95 for Car and Driver

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Update: June 22, 2012. Just a reminder that this is the last weekend to enjoy a substantially discounted ferry crossing with B.C. Ferries’ latest CoastSaver special.

Trips between Vancouver Island and the Mainland just got a whole lot more appealing with BC Ferries‘ revival of its CoastSaver special sailing . . . → Click to read full blog

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The Genius of Artist/Author Nick Bantock: Yours for $4.99 (Scrimp) or $375 (Splurge)

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I have an unusual topic for today’s Scrimp or Splurge post: Nick Bantock.

Artist and author Nick Bantock exploded onto the publishing scene in 1991 with his epistolary novel Griffin & Sabine. The book’s mysteriously romantic storyline and its delightfully interactive elements—beautiful letters that can be removed from . . . → Click to read full blog

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Birthday Freebies: Sail for FREE on the MV Coho between Victoria and Port Angeles

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Today, I’m starting a fun series of posts about freebies and valuable discounts you can get in Victoria on your birthday.*

If your first thought is, “Aw, but my birthday isn’t for months,” please, don’t tune out. Many of these freebies are worth the wait, and most require you . . . → Click to read full blog

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Companion Flight for Just $99 with the Alaska Airlines Credit Card

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SCRIMP ON AIR TRAVEL WITH TWO TERRIFIC OFFERS FROM ALASKA AIRLINES

If you plan to do any air travel this year, I have a fantastic money-saving tip for you. Apply for an Alaska Airlines credit card. While I normally would never promote ANY credit card company, I got one . . . → Click to read full blog

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The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival is a Great Excuse for a Day Trip or Weekend Getaway from Victoria

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SCRIMP ON AN AFTERNOON OF FREE TASTINGS OR SPLURGE ON A FULL GASTRONOMIC WEEKEND GETAWAY

Photo courtesy the Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival

The Cowichan Valley’s reputation as a wine-producing region is growing, and so are the dining and lodging options in this pastoral Vancouver Island destination. This weekend, . . . → Click to read full blog

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BC Ferries offers Super Saver rates and FREE WiFi

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I’m in that uniquely Vancouver Island state of mind known as ferrigo optimus. Here at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, cars and trucks two lines over are snaking onto the Spirit of Vancouver Island. Our odds of making this 7 pm sailing are slim, but there’s still a chance.

“No . . . → Click to read full blog

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Super Cheap Standby Fares with Saltspring Air

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SCRIMP: $30 STANDBY FARE «OR» SPLURGE: $99 GUARANTEED SEAT

I have a great insider’s tip today for Salt Spring Island travellers.

Saltspring Air, a floatplane company based in Salt Spring’s charming village of Ganges, offers an amazing $30 one-way standby fare on scheduled flights to and from its . . . → Click to read full blog

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How to Get a Cheap Hotel Room on Priceline Your Very First Time

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If you have yet to book a bargain hotel room through Priceline.com, fear no more. I’m here to walk you through it. I realize that Priceline’s TV ads starring bloated, self-parodying actor William Shatner aren’t exactly confidence inspiring. (Can you believe a Facebook group is lobbying . . . → Click to read full blog

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Priceless Secrets for Booking a Cheap Vancouver Hotel

SCRIMP>>I am the lucky holder of two tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s performance of Kooza in Vancouver in July. Excited as I am to see the acrobatic extravaganza, I know the cost of the show is just the beginning of a flagrant wallet pillaging in Vancouver. As every islander knows, . . . → Click to read full blog

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