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Victoria

The Sunken Garden – Victoria, British Columbia

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Sunken Garden—Victoria, BC

“The Sunken Garden” by TOTORORO.RORO

WHY WE CHOSE IT
You can practically smell the flowers as you gaze at this wonderful shot of the Sunken Garden part of Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. The photograph captures the depth and vastness of the surrounding environment while exploring the shapes and sizes of various types of plant life. Using creative positioning and various types of line—the steps, the railings, the winding paths—”The Sunken Garden” engulfs viewers with intricate details.

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Fisherman’s Wharf – Victoria, British Columbia

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Victoria Fisherman's Wharf

Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf (Photo: Totororo.Roro)

WHY WE CHOSE IT
The magnitude of vibrancy displayed through this colourful scene of Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf is so perfectly captured in Totororo.Roro’s photograph, it has us wishing we were there. The wharf is home to many different dining stands, marine tours and residents; it’s a floating playground for seafood lovers dream and a photographers. We chose this photo because it displays various types of techniques and colours, and it uses optimal framing to ensure that the each level adds something unique to the photo.

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Free Things to Do in Victoria: 20 Activities That Will Cost You $0

Free Things to Do in Victoria

Free Things to Do in Victoria: visit the Fisherman’s Wharf (Photo: Madeleine_H)

Among the things to do in Victoria, the world-class attractions are worthy of a prominent place on your travel itinerary—Butchart Gardens, say, or the Royal BC Museum. For visitors on a budget, however, there are plenty of free things to do in Victoria. Here are some of our $0 favourites:

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Hotel of the Week: Abigail’s Hotel—Victoria, British Columbia

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

A peaceful retreat from the busy streets of Victoria, this Tudor-revival-style bed-and-breakfast is three blocks from the Inner Harbour area, close enough to walk from where the seaplanes land.

The main portion of the 23-room Abigail’s Hotel was built in the 1930s as the Bessborough Apartments, named after the Governor General of Canada at the time, the Earl of Bessborough. In 1985 the building was converted to a bed-and-breakfast inn, undergoing a careful restoration, and was listed on the Historic Registry of the City of Victoria. The property has received awards many times over: it was on the TripAdvisor Best Hotels list of 2012 and was named one of the 10 most romantic B&Bs for 2012 by BedandBreakfast.com. (more…)

Vancouver Island’s Top 9 Things to Do This Fall

On Vancouver Island, summer doesn’t end on Labour Day. When the calendar turns to September and October, we’re just getting started! Here, our local experts list the 10 amazing things to do on Vancouver Island before the weather turns cold. 

Vancouver Island's Top Events for Fall

Goldstream Park, one of Vancouver Island’s top destinations this fall

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How to Celebrate the City of Victoria’s 150th Birthday

From Puente Theatre and Merlin's Sun, History2Life performers depict people from Victoria's past.

Happy Birthday, Victoria! It’s been 150 years since the incorporation of the City of Victoria on August 2, 1862, and my what a 150 years it’s been! In celebration of the historic milestone, the City of Victoria has planned a series of events and activities. Check them out, after the jump. (more…)

Day-Tripping on the Island

While Victoria’s attractions and amenities are sure to keep you busy, extend your visit with a little “Island time.” Need a few ideas? Here are a few of our favourite day-trip destinations.

Milner Garden

Salt Spring & the Gulf Islands

35-minute ferry trip from Sidney/Swartz Bay

Visitors to this tranquil island paradise renowned for its relaxed lifestyle enjoy Salt Spring’s natural beauty, art galleries, studios, wineries and gift shops. Visit on Saturdays and take in the huge outdoor market where the island’s accomplished artisans and farmers display their fine products. Hiking trails at Ruckle Provincial Park, country roads ideal for cycling and wonderful kayaking are among the many possibilities here. (more…)

14 Romantic Winter Escapes

Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, AB (Photo courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts)

By Carissa Bluestone

You don’t have to run off to Aruba to celebrate Valentine’s Day or beat the winter blahs: there are plenty of options for romantic long weekends within our borders. Revel in unearthly icy beauty or hide from it in front of a roaring fireplace. (more…)

Road Trip: Vancouver Island Coastal Drive, From Victoria to Tofino

Photo: James Wheeler

By Tim Johnson

A place where the mountains meet the sea, Vancouver Island’s beauty is known the world over. At times wild and untamed, the Island can be equally refined and sophisticated as well as quirky and interesting. Traversing the two-lanes that link British Columbia’s capital with its best-known surf town is a pleasurable experience—especially if you make time for lots of stops along the way. (more…)

Savour a Taste of Fresh Vancouver Island Flavours

Prepare to indulge in the best food and wine Vancouver Island has to offer this summer at the third-annual Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine July 21 to 24.

Focusing on Vancouver Island cuisine and British Columbia wines, the festival is supported by a number of local winemakers, chefs, artisan producers, farmers and fishers – all key players in helping to make Vancouver Island a vibrant culinary destination. (more…)

Spring into Spring!

Spring comes early in Victoria, bringing with it plenty of blossoms, blooms and other treats for the senses.

A blossoming city…
Arguably Victoria’s prettiest season, spring turns Victoria’s streets and boulevards into quite the blossoming affair, thanks to hundreds of spring-flowering trees.
Enjoy a stroll through the city’s historic streets, feed the ducks at Beacon Hill Park, or venture into the picturesque neighbouring communities of Fairfield and James Bay. Walkers from all over North America will enjoy the scenery April 15 to 17 when local Volkssport clubs host the Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival. (more…)

Hot Dining: Notable Newcomers

Sizzling steaks at Sidecut in Whistler

The regional editors of Where recently unveiled their list of 2010’s best new restaurants across Canada.

1. Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie – Vancouver, BC; 604-688-087; www.bao-bei.ca

2. Sidecut (pictured) – Whistler, BC; 604-966-5280; www.fourseasons.com

3. Prime Steakhouse and Lounge – Victoria, BC; 250-386-2010; www.primesteak.ca

4. Charcut Roast House – Calgary, AB; 403-984-2180; www.charcut.com

5. Zinc – Edmonton, AB; 780-392-2501; www.zincrestaurant.ca

6. Habitat Restaurant – Canmore, AB; 403-678-8880; www.granderockies.com/habitat

7. Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant – Winnipeg, MB; 204-477-6500; www.segoviatapasbar.com

8. Enoteca Sociale – Toronto, ON; 416-534-1200; www.sociale.ca

9. Taste, the Restaurant at Touchstone – Muskoka, ON; 705-764-5353; www.touchstoneonlakemuskoka.com/taste.html

10. Town – Ottawa, ON; 613-695-8696; www.townlovesyou.ca

11. Fujiyama – Halifax, NS; 902-492-1133; www.sushifujiyama.ca