Guidebook for Victoria

Chris And Laura
Chris And Laura
Tilmeldt i 2013
Chris And Laura

Guidebook for Victoria

Drinks & Nightlife
Stumbling distance pub to the house. Cold beer and wine attached.
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Gorge Pointe Pub
1075 Tillicum Road
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Stumbling distance pub to the house. Cold beer and wine attached.
Another brew pub. Unique beers on tap all the time, thoughtful menu and a fun atmosphere.
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Moon Under Water Brewpub
350 Bay Street
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Another brew pub. Unique beers on tap all the time, thoughtful menu and a fun atmosphere.
I would consider Driftwood the first of the new generation of breweries in town, trying out new styles and pushing the envelope. The end result are some amazing staple beer and great seasonal releases. Small tasting room for samples and growler fills.
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Driftwood Brewery
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I would consider Driftwood the first of the new generation of breweries in town, trying out new styles and pushing the envelope. The end result are some amazing staple beer and great seasonal releases. Small tasting room for samples and growler fills.
Fill more growlers with a brew master/owner who's been brewing in town for well over 20 years. Great selection of everyday drinking beers.
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Hoyne Brewing Company
2740 Bridge Street
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Fill more growlers with a brew master/owner who's been brewing in town for well over 20 years. Great selection of everyday drinking beers.
Local brewery with growler fillings, tastings, art gallery, tours. Live music and movie events throughout the summer as well.
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Phillips Brewing & Malting
2010 Government Street
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Local brewery with growler fillings, tastings, art gallery, tours. Live music and movie events throughout the summer as well.
One of the newest breweries in town and already setting the benchmark high. Easy drive, decent bus ride and even accessible with a lovely bike ride.
Category 12 Brewing
2200 Keating Cross Rd
One of the newest breweries in town and already setting the benchmark high. Easy drive, decent bus ride and even accessible with a lovely bike ride.
Stunning views paired with tasty nibbles and flights of cider to die for.
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Sea Cider
2487 St Michael Rd Mt
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Stunning views paired with tasty nibbles and flights of cider to die for.
Top of the "mountain" views with a great selection of locally made wine. They also have spirits to sample and purchase as well.
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DEVINE Distillery & Winery
6181B Old West Saanich Rd
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Top of the "mountain" views with a great selection of locally made wine. They also have spirits to sample and purchase as well.
With one visit they knew my name and welcome me like an old friend with each visit. Beautiful location and great bites to go along with locally made wine.
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Symphony Vineyard
6409 Oldfield Rd
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With one visit they knew my name and welcome me like an old friend with each visit. Beautiful location and great bites to go along with locally made wine.
Amazing selection of craft beer on tap from the local area and beyond. Currently curating 29 taps, they host events monthly and both free and ticketed. Decent eats as well.
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The Drake Eatery
517 Pandora Ave
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Amazing selection of craft beer on tap from the local area and beyond. Currently curating 29 taps, they host events monthly and both free and ticketed. Decent eats as well.
Long standing brewery starting to spread its wings. Has a staple of standard beers, but an interesting line up of growler fills as well. Recently expanded to 8 beers at the growler filling station.
Lighthouse Brewing
Long standing brewery starting to spread its wings. Has a staple of standard beers, but an interesting line up of growler fills as well. Recently expanded to 8 beers at the growler filling station.
Go for a hike, finish with some mead tasting.
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Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery
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Go for a hike, finish with some mead tasting.
One of the newest distilleries on the scene in Victoria. Laura and I have sampled their Gin and Vodka and they knocked both out of the park. Fantastic spirits.
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Sheringham Distillery
252 - 6731 W Coast Rd
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One of the newest distilleries on the scene in Victoria. Laura and I have sampled their Gin and Vodka and they knocked both out of the park. Fantastic spirits.
Hands down the best gin you will taste. The fact these people make a gin that made Laura love gin after years of no interest is a winner in my book. Do yourself a favour a bring a bottle of their gin or vodka. Knock the socks off your friends.
Ampersand Distilling Company
4077 Lanchaster Rd
Hands down the best gin you will taste. The fact these people make a gin that made Laura love gin after years of no interest is a winner in my book. Do yourself a favour a bring a bottle of their gin or vodka. Knock the socks off your friends.
New to the scene in 2016, the facility houses both a brewery (Twa dogs), as well as a distillery. Tasting room and tours available.
Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery
761 Enterprise Crescent
New to the scene in 2016, the facility houses both a brewery (Twa dogs), as well as a distillery. Tasting room and tours available.
Late 2016 introduced another brewery to the CRD. S.O.B. has a great core list of beers and are working on amazing seasonal and casks. Stuck in the mud Coffee Porter! Stop by, pickup a bottle, fill a growler. Either on the way out for a hike or a drive on a reward at the end of your day.
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SOOKE OCEANSIDE BREWERY
5529 B Sooke Rd
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Late 2016 introduced another brewery to the CRD. S.O.B. has a great core list of beers and are working on amazing seasonal and casks. Stuck in the mud Coffee Porter! Stop by, pickup a bottle, fill a growler. Either on the way out for a hike or a drive on a reward at the end of your day.
Tap Takeovers, biggest list of local distilled libations, easy going atmosphere and opened the latest for drinks downtown.
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Smiths Bar & Restaurant
777 Courtney St
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Tap Takeovers, biggest list of local distilled libations, easy going atmosphere and opened the latest for drinks downtown.
Shhh. Don't tell anyone but if you want a super quiet place with killer cocktails, nice local beer and a great food menu, this is your place.
Argyle Attic
Shhh. Don't tell anyone but if you want a super quiet place with killer cocktails, nice local beer and a great food menu, this is your place.
Food Scene
Canada's oldest Brewpub that helped start the craft brewery industry back in 1984. This great building houses a small portion of the brewery along with a restaurant and pub. They have a lot of their beers on tap with daily cask releases and monthly limited releases as well. They also have started to make their own ciders and are starting to work with local wineries as well. The food selection changes week to week and season to season with stunning results. House made chocolates and ocean views make this place a winner in our books.
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuestHouses
308 Catherine St
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Canada's oldest Brewpub that helped start the craft brewery industry back in 1984. This great building houses a small portion of the brewery along with a restaurant and pub. They have a lot of their beers on tap with daily cask releases and monthly limited releases as well. They also have started to make their own ciders and are starting to work with local wineries as well. The food selection changes week to week and season to season with stunning results. House made chocolates and ocean views make this place a winner in our books.
Amazing baked goods.
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Fry's Red Wheat Bread Bakery
416 Craigflower Road
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Amazing baked goods.
Locally roasted beans and lovely patio. They have recently expanded and now have a full deli with lots of treats outside of coffee to offer. They even have beer, cider and wine on tap. Attached to the galloping goose pedestrian and bicycle path.
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Fantastico bar-deli
398 Harbour Road
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Locally roasted beans and lovely patio. They have recently expanded and now have a full deli with lots of treats outside of coffee to offer. They even have beer, cider and wine on tap. Attached to the galloping goose pedestrian and bicycle path.
The best baked goods in town. Nuff said.
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Fol Epi
398 Harbour Road
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The best baked goods in town. Nuff said.
Coffee shop with live music and events in the evening.
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Spiral Cafe
418 Craigflower Road
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Coffee shop with live music and events in the evening.
You like locally roasted beans and in house made donuts?
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Discovery Coffee
664 Discovery Street
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You like locally roasted beans and in house made donuts?
Half price burgers (good ones) after 9pm with a drink purchase.
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Bin 4 Burger Lounge
3271 Maple St
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Half price burgers (good ones) after 9pm with a drink purchase.
Half price burgers (really good ones) after 9pm with a drink purchase.
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Bin 4 Burger Lounge
911 Yates St
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Half price burgers (really good ones) after 9pm with a drink purchase.
More than just a coffee spot. Great food, and a fine selection of libations to choose from.
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Tre Fantastico
810 Humboldt St
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More than just a coffee spot. Great food, and a fine selection of libations to choose from.
An incredible restaurant, bar, and live entertainment spot. Open from 4pm to late and brunch hours on Sunday.
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Northern Quarter
1724 Douglas St
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An incredible restaurant, bar, and live entertainment spot. Open from 4pm to late and brunch hours on Sunday.
My favourite breakfast spot.
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Mo:Lé Restaurant
554 Pandora Ave
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My favourite breakfast spot.
Great food spot easily accessible by foot or bicycle from our house. The breakfast is fantastic, but also open for lunch and dinner. If you ask nicely, you get to choose the records they play! They also have a second location downtown on Johnson street.
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The Ruby on Douglas
3110 Trans-Canada Hwy
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Great food spot easily accessible by foot or bicycle from our house. The breakfast is fantastic, but also open for lunch and dinner. If you ask nicely, you get to choose the records they play! They also have a second location downtown on Johnson street.
Incredible little spot off the beaten path. Imported organic teas, mixed with tea leaves grown on the property. Add local delectables and you've got a great break spot on road trips.
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Westholme Tea Farm
8350 Richards Trail
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Incredible little spot off the beaten path. Imported organic teas, mixed with tea leaves grown on the property. Add local delectables and you've got a great break spot on road trips.
Thai food walking distance from home!?!
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Thai Green Elephant Restaurant
809 Craigflower Rd
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Thai food walking distance from home!?!
You like motorcycles, good food, beer, old movies, and live music? Even if you don't ride they invite all to hang out.
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Wheelies Motorcycles & Cafe
2620 Rock Bay Ave
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You like motorcycles, good food, beer, old movies, and live music? Even if you don't ride they invite all to hang out.
Madrona farm stand. Opens Wednesdays through Saturday.
4317 Blenkinsop Rd
4317 Blenkinsop Rd
Madrona farm stand. Opens Wednesdays through Saturday.
If you want a really special night, this would be the place to go. They don't take reservations, but if you go after the first round of people pass through it's fairly easy to get in. Exquisite food, top notch service and that atmosphere you want with a great dining experience.
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Brasserie L'Ecole
1715 Government St
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If you want a really special night, this would be the place to go. They don't take reservations, but if you go after the first round of people pass through it's fairly easy to get in. Exquisite food, top notch service and that atmosphere you want with a great dining experience.
A great breakfast spot tucked into a quiet interesting street a couple of blocks from the beach. Couldn't after for a better spot to grab a bite to eat and go for wander.
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The Village Restaurant
2518 Estevan Avenue
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A great breakfast spot tucked into a quiet interesting street a couple of blocks from the beach. Couldn't after for a better spot to grab a bite to eat and go for wander.
Laura's favourite Restaurant in town. $12.50 will fill your belly and your boots for a night out on the town. Friendly staff and good food keeps us coming back.
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Green Leaf Vietnamese Bistro
1684 Douglas Street
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Laura's favourite Restaurant in town. $12.50 will fill your belly and your boots for a night out on the town. Friendly staff and good food keeps us coming back.
Fol Epi's sister location. The make the pastries out of this location, along with sourcing 98% of their ingredients organically and as locally as possible. They also cure their own meat in house. Did I mention they are rated as one of the top restaurants in the country.
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Agrius
732 Yates St
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Fol Epi's sister location. The make the pastries out of this location, along with sourcing 98% of their ingredients organically and as locally as possible. They also cure their own meat in house. Did I mention they are rated as one of the top restaurants in the country.
From the people behind The Ruby, comes a meat joint that sells out on a regular basis they are so good at what they do.
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Jones Bar-B-Que
1725 Cook St
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From the people behind The Ruby, comes a meat joint that sells out on a regular basis they are so good at what they do.
Parks & Nature
Waterfront views all the way to the Olympic mountains.
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Saxe Point Park
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Waterfront views all the way to the Olympic mountains.
Old war time ruins to wander, small cliff wall to climb, and great benches to take in the view.
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MacAulay Point Park
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Old war time ruins to wander, small cliff wall to climb, and great benches to take in the view.
Access point to galloping goose trail with community gardens/orchards. Waterfront views, picnic space and playgrounds to jump around on.
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Banfield Park
602-620 Craigflower Road
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Access point to galloping goose trail with community gardens/orchards. Waterfront views, picnic space and playgrounds to jump around on.
My favourite park (Anderson Hill) for quiet reads, a glass of wine and amazing sunsets or sunrises.
615 Island Rd
615 Island Rd
My favourite park (Anderson Hill) for quiet reads, a glass of wine and amazing sunsets or sunrises.
Short drive, or bike ride to this great spot. Lots of hiking trails to wander as well as swimming and general summer bliss.
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Thetis Lake
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Short drive, or bike ride to this great spot. Lots of hiking trails to wander as well as swimming and general summer bliss.
Closest park to the house with water access, waterfront walks, Japanese gardens (first in North America) and beautiful views.
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Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Rd
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Closest park to the house with water access, waterfront walks, Japanese gardens (first in North America) and beautiful views.
One of the highest peaks in city. You can drive to the top, or if up to the challenge, bike up the road or walk up many of the trails. Breath taking 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
Mount douglas
4340 Cedar Hill Rd
One of the highest peaks in city. You can drive to the top, or if up to the challenge, bike up the road or walk up many of the trails. Breath taking 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
Huge amount of hiking trails, in the forest and on the oceanfront. One of my personal favourites for day hikes.
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East Sooke Regional Park
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Huge amount of hiking trails, in the forest and on the oceanfront. One of my personal favourites for day hikes.
50 km of hiking trails that weave from forest to ocean. If your lucky you might pick some edible mushrooms too.
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
50 km of hiking trails that weave from forest to ocean. If your lucky you might pick some edible mushrooms too.
You want a short, but strenuous stairmaster? This is your place. Want to see eagles so fat from feasting on spawning salmon in the winter? This is also your place.
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Goldstream Provincial Park
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You want a short, but strenuous stairmaster? This is your place. Want to see eagles so fat from feasting on spawning salmon in the winter? This is also your place.
A great alternative to Butchart Gardens at a fraction of the price. This large garden space has a great variety mix of plants including a large selection of native plants.
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The Gardens at HCP
505 Quayle Rd
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A great alternative to Butchart Gardens at a fraction of the price. This large garden space has a great variety mix of plants including a large selection of native plants.
Another great alternative to Butchart Gardens.
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Abkhazi Garden
1964 Fairfield Road
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Another great alternative to Butchart Gardens.
Essentials
Closest grocery store to the house.
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Fairway Market
272 Gorge Rd W
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Closest grocery store to the house.
Grocery store
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Save-On-Foods
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Grocery store
Grocery store
Country Grocer
1153 Esquimalt Rd
Grocery store
They arrived in town last fall. Pick and choose your battles here. Sometimes higher priced, sometimes lower. The only grocery store that you can stop and have a beer while running your weekend errands.
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Whole Foods Market
3587 Blanshard St
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They arrived in town last fall. Pick and choose your battles here. Sometimes higher priced, sometimes lower. The only grocery store that you can stop and have a beer while running your weekend errands.
You will find us (and most of our friends) on weekly grocery shops to this place. Great selection of BC fruit and veg, nice garden section too. Pro tip: Look at the clearance food section first.
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The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer
1286 McKenzie Avenue
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You will find us (and most of our friends) on weekly grocery shops to this place. Great selection of BC fruit and veg, nice garden section too. Pro tip: Look at the clearance food section first.
Shopping
Go for the coffee and lunch bites, stay for the cheese samples.
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Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
1701 Douglas St
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Go for the coffee and lunch bites, stay for the cheese samples.
Saturday Market and one of the largest in the city. Vendors of all kind. Weekly in the summer.
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Moss Street Market
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Saturday Market and one of the largest in the city. Vendors of all kind. Weekly in the summer.
Another long standing Saturday Market in the heart of downtown. Locally grown food and hand made items.
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James Bay Community Market - Saturdays (May To Sept)
547 Michigan St
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Another long standing Saturday Market in the heart of downtown. Locally grown food and hand made items.
Another local farmer's market held on Thursdays in the afternoon.
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Esquimalt Farmers Market
500 Park Pl
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Another local farmer's market held on Thursdays in the afternoon.
Go for the reading material, stick around for the stunning building and detail work.
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Munro's Books
1108 Government St
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Go for the reading material, stick around for the stunning building and detail work.
Lovely street to walk down for window shopping of vintage and designer furniture. Home to one of my favourite stores, The Fabulous find.
Herald Street
Lovely street to walk down for window shopping of vintage and designer furniture. Home to one of my favourite stores, The Fabulous find.
Another interesting street to walk up and back down. Start at Fort and Douglas and pick a side, walk about 10 blocks up to Cook street, turn around and wander back into town. Both sides of the street offer interesting window shopping of all kinds.
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Fort Street
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Another interesting street to walk up and back down. Start at Fort and Douglas and pick a side, walk about 10 blocks up to Cook street, turn around and wander back into town. Both sides of the street offer interesting window shopping of all kinds.
Entertainment & Activities
You want big movies and blockbusters? 20 minute walk from our house.
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SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
3130 Tillicum Rd
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You want big movies and blockbusters? 20 minute walk from our house.
Good mixture of art house/small release/and repeats at a good price. Nicest popcorn at the theatres too.
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Cinecenta
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Good mixture of art house/small release/and repeats at a good price. Nicest popcorn at the theatres too.
Pay $5 ($3 if you come and go before 3pm) and play over 800 board games in their library. Tasty foods (good and bad for you), friendly staff and games to buy as well.
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Interactivity Board Game Cafe
723 Yates St
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Pay $5 ($3 if you come and go before 3pm) and play over 800 board games in their library. Tasty foods (good and bad for you), friendly staff and games to buy as well.
Getting Around
On the Galloping Goose trail that leads you into town, this is the closest location to pickup a bicycle for exploring the city. Approx 20 min walk from the house.
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Trek Bicycle Store Harbour Road
398 Harbour Rd
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On the Galloping Goose trail that leads you into town, this is the closest location to pickup a bicycle for exploring the city. Approx 20 min walk from the house.
Closest bus stop to our house for direct access downtown. 4 minuate walk from our front door and a 5-10 min ride into town. For return trip to our house the Westbound bus stop is almost right across the street
909 Craigflower Rd
909 Craigflower Rd
Closest bus stop to our house for direct access downtown. 4 minuate walk from our front door and a 5-10 min ride into town. For return trip to our house the Westbound bus stop is almost right across the street