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Victoria, BC in November: An Epic Day Trip Exploring Salmon Spawning, Scenery and Wildlife

Victoria, British Columbia, is a place of natural wonders, and one of its most awe-inspiring annual events is the salmon run close to Victoria, BC Every fall, many thousands of salmon make a heroic journey from the open ocean to their birthplace in the rivers and streams.  This remarkable migration marks a crucial stage in…

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October 30, 2023

Victoria, BC: 10 Fun Facts of Canada’s Garden City

Nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria, BC is a city brimming with natural beauty, rich history, and a vibrant culture. Known as Canada’s Garden City, Victoria has plenty to offer for visitors and residents alike. The City of Gardens: Victoria earned its nickname, the “City of Gardens,” for a good reason. It…

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July 18, 2023

Exploring the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Rich Legacy of Victoria’s Chinese Community

Victoria, with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, offers a captivating experience for visitors. The Juan de Fuca Strait, stretching along the city’s western coast, showcases breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Olympic Mountains. This picturesque waterway holds significance not only in Victoria’s maritime history but also in relation to…

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May 29, 2023

Discover the Magic of Abkhazi Gardens

Victoria, British Columbia is renowned for its picturesque gardens, and Abkhazi Gardens is one of the most charming and distinctive ones. Nestled in a peaceful neighbourhood near the ocean, this garden tells a love story that spans continents and cultures and invites visitors to slow down and appreciate the marvels of nature. It is a…

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April 21, 2023

Essential Packing List: What to Bring for a Memorable Trip to Victoria

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, is a destination visited by travelers from all around the world. With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, Victoria offers an unforgettable experience. However, packing for a trip can be overwhelming, so here are some tips on what to bring to make the most…

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March 29, 2023

EV Tours First Blog of the Year

  “Tour guiding in the time of Covid” is the title that comes to mind as I write my first personal blog ever. After 10 years of contemplation and severe writer’s block, I decided to give writing a go on the auspicious first day of 2022. But I missed that day. Fortunately I have a…

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February 1, 2022

Beyond Victoria, BC: A Fabulous Destination Worth Exploring

Victoria, BC and Beyond – fabulous place to visit Victoria, BC Inner Harbour My home is on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island in a neighbourhood of the city of Victoria, BC called James Bay.  It is one of the oldest residential areas in the Pacific Northwest with charming heritage homes preserved and still intact. …

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March 3, 2020

Wild About James Bay

Wild about James Bay He was walking along the streets of Victoria and into beautiful James Bay. A first time visitor, he felt his weary soul invigorated by the sea wind and gulls, the lovely gardens of fresh water,  peacocks and ducks.  He was looking to relocate to James Bay, a big move for him….

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February 16, 2020

Goldstream Provincial Park: A Hikers Paradise

Autumn we head to the woods in Goldstream Park where the Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon arrive to spawn.  Their struggle to swim upstream to the place of their birth in the shallow waters of the creek is a yearly ritual performed by the species in order to procreate, and then die. Sparrows whistle and…

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October 8, 2019

Salt Spring Island – Unlike Any Other Place In The world

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, lies close to Victoria on Vancouver Island, its proximity making it a short and pleasant 30-minute ferry ride across the Salish Sea.We ease into “island time” enjoying the short scenic cruise aboard BC Ferries to this unique Gulf Island destination: Salt Spring Island.  This gem of an Island so close…

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September 8, 2019

Beacon Hill Park A Wondrous Place For A Stroll

Beacon Hill Park is a wonderful place to take a stroll. Climb to the top of its tallest hill and gaze out to the snowcapped mountains across the sea. Walk through a multitude of ancient and giant trees where peacocks rest, and through grassland, rose gardens and ponds. Pause for a moment on a stone…

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August 19, 2019

Victoria’s Nineteenth Century Stained-Glass: A Fusion of History, Glamour, and Art

Beautiful stained-glass art graces many historical buildings throughout Victoria and Vancouver Island as you walk along Quadra street to see the first churches on the island, step inside and behold the intricate stained-glass windows from the nineteenth century. This art form can be found in Victoria’s castles, government buildings, and homes, resplendent leaded designs through…

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July 16, 2019