August 2017

Found 3 blog entries for August 2017.



James Bay is nestled into the southwest region of downtown Victoria and is home to charming Victorian and Edwardian character homes. “It’s the oldest residential neighbourhood on the West Coast of Canada, (source),” making it rich with history and diversity. This lovely neighbourhood is surrounded by water on three sides; Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Beacon Hill Park also provides a green border to the east. These attractions lend themselves to a wide array of tourism opportunities. Everything from horse drawn carriages to the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf can be enjoyed year round.

History: Historically, James Bay was home to the Swenghwung First Nations who belong to the Lekwungen people of the

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Victoria is home to not only some of the best restaurants to grab a glass but also provides some incredible local wineries to tour and enjoy. “A cluster of Vancouver Island wineries are just a short drive north of Victoria along the Saanich Peninsula. Idyllic farms, dramatic ocean views and arbutus trees provide the backdrop for wineries here, (source).” Victoria’s climate is temperate all year round making it ideal for a variety of different growing seasons. “The Saanich Peninsula’s mild temperatures and fertile land produces fruity whites such as Pinot Gris and medium-bodied reds such as Marechal Foch. Pair wine with cheese from Salt Spring Island, Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley or try locally caught Vancouver Island seafood, (source).” Below are

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Brentwood Bay is a small idyllic neighbourhood in the municipality of Central Saanich, which is nestled on the Saanich Peninsula. It lies north of Victoria and south of Sidney on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. “Previously named Slugget, after pioneer John Sluggett who settled in the area in 1876, the village of Brentwood Bay was given the rather more appealing name in 1925. Brentwood Village takes its name from the English town of Brentwood in Essex, home town of R.M. Horne-Payne, president of the British Columbia Electric Company in the 1920s, (source).” The Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay ferry is also a convenient 25-minute route across the Saanich Inlet for those travelling to or from the Swartz Bay terminal and destinations north of

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