Dine Around and Stay in Town

Dine Around and Stay in Town is an annual promotion in Victoria that many of us await enthusiastically. The simple reason is that we are offered a wide range of fine dining at very fine prices.

Each year Dine Around & Stay in Town runs from mid February until early March. You can select from three course menus costing $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person at over 60 Victoria restaurants. It’s our annual opportunity to sample local cuisine or to return to favourite venues to re-experience their offerings at excellent prices.

This year my wife and I went with in-laws to a restaurant we had been intending to visit for over 25 years but we had never quite got around to it. It was such a tasty meal – the range and high quality of food and wine which Vancouver Island offers is impressive, fresh foods from our community.

For accommodation during this event you can select from these Victoria bed and breakfasts.

Summer Festivals in Victoria BC

Summer Festivals in Victoria BC add spice to a visit to Vancouver Island. It’s a pleasant surprise to stumble upon a festival but better to plan a visit to coincide with one of your choice. Here’s a summary of the major varied summer festivals in Victoria BC.

Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival – over 150 years of fun and muscle.

Swiftsure International Yacht Race – four races contested by 200 yachts as the Inner Harbour gets thoroughly nautical.

Victoria International JazzFest – over 300 musicians in many styles.

Victoria International Buskers Festival – remarkable street performers give free shows throughout downtown.

Moss Street Paint-In – outdoor art created by 160 of Vancouver Islands leading artists. 30 years on.

Symphony Splash – join 40,000 people in Victoria’s Inner Harbour on the first Sunday in August. Ends with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and fireworks.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival – 90 dragon boats with 2,500 paddlers race in the Inner Harbour.

Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival – 50 shows at eleven venues downtown.

Saanich Fall Fair – our agricultural show on the Saanich Peninsula since 1868.

Victoria Classic Boat Festival – 40 years of admiration of these craft.

Victoria International Chalk Art Festival – stumble across street art unfolding before your eyes.

Click on the above weblinks for full details about these Vancouver Island events and spectacles.

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is a series of yacht races from Victoria BC on the last weekend of May that has been drawing crowds to view the off-shore spectacle since 1930.

The race Starts and ends in Victoria BC, being called the Swiftsure International Yacht Race because the courses run to midpoints in U.S. waters. In its eighty years the race has evolved into nine races sailed over four courses in the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Crews race to the Swiftsure Lightship and back in courses of up to 140 nautical miles with winning times for the longest course often under 24 hours, largely dependant on the weather. If winds are poor crews have named it “Driftsure” yet one year 130 boats were blown out of the race soon after the start.

There can be plenty of drama. At the start one year a heavy tide pushed most boats back two miles and at the midpoint a boat hit the lightship when turning around it. Boats have been grounded at Race Rocks in fog. A finish saw a boat cross the line stern first after it lost its main masts just before the line, and one year a single second decided the winning yacht.

So set sail for Victoria this May!