Connecting People with Plants

  • June 30, 2019
  • GoWestShore
The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific For over 15 years, I lived in the same neighbourhood as the HCP. In fact, I drove past the centre whenever I took Quayle Road over to West Saanich. Yet it wasn’t until I met Deborah Donahue, the GM for the gardens that I realized how much I had missed by not slowing down...

Secret Lakes in Your Neighbourhood

  • June 30, 2019
  • GoWestShore
Excerpts from ‘Secret Lakes in Southern Vancouver Island’ By Adam Ungstad Photo credits: GAP Publishing Group Inc.Here is a small sampling of some less well-known lakes in and around the West Shore that you and your friends and family can explore this summer.HIGHLANDS 1) Pease Lake Pease Lake is a quiet, little known beauty found in the north-west corner of Mount Work Park....

Summer Living is Easy at Belmont Residences!

  • June 30, 2019
  • GoWestShore
The team at Belmont Residences West has been active getting construction of their purchasers’ new homes started over the past month. 70% of these homes are now sold! In the meantime, based on a number of requests for an air conditioning upgrade from some purchasers, Belmont Residences is introducing a time-sensitive, complimentary upgrade offer for air conditioning with each new...

MISSA Talks Open to the Public!

  • June 30, 2019
  • GoWestShore
The prestigious Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts is happening at the Pearson College campus from June 22 - July 5. It’s an occasion for like- spirited folks, who love art and the creative process, to gather together, to connect, make art and socialize. “We have over 40 classes with over 400 people attending,” says Marna Lynn Smith, Executive...

Exploring Wines!

  • June 29, 2019
  • GoWestShore
By Anne Marie Moro, Editor Photos courtesy of Westin Bear Mountain and GAP Publishing GroupWhether you are a wine connoisseur or just choose wine by its colour, the following article may offer interesting insights into winemaking and the joy of wines!I consulted with Bipin Bhatt, Outlets Manager and Sommelier at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. He started his career as a mixologist in Dubai...

Bee-come Bee Friendly!

  • May 16, 2019
  • GoWestShore
By Anne Marie Moro 1 The American Bumblebee study's research team was led by Victoria MacPhail, Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto, Ontario.Unfortunately, the loss of grasslands, diseases with nonnative bee species and climate change are dramatically impacting both the abundance of bees and the geographic range our bees need to survives. About 42 of the more than...

Secret Messages Hidden Inside Flowers Part 2

  • May 15, 2019
  • GoWestShore
Let’s face it, we’ve all done it! We get a gift from someone and then, after a period of time, wrap it up and give it to someone else. But what about if you are the giver and your gift says something you never intended? Such is the case whenever you offer flowers as a gift. Whatever the occasion, the...

7 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food in the City!

  • May 15, 2019
  • GoWestShore
by Anne Marie MoroIf ever there were a time for urban gardeners to plant a big vegetable garden, it’s this year—especially with produce prices forecast to rise dramatically and recent concerns about how climate change will be affecting agricultural supply systems.Wherever you live, there is always a way to accommodate grow spaces where you can plant vegetables, like the front...

Summer Solstice Party in Sooke!

  • May 15, 2019
  • GoWestShore
By Gwen Fisher, Owner of The Artisan’s Garden, SookeEver been to a summer solstice celebration? Well, you’re in for a treat—Sooke style! Gwen Fisher, owner of the Artisan’s Garden & Pure Elements, has assembled a cast of exciting entertainments to make it an evening you are sure to enjoy, with music, food and a fashion show on June 21st. One...

Making Home Ownership Even More Affordable!

  • May 14, 2019
  • GoWestShore
- Mayor Stewart Young City of Langford In our Mar/Apr 2019 issue, we showcased how Belmont’s new Rental Rewards Program could assist prospective home owners save for a new home at Belmont Residences, while renting at The Crossing. The program applies 25% of monthly rent towards the purchase of a Belmont Residences home—up to a maximum of 5% of the...