GoWestShore Magazine Mar 2018 E-Edition

In this Issue


Canadians spend almost 90% of their time living indoors in artificial environments: at work, at home, in a car or at indoor recreational arenas. That means most get constant exposure to indoor air, which as a rule, is of very poor quality. (1)

The benefits of getting outdoors is so great that going outdoors every day—even if it’s winter and the temperatures are low—supports the body, mind and spirit. Disconnecting from nature has been proven to affect one’s quality of life. Here are some great reasons to get up close and personal with Mother Nature:


Finding ‘scenic’ is easy here on the West Shore. Whether you want to walk, hike, stroll, run, bike or swim, you certainly don’t have to go very far to find a spectacular change of scenery! Sooke is a case in point, offering casual, moderate and very challenging trails for outdoor adventurers and scenic explorers alike. If you are unfamiliar with Sooke, here is a selection of park and trail gems we love

Options for Aging Eyes

Presbyopia is an eye condition where the eye loses its ability to focus on nearby objects. It is an age-related change that typically begins in the early 40s. What happens is the crystalline lens within the eye gradually loses its ability to flex. That makes it difficult for the eye to focus light onto the retina.

You can tell if you have the early signs of presbyopia when you start holding objects further away to see them and/or if you are experiencing eye fatigue and headaches.

Take Back Control of Your Bladder

Is hesitation about the availability of washroom facilities keeping you from enjoying being outdoors? Bladder leakage is very common, but what many people do not realize is that there is treatment available for many causes of incontinence!

Our CBI Health experts share three myths they commonly hear and more importantly what can be done to get over them.

Take it Eeeeasy!

The weather is warming up and that means more children will be walking to and from school or using bikes and scooters. Many drivers don’t realize that the simple act of slowing to the maximum 30 km/hr. in a school zone can literally save a child’s life.

Here’s why. A child hit by a vehicle at 30 km/hr. has an 0 percent chance of surviving. That drops dramatically to only 10 per cent when speed increases to 50 km/hr. It also takes double the time for a vehicle traveling at 50 km/hr. to react and brake for a sudden stop compared to a vehicle traveling at 30 km/hr. so the chances of a dangerous collision are much greater.

Basketball Programs For All Ages

Westshore Basketball, a not-for-profit organization, is staying busy this spring with exciting, new programs and continuing favourites including a new 3×3 Spring League, Westshore Rain, and Night League!

Check out the full line up here.


March is a bit of an odd month that brings out two types of people: those who want to hold onto those last few winter months and cozy up under a blanket, embracing those early dark evenings, and others who are ready for Spring and already wondering if a cardigan is enough of a jacket to wear outside. (If you live on Vancouver Island, the answer is most likely no!)

Whether you are the bundle-up-at-home type or eagerly waiting for those crisp sunny days, Everything Wine has suggestions for food and wine pairings for any March mood. Here is one of our top March recipes paired perfectly with an Old World European wine. Sit back and let us do the work while you Eat this! Drink that!

Light Up Your Life!

Do you remember when illumination was a small fixture in the middle of the bedroom ceiling and table lamps sat on end tables next to the couch in the living room? Well, if you’ve been exploring model homes recently, you must have also noticed that all of that has started to change for the better!

Today, illumination is much more than “enough” light so no one trips walking through or into a room. Illumination as become much more than a superfluous or luxury feature. It has become an important element that is often overlooked—even in some new homes—but, an element especially lacking in older and character houses. Good illumination is there to support the activities of each space. It allows us to read, play, and entertain. It creates moods, showcases architectural features. It adds “sparkle” to your interiors.


Victoria Shamrocks’ Forward Rhys Duch is all about giving back to his community. This year will be his 3rd time hosting the Shamrocks’ Annual Kids Spring Break Camp which runs from March 27-29 at the Eagle Ridge Arena. The spring break camp gives kids 7-14 the opportunity to heighten their skills, have fun and play with Victoria Shamrocks players in this 3-day camp along with an exclusive Victoria Shamrocks pinnie.

The Fine Art of Food

Be around food every day, like I am, and eventually you’d realize that the way you feel about food is very different from the everyday reality of most people in our society! Sadly, for the past 50 years, North Americans have been progressively disassociating themselves from the value of the ingredients and dishes that sustain them. It seems to me that we are in a phase where the notion of preparing, sharing, relishing, and socializing around food appears to be shifting to convenience foods—preferably food you can eat with your hands. Certainly, there are ‘foodies’ who embrace the principles of healthy, sustainable, local, community driven food systems; but in general, busy lives shape the way most people eat today.

Top 5 Popular Pet Gear for the Great Outdoors

Along with the essentials—ID collar, tag and poop bags—here are items to make outdoor excursions with your dog even better. Our Top 5 Popular Pet Gear come in with Back Pack, First Aid Kit, Travel Dog Bed, Hands Free Leash System and you guessed it, Travel Bowl!

Tremendous Community Vision Realized

An exclusive invitation to Cherish at Central Park’s Early Bird Opening Ceremony brought out supporters, investors, architects, Langford Mayor, municipal councillors, special guests, staff and community residents to a heart-warming, ribbon-cutting celebration.

Ten years in the making, Cherish at Central Park has realized a philosophy of community living for senior living that could only have been sustained through long-term collaboration with an entire business community.

Rugby 7s On Fire!

The speed, simplicity, and ease of play are all contributing to the sudden, exciting rise in popularity of Rugby 7s today. Rugby 7s is a variation of Rugby Union. When you’re watching the game, the most obvious difference is that Rugby 7s teams are made up of 7 players playing 7-minute halves.

In just a few years this game has come so far, especially for Rugby Canada women, who believe they have put rugby on the map in Canada and are pushing to be the best team in the world!

GoWestShore Magazine staff caught up with 5 Rugby 7s Olympians at their Rugby Canada home base in Langford, BC. The women were busy training for the start of the HSBC World Series in Sydney, Australia (January 26-27 where they won bronze!) but we managed to fit in a cover photo shoot anyway—out in the field in the pouring rain!

Living in the Great Outdoors

What better way to express your love for the outdoors than a dedicated property? Whether you’re tired of renting a vacation cottage each year or want to build a family legacy, owning a second home has many benefits.

Does this all sound too good to be true? You can start your outdoor living with as little as a 5% down payment. Find out how.


At the risk of stating the obvious for those of us who live here on the West Shore, this month’s ‘Great Outdoors’ theme is a mindful moment of the extraordinary natural beauty that surrounds us. West Shore living means it’s easy to find and experience beauty day in and day out; and, because of the local climate, we can be outdoors almost all year-round. Even those who live in the centre of town realize it only takes moments to find your way to an abundance of diverse outdoor opportunities.

Whether it’s a love of hiking through interesting ecosystems, like woodlands or old growth forests, fishing, golfing, swimming, wind-surfing, sailing, or taking in a world-class sports events in open air stadiums, each of us can be inspired and refreshed by great outdoor spaces in our vicinity.

Singing Their Hearts Out —For You!

Rebekah Jansen lives to sing opera. As a hard-working professional with family here in the West Shore, it was difficult for her to find high-quality, principal solo roles without having to leave the Island. Outside of participating in chorus roles with the Pacific Opera and Community Musical Theatre groups, there were few other places that highly talented opera singers, like herself, could perform and hone their craft in meaningful and challenging ways. She wasn’t alone; she discovered that many of her professional associates were experiencing the same thing. Everyone was looking for solo work that could accommodate their busy family and working lives.

“It was such a waste to have so much great talent lying dormant within our island communities. Something had to be  done,” says Rebekah. So, back in early 2017, she took action and founded the Vancouver Island Performers Guild VIPG], a registered non-profit society, to open up and facilitate performance opportunities for local artists.