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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 to experience everything on offer. This is a local gem, hiding in plain sight!

HCP inspires a natural learning environment to connect people—including children—with plants and nature. Their innovative education programs increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment and the importance of plants to a sustainable world. Youth Programs, college and community education classes are offered.

For the first time in the history of the City of Victoria, a zipline attraction has been installed within city limits.

The Victoria HarbourCats have teamed up with WildPlay and TELUS to install a 400-foot zipline to their already entertaining activities available during their West Coast League baseball games. The WildPlay Zipline is believed to be the only currently operating zipline of its kind during a baseball game—adding another great reason for you and your family to take in HarbourCats games, now in its 7th season!

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. Pack a picnic, grab your fishing pole and head out to explore some of these Secret Lakes!

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 home purchase from July 15 to August 31. The upgrade is to a ductless split-system type unit, with the condenser portion of the system sitting on your deck/patio. The system has low sound emission levels and a technology that reduces power consumption and utility bills.

The prestigious Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts [MISSA] 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 Director. “We can only run 12 workshops at a time with 12 people per class. So, 480 is the maximum number of students we can accommodate every year. And they’re coveted spots!”

Yet, this year, it’s not just professional artists, teachers and serious adult students who are populating Pearson College campus. Happily, the organizers for this annual event are also opening the doors to the general public for two special evening events.

Whether 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 in 2002. It didn’t take long for him to become infatuated with wines and began training as a sommelier. His employer recognized his passion and talents and supported his education.

“The only way to stay current [about wine] is to realize there is no end to the varietals and complexities of wines,” Bhatt told me. “Winemaking is a truly limitless, creative endeavour. Vintners around the world are always experimenting with various grape varietals, vineyard management and replanting techniques to find out what works best for their region.”

This highly-anticipated annual Sooke Fine Arts Show gives the finest artists from Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal islands an opportunity to showcase and sell their work.

This year, the Sooke Fine Arts Show is celebrating its 33rd anniversary as Vancouver Island’s longest-running, juried fine art show. Each year between 1200 and 1400 artworks are submitted.

The 11-day art show and sale draw more than 9,000+ art lovers from Canada, the US and abroad. More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning, 16,000-square-foot gallery. The unique artworks encompass 2D, 3D, ceramics and glass, fibre arts, jewelry, and digital and traditional photography.

Sometimes, all it takes is one good idea to get started, right? This month, our issue is packed with ideas to somewhere nearby you’ve never been before or to something that you’ve wanted to do, but never got around to. Accomplishing this, won’t be difficult, when you have a ‘GoWestShore Bucket List’ to follow!

You can see it from the highway as you head downtown: a high quality, 60-unit condo development in the Town of View Royal, only steps away from Thetis Lake Park and trail systems, such as the Galloping Goose. The development is aptly named Thetis Lakeside.

With occupancy currently underway, I thought it might be a good time to drop by and find out what the developer Pacific Coast Land Company [PCLC] and its West Shore builders, Harald Skadberg and Ben Gulbrandsen were up to. It’s not often we see a project of this scale developing in View Royal, is it? I was curious to find out more—and I wasn’t disappointed.

Colwood’s 5th Annual ‘Eats & Beats at the Beach’ happens Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1 to 8pm. The free family event takes place about midway along Esquimalt Lagoon on Ocean Boulevard. Enjoy music, food and fun in one of the most spectacular oceanfront beach settings on Vancouver Island. The area is closed to through traffic for the occasion.

Upwards of 9,000 people attended Eats & Beats in 2018. This year, there are even more features and activities to experience on the street, sand, sea and sky.