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Navigating A Re-Opening Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

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It’s been a long slow journey, but in BC at least, we are finally starting to see a cautious reopening of the world around us. This means greater freedom to get outside, to use local businesses, and to travel further distances - but all of course while observing safe distancing and hygiene practices.

With Phase 2 of BC’s response to the Covid-19 crisis having progressed smoothly, we will soon enter Phase 3, which means looser restrictions on travel and movement - according to BC Premier John Horgan. During this phase, we will all be able to expand our ‘bubbles’, multiplying the circle of friends and family we can gather with.

To celebrate this, we’re going to look at what this means for you, and us, as well as spotlighting some of our favourite businesses and local gathering spots where you can meet other members of your bubble. 

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New To Homeschooling? Try Our Essential Tips For Parents Category: Vancouver Island Living

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Homeschooling is never as easy as it looks—something that millions of parents across Canada have been discovering.

Trying to balance the task of managing your child’s education and your own life can be difficult, but thankfully there is a wealth of information, resources, and support out there to help you.

This guide will look at some of those resources, as well as offering some helpful tips on how to make your homeschooling adventure an enjoyable one for you and your children. 

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2020 Family Day Activities in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

Young girls participate in Family Day colouring acitivities at the  Minneapolis Institute of Art. Photo credit:  @MinneapolisInstituteofArts on Flickr.

Family Day is coming up quick, so start planning those family activities!

Whether your children are teens or little ones, there's a wide variety of free and paid events around Greater Victoria for your family to take part in. Give a few a try! Here are a few events happening on Family Day Long Weekend:

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2019 Halloween Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

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Ready for another year of tricks and treats in Victoria? Check out local kids activities, ghost tours, haunted houses, bonfires, theatre shows, quiz nights, and other events taking place during the season of the pumpkin. Share your spooky experiences with us! 

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Celebrate Canada Day And The Summer In Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

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There is nothing quite like the splendour and joy of a Victoria summer, in which the sparkling harbour comes to life with festivals, entertainment, and celebrations aplenty. As always the centrepiece of the Victoria summer is Canada day—where we can all get together and celebrate the diversity, spirit, and history that make us proud to be Canadian. 

Once again, the fine people of Victoria have put together a full package of events for the special day. Along with an eclectic and exciting mix of live music, entertainment and activities, we’ll also be taking up the challenge of the Coast Capital Living Flag event—last year saw 3,600 participants taking part to form the ‘Largest Living Flag In The Country’. Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there, there’s plenty happening throughout July and August to keep residents and visitors occupied, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the highlights. 

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Must See Markets In Victoria Happening This Summer Category: Vancouver Island Living

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Now that we’re in the throes of summer, it’s the ideal time to visit one of Victoria’s many wonderful markets. With a reputation that stretches far beyond the borders of the Island, they attract local residents and tourists from far and wide with their enticing selection of fresh produce, artisanal treats, and handmade crafted delights. 

Whether you’re interested in something with a little more quality and provenance, trying a bit of local flavour, or you simply want to step out into the summer air and soak in the sights and sounds - we’ve rounded up all the can’t-miss markets happening this summer in Victoria. 

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4 Ways Gardening & Landscaping Can Improve Your Home Category: Vancouver Island Living

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As spring comes into full bloom, and we start to look ahead to those glorious summer days of picnics and barbecues, there is no better time to get out into your garden and get in touch with nature than in your own backyard.

Gardening and landscaping aren’t just for the green-thumbed experts, it’s a great way for anyone to make their home a brighter, cleaner, and friendlier place. And to have some fun in the process!

We’re going to share 4 ways and reasons in which we believe gardening and landscaping can improve your home.

 

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2019 Family Day Activities in Victoria BC Category: Vancouver Island Living

Young girls participate in Family Day colouring acitivities at the  Minneapolis Institute of Art. Photo credit:  @MinneapolisInstituteofArts on Flickr.

Family Day is coming up quick, so start planning those family activities!

Whether your children are teens or little ones, there's a wide variety of free and paid events around Greater Victoria for your family to take part in. Give a few a try!

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Walkability: How Does It Work? Category: Vancouver Island Living

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If you're searching for a new home, odds are you've come across the term "walkability" when it comes to desireable property features. An important concept in sustainable urban design, walkability is measure of how walking-friendly an area is to a resident.

More and more studies are revealing the ways walkability results in important benefits to our health, the environment, the economy, and our communities. It makes sense — before cars and bicycles came around, walking was the only way to get from place to place over land without help from animals like horses or sled dogs. Humans have evolved to walk over thousands of years, and it's a natural activity.

But how do developers create walkability, and how is it scored? Let's take a look.

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2018 Christmas Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

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Victoria is a magical and beautiful place to spend Christmas, with plenty of lights and events throughout the city. Here are just some of the winter events taking place for Christmas and New Years on the island, including parades, carols, markets, concerts, movies, lights, tours, and brunches with Santa!

Don't forget to check out local coffee shops and restaurants as well for their Christmas specials.

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