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2018 Christmas Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

A miniature Christmas tree with lights and silver decorations in a red mug that says Merry Christmas with a snowman on it.

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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Indoor Victoria Attractions for Rainy Days Category: Vancouver Island Living

Gateway to Victoria Chinatown on a rainy day. Image credit Jeannette Hall/@shutterjh on Flickr.

Late autumn in Victoria can look dreary and boring when you first glance out your window, even when it's not raining. Our mild climate means above-freezing temperatures and next to no snow, but that isn't always comforting when a day at the park is ruined by cold, grey drizzle.

Being a dad myself, I know what it's like to have antsy, grumpy kids cooped up inside with too much energy and nowhere to put it. Thankfully, Victoria has its own cure for rainy-day blues: As a city based on tourism, there are always plenty of activities available year round that can keep a family occupied no matter what the weather.

These are just some of my favourite rainy day activities in Victoria. Let us know what yours are down in the comments!

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2018 Halloween Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

A cupcake styled in the shape of a googly-eyed ghost, with two smiling pumpkin-shaped cupcakes behind it.

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. Make sure to share your experiences using the hashtag #VictoriaBOO!

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Introducing Pets To Your (New) Home Category: Vancouver Island Living

Two labrador retrievers in the bed of a pickup truck. Photo credit @MikeBaird on Flickr.

Pets are an important part of many people's lives, offering unconditional love and acceptance. When moving, homeowners often wouldn't consider leaving their furry family members behind any more than they would their own kids.

But there's no escaping the fact that pets don't understand moving the way that humans do. Packing and travelling can be frightening and stressful to them, and telling them that it's “only for a few days” doesn't work very well.

Just like moving with kids, if you're moving house with pets you'll want to take special steps to make the process as comfortable as possible — for them and for yourself. So try out some of these tips, and share any pet travelling stories of your own in the comments!

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2018 Canada Day Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

Victoria's Legislature on Canada's 150th birthday. Photo credit to Michelle Edwards/@ehbseasides on Flickr.

Canada Day is more than just activities in downtown Victoria. Events are taking place up and down the peninsula, and all the way into Sooke. Make sure to keep this guide on hand while event hopping and you won't have to endure a single dull moment this year — and don't forget to tag your snapshots with #CanadaDayVictoria!

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Choosing A Victoria Neighbourhood Category: Vancouver Island Living

A map of the Greater Victoria area

The capital of BC and home of Vancouver Island's largest municipality, the Greater Victoria Area is home to historical properties and a vast array of homes and neighbourhoods ready to charm new residents. With vibrant gardens, detailed history, and rich culture, Victoria is a city worth living in.

Today we'll be taking a look at the various districts, municipalities, and neighbourhoods to be found in Victoria BC, and the different reasons why you might want to call each one home.

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2018 Family Day Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

A young child from the shoulders down in a blue raincoat, blue splash pants, and red boots, sloshing through a puddle on a forest trail. Credit to magentapix on Pixabay.

Family Day is coming up quick! 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.

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2017 Christmas Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

A miniature Christmas tree with lights and silver decorations in a red mug that says Merry Christmas with a snowman on it.

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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Septic Tanks 101: Maintenance & Repair Category: Vancouver Island Living

Schematic of a standard septic tank. Credit to Tilley, E., Ulrich, L., Lüthi, C., Reymond, Ph., and Zurbrügg, C.

Safe disposal of human waste is a concern of any town or city. Wastewater can contain dangerous pathogens like bacteria and viruses (such as hepatitis, salmonella, E. coli, and cholera), and elements like nitrogen and phosphates which can harm wildlife and local water quality.

Municipal sewer systems and water treatment facilities have a number of ways to counteract these dangers, but what about houses that are off the sewage grid? In the Greater Victoria area, houses without sewer service typically have a septic tank system on their property — which the homeowners are responsible for.

In this post I'll be going over the general workings of a septic tank system, and what you as a homeowner might need to know to keep your tank safe and maintained.

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2017 Halloween Events in Victoria Category: Vancouver Island Living

A cupcake styled in the shape of a googly-eyed ghost, with two smiling pumpkin-shaped cupcakes behind it.

Ready for another year of tricks and treats in Victoria? Check out local kids activities, ghost tours, haunted houses, bonfires, festivals and other events taking place during the season of the pumpkin. Make sure to share your experiences using the hashtag #VictoriaBOO!

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