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2018 Christmas Events in Victoria Category: Winter News

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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2018 Family Day Events in Victoria Category: Winter News

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: Winter News

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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2017 Family Day Events in Victoria Category: Winter News

A family of two parents and two children building a snowman in the woods

Family Day is coming up quick, and it's time again to start planning those family activities! Organize a family outing and check out the wide variety of free and paid events taking place around Greater Victoria.

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2017 Victoria Housing Market Forecast Category: Winter News

Total Area Sales for Victoria in 2016 from Macdonald Realty

In 2016, the Victoria real estate market broke records across the board: over 10,000 transactions took place, the most ever since the Board began tracking the number in 1990. Real estate values for single family homes increased 20% overall, with increases ranging as high as 37% in the Victoria core.

The Canadian Housing Market Association (HMA) has warned of the problems arising from real estate price increases and overbuilding across the country, but predictions are hopeful that the market will slow and stabilize by 2018.

I'll be taking a detailed look at the real estate market forecast for Victoria in 2017, as predicted by a number of leaders in the industry.

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Home Emergency Preparedness Category: Winter News

Ocean waves crashing high onto a breakwater in a Victoria neighbourhood on a cloudy, stormy day.

This year we've already seen an incredible amount of rainfall in Victoria BC, thanks in part to Hurricane Matthew. Some areas in Sooke even received instructions and supplies for sandbagging their homes against potential floods. When facing conditions like this, it's easy to see that sometimes winterizing your home isn't enough on its own.

How can you ensure the safety of your home and family when mother nature is at its worst? We can't prevent every disaster, but there are things you can do when looking for a new home, or as a home owner readying for the winter, to better your chances.

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Victoria Housing Forecast For 2016 Category: Winter News

Rooftop photo of downtown Victoria BC in spring, facing Wharf St.

With the release of housing market reports from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), VREB, TD Bank, Royal LePage, and other real estate and economic organizations over the past few months, a picture of the Victoria housing market in 2016 is slowly starting to come together. The majority of available reports focus on Vancouver and BC as a whole, but as the Victoria market takes cues from the mainland, our outlook doesn't look to be too different. Here's what we keep seeing.

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Family Day Events in Victoria BC Category: Winter News

A family of four with two young children, taking a walk through the woods.

Family Day is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning those family activities! Take your kids out no matter what their age and check out the wide variety of free and paid events taking place around Victoria and Sidney.

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Christmas Events In Victoria Category: Winter News

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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Winterizing Your Home In BC Category: Winter News

Lights reflecting off a rainy road and metal bench on Douglas St. in Victoria BC. Credit: hobvias sudoneighm on Flickr.

There's a large number of "how to winterize your home" articles on the internet, but if you live on the west coast you may have noticed that most of them are aimed at home owners further east — home owners who have to deal with large amounts of snow and subzero temperatures.

Being located in a temperate climate, much of the BC coast and Victoria in particular has different concerns when it comes to preparing for winter. Instead of snow and ice, we need to prepare for high levels of rainfall and strong winds, as many of us realized during last Tuesday's storm!

To help you ready your home for the upcoming season, I've compiled this guide on winterizing your home for a west coast winter. It's never too late to get started!

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