Early Summer Events in Victoria for 2015

by Jodi Baker on June 9, 2015

Living in Victoria can be very distracting during the summer months because there’s just so much going on. Even when the weather is wet we tend to find plenty of activities or just ignore it with some rain gear.

Early Summer Events

June 17-21: Historical Timeline at Fort Rodd HillVI Cyberpunks at Fort Rodd HillBring the kids and take a tour through history as Fort Rodd Hill is transformed into a memorable collection of period accurate scenes. Each day from 10am to 5:30pm there will be displays, workshops, and demonstrations of art, skill, and methods from our past. This popular event has been made larger with the addition of local Vancouver Island Steampunk enthusiasts who also join in with tents and displays of their own.
Location: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road Victoria, BC V9C 2W8
Admission: $1.90/$3.90/$9.80 youth/adult/family
Website: Fort Rodd Hill page & Parks Canada

June 19-28: Victoria International JazzFestVictoria International Jazz FestThe Victoria International JazzFest is 9 crazy nights and days of Jazz events all over the city. The sheer # of artists/musicians is impressive enough but the list of venues takes the festival to another level. Even veteran festival enthusiasts can expect new and exciting talent in unique new locales that allow an exploration of the city and music. The biggest hurdle is sorting out your tickets. You’ll want to pick your shows and get your tickets early where possible as a particular show could be sold out at the door.
Locations: See website for full list
Admission: $18-$72.50 (Depends on performance/location)
Website: The Victoria Jazz Society

June 28 – July 5: Victoria Pride ParadeVictoria Pride Parade 2015Following on the heels of Jazz fest, perhaps in heels, is Victoria’s Pride Parade! Victoria gets colorful with pride for the first week of July in a festival of events to celebrate the courage and diversity of the LGBT community in our city. Events for the week are almost as varied as the participants. From educational sessions to outright parties, these events will cater to a wide range of interests at various locations around the city. The main parade will be on Sunday, July 5th, and runs from Govt. @ Pandora all the way to MacDonald Park.
Locations: Varies – Check website
Admission: Free – $300 (Varies based on event)
Website: victoriapridesociety.org

July 1st: Canada Day CelebrationsCanada Day in Victoria BCVictoria really takes Canada Day seriously and we’ve got a full day of family friendly events planned with live music, food/treats, free t-shirts, and it all wraps up with a fireworks display planned for 10:20pm. Coast Capital Savings will be organizing the ‘Living Flag’ this year with 1500 red & white t-shirts to give away after lunch on the 1st. For the latest plans please keep an eye on the official website for details and updates.
Locations: Legislature Lawns (Government & Belleville)
Admission: Free!
Website: victoriacanadaday.ca

July 1st – 5th: Victoria Ska FestVictoria Ska Festival 2015As someone who was living in Victoria when the first Ska festival was held, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is the 16th year for this rock n’ reggae festival. Each year this festival is responsible for bringing ska & reggae artists/fans from around the world to Victoria for a taste of local hospitality and musical appreciation. Due to the # of artists and sheer amount of details please check the official website for the latest details.
Locations: Multiple locations – Check website
Admission: Free – $225 (VIP Pass allows full access)
Website: victoriaskafest.ca

Getting the Best of Victoria BC

There’s 3 major vehicle ferry routes to Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay – Sidney, Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo, Coho Ferry – Victoria Harbor), plus multiple harbour taxis (sea planes & helicopters), and we even have an international airport (YYJ) to ensure getting here and back is easy/fun.

The best of Victoria BC is found by living here, either renting, leasing, or owning an apartment, condo, or home. If you’re considering moving to Victoria you really should speak to a real estate team with local experience and proven skills like Geoff McLean and Associates. With 25+ years of service in Victoria, Geoff and his team have an unbeatable reputation and knowledge of the local market that buyers and sellers can count on.


Exploring Cordova Bay in 2015

by Geoff McLean on May 7, 2015

A few years ago (time flies!) we put out a nice little post on the East Saanich Neighborhood of Cordova Bay.
Cordova Bay SignThis is a historic community with a lot of retirement activities that neither needs major changes nor seeks to reinvent itself. It’s a very close knit residential community that is flush with groups and organizations caring for each other and the surrounding areas.

Perhaps one of the best views of Cordova Bay is from the top of Mt.Doug Park where panoramic images are very tempting:
Mt. Doug Park PanoramaWhile the image we used here is watermarked we really appreciate readers who engage and read our content so here’s a wallpaper size and a full-size version you can have without the watermark. Shh! Don’t tell the boss!

Cordova Bay gets along very well without a ton of updates and new additions but there’s still some winds of change in the sweet ocean breeze passing around this quaint neighborhood.

When a property is for sale in Cordova Bay it’s a delight because it’s almost certainly a high-value home, usually historic, that will almost sell itself based on location alone. Property listings in the area, like this one that’s currently for sale at 4755 Cordova Bay Rd., don’t linger for very long even with an appropriate luxury home price.

In fact the Victoria neighborhoods of Cordova Bay and Gordon Head were both recently highlighted as favored locations for international luxury property buyers this month by Mary Griffin.

Access and Amenities

Local markets offer fresh local vegetables, fruit, herbs, dairy, meat, and more! Even with the ocean breeze we can get some nice hot summers and taking a stroll through the markets is an excellent way to enjoy some shade while picking up some local goods.

The city of Victoria is just minutes away by car and the #32 bus runs through the the area regularly ensuring quick access to the city and other Vancouver Island destinations.

As we mentioned in our last post the area is popular with golfers and has 3 courses in the area that all have impressive features including a weather station right on one of the greens that is connected to The Weather Network.

The 90 year old McMorran’s restaurant was recently saved from potential disrepair by a local business woman, Kate Phoenix. This Cordova Bay landmark was famous for dinner, dancing, and live music that made it crucial to the community that grew up as patrons of the restaurant. Re-opened as the The Beach House Restaurant the establishment had some details carried over from the original building but until this month wasn’t allowed to have dancing. That’s changed now with a successful application for the allowance of dancing or “patron participation”. Cordova Bay residents should be able to once again enjoy dancing at this wonderful venue soon!

Buying a home in Cordova Bay

This historic area is a real estate gem and recent exposure to international markets will only drive that value higher. Buyers looking to purchase waterfront properties in Victoria should speak with a qualified real estate agent that knows the local bylaws, zoning, and can tackle all the tough questions that can come up when buying a home.

In Victoria there’s few people that have more experience, and proven results than the realty team at Geoff McLean and Associates. You can either read about buying a house online or contact them to speak to their professional real estate team.


Entertaining the Elderly in Victoria BC

by Jodi Baker March 18, 2015

Victoria BC is an incredible city with a wealth of culture and history that isn’t easily matched or beaten. Not content with being named after our Queen, we’re the capital city of our province and home to BC’s legislature. The downtown core is rich with Victorian buildings and architecture. Several days could be spent just […]

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Victoria Neighbourhoods – Rockland

by Jodi Baker February 24, 2015

If you follow Rockland Ave., you will find the beautiful and historic 1800s neighborhood of Rockland centered around Craigdarroch Castle and Government House. The elegant neighborhood of Rockland lives up to it’s name and then some. As the streets become more narrow, you will notice that the sidewalks are bordered by hand-placed stonework and rock […]

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Spring Events in Victoria BC

by Geoff McLean February 13, 2015

Spring Events in Victoria BC One of the highlights of living on Vancouver Island and having access to Victoria, the capital city of our great province, is the many events that are put on by local community organizers and businesses. Have a look at just a few of the most interesting events in and around […]

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Oak Bay Neighbourhoods – South Oak Bay

by Jodi Baker December 3, 2014

South Oak Bay is a beautiful, largely residential neighbourhood in the municipality of Oak Bay, very near to downtown Victoria BC.  As one of the most pleasant corners in what is arguably the city with the most comfortable climate in all of Canada, South Oak Bay is a highly desirable neighbourhood for those who are […]

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Deep Cove

by Geoff McLean November 19, 2014

The Deep Cove neighbourhood in North Saanich, near Victoria BC offers peaceful rural living and spectacular ocean views and access.  This is one of Victoria’s most desirable rural neighbourhoods and there are beautiful country and waterfront properties, just a short drive from both Sidney and Victoria BC. Deep Cove sits at the northeastern tip of […]

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Swartz Bay

by Jodi Baker November 5, 2014

Swartz Bay is a neighbourhood in the municipality of North Saanich, around 30 kilometres north of Victoria BC.  It is well known as the location of BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal from which you can sail to Vancouver, Saltspring Island and other Gulf Islands. As part of the municipality of North Saanich, this relatively sparsely […]

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Moving to Victoria BC in 2014?

by Geoff McLean October 22, 2014

Are you thinking about moving to Victoria BC in 2014? If you are, let us be the first to welcome you to this wonderful place we call home.  We may be biased, but we think that living in Victoria is awesome! If you are new to Victoria, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions […]

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Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Southeast

by Jodi Baker October 8, 2014

The Southeast quadrant of Sidney by the Sea is another lovely oceanside neighbourhood where fresh marine air and beautiful sunrises greet those who live and work there.  Located just a short drive north of Victoria and close to both the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, the Sidney Ferry Terminal (sailing to Anacortes in Washington State) and […]

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