11th Aug, 2009

Dragons, races and charity vacations

This is it! This weekend is the weekend of the Dragon Boat Races in the Inner Harbour – all kinds of great times from Friday to Sunday afternoon! The boats are “awakened” by Taoist priests in a centuries-old ceremony on Friday. Saturday, 90 teams from all over North America begin racing at 9 am and continue until 4 pm. Saturday night, one of the most popular and hilarious events takes place – the Paddlers Air Band Contest – be sure you don’t miss this! Sunday races continue, including the Silk Road Tea Breast Cancer Suvivor’s Cup race held at noon. Final races begin at 1:00 pm and continue to approximately 4:15. Awards to the winners following the close of racing.  The hotel is filling up, since the Best View rooms on the third floor have a grandstand view of the Inner Harbour and all the action in the downtown. Be sure to book now!

If you are bucking the crowd, and planning ahead, don’t forget that on October 5, the Canadian Women’s national hockey team will be playing at Save On Foods Memorial Arena, to play an exhibition game against the US Women’s hockey team.

The game is part of a six game exhibition series in advance of the 2010 Olympics. The women are expected to play not only in Victoria, but also in Calgary and Ottawa. Their training camp is in Dawson Creek and they’ll also be in Vancouver at the end of August.

So if you like Women’s hockey (and what’s not to like?) and you were thinking of coming to Victoria in the fall anyway, why not book your stay now, with us, and we can reserve tickets for you for the game. But you better hurry – word is that they’re selling fast, and the ticket outlet doesn’t expect any to be left by the end of summer at the rate they’re going. Tickets are $30.00 for sides and $20.00 for bowl – just email us at admiral@admiral.bc.ca or click on the link to the right for our reservations form and let us know when you want to stay, how many tickets you’d like and we can order them for you and charge your credit card. Or you can call us at 1-888-823-6472 between 7:30 am and 11:30 pm PDT.

For more information on the Canadian Women’s hockey team, their schedule or Canadian hockey in general, check out www.hockeycanada.ca. ike and we can order them for you and charge your credit card. Or you can call us at 1-888-823-6472 between 7:30 am and 11:30 pm PDT.

On a less happy note, the Rod Stewart concert, also set for SOF Memorial Arena, has been cancelled. If you want refunds for tickets, please contact the arena box office for information and details.

But, we have historic harbour tours going on – courtesy of the harbour ferries and the BC Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum of B.C., in partnership with Victoria Harbour Ferries, will offer two 1 1/2 hour tours daily, departing from the Harbour Ferry wharf across from the Empress Hotel. Purchase your tickets there or reserve your spot up to two days in advance.Ticket price includes admission to the Maritime Museum.

Beginning August 17, the Canadian National Lawn Bowling Competitions get underway – held this year at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowling Club on the Island Highway. Be sure to check with their website for more information.

Whether you’re interested in Dragons and boat racing, tours of the inner harbour, lawn bowling or just strolling through our gorgeous downtown, shopping and seeing the sights, we’re happy to welcome you at the Admiral and would love to be your vacation accommodation. Located adjacent to the Inner Harbour in scenic James Bay, and seconds (literally) away from a magnificent water front walk, and within walking distance of most of downtown, the Admiral strives to be a home away from home for all its guests, whether adult, child or pet. We look forward to serving you the complimentary continental breakfast, fitting you out on one of our complimentary bicycles and assisting you in seeing as much of our city as you’re interested in seeing during your getaway or vacation here.

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