We are at full swing here in Victoria, with all kinds of things going on everywhere. Whether your interest is in sports, like baseball (either amateur or pro), or soccer, history, music, theatre or shopping we have it all and then some.
Let’s start off with something new. From July 26 – 30, at the University of Victoria, there’s a new marketplace – Archangel Marketplace. If you’re interested in Christian music, handcrafts (including some gorgeous glasswork), books (including booksignings by two of Victoria’s Orthodox Christian authors: The Rev. Dr. Wee Chon Tan & Bev. Cooke), icons (including a talk given by internationally recognized iconographer Heather MacKean), this is the place to be. Located at University of Victoria, Student Union Building, Michele Pujol Room, the marketplace will be open from noon to 7 pm every day.
If it’s music you’re after, then check out the SKA festival at the Inner Harbour tonight and tomorrow night. The 11th annual festival is the most popular event the group has held and the music is hot.
Baseball season is here, if you haven’t noticed. While our own Golden Victoria Seals are on the road till the 24, at the end of the month the Victoria Devil’s Bantam Girls are hosting the Provincial Fastpitch Softball Tournament. If you want to see some excellent baseball, be sure to attend some of the Fastpitch games between rooting for our own Victoria Seals!
From July 16 to 18, if you’re a car buff, be sure to check out Deuce Days - the Duece Coupe, fabled in story and song (well, song at least – who doesn’t remember the Beach Boy’s Little Deuce Coupe?) in front of the Empress and the Parliament Buildings.
While you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to stop in at the Provincial museum for “Good Timber” a multi-media, singing and acting extravaganza that celebrates the logging history of BC. Running July 2 – August 28, the show features numerous Victoria actors, musicians and musical directors. Be sure to check it out.
If you like walking and you want a slightly different slant on history, you might be interested in the Historic Walking Tour of Jewish Victoria. Explore over 150 years of Jewish heritage on this 2 hour tour. A tour guide from the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC will provide insight into the landmarks, architecture, events and evolution of downtown Victoria, while sharing anecdotes of Jewish daily life in the area. Landmarks include Jewish businesses, the Masonic Temple and Congregation Emanu-El, the oldest Synagogue in continual use in Canada. Notable Jewish men and women are also explored. Tours begin at 1194 Langley Street at Bastion Square.
And if you still have time and energy after all that, and you fancy a game of chess in the lovely summer weather we’re finally enjoying, head over to Willows Beach in Oak Bay on Saturdays from noon to 2, or the CRD square, at Fisgard & Governments on Sundays from 1-4.
That’s just a taste of the activities in the city right now. Be sure to stay with us, at the Admiral, where you can be busy and active all day, then come to our spotlessly clean and comfortable rooms and suites and awake refreshed, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast before heading out to catch more of the wonderful Victoria summer. We look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your visit to the City of Gardens such a memorable and relaxing event that you come back to visit year after year.