5th Nov, 2009

Winding down to wind up

The clocks are back, Hallowe’en has come & gone, and the torch is on its way across Canada. It would seem as though there was nothing left to do but curl up before the fire with a hot toddy, chocolate or mulled wine, but here in Victoria, we’re not quite ready for that! There’s still lots to see and do around the old girl, whether you like music, shopping, hockey or theatre. Even the great outdoors has some attractions.

We’re heading into one of the most exciting seasons in our year. Every fall and early winter, the wind storms come to Victoria, and if you like wind and waves, you can see both as you drive or walk along the seafront from the Admiral hotel, around to the breakwater at Ogden Point, past Clover Point to at least Gonzales Bay. On windy days, the waves are magnificent, and it’s worth the walk  just to enjoy the fresh fall odours, and the sea spray in your face. If you are more interested in the wildlife, you can still see the last of the salmon run and the eagles at Goldstream Park, along with their nature exhibits and walking paths.

If indoors is more your cup of tea, then try S’abadeb: The Gifts – Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists at the Royal British Columbia Museum. The exhibit features the art and culture of the Coast Salish Peoples of Vancouver Island and Washington State. It runs from November 20 to March 8.

The Victoria Arts Collective is hosting The Art of the Cocktail, launched by the Victoria Film Festival. Cocktail lovers and mixologists can glean tips from guest mixologists, authors and distillery representatives in ongoing demonstrations. November 7 to 8 at 2750 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC.

But we can’t forget our talented singers – the Pacific Opera Victoria presents The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Theatre. Stravinsky’s music is a revelation – tender and quirky – one minute reminiscent of the bucolic English countryside, the next the grotesque exuberance and seductive revelry of the dangerous city. Astonishingly sweet and lyrical, spiked with idiosyncratic twists of harmony and rhythm, the music is as irresistible as temptation.

Come watch the Victoria Salmon Kings professional ECHL ice hockey team take on the Ontario Reign! The Salmon Kings are the official ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. They have a strong team again this year and a great season ahead. Come down to our beautiful 7000 seat Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and enjoy the game! November 11, 13, and 14.

While you can always take in several marvellous exhibits at the Greater Victoria Art Gallery, if you’re interested in the Navy and art, be sure to stop by the Martime Museum of BC. The work of marine artist John Horton will be front and center in the Museum’s celebration of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Centennial. The special exhibit entitled We Stand On Guard For Thee consists of 32 pieces depicting the history of the navy from 1910 until today. Horton’s insistence on historically accurate detail is unmatched by his contemporaries and his attention to technical accuracy and detail is equally legendary.

Be sure not to miss the Santa Claus Parade, November 21, along Douglas St. It’s an annual tradition, sponsored by Island Farms Dairies, and a highlight of most childrens’ (of all ages) year. Route and time to be announced, or call Island Farms for more information.

After all that excitement, curl up before the fire with that toddy, wine or hot chocolate at the Admiral Inn - located in James Bay adjacent to the Inner Harbour, right by the Seattle ferries, and just minutes from Victoria’s historic and beautiful downtown. We have everything you need to make this your home away from home, from our head housekeeper’s homebaked muffins (if we can pry Jeff away from the oven!) to spotlessly clean and comfortable rooms, to conceirge service with a smile. Stay a night, or stay weeks with us, and enjoy the beauty of fall in Victoria.

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