Posts Tagged ‘Royal BC Museum’

What’s Happening in Victoria This Summer?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Are you planning a trip to Victoria this summer?  Aside from all the great year round attractions that have made Victoria a favorite destination for many, there are some great special events and festivals you might like to take in while spending a few days in our capital city.

Victoria plays host to BC’s largest street festival when buskers arrive from around the world for the 6th annual Victoria International Buskers Festival, which starts on July 15th and runs for ten days.  Everything from flame throwers to jugglers to puppets will entertain the crowds at several venues and stages around the downtown area.  Also part of it: the International Food Village on the waterfront. And talking about food, “Taste”, Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, a long weekend of tastings, events and seminars, takes place July 14th – 17th.  It starts with an evening tasting of more than 100 BC wines and local cuisine prepared by top Vancouver Island Chefs.  This event with “a conscience” works with participants who are all about local, seasonal and sustainable in their business practices.

The very popular TD Art Gallery Paint-In is happening on Saturday July 16th.  Ten blocks on Moss Street in downtown Victoria, from Fort Street to the waterfront on Dallas Road, become one big art gallery where 165 artists will showcase their work to thousands of visitors.  There’s a great atmosphere, and of course there will be music and food to enjoy as well.  Meanwhile at the Royal BC Museum there’s a huge exhibit on: Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age.  Come and see Lyuba, the world’s most complete preserved mammoth discovered in Siberia in 2007.  This baby woolly mammoth is 40,000 years old!

cycling on Victoria's Galloping Goose Trail

cycling on Victoria’s Galloping Goose Trail

On the BC Day long weekend, July 31st – August 2nd, you can take in Canada’s biggest cycling event, the Victoria International Cycling Festival.  With Victoria considered to be Canada’s cycling capital, this only makes sense of course!  Watch the mountain biking pros race at Bear Trax, a family friendly event. And of course don’t forget to bring your bikes, be it a mountain bike or road bike, to explore the Victoria area on your own that weekend (or anytime!)  There are great cycling routes around the capital city, and lots of information online, or join a like-minded group of enthusiasts.

One of the most popular summer events in Victoria is the Symphony Splash, on the Sunday of the BC Day long weekend, which falls on July 31st this year.  For the 27th year, the Victoria Symphony will play on a barge in the inner harbor, with up to 40,000 people filling up all the space on land and in the water to enjoy the performance.  There is a Family Zone open from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and an opening act at 4:00 before the orchestra takes the stage at 7:30.  The show always ends with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with navy guns and fireworks.  One thing to remember, get there early to find a spot!

Victoria is a great place to visit during the summer.  There is so much happening!  If you are coming, plan ahead and book your Victoria Bed & Breakfast accommodation well in advance as rooms fill up fast.  You’ll be well looked after and won’t lack for a wide range of things to see and do while you’re being spoiled with great hospitality!

Emily Carr, a Canadian treasure

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The world-renowned Royal BC Museum in Victoria is hosting a new exhibition on Canada’s greatest woman artist Emily Carr.  The exhibition focuses on Carr’s early years before she emerged on the national scene in 1927, and draws on the Royal BC Museum’s extensive Carr collection.

The other Emily: Redifining Emily Carr

“The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr” is the first-ever exhibition to focus on her life before she became famous.  Included in the show are twenty of her masterpieces, including a painting recently acquired by the museum and put on display for the very first time, rarely-seen sketches and drawings, manuscripts and personal diary accounts.

To complete the “Emily experience” related presentations and activities are offered throughout the run of the exhibition, including children’s art activities like the “I-Spy Emily: Kids’ Workshops” during Spring Break.

Emily Carr was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1871.  She first studied art in San Francisco and later spent time on further studies in England and France.  She was heavily influenced by landscape and First Nations’ culture in BC and Alaska.  She connected with the famous Group of Seven in the 1920’s and developed a long and valuable association with the Group, who later called her “the Mother of Modern Arts”.  Emily Carr died in 1941 and is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery, facing the Pacific Ocean in Victoria.  Tours of the cemetery are available year round.

A visit to Victoria to take in the Emily Carr exhibit and perhaps a tour of the Ross Bay Cemetery, as well as the MANY other attractions the city has to offer, would not be complete without an exceptional stay at one of the fabulous Victoria Bed & Breakfasts that belong to the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild. Our promise is “Rest Assured BC” and you will be so well looked after, you’ll want to come back soon!

Spring Break B.C. Style

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Ah, its that time of year again when the student population gets a week long reprieve from school and a bit of vacation, and parents go nuts thinking of fun things for the family to do.  We’ve muddled through January and February and are a bit winter weary, yet the ski slopes beckon and the days are getting longer every day!  If you’ve looked at heading for Florida or Honolulu but just can’t see spending all that money on air fares and don’t want the hassle of security checks and long lines for a one week getaway, why not be a tourist right here in B.C.?  There is fantastic skiing throughout the province; wonderful attractions everywhere you go; world class dining from Courtenay to Cranbrook, Vancouver Island to Prince George.  Why not be a tourist in your own town or another part of BC?

Here we live in the most beautiful place on earth so let’s explore it before the summer tourist season and the crowds arrive.

Downtown Vancouver and the local mountains

BC Ferries offers Coast Saver fare rates during spring break, so visit Victoria, the seat of our provincial government, and see where the politicians decide how best to pick your pocket.  While you’re there take in a 3D Imax movie, visit Miniature World or the Royal BC Museum.  If Vancouver is the place for you, take the family to Science World for a day of wonder and great memories or visit the aquarium and explore Stanley Park.  Visit Vancouver Island or Nelson, the wine region in the Okanagan or Hope and the Othello Tunnels, explore the Fraser Valley or the many lakes in the Kootenays, or go cross-country skiing in the Cariboo and the North.  There are so many fascinating places right in our backyard!

To make certain the family is comfortable and gets a healthy breakfast you’ll want to book a great Bed & Breakfast in BC.  When you make your reservations with one or more of BC’s Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members, you can ‘Rest Assured’ your comfort is our first priority, plus we’ll be able to share with you all the great places to go and things to do right in our neighbourhood!