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TOUR OF CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It was constructed in the late 19th century as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan and the building later served as a military hospital, college, offices, and a conservatory, before it was re-purposed into a historical museum in 1979. The museum is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and receives 150,000 visitors a year.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzyHcfFW2n4

Website: http://www.thecastle.ca/

Location: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC V8S 3L5

COOMBS WOODEN SHOE DUTCH IMPORT

The Coombs Wooden Shoe Dutch Import Store is a family owned and operated business in Coombs BC. Since 2003, the Dutch Store has imported Dutch foods, decorations and treats such Peppermints and Licorice that would be hard to find anywhere else on Vancouver Island.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgLPxmc5L2E

Website: https://www.iloveoma.com/

Location: 2268 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0

NORTH ISLAND WILDLIFE RECOVERY CENTRE

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight enclosure of its kind in Canada. The Centre's mandate is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife, with a focus on raptors and black bears.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsywcBp_lfE

Website: https://www.niwra.org/

Location: 1240 Leffler Rd, Errington, BC V0R 1V0

VICTORIA BUTTERFLY GARDENS

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens, located in the Greater Victoria, is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Victoria area. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens are known for having different species of butterflies and moths in their indoor facility, as well as birds, fishes, frogs, an iguana, geckoes and tortoises, along with the newly added Insectarium.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsN3rpup8jQ

Website: https://www.butterflygardens.com/

Location: 1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5

FORT RODD HILL & FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site preserves the history of artillery batteries used during war time to defend the Esquimalt Harbor. Just next door is Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the western coast of Canada.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVodKHt9Y94

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill

Location: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 2W8

EQUIMALT LAGOON DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURES

The Equimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary is home to the incredible driftwood art sculpture, Mc Gnarly the Beach Ent. This work inspired artist Paul Lewis to create a growing collection of other driftwood creatures which reflect the variety lf bird species often found at the lagoon.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKuNO93GTkU

Location: Colwood, BC

UNIQUE CANADIAN FOOD: Exploring the Nanaimo Bar Trail

The Nanaimo Bar Trail features almost 40 shops and restaurants which serve a variety of Nanaimo Bar themed delicacies based on this unique canadian food, including Nanaimo bar lattes, spring rolls, cocktails, deep-fried Nanaimo bars, and more. The classic Nanaimo bar, named after the city of Nanaimo British Columbia, has three layers: the cool and creamy chocolate top layer, the comforting vanilla custard middle layer, and the chocolatey, coconut graham crumb base.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbnXctOSFpg

Website: https://tourismnanaimo.com/what-to-do/sip-and-savour/nanaimo-bar-trail/

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

STANLEY PARK: Vancouver's Top Tourist Attraction

Stanley Park is the top tourist attraction in Vancouver and was named the world's best urban park by Trip Advisor in 2014. I'm heading on a Stanley Park Tour around the seawall (part of the longest continuous seawall in the world) and will share with you the history of it's many sights and attractions.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-w-32ftsp0

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 FILMING LOCATIONS

We take a look at Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Filming Locations. The film has been in production around the Vancouver area since March. For the past two weeks, Fort Langley has been transformed into the town of Green Hills for the movie. Sonic 2 is due out in theaters April 2022.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_hqHGR18wk

Alpaca & Llamas: Family Fun at Kensington Prairie Farm

The Kensington Prairie Farm in Langley BC offers the chance to get up close with a herd of adorable Alpacas & Llamas. Kids will love the experience and adults can browse the collection of alpaca wool products at the farm store. A day trip to the Kensington Prairie Farm is a sure bet for family fun only a short drive from Vancouver!

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W-WnZn6Tmc

Website: http://www.kensingtonprairie.ca/

Location: 1736 248 St, Aldergrove, BC V4W 2C3

Royal B.C. Museum: Becoming BC and First Peoples Galleries

Founded in 1886, the Royal B.C. Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The Royal BC Museum includes three permanent galleries: Natural History, Becoming BC and the First Peoples Gallery. The museum’s collections comprise approximately 7 million objects, including natural history specimens, artifacts, and archival records.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4waAzT1hrg

Website: https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Location: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2

X-FILES FILMING LOCATIONS (THEN AND NOW)

I took a tour of some recognizable X-Files filming locations around the Vancouver area. The first five seasons of The X-Files were filmed and produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, before eventually moving to Los Angeles. The series later returned to Vancouver to film The X-Files: I Want to Believe as well as the tenth and eleventh seasons of the series.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKNJB4EsSkA

SHAW CENTRE FOR THE SALISH SEA

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a not-for-profit aquarium and cultural learning centre that focuses on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea and is located in the Sidney Pier Building on the waterfront in the Vancouver Island town of Sidney, British Columbia. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a highly regarded environmental education centre and popular attraction with locals and tourists alike. The centre has won numerous awards including being named "One of Canada's Top Ten New Attractions" for summer 2009 by Where magazine.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JbY3QDBCQw

Website: http://salishseacentre.org/

Location: 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3

Old Country Market: Goats on Roof

Old Country Market in Coombs BC, also known as Goats on Roof, is one of the most famous sod covered buildings in the world. In the summer months their resident goats stand and feed on the grass roof above visitors. Inside is an eclectic market featuring unique goods that you're unlikely to see anywhere else.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpEcVawsR7I

Website: http://oldcountrymarket.com/

Location: 2326 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0

Jim Shockey’s Hand Of Man Museum


The Hand of Man Museum showcases outdoorsman, hunter and TV personality Jim Shockey’s private collection of natural history and cultural arts artifacts. Acquired over 52 years of travel, this collection contains countless priceless artifacts ranging from a wooly mammoth skeleton to a megalodon jaw and tribal statues to taxidermy.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QWlCICUTnY

Website: http://handofman.org/

Location: 6759 Considine Ave, Duncan, BC V9L 5X2

BC Ferries Gulf Island Scenic Cruise


BC Ferries offers free walk on fares Monday to Thursday for seniors over the age of 65. Apart from being essential for travel between Vancouver Island and the mainland, these Ferries also offer amazing views of the Straight of Georgia and Gulf Islands.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yianYZBGteM

Website: https://www.bcferries.com/vacations

MOOBYS POP UP VANCOUVER


The Moobys Pop up Restaurant in Vancouver BC is the latest creation from Kevin Smith, bringing to life the fictional fast food joint seen in the movie Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II. We hang out with Jay and Silent Bob and enjoy a C&*# Smoker Chicken Sandwich, a Cow Tipper Burger and some Freedom Fries.

Our Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/hbSYocDXROs

Website: https://www.moobyspopup.com/

MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN: First Comic Superhero


Leon Giglio better known by his stage name Leon Mandrake, was a Canadian magician, mentalist, illusionist, escapologist, ventriloquist and stunt performer known worldwide as Mandrake the Magician, albeit simultaneously and unrelatedly to the comic strip character Mandrake the Magician.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNuiPesN7UU

Website: http://www.surrey.ca/museum

Location: 17710 56a Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 5H8

MINIATURE WORLD VICTORIA BC: The Greatest Little Show on Earth!

Miniature World Victoria BC has been one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions since 1971. Tucked away inside the Fairmont Empress hotel, the museum has 85 different scenes and dioramas depicting historic moments, construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Frontierland, Fantasyland and more. In 2014 the museum was expanded to include all new dioramas telling the story of Camelot.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHmYRGERO6A

Website: https://miniatureworld.com/

Location: 649 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A7

Incredible Lego Exhibition at the Museum of Sidney BC

The Sidney Museum is holding it's 15th annual Lego Exhibit which showcases a huge number of rare and unusual Lego kits with topics including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Minecraft, Batman, Lego Friends, Beatles and more! Learn about the history of Lego as we explore this increadible collection.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YdOMBswHI

Website: http://www.sidneymuseum.ca/

Location: 2423 Beacon Ave L-3, Sidney, BC V8L 1X5