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L.A. Limousines & Transportation Services is Greater Victoria’s premier ground transportation company, providing service since 1989. Whether it’s a night out on the town to celebrate something fun or executive chauffeured car service for a business meeting or airport transfer, we have you covered!
Awarded BBB’s Torch Award for “Community Service” in 2011 and LCT’s “Operator of the Year Award” in 2012, you can be confident of the exceptional service you will receive when booking with L.A. Limousines.
Luxury Wine Tours, by L.A. Limousines is a concierge level service exploring lower Vancouver Island’s wines and beverages. We are pleased to provide 7-hour Wine Tours to the Cowichan Valley and 5 hour tours to the Saanich Peninsula. All tours are inclusive of fees for tastings and include a bistro style lunch! We, at L.A. Limousines strive to provide service that meets and beats your expectations!
We are proud to announce that Spirit Culinary Excursions has partnered with L.A. Limousines to provide transportation for their distinctively designed exclusive culinary tours.
In its 8th year, the Coast Collective is a project of the Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI), and happy to be serving southern Vancouver Island from their beautiful new home in the heart of the West Shore.
CC produces 15-20 art gallery exhibits per year, operates a popular Artisan Gift Shop that showcases beautiful locally handcrafted work by dozens of artists/makers, and is also proud to offer a very extensive art/craft education program.
This week, the gallery is pleased to be hosting one of only two BC showings of “Edge of the Forest”, a national touring collection of fibre art by the Surface Design Association, an international organization, which is also holding their BC Chapter Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn. Next up will be the annual Spring Exhibition for the Victoria Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. CC also works with other community arts organizations on programming for the children and youth in our growing community.
Workshops and Classes are offered year-round for people of all levels of experience and ages. The Coast Collective has long welcomed people from out-of-town to enjoy creative getaways with their weekend and week-long workshops, which is even easier from their new Holiday Inn Express location.
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm
Welcome to Victoria’s newest and most modern Holiday Inn Express and Suites Victoria-Colwood Hotel nestled in the growing WestShore Community of Victoria, B.C., Canada.
Guests of our hotel love our value added amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour Fitness and Business Center access, secure equipment storage, free parking, complimentary bicycle rentals, and of course our Express Start Breakfast Buffet, served hot and complimentary each morning.
Business and Leisure travelers will benefit from the proximity of our Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel to a multitude of popular attractions, shopping and dining. Conveniently located near Victoria, in the WestShore, close to the Trans Canada Highway, and just a short 10 minute drive from downtown Victoria.
Kitchens of Distinction Culinary Arts Ltd
t the heart of our identity is our essence. At Kitchens of Distinction our essence is to elevate the dining experience to the level of a culinary masterpiece. Each dish is crafted in house with fresh local ingredients and inspired by our passion for food. Award winning Executive Chef Shirley Lang brings together flavours that set our dishes apart from the
everyday. We believe that the experience we offer will reflect your desire to give only the best to your guests. Chef Shirley creates cuisine that serenades your senses, flavours the conversations at your table, and ensures your event is extraordinary. Chef Shirley will enrich your dining experience by creating a feast that will delight the most discerning of tastes.
- Culinary Tours (Spirit Culinary Excursions: VIP Tours uniquely
- Chef’s Table Dinner Series
- Private Intimate events
- Caviar Experience
- Culinary Seminars
- Any Reason to Celebrate!
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After years of smoking these succulent Fanny Bay oysters for our own consumption, our friends and family kept saying, “Since you love smoked oysters so much, maybe you should consider selling them commercially?!” As all the best salespeople are those with total belief in the products they sell, like we are for smoked oysters, it seemed like a great idea, and a natural fit!
So, after much research, thought, and recipe testing, we are proud to present SIX mouth-watering flavours of naturally smoked oysters, as well as two types of variety packs for anyone wanting to sample our different flavours! Our oysters are all sourced from reputable Fanny Bay area oyster producers, and processed in a federally inspected and approved facility in Sooke, BC. We work right alongside the owner and staff to ensure that the quality of our home-based process remains consistent in a commercial setting.
Axe and Barrel Brewing Company, the first brewing company in the Westshore, opened its doors October 30th, 2015, serving hand-crafted, creative and sessionable brews by head brewer Dave Woodward. The brewery will be accompanied by the adjoined Barbecue Brewhouse, set to open in the beginning of April, showcasing creations designed by Chef Chad Martin. You can expect delicious house made barbecue with many dishes inspired by and created with the brews. Giving it a family-business feel, Axe and Barrel is operated by a small dedicated group of local individuals, led by General Manager Chris Silvestri. Axe and Barrel, bringing craft to the Westshore.
Good Spirits was founded by sisters Sandra Turpin and Gabriella Visone. Good Spirits is proud to represent premium spirits and wine. The company is passionate about their brands and strives for excellence in representation.
Our brands include gins from G&J Greenalls Distillery which has unparalleled heritage and has been in operation for 252 years. Greenall’s London Dry Gin still has an original recipe dating back 252 years. Its taste has rounded juniper notes and mature citrus flavours, which are fresh and punchy.
Bloom gin is the unique creation of one of the only female master distillers in the world, Joanne Moore. A light floral gin with traditional perfume and chamomile, pomelo and honeysuckle.
Berkeley Square London Dry gin is a gin for the connoisseur! It is timeless classic of exceptional quality. Rich herbaceous aroma, balanced with earthy notes and a lime citrus finish.
All our brands are recognized internationally and have won many awards.
Nestled among the rolling hills of the picturesque Naramata Bench, a visit to Serendipity is all about discovery, surprise and warmth. Judy or Katie welcome every visitor with a smile and a glass, always pleased to share their passion and education with their guests. For a modest $3, visitors get a full flight of tastings. In the time since releasing their first wine, the winery continues to delight, surprise, and capture accolades. Visit to taste and learn why in 2013 Serendipity was the only BC winery invited to showcase wine at the Calgary Stampede, and why the winery was named BC Winery of the Year at a New York competition.
The Galloping Goose Sausage Company is located in Metchosin with many outlets in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands. Since 1994 it has been a full time family business with a great staff who gets our products made and out the door each week.
So……how do you start a sausage company? Not the sensible way most people would start up a small business. Did we follow the old adage about having worked in the industry we were approaching? No. (Our background was graphics and engineering). Did we have any professional food experience? No. What we did have was one South African with homesick taste buds and one person who avidly loved food and cooking. And from that…….be careful what you wish for!
Boerewors sausage is national fare in South Africa. After a visit to family and friends many years ago we came home with several recipes and came up with our own very flavourful version. We made it for ourselves…..we made it for friends. We made it for friends again. And again.
Several years later my husband (the South African!) had the opportunity to work with a “retired” Polish sausage maker named Kaz Jachowicz. From him we learned more about sausage making in general as well as smoking and curing. Kaz did eventually truely retire at about age 74……but he kept an eye on us for the rest of his life! That experience and Boerewors were the cornerstones for the Galloping Goose Sausage Company.
Boerewors is still a key component and is one of our best sellers along with two other SA specialties: Droewors……which is Boerewors dried to a chewy texture intensifying the unique flavour and Biltong which is an allspice and coriander marinated type of jerky. (So lekker dit mak jou gala!) Johan’s ouma made both of those many years ago when they were dried on a fence in the Karoo sun! Times have changed.
Many other different varieties of sausage as well as two kinds of bacon are made during our weekly production. The sausages include ones made with pork, beef, lamb, bison and chicken. We use only quality cuts of meat, fresh ingredients and source as close to home as is realisticaly possible. For example the chicken is from Cowichan Bay and the pork is from Lower Mainland family farms who have a strong ethical interest in animal welfare. The bison is organically raised. We use beef that is antibiotic free and raised without added hormones. Our products are gluten free and low in salt and fat.The spicing for each batch is hand mixed each week according to our own recipes. (We are happy to adjust our recipes in order to work with people who have food allergies and/or sensitivities.) HUNTERS – we will turn your game meat into delicious sausage……any one of our flavours….your choice.
Victoria Event Services is the expansion of the original Joe the Bartender as we now offer a full range of services; The Labour Force Behind Your Event.
Our Bartenders are trained, experienced and certified in Serving it Right. Our Servers are Banquet trained and experienced for all occasions. “Don’t Be a Slave to Your Next Party”. Let the expertise of Victoria Event Services allow you to enjoy your next event. Full Bar Service, Equipment and Professional Bartending has set us apart for over 40 years serving Victoria.
We have expanded the business beyond the bar equipment and bartending service that it was in the beginning, now we are bringing our Bartending Experience, Service Expertise and Industry Knowledge to you in your home. From personal Dinner Parties to Weddings and Festival Events, let us play our part in the great success of your next event.
Bartending, Serving, Backyard Rescues and Mixology Parties. Let us be the first you call when you need a Bartender you can trust to make your special day a great success.
Victoria’s own, John MacArthur is an accomplished guitarist with an extensive and eclectic background and plays a variety of jazz classics, swing, Latin and Gypsy jazz music. Despite being a member of Victoria’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , John is most often seen around town and the island either as a soloist or in a variety of combos with the city’s top jazz musicians.
At 13 he joined The Esquires, one of Victoria’s first Rock and Roll bands winning the “Vancouver Island Battle of the Bands”, a notable event in the sixties. By 16 he played in David Foster’s first Rock band, “The Teen Beats”. Throughout that era he played in a succession of groups including R & R Hall of Famers “The Motifs”, “Amor de Cosmos”, and “Velvet Brass”. John has done an extensive cruise ship tour of the South Pacific Islands with “Party of Four”.
He has played gypsy jazz with “Twango” and “Karmel Sutra” and vintage rock with “Hot Rod Lincoln”, “Davey’s Gang” and “The Weeds”. Recently John returned from Costa Rica, where he and Melinda Whitaker perform their annual winter gig.
Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambiance. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with outdoor adventure, authentic culinary experiences and eviable cocktail and craft beer scenes.
Boasting the mildest climate in Canada we are green and beautiful year-round. In fact, Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located, is rated the TOP ISLAND in the Continental US and Canada and one of the TOP TEN ISLANDS IN THE WORLD by the 2014 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards.
We were even rated as the #1 DESTINATION TO VISIT IN CANADA by the 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. You should really come here.