Bastion Square Public Market

July 4th, 2014

Date: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Time: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Bastion Square

In its 19th year of running, the Bastion Square Public Market features local artisans and their unique hand-crafted, locally produced arts and crafts. Sit at an outdoor patio at one of the restaurants featured in Bastion Square and enjoy a view of the Inner Harbour!

For the rest of the summer, the market is open on Sundays as well! From 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, soak up the goods the vendors have to offer, while listening to local artists perform in Bastion Square! Each week there will be new artists being presented in “Artist of the Day.”

Pop by Bastion Square for exclusive vendors, food and music: a one stop shop!

Canada Day

July 1st, 2014

Date: July 1st
Location: Inner Harbour

Join the citizens of Victoria in celebrating the 147th birthday of Canada. Our hotel is in a prime location, right across from the Legislative Buildings, to enjoy Canada Day festivities! There will be activities going on all day beginning at 11:00am, so you can come and go as you please.

Family events are happening earlier in the day with the opportunity to participate in all sorts of recreational activities! During the evening, Jon and Roy, a popular reggae band, will be performing on center stage at the Legislative Buildings. Watch for other various artists during the day who will be playing at the Legislative Buildings as well. Furthermore, around 10:20pm, there will be a fireworks display that you will surely not want to miss in the Inner Harbour.

For a complete schedule of activities, please visit the website.

Happy Canada Day!

The Legislative Buildings

July 1st, 2014

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Across the street from our hotel in the heart of downtown Victoria you cannot miss the Legislative Buildings! A tour of the buildings is offered to the public free of charge from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during the summer. Throughout the week, you are able to help yourself to a self-guided tour; however, on the weekends and holidays you must join a tour or reserve one. Tours are offered several times every hour! The Legislative also has a dining room available to the public from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to eat at.

Construction of the Legislative Buildings began in 1893 and was completed in 1897. However, upgrades and details continued up until 1915. This means the Legislative Buildings are around 100 years old!

If you are not interested in participating in an indoor tour, it is definitely worth a quick walk by to absorb the beauty of the exterior structures. The Legislative Buildings are in the heart of downtown, close to other tourist attractions!

Vikings Exhibition at the Royal BC Museum

July 1st, 2014

Dates: May 16, 2014 to November 11, 2014
Location: Royal BC Museum We Call Them Vikings exhibition will be on display at the Royal BC Museum from May 16, 2014 to November 11, 2014.

Victoria is the first North American stop for this exhibition and promises to provide more insight into the Viking domestic life, death, rituals, the significance of their craft and the power of mythology. The symbolism of the Viking ships will also be explored and hundreds of rare artifacts including jewelry, swords, axes and clothing will be on display – some of these items are rare and many have never been shown outside of Scandinavia!

For more information on this fascinating exhibition, please visit the Royal BC Museum website. You will not want to miss it!

Royal Scot Special Promotion:

Vikings Package Enjoy a stay at the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites with 2 adult admissions to the Royal BC Museum. This promotion will run from May 16 – November 11.

This package includes:
  • One night stay in a Studio Suite
  • 2 adult admissions to the Royal BC Museum
  • Free parking

Victoria Ska Fest

July 1st, 2014

Date: July 1 – 5
Location and Time: Varies throughout the event

Come celebrate the 15th annual Victoria Ska Fest, the longest running ska fest in North America! Ska music originally came from Jamaica, which began the rocksteady and reggae genres.

The festival’s main stage is at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour, close to Victoria Information Center (and not too far from our hotel!). Shaggy, Fishbone and Barrington Levy are amongst several other popular ska artists.

Please visit their website for more information!

Jazz Fest

June 19th, 2014

Date: June 20 – 29
Time: Varies throughout the week
Location: Various venues

Celebrating its 30th anniversary of running, the TD Victoria International Jazz Fest features jazz  and blues music from local artists, as well as internationally-recognized musicians. There are  several different genres of music being highlighted throughout the 10 days such as funk, soul,  gospel, and swing.

10-time Grammy winner, Bobby McFerrin, will be amongst other well-known jazz musicians.  Respected artists, Angelique Kidjo and Cassandra Wilson, will be showcased in the line-up as well.  With 9 stages, over 320 musicians and 85 performers, you will surely not want to miss Jazz Fest!

For ticket details and a complete line-up of artists featured at Jazz Fest, please visit their website.

Foodie Film Festival

June 12th, 2014

Date: June 20 – 23
Time & Location: Varies throughout weekend (Please refer to website)

Do you like food? And films too? If the answer to both those questions is yes, there is a perfect event for you to attend! The Victoria Film Festival is celebrating the beginning of summer with its Foodie Film Festival that combines two great things; food and films.

Indulge in various cuisines prior to watching each film!

Films Featured:

Hey Bartender
Jadoo: Kings of Curry
The Golden Scallop
Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast
A Tale of Samurai Cooking
Brasserie Romantique
The Organic Life

Please see their website for more details.

Vic Fest

June 11th, 2014

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Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: St. Anne’s Academy

Come out and enjoy the first of many music festivals happening this summer in Victoria! Vic Fest is an outdoor music festival featuring popular artists such as Said the Whale, Evan Bourque and Towers and Trees. The various music choices are accompanied by food samples from local restaurants in Victoria. Pair that with a beer sampling and a wine garden, and you are set for the day!

With special kid-friendly areas, the entire family is able to enjoy the festival! Please visit the website for more information regarding ticket sales and event details.

Run or Dye

June 5th, 2014

Date: June 28
Location: Starting line is at Wilfert Road

Love wearing colour? Well, now you can literally wear the rainbow! Run or Dye is a 5 kilometer run where each kilometer you are showered in safe, coloured dye. It is a run for everyone no matter how old you are, or how you would like to undertake the 5km. Feel free to dress in a costume or a white outfit, but be prepared to get colour-blasted!

Please visit their website for more information.

Beacon Hill Park

June 4th, 2014

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Have a fun-filled day at one of Victoria’s main attractions. Beacon Hill Park offers a beautiful scenic walk, playgrounds, a water park, several ponds, and a petting zoo! The Beacon Hill Petting Zoo features animals such as pigs, llamas, chickens, and baby goats (which you can brush and play with!). The Petting Zoo is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Beacon Hill Park is just minutes away from our hotel, perfect for walking. Whether it be the beautiful scenery that hooks your eye, or the play parks for children, Beacon Hill has something for all ages. Perhaps you’ll be lucky to see some turtles and the several peacocks roaming around as well!

Don’t forget… While at Beacon Hill Park, you can also stop by Mile 0, the start of Canada’s Highway 1!