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#81 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 May 2022 - 10:57 AM

In less than a decade, Canada could have 15 more national parks — and for many Canadians, those parks will be located right where they live.

Parks Canada has started conversations in Edmonton, Victoria, Saskatoon, Windsor, Winnipeg and Halifax as part of a federal government mandate to create a network of new national urban parks.


https://www.cbc.ca/n...-park-1.6445937


Recall that Colwood has been approached.

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 05:27 AM

Four Victoria lakes you can bike to this weekend

 

What made me fall in love with Victoria’s lakes was that they were natural spaces I could get to on my own—without a car. The book I wrote, the Lakes of Victoria, BC Guidebook, was born largely out of my experiences exploring local lakes on two wheels. 

 

With another beautiful summer weekend upon us, I want to share some of my favourites with you.

 

The BC Lake Stewardship Society is calling July Lakes Appreciation Month, so there's no better time to get out there and see them for yourself. This is the first of three articles celebrating lakes—stay tuned for another article looking at the health of Victoria's lakes coming soon.

 

 

https://www.capitald...to-this-weekend


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#83 AllseeingEye

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 12:07 PM

Durrance is a great lake and where we go locally to get our fishing (rainbow trout) 'fix' when not heading out on the road for several days and nights on more extensive fishing trips. The lake is heavily used in summer although regardless of the time of year I have seen the same small group of ladies take a dip basically year round. Fine in July but it was admittedly painful to witness in March. Brrrrrrrrrrr! 

 

For the average cyclist coming from, for example, 'downtown' I would think Durrance would be on the ambitious end of the scale - of course me not being a cycling fanatic I consider anything more than 20 minutes away to be 'ambitious. Was a little surprised that Prospect Lake wasn't included - its closer to the core than Durrance - but perhaps the narrow winding and hilly nature of PL Road precluded it.....


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#84 Nparker

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 12:09 PM

If our region really cared about its citizens, it would move its lakes to more reasonable cycling distances.


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Posted 01 July 2022 - 12:23 PM

I agree Durance is a great lake. I know they have trout and bass there.  Do they stock it with the bass or did someone drop them off.

 

Found this video from years ago about the restocking Durrance lake with trout.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=agRyvQUDEQk


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Posted 01 July 2022 - 02:26 PM

I agree Durance is a great lake. I know they have trout and bass there.  Do they stock it with the bass or did someone drop them off.

 

Found this video from years ago about the restocking Durrance lake with trout.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=agRyvQUDEQk

 

Its restocked 2x annually with trout - not sure about bass but they're there because I caught one last year. Feisty buggers they are! Put up a good fight. Lots of rainbow in the lake although there are much bigger trout in both Prospect Lake and Langford Lake especially, up to 5 pounders+ in the latter......



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Posted 30 July 2022 - 04:08 PM

Greater Victoria residents took to the many beaches, farmers markets, and parks available in the region Saturday, looking to make the best of the sunny weather.

The start of the long weekend saw places like Hamsterly Beach in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park and Island View Beach bustling with activity. People of all ages took advantage of the cool water and soft sand to enjoy some swimming and Frisbee, or let their furry friends splash in the water chasing after a good old stick.

https://www.vicnews....fun-in-the-sun/

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Posted 30 July 2022 - 04:11 PM

So many choosing to ignore the warnings of the "heatocalypse" 😩

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Posted 30 July 2022 - 04:13 PM

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HarbourCats fireworks Monday night.
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