Some interesting excerpts from "Victoria - Visitor's Choice":
Considering that Victoria is approaching big-city size, it contains a remarkable number of green spaces.
It's been "approaching big-city size" forever, hasn't it?
Non-residents...sometimes smile at the region's multitude of municipal jurisdictions, a quilt of cities, towns, villages and districts that make up Greater Victoria.
I suggest the tourism people should drop this clumsy angle. I can't imagine in a million years why any tourist would bother pondering the fractured political scene in Greater Victoria. Heck, I can't imagine in a million years how any tourist would even learn of the fractured political scene in Greater Victoria. To them, Victoria's various neighbourhoods would just be neighbourhoods. There's no need to confuse outsiders with our bizarre local political entanglements.
No one would confuse Oak Bay's main street, with its echoes of Olde England, with edgy James Bay or laid-back, nautical Sidney.
Methinks we're stretching credulity a bit here.
Victoria is...a walker's dream. Where else in Canada can one step outside the door at any time of year and walk to the ocean, hike parks, ramble along beaches, or stroll downtown for that matter?
Hmm. Let me think. Is there another Canadian city that fits the bill? I feel like there is, but I just can't put my finger on it. V... V...
Here's an interesting description of Saanich:
Saanich is a study in contrasts...neighbourhood village centres vie for customers with upmarket shopping centres.
And of Sidney:
Although not old by eastern Canadian standards, Sidney has preserved its 150 years of heritage...
A former writing instructor would have told me, "Don't lead with a negative." This is Sidney's sales pitch, for crying out loud! What possible relevance could these supposed "eastern Canadian standards" have? Did misinformed history buffs from Halifax come in on a package tour and raise a stink or something? If not, do you really need a preemptive disclaimer?
ANYWAY, I'm just being a jerk for the most part. I think these publications get a bit better with each passing year, which is good.