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#41 Nparker

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:53 AM

...Fisherman's Wharf of all places used to be high up on the list but in recent years a lot more people seem to have discovered it...

Much to the consternation of at least one resident of James Bay  :whyme:

...Fisherman’s Wharf is an example of the [Greater Victoria Harbour] authority’s recent “planning” — noisy, congested and overrun with retail operations with little attempt to retain the character of the community...


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#42 Bingo

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:53 AM

I'm pretty sure you didn't know where I was. I'm almost willing to bet a donut on it.

 

We probably met once upon a time back in the day when donuts were popular, but I think you moved away when your house left town.



#43 todd

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:57 AM

To be fair I'm wearing a costume right now it's called " 2016 " (at least that's what I think I'm going for), however my ancestors did where of Victorian style clothing.



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 10:06 AM

 

Fisherman’s Wharf is an example of the authority’s recent “planning” — noisy, congested and overrun with retail operations with little attempt to retain the character of the community. Ogden Point’s future is now visible with a Sunday market, food trucks and bandstand noise audible all the way to Simcoe Street.

 

It sounds so incredibly awful, doesn't it? Things to do, places to eat, people out and enjoying themselves, markets, music... the community is being ravaged by these horrors.


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#45 aastra

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 10:16 AM

 

The authority’s plan brings little public benefit except for one-time visitors and tourist operations.

 

Seriously, what's this attitude of self-exclusion all about? Why do some people just assume that they themselves cannot partake of the good stuff that's happening? It's as if we've elevated resentment to a principle of community planning.

 

Fisherman's Wharf, Shoal Point, and the new park & playground there have opened up a beautiful (formerly ugly) corner of the waterfront to everyone. This is exactly the sort of thing that the community should be demanding.


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#46 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 10:55 AM

I'm frankly surprised the TC ran this article.  BG is a major advertiser.

 

Will the TC run the "Helijets are unsafe" article?  They are another big TC advertiser.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...itals-1.3723596


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#47 todd

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 12:49 PM

Will the TC run the "Helijets are unsafe" article?  They are another big TC advertiser.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...itals-1.3723596

 

Via Van Sun:  http://www.timescolo...ipads-1.2324187


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#48 todd

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 01:51 PM

Will the TC run the "Helijets are unsafe" article?  They are another big TC advertiser.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...itals-1.3723596

Often wondered why they don't just put these utility lines underground, they decided to put decorative markings on the poles and power line ornaments around 2010 on Haultain St. in the Royal Jubilee Hospital helicopter flight path. One thought money other thought is Bowker Creek might cause issues.

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 03:22 PM

http://www.vox.com/2...torian-era-life

 

After reading about these uber hipsters that were denied entry to Butchart Gardens I must admit I lost any shred of sympathy.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 03:54 PM

This is an epic takedown of these Victorian fakesters. From 2015 (in response to the above Vox article).

http://theconcourse....iots-1729873090
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#51 spanky123

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 06:09 AM

I'll bet that when they need medical attention they don't insist on 19th century procedures!


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#52 Old Esquimalt

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 10:06 AM

The photo in the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper shows Ms. Chrisman wearing a Victoria or Ewardian era dress over a matching pair of late 20th Century running shoes!  Well, well.  After reading the reviews on Amazon of her book on corsets, I'm not sure I like the sound of her, and since the Butchart Gardens website says clearly that costumes are not allowed, and since Gabriel and Sarah booked their tickets online in the true Victoria manner, LOL, I'm starting to smell something here.  Could it be nothing but a PR stunt?  Surely not!? "Demanding" that the Butchart Gardens pay the $40.00 plus for them to return to downtown Victoria by taxi, when they arrived by bus also strikes me as a little, shall we say "ill-bred".  I wonder if their life includes such authenticities as a washboard and a mangle and well water to go with it?

 

Vox: "Every time I leave home I have to constantly be on guard against people who try to paw at and grope me. Dealing with all these things and not being ground down by them, not letting other people's hostile ignorance rob us of the joy we find in this life — that is the hard part. By comparison, wearing a Victorian corset is the easiest thing in the world."

 

Pawed and groped in Pt. Townsend?  Could be me, but it just doesn't seem like that kind of town when I've been there.  LOL.


Edited by Old Esquimalt, 07 September 2016 - 10:31 AM.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 09:54 PM

http://youtu.be/U41nhqP3w_s



#54 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:13 PM

Butchart Gardens bans single-use plastic water bottles

 

 

For those people who forget to bring a water bottle, the gardens will sell reusable keepsake water bottles for $3.95.

 

http://vancouverisla...ttles-1.3334834

 

The trick is to dress your water bottle in Victorian era costumes.  Joke credit:  Keegan F.


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#55 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 03:52 AM

from grumpy taxpayers:

 

 

 

 

Where will Central Saanich find $10M ?
Study ordered on bumpy road to Butchart Gardens  
 
The one million annual visitors into Butchart Gardens will have to put up with a bumpy road - it's one of the province's top tourist destinations - for a few more years.
 
"The estimated cost to remove the concrete base and replace with asphalt is approximately $10 million, which is cost prohibitive, says Brian Barnett, director of engineering and public works for Central Saanich. "A $100,000 study scheduled for 2022 is intended to identify affordable options to address the deterioration of the road surface."  
   
The two-kilometre stretch of bumpy road leading into Butchart Gardens was originally constructed of concrete by the Butchart family at the turn of the century for access to their concrete plant, now known as Butchart Gardens.


#56 mbjj

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:43 PM

We were just on that road recently with an out-of-country visitor. We all had a good shake going along!



#57 Matt R.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:25 PM

How are the gardens in late sept or very early October?

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#58 todd

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:34 PM

To be fair I'm wearing a costume right now it's called " 2016 " (at least that's what I think I'm going for), however my ancestors did where of Victorian style clothing.[/size]


Could you imagine if I went to the gardens wearing 2016 clothing today?

#59 mbjj

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 05:28 AM

I think all the bedding plants are still in place at that time. The gardens really are magnificant, our visitor was very impressed. Some roses may be putting on a second bloom too I bet. I guess by October some of the plants may have been replaced, I haven't been out there that late in the year.



#60 AllseeingEye

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 06:24 PM

Best time to go IMO is now, i.e. late summer when the weather is still nice but not scorching; get out and watch the Saturday night fireworks while they're still staging them. Also the band that was playing at the band shell was pretty good. Crowd was really in to it for sure. My favorite time to go is Christmas. We skated on the ice sheet last year and I think that was the first time on skates for me in over 25 years. It was a blast. And yeah that road is atrocious......



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