UPDATE on local trips
September 7, 2017
The first fall bus trip just rolled out of the driveway this morning so I thought this would be a perfect time for an update. We have added a couple extra trips to accommodate the waitlists. These are listed below along with the trips that still have room in them. To register, please call Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre (250-361-0732) or Esquimalt Rec Centre (250-412-8500), or register online for either location.
The Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre is in a maintenance shutdown so please feel free to park in the front parking lot between now and September 24th.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to listed times to allow for check-in and boarding. All trips are scent free.
Kinsol Trestle History, Walk & Lunch
The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. Before we walk to the bridge, we will stop at the Shawnigan Lake Museum for a history lesson (and snacks) on the bridge and its restoration. After the 1+ km walk to and from the bridge we will go for a late lunch before returning home. (Museum donation included. Lunch at Bridgeman Bistro is not included.)
Thurs. Sept 14 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $50 Esq. 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm
Saltspring Island – Part One
This tour is not for the faint of heart! We will visit a few of our favourite places and it will be busy!
Highlights include: Saltspring Cheese Company, Saltspring Wild Cider House, Ganges, Tuesday market, Saltspring Island Vineyard and did we mention shopping and food?? (Transportation and ferries included. Meals are extra.)
Tues. Sept 26 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. $74 BC Senior (65+yrs)/$80 Adult Esq. 7:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Some Spaces Still available in:
Wildlife, History, Gardens & Spa Overnight
We’ll drive up Island stopping here and there to stretch our legs and have lunch. Our first official stop is at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. Observe eagles, owls, falcons, hawks, ravens and black bears. After a relaxing tour in the park like setting we are off to Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. On Wednesday we head to Cumberland for an historic walking tour and lunch. Jumbo’s cabin may be all that is left standing from Cumberland’s once-bustling Chinatown, but the Old Townsites Walking Tour brings the old Chinese and Japanese settlements to life while walking through the majestic forests on the edge of town. Thursday we will stop for a garden tour and high tea at Milner Gardens. (Transportation, accommodation, tour and entrance fees and high tea included. All other meals and spa experiences extra.)
Tues.-Thurs. Oct. 3-5 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $432 shared accom. per person/$567 single accom. per person Esq. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Chemainus – Silent Sky
Henrietta Leavitt sees greatness in the stars – if only others saw the brilliance in her. While many earthly complications stand in her way, her astonishing discoveries of astronomy, family, and love will change everyone’s (outer) worldly perspective. (Cosmic love story.) (Transportation, gratuities, tickets and buffet lunch included.)
Wed. Oct. 18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $125 Esq. 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Butterfly World & Lunch at Café Zanzibar
Enjoy the tropical world of butterflies, flamingos, ponds and plants of the world. Afterwards we will have lunch at the very popular Café Zanzibar. (Transportation and admission included. Meal is extra.)
Thurs. Nov. 9 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $33 (65+yrs)/$37 adult Esq. 10:00a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Chemainus – Cornwalls’ All-Inclusive Cancun Christmas
The Cornwalls are back for another great holiday season! More classic 80’s tunes, cornball antics, and big hair. Will Tommy find true love this year? Come and join their all-inclusive holiday yuletide cheer (comedy with music). (Transportation, gratuities, tickets and buffet lunch included.)
Sat. Nov. 25 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. $127 Esq. 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sure looking forward to seeing you soon.
Shelley Brown Parks & Recreation Programmer
Parks, Recreation & Facilities
City of Victoria
Mailing Address: 1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC V8W 1P6
Office Address: 2275 Quadra Street, Victoria BC V8T 4C4 T 250.361.0705 F 250.361.0723