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Bear Mountain’s 36 Holes Will Stay, Highrise Plans Will Go

Bear Mountain’s developer Dan Matthews of Ecoasis Developments has a nice present for Jack Nicklaus on the golf champion’s 74th birthday:the future build-out of the Bear Mountain community will definitely include keeping the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort — Canada’s only Nicklaus Design 36-hole golf course.

Why the World Loves Canadian Whisky

If you think single-malt and scotch when you hear whisky, you may be surprised to learn that worldwide export sales of Canadian whisky were up 25 per cent in 2013 — and it looks like this upward trend will continue.

“Scotland isn’t the only place that makes good whisky anymore,” says says Davin de Kergommeaux, chairman of the Canadian Whisky Award judges and author of Canadian Whisky. “A world of whisky connoisseurs have discovered Canadian whisky.”


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In Conversation with Ken Kelly


BONUS CONTENT: An Extended Version of our Five Minutes with Ken Kelly from the December/January issue of Douglas Magazine

A vibrant downtown is one of the primary hallmarks of a thriving city, and it takes vision, focus, planning, and action. Douglas talks to Ken Kelly, general manager of the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) about the organization’s role and strategies in making the downtown a prosperous business hub.


Oak Bay Beach Hotel Takes Top Award For Excellence


The team at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has numerous reasons to celebrate. With their first anniversary of operation approaching, the hotel took the Judges’ Choice Award for overall excellence at the 22nd Annual Commercial Building Awards, presented today at a special awards luncheon.

“The Oak Bay Beach Hotel showed exemplary creativity in design and architecture for best use of a challenging property footprint,” says Mike Lagadyn, Chair of the Commercial Division. "This project is a stunning improvement over the old hotel, while maintaining its former charm and serving the community.”

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Trend Watching Pays Off for Victoria-based One Net Marketing


How do you use technology to appeal to a demographic that traditionally eschews the “plugged –in” life? You go old-school. Hipster Bait (www.hipsterbait.com) is an interactive geo-caching music discovery game designed to “bring back rock & roll, one hipster at a time.”

The game combines cross-channel media including an interactive website, physical cassette tapes, geo-caching, video, and gamification.

Sparking Conversation: This is Vic


A recently initiated city-wide collaborative project called This is Vic aims to celebrate all that is unique about Victoria and challenge the notion of the “newly wed and the nearly dead.”

Victoria Cruise Season Draws to a Close


A bustling summer tourism season for Victoria will see the last cruise ship of the 2013 season set sail this Monday, September 30, following the unexpected addition of the Westerdam to the Ogden Point cruise ship schedule. The departure of the Holland America Line ship wraps up another busy cruise ship season at Victoria's port.

Victoria Public Market to Open This Weekend


The wait is finally over for the eagerly anticipated Victoria Public Market at the Hudson. This Saturday, Sept. 14, the first permanent market vendors will open up their stalls in the renovated space at 1701 Douglas St.

“In the age of big box stores, we are redefining the local grocery story,” says general manager Maryanne Carmack. “We are building a food hub where the community can come to gather and learn where their food comes from and have access to local food.”

Broadmead Village to Celebrate Their New Community Hub


One of the first phases of Broadmead Village’s $8.1 million dollar renovation is now complete. The improvements to the outdoor areas in the centre by Grosvenor Americas have been designed to facilitate community interaction and create suitable spaces for social gatherings and events while enhancing the overall shopping experience.

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