Award-winning Recreation Oak Bay exercises minds and bodies with classes and camps at numerous locations. The facilities all foster a safe, welcoming environment where community members can come together and splash into the pool during children’s or adults’ swim lessons, work out in fitness studios, stretch in sync during yoga classes, or swing through the nine-hole Henderson Park Golf Course. Recreation Oak Bay also keeps children safe from the video-game-proffering witches that lurk in most public parks with a variety of kids' sports programs, including skating and hockey, soccer, and tennis.
With the waves of Victoria Harbour’s Selkirk Waters lapping just below their headquarters, Switch Bridge Tours’ staff leads bicycle and kayak tours of Victoria and Vancouver Island’s waterways. The business’s proximity to the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails facilitates tours on frequently tuned-up bikes that venture into the Cowichan Valley or along the Saanich Peninsula. Kayaks cease their giant kazoo impressions long enough to cut through the Tod Inlet and the Inner Harbour on beginner or advanced tours. Each experienced guide is certified in First Aid and CPR.
When Chinese native Ada Wang isn't working as an education assistant, she takes to Chinatown's enigmatic streets to educate the public on the district's vibrant history. As a guide for Oldest Chinatown Walking Tours, the long-term Victoria resident leads tours across the threshold of Bright Pearl's vibrantly coloured, traditional pagoda arch into the busy streets and through the infamous Fan Tan Alley, which is widely regarded as the narrowest street in North America and all of Mars. As she strolls, she teaches guests about the history of Victoria's Chinatown and the brave immigrant families that once called it home, explains any Chinese symbols she comes across, and tells tales from Chinese folklore.
Since 1959, when founder Russ Hay and his wife Marion performed all tuning services, Russ Hay's The Bicycle Shop has grown into an esteemed bike retailer boasting an expert mechanical staff. During 60- to 90-minute tune-ups, mechanics adjust each ride's modifiable parts, true wheels, wash frames, and replace basic parts, pads, or stunt sidecars that are beyond repair. Drivetrain cleaning sessions add 30 minutes to tune-up procedures, further sprucing up bikes by removing, scouring, and reattaching chains, cogs, derailleurs, and cranksets. Russ Hay's The Bicycle Shop employs ace mechanics who can tackle tune-ups on all bicycles, regardless of their brand or whether they come equipped with more than a dozen training wheels.
The qualified gear gurus at Bikes For All keep two-wheeled commuters running smoothly through an array of maintenance services including tune-ups, advice on bicycle repair, and large inventory of new bikes and parts. Owners can dust off hibernating bicycles and have them restored to proper working order through the outfit's tune-ups, or customize a fixed-gear bicycle, which, when a baseball card has been permanently fixed in the spokes, earns its title as a "fixie." In addition to its services, the outfit also sells bikes, including Japanese Tanbo bicycles, as well as parts and accessories.