Owned by its members, Peninsula Co-Op shares profits from its grocery, petroleum, and convenience stores with its members and the larger community. Beginning with a simple Food Centre on Keating Cross Road in 1977, the burgeoning co-op expanded into fuel services and now operates 14 gas centres throughout the area. Members receive a rebate on all petroleum purchases made throughout the year, and the original Food Centre offers a full service deli, bakery, and host of local and national-brand meat, produce, and groceries. Peninsula also keeps homes running with access to heating fuel and frees cars from grime with a full-service car wash. Each visit channels profits back into community enterprises, and affords a chance to rub elbows with Cooper, the co-op's mascot and quality-control expert for all salmon and honey.
Victoria Transmission and Auto Care's team of licensed automotive techs keep vehicles healthy through frigid winters with eco-friendly services. During the transmission service, mechanics replace transmission fluids and filters before ensuring external components are intact and secure. Car-whisperers also run through a 37-point safety inspection that checks to see if automobiles are prepared to deal with starting up in cold temperature and to avoid snowmen in crosswalks. As techs carry out the roughly three-hour service, customers can relax in the newly renovated customer-service area, where they can sip a complimentary beverage while surfing the web via free WiFi. Patrons who work downtown can also schedule pickup and drop-off services in advance with Victoria Transmission and Auto Care's shuttles or tandem time machines.
The Sequim Lavender Farm festival transforms scenic Carrie Blake Park into a fragrant oasis celebrating the bounty of Sequim-Dungeness Valley's lavender harvests. After arriving at the festival via bus and ferry, herb aficionados can peruse more than 150 booths bursting with lavender-laden goods produced by members of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association, as well artisanal crafts, international foodstuffs, and wine gardens. Carrie Blake Park also serves as a launch pad for bus tours that wind their way through seven regional lavender farms, encompassing 50 acres and 100,000 soil-bound lavender plants. Fair-goers can frolic through each farm's visually unique fields, picking their own lavender to fill vases or grace boutonnières for lonely scarecrows. Workshops, demonstrations, crafts, and live music also pepper plots, rendering each farm a festival unto itself.
Helmed by owner Monte Graham, Great Canadian Oil Change's technicians keep domestic and foreign vehicles purring with a lineup of services that garnered them the "2009 Company of the Year" award from the Westshore Chamber of Commerce. Requiring no appointments, Graham's techs replace dirty old oil with conventional oil from brands such as Mobil or synthetic blends mixed by the world's most noted bartenders. They also check other necessary fluids and perform minor maintenance such as windshield-wiper replacement. After chariots gallop out of the shop, the staff sends all used oil, filters, and antifreeze off to licensed and bonded recycling companies.
Cycle BC Rentals & Tours sends adventurers on two-wheeled explorations of British Columbia. Riders saddle up their preferred bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle before shooting down the open asphalt as they visit mountains, gardens, beaches, and castles. Over the years, Cycle BC has compiled their favourite routes—complete with distances, notable sights, and celebrities most likely to be caught hitchhiking—into one extensive online database. Riders can rent adventure, sport touring, or cruiser motorcycles, two types of scooters, as well as electronic-hybrid bicycles that give an extra umph when pedaling up daunting hills.