Competitors in the nine-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, the Peninsula Panthers foster excellence in fledgling hockey players as they compete against some of Canada's finest young talent. With three Brent Patterson Memorial Trophies in their arsenal—including back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011—the Panthers have emerged as one of the league's premiere programs and a hotbed for future stars to move on to the next level. A handful of NHL players have matriculated through the Panthers system, including current Dallas Stars fixtures Jamie and Jordie Benn.
Nestled within the Swans Hotel, Swans Brewpub crafts the classic flavours of a traditional darkened tavern in a space awash with light, artwork, and heritage architecture. Here, chefs strive to use hormone-free and locally sourced meats as they lay out feasts of savoury shepherd's pie, steak sandwiches, and pasta as bartenders gild glasses with crisp house brews. A glass-covered dining patio graces meals with a dose of sunshine, and live music from swing and blues bands creates a catchy soundtrack as visitors admire the pub's collection of First Nations carvings and ancient Inuit tap handles.
Dennis Brady and his glass-blowing brood do more than supply Victoria with a steady stream of colourful crystalline pieces. They also impart the tricks of their trade in easy-to-understand classes, lectures, and workshops. Artists can take advantage of one of the studio's many kilns for rent or use the sandblaster to etch intricate designs into smooth surfaces to practice for a new gig as Jack Frost. The glassomancers' educational programs emphasize the business end of artistry, with numerous classes aimed specifically at improving one's marketability.
Sporting the half-timbered siding and narrow windows of the traditional English Tudor style, the Tudor House Pub provides a nostalgic neighbourhood meeting place for diners and revellers. The kitchen staff concocts traditional English and Scottish recipes, which grace tables alongside dishes with American, Thai, and Japanese influences in an eclectic mélange as multicultural as the contents of the U.N.'s vending machines. Traditional pub snacks sate small appetites, and dishes containing high-profile ingredients such as AAA sirloin beef assuage more persistent hunger pangs. Sports games regularly grace TVs, and the pub's space hosts live DJs on Wednesday and Friday nights, free-for-all karaoke on Thursday, and live bands playing varied musical genres on Saturdays. Tudor House Pub’s adjacent licensed liquor store stocks bottles of spirits and grants discounts to active and retired military members.
The folks at Cheers Liquor advise restaurants and retailers on selecting specialty alcoholic beverages using they’re beverage aficionados skills. They also organize events to celebrate their favorite beverages, including seasonal beer festivals such as a tasting of dark, complex winter malts or the hops-rich flavors of IPAs in spring. Each event features live music and appropriately paired snacks that complement the flavors of the beer, much like wearing a tuxedo with a chocolate bow tie.