Health & Fitness in Victoria

Sight-Test and Eyewear Packages at Perfect Look Optical Ltd. (Up to 85% Off). Three Options Available.

Perfect Look Optical Ltd

Victoria

After a sight test, clients pick prescription lenses and frames, or shoppers can get nonprescription designer sunglasses

C$465 C$69

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Eyewear, Contact Lenses, and Exams at Island Eyecare (Up to 93% Off). Three Options Available.

Island Eyecare

Multiple Locations

Resident optometrists administer exams to pair eyes with appropriate eyeglasses & soft lenses

C$305 C$105

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Behavioral Response or Body Alignment Therapy at Kintegrative (Up to 72% Off)

Kintegrative

Victoria

Kinesiological techniques aim to bring the body into healthy harmony

C$140 C$39

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4 or 8 Mat Pilates or Yogalates Classes at Inspired Fitness/Train With Kathi (Up to 53% Off)

Inspired Fitness/Train With Kathi

Downtown

Trainer who has lost more than 120 lbs. coaches her students to perform at their best, working their cores during mat Pilates

C$48 C$24

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One or Three Community Acupuncture Treatments at Vita Health (Up to 61% Off)

Vita Health

James Bay

Patients relax among others in a group of recliners in a large, quiet, soothing space; patients keep their needles in until they feel done

C$45 C$18

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$45 for a 90-Minute Scalp or Regular Acupuncture Treatment at Pinnacle Health ($90 Value)

Pinnacle Health

Fernwood

Acupuncturist inserts thin needles into pressure points to assuage pain & ailments as well improve symptoms of stroke and brain injuries

C$90 C$45

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One Month of Fitness Classes at Ice Personal Training Studio (Up to 86% Off). Two Options Available.

Ice Personal Training Studio

Victoria

Fitness classes run the gamut from yoga and kickboxing to sports-specific-training sessions for athletes

C$320 C$59

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Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Yana Hempler Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

Yana Hempler Fitness

Victoria

Certified personal trainer tailors workout regimens to clients' goals, from losing weight to training for a 10k

C$225 C$78

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$35 for One Month of Gym Access and 2 Personal Training Sessions at Steve Nash Fitness World ($265 Value)

Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club

Multiple Locations

Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club is known as BC’s largest provider of fitness and personal training, while dedicated to the community

C$265 C$35

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$200 Groupon Toward Prescription Glasses with a Free Second Pair from Optiks International

Optiks International

Victoria

Up to 5,000 frame options and custom-fit single vision or progressive lenses sweetened by a two-for-one glasses offer.

C$200 C$29

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30-Day Pass or 10 Yoga, Art, and Nutrition Classes at Templed Mind Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Templed Mind Studio

Victoria

Instructors focus on healthy, holistic living through yoga, qi gong, nutrition, meditation, and creative arts such as painting and sculpting

C$120 C$49

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3 Introductory Lessons and 2-Week Membership for Kid or Adult at Martial Arts Unlimited Victoria (Up to 73% Off)

Martial Arts Unlimited Victoria

Esquimalt

Students improve physiques by soaking up take-downs and striking techniques in the hands of experienced instructors

C$97.50 C$26

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$39 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Hudson Yoga Victoria ($177 Value)

Hudson Yoga

Downtown

Silent heat panels maintain warm temperatures as guests hold poses atop eco-friendly cork floors inside a LEED-certified facility

C$177 C$39

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$49 for Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Saanich ($139 Value)

Bikram Yoga Saanich

Victoria, BC

Beginners are welcome at this heated yoga studio specializing in Bikram yoga; the studio prides itself on eco-friendly initiatives

C$139 C$49

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Registration and 5 Kickboxing Classes or One Month of Kickboxing Classes at Westcoast Taekwon-Do (Up to 88% Off)

Westcoast Taekwon-Do

Victoria

Black-belt martial artists teach students ages 13 and up effective Muay Thai kickboxing techniques in a safe, supportive environment

C$227 C$29

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$59 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf with Range Balls for Two at Olympic View Golf Club (Up to $124 Value)

Olympic View Golf Club

Victoria

An 18-hole scenic course surrounds players with Vancouver Island forests, Olympic Mountains peaks, and two waterfalls

C$124 C$59

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Personal-Training Sessions or Boot-Camp Classes at Definitive Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Definitive Fitness

Studio 4 Athletics

Trainers work one-on-one with clients or motivate groups through outdoor workouts designed to build strength and endurance

C$260 C$80

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Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four at Royal Oak Golf Club (Up to 55% Off)

Royal Oak Golf Club

Victoria

Nine-hole, 1,915 yd. course boasts five par 4 & four par 3 holes lined with towering oaks & water hazards that come into play on five holes

C$44 C$22

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As golfers line up tricky, round-deciding rolls on the green of the signature 17th hole at Olympic View Golf Club, they might have to block out an unusual sound. Just behind the green, water crashes earthward for more than 60 feet over one of the course’s two waterfalls. The dramatic feature generates a roaring din as well as a beautiful backdrop for players as they near the end of their scenic golfing excursions.

Such tranquil scenes are common on the 6,600-yard course framed by the dense forest of south Vancouver Island and the looming profiles of Olympic Mountains peaks. But the calm can be deceptive, as the Bill Robinson–designed layout aims to challenge. Twelve lakes are interspersed throughout the site, and numerous bunkers intimidate golfers with their depth and walls etched with tally marks. This signature mix of beauty and difficulty earned the club a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2008, as well as a ranking of 10th Best Public Golf Course in British Columbia by Score Golf in 2011.

The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View Golf Club aims to prepare golfers mentally and physically for playing the most enjoyable golf of their lives. Located on 14 acres, the academy features nine large grass driving areas with target greens as far as 330 yards. In three short-game areas, players practice putts, pitches, and fake surprise at finding the ball in the cup. The amply appointed grounds complement a teaching philosophy that encourages development of a repeatable swing tailored to the individual’s physical capabilities.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole

643 Latoria Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Bikram Yoga Saanich

"I love the way Bikram Yoga makes me feel happy, energized, and healthy. I didn’t love the heat at first, but now I need to sweat everyday."

—Anastasia Magdalene, Bikram Yoga Saanich Instructor

It only took 26 yoga postures and a heated room to rid Anastasia Magdalene of her chronic back pain. That winning combination—the foundation of Bikram Yoga—has changed the lives of many of Bikram Yoga Saanich's instructors. Abbey Lee found a sense of community, while Owl won relief from anxiety, spinal issues, and other problems. Read more about the instructors, who were each trained personally by Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury.


Their Studio

Bikram Yoga Saanich's studio features rubber flooring made with recycled materials, low-flow shower heads, and no plastic water bottles. The hot studio of Bikram Yoga Saanich makes for a happy planet Earth and a jealous planet Mars. Find out all the ways the studio stays eco-friendly.


Tips for First Time Students

Classes at Bikram Yoga Saanich accommodate all levels, including first-timers. Here are some tips for new students:

  • Drink lots of water on the day of the class, and continue drinking during the session to stay hydrated.
  • Dress in clothes that accommodate stretching and sweating.
  • Take your next class as soon as possible.
  • Read more tips on Bikram Yoga Saanich's website.

1620 Garnet Road
Victoria,
BC
CA

To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard?s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of a select number of Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.

The Yoga Shala?s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it?s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. The Yoga Shala regularly hosts community-building social events, and Acro Yoga and Kirtan Chanting nights are offered twice a month. The studio also offers teacher apprenticeships each season and hosts a yoga tour group retreat with a 200-hour immersion to India each winter.

1322 Broad St.
Victoria,
BC
CA

Needleless acupuncture sounds like a contradiction, but Shelly Wade does it everyday—with lasers. Of course, she's well versed in traditional acupuncture as well. Licensed through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, Shelly found her way to acupuncture after a car accident interrupted her competitive dancing career. Impressed by its impact on her recovery, she began studying acupuncture along with other natural therapies, such as biofeedback and reflexology, to pay forward the benefits these therapies afforded her.

Today, as owner of Island Integrative Health Clinic, Shelly does just that by combining those multiple approaches to healing. She also specializes in anti-aging treatments such as facial-rejuvenation acupuncture, giving clients an alternative to Botox and never smiling again by applying a low-level current that combats wrinkles and other signs of aging. Further services her centre offers range from massage therapy to BloodScan, a live-blood analysis that aims to identify pre-symptomatic indicators of degenerative disease. No matter the treatment, she approaches each case with a gentle, welcoming approach, believing that acupuncturists must help their patients feel comfortable so that they remain open to the healing process.

2950 Douglas St
Victoria,
BC
CA

Dr. Anita Narang of Island Eyecare uses a variety of advanced technologies to maintain the ocular health of her patients. Her practice's advanced equipment includes a visual field analyzer and retinal camera that catches signs of ocular disease and can detect whether a significant other has a wandering eye. In addition to performing routine eye exams, she and her staff can administer emergency services to those in need of urgent care. She is also able to perform exams in Punjabi for those not fluent in English.

As Dr. Narang helms the exam rooms, friendly, expertly trained staff members man the clinic’s showroom. The cheery crew is always available to answer questions about your contact lenses or help you select a flattering pair of frames and sunglasses from designer brands such as Versace and BCBG Max Azaria.

1001 Douglas St
Victoria,
BC
CA

After a trek down the Panama Canal, visitors stop for a brief sojourn under the Matterhorn before journeying on to the Eiffel Tower. This trip around the world comes courtesy of All Fun Recreation Park's miniature-golf course, whose 18 globally themed greens are littered with water traps and austerely dressed customs officials. Elsewhere, eight cages hurtle baseballs and softballs toward batters at 40?75 mph, and drivers accelerate across a 1,400-foot go-kart track's over and under bridge or hug the turns of a smaller oval track designed for parents and youngsters.

For more racing action, patrons can head over to Western Speedway each Saturday night in May?September for stock-car competitions on an oval track or drag strip. Westshore Motocross rents entry-level dirt bikes to riding and racing novices, and 75 RV and tenting sites give guests opportunities to yodel freely in nature. Guests can then practice licking techniques on the flower-filled patio at Mr. Tubbs Ice Cream Parlour and Family Fun Zone, or explore the Swap & Shop each Sunday, where vendors dispense copious household goods and collectibles.

2207 Millstream Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA