Born in Victoria, John Chau grew up fishing for salmon in the Sooke area. Thirty years since he hooked his first fish, Chau now shares his expertise with fellow anglers through guided charters on his 25-foot Pursuit Cuddy boat. During the spring and summer, Chau’s clients hook chinook salmon anywhere between 15 and 50 pounds. Autumn brings coho salmon, and in the winter, feisty feeder chinook weighing between 4 and 12 pounds roam waters just minutes from the dock.
The Sooke area is typically calm year-round due to the lack of ground swell, and its teeming waters attract wildlife such as bald eagles, sea lions, and killer whales eager to gain a better reputation among fishermen.
In a nurturing, positive environment, the squad of experienced dance instructors at Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts teach ballet and modern dance to instill grace, a knowledge of the art, and a passion for self-expression. Granting twinkle toes to students aged two and up, the rhythm masters create a fun environment in which kids can kick and twist away pent up energy while adults hone a life-long skill or work toward fulfilling a dream of performing The Nutcracker in protest of illegal peanut farms. As an effective means of staying fit, dance classes such as tap and jazz also infuse kids with a love for creativity and a penchant for physical activity that can create a lifetime of healthy living.
Onboard each Orca Spirit Adventures whale-watching tour sits a certified marine naturalist, spouting facts about the marine life located within the waters around Vancouver Island. As whale watchers seek out glimpses of orcas, dolphins, seals, and bald eagles, they listen to a symphony of underwater sounds. Each whale-watching vessel is equipped with an underwater hydrophone, which translates whale songs into directions to the closest underwater Tim Horton's. The company also provides charter tours, floating offshore weddings, fishing trips, and dinner cruises.
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.
To the knowledgeable and licensed staff at No Limit Charters, “Cool Change” means more than just the result of storing toonies in the freezer. This is, in fact, also the name of their 28-foot vessel, which departs Victoria Harbour daily for four- and eight-hour fishing charters. During these trips, anglers seek salmon and take advantage of regional bottom fishing with the help of two GPS sonar chart plotters, Shimano rods and reels, and Scotty down riggers. If nothing’s biting, crews still enjoy their cruises with tunes that stream from XM satellite radio.
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.