TRAVEL ⎪Cowichan, B.C. – Where to Eat & Stay.

Located on Vancouver Island, the district of Cowichan is fast becoming a foodie’s paradise. Nestled in between Victoria and Nanaimo, Cowichan consists of 11 communities – Maple & Genoa Bay, Mill Bay, Crofton, Cobble Hill, Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Bay, Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith and Chemainus. On this road trip, I explored five of them….

EVENT ⎜ Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C.

This is Catherine Roscoe Barr’s third Luxury Wellness Retreat at the Fairmont Empress. This program combines the science of health, happiness and productivity with just a sprinkle of magic.  It connects practical success strategies with the transformative power of self-directed neuroplasticity. The Life Delicious curriculum will teach you how to hardwire personal power as a…

TRAVEL | VICTORIA: The Magnolia Hotel & Spa + Harbour Air + 10Acres Bistro

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa 623 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1B8 Tel: (250) 381-0999 Recently, I had the opportunity for a mini vacation to Vancouver Island with a friend.  I was fortunate enough to take Harbour Air – a quick 30-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver to Victoria‘s picturesque Inner Harbour. Upon arrival, we walked the short…

TRAVEL | VICTORIA: Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress  721 Government St, Victoria, B.C. Tel: (250) 384-8111 Built in 1908 the Fairmont Empress (formerly knows as The Empress Hotel) is the most iconic and oldest building in Victoria, B.C. The chateau-style hotel has recently completed Phase 1 of its restoration. The traditional decor of approximately half of the 464 guest rooms and…

DINE | FAIRMONT EMPRESS: Q at The Empress

Q At The Empress – Fairmont Empress 721 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. Tel: 250-384-8111 Q at the Empress is a new edition to the remodelled hotel. Beautiful rich cherry woods adorn the new space, giving it a traditional feel with modern accents. Under executive Chef Morgan Wilson, the restaurant offers Pacific Northwest cuisine that’s locally sourced…

DINE | FAIRMONT EMPRESS: Afternoon Tea

Fairmont Empress 721 Government St, Victoria, B.C. Tel: (250) 384 8111 After a little hiatus due to renovations, Afternoon Tea at the Empress is back in the Lobby Lounge of the Fairmont Empress. The hotel is situated in the heart of downtown with stunning water views of Victoria Inner Harbour. We were promptly seated to our…

DINE | OLO: Brunching in Victoria

OLO Restaurant 509 Fisgard St, Victoria, B.C. Tel: (250) 590-8795 OLO  is located in the former Ulla Restaurant in historic Chinatown of Victoria, B.C. OLO actually means ‘hungry’ in Chinook Jargon; a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. The forty seat casual dining venue boosts a farm-to-table dining experience with a menu focusing on…