When I found out I'd been hired to be the Victoria travel blogger for Aviawest Resort Club
, I was ecstatic. I'm still ecstatic, weeks later, and I'm just starting my first assignment, due June 7. The very day I got the position, I started listing all the amazing places in Victoria I could write about: Inner Harbour, Goldstream Park, Butchart Gardens, Ghost Walks, Moss Street Market, the museum, whale watching, and on and on.And then I looked through the summer events calendar
, and noticed that there is a festival almost every weekend this summer. Victoria is HAP-PEN-NING!!!But where to start?I have to pick ONE attraction per week.
I wanted to pick something unique, that not everyone would know about, but something that would appeal across the ages.
Usually when I sit down to write, I've picked the topic first; this was the first time I had sat down to work without one.After a number of days of intense brainstorming (which I won't re-create for you here, but you can imagine lots of papers thrown all over the place and charts that looked suspiciously like the Stanley Cup playoff bracket)
, I looked at every "final choice" I'd made and later crossed out, and realized any
of these activities sounded interesting and fun to me!And if as a local, I still get excited to
walk the Breakwater
and go to Ogden Point Café
, then chances were, it would appeal to a tourist, wanting to experience the "real" Victoria that locals know and love!
So, finally, I took that blank screen by the helm and decided firmly on Oak Bay Marina for my first post. Feeding the resident seals, rumoured to be descendants of those released when Sealand of the Pacific was converted to the Marina in the early '90s, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any age. The cafe and restaurant are delightful (and delicious)
and the scenery is – wait. You know what? You'll have to wait to read anymore about this until my story is done!Since I decided on my first blog post, I'm feeling better about narrowing topics every week. Victoria has many gems that I'm excited to share with readers! Nevertheless, I open the floor to you, dear readers, and invite you to send me your suggestions: what is your favourite Victoria attraction? What is your go-to
destination with out-of-town guests?I'd love to hear about some of your favourite spots.
No doubt I'm going to learn a thing or two about my own city through this position.And how great is that? Instead of being inside, staring at a screen, this writing job is going to get me outside this summer!