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Winner of World’s ‘Best Contemporary Gin’, Sheringham’s Seaside Gin
Sipping Seaside - The Best In The World

Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin has been named 'Best Contemporary Gin' in the World at the 2019 edition of the prestigious World Gin Awards.

Sheringham is the brainchild of Jason and Alayne MacIsaac. Their Seaside Gin was conceived while walking alongside the water at French Beach (near the distillery’s first home in Shirley, B.C.), with simultaneous aromas of nearby rose bushes (it was the end of Nootka rose season), the forest and the ocean. Visit their brand new distillery and tasting room in Sooke.

The couple recently announced a new addition to their spirit line up - Kazuki Gin. Perfectly fitting with Vancouver Island's blooming pale pink canopies, the gin is made with botanicals sourced locally and from Japan, including Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Green Tea + Flowers from Westholme Tea Farm in the Cowichan Valley.

Noteworthy mention: Maybe it's thanks to our deep ties to the Monarchy that we make the best gin, but in addition to taking home Gold, another Vancouver Island spirit company, Victoria Distillers, took home a Silver Medal at the Wold Gin Awards!

 
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Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises
New Exhibition Roars Into Royal BC Museum

Presented in North America for the first time, Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises discovers a powerful culture that rose in the tropical rainforests of Central America thousands of years ago. Explore Maya identity from ancient times to the present day and see how science and belief have shaped the Maya world.

Celebrating UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Languages, the exhibition will highlight 30 Maya languages spoken today.

The exhibition opens May 17 and runs until December 31, 2019.

 
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Get FED With BikeTours Victoria

Explore Victoria's urban food oasis - lush, green spaces, rooftop and boulevard gardens and hundreds of pollinators all while on two wheels.

BikeTours BC's newly launched Bites N' Bikes tour is a partnership with Food Eco District (FED) to help visitors and locals alike explore Victoria's bustling downtown agricultural landscape. Part food tour, part city tour, riders can pedal their way around historical architecture and then be rewarded with restaurant stops along to way to learn how chefs who are passionate about fresh, local food and are doing their part to create a high-quality sustainable dining experience.

 
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Sombio Beach
Get The Most From The Coast

Discover why the "west coast, best coast" moniker rings true with the Pacific Marine Circle Route.

Spanning a scenic 296km loop, this epic road trip can be driven in a day or experienced on island-time, over to course of 3-5 days. From chasing waterfalls in temperate rainforests to exploring perfect pairings on culinary excursions, the Pacific Marine Circle Route offers opportunities to feel comfortably lost in wilderness in one moment and enamored with small town charm the next.

 
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Indigenous Cultural Festival
Expanding Horizons & Celebrating Indigenous Culture

This June, experience three days of spectacular performances, explore goods by local artisans, and taste mouthwatering traditional Songhees food at the Indigenous Cultural Festival.

Located at the Royal BC Musuem, each day of the festival starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Indigenous performers from across the British Columbia. Indigenous artisans will be on-site with their goods for sale and you can watch special artisan demonstrations while learning about the creative process from the artisans themselves.

 

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