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Parksville’s world-famous sandy beach is beautiful, but there’s lots more to discover in its inviting and walkable downtown.

Has it been a while? Rediscover walkable, remarkable Parksville Downtown.

We’re more than just a pretty beach!

  • Aug 8, 2022
At Oak Bay's St. Christopher's Montessori School children are given the opportunity to make creative choices in their learning.

Educating the whole child: heart, body and mind

Oak Bay Montessori school shares its follow-the-child philosophy

  • Jul 28, 2022
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

Your go-to guide: 8 ways to enjoy Parksville Beach Festival this August!

Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

  • Aug 1, 2022
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival
The Greater Victoria Green Team, featured in <em>Pulse</em>, helps foster connections between people and nature. Derek Ford photo.

The Pulse of Victoria: Magazine, blog explore agents for change in the Capital Region

If you’ve ever wondered what comes after the Victoria Foundation’s annual Vital…

  • Jul 25, 2022
The Greater Victoria Green Team, featured in <em>Pulse</em>, helps foster connections between people and nature. Derek Ford photo.
The CRD is hosting a series of community events giving residents across the region the chance to get a hands-on feel for EVs, e-bikes and EV chargers.

Curious about an e-bike or EV? Get charged up with these hands-on test sessions!

CRD offers look at emissions-friendly electric transportation solutions

  • Jul 18, 2022
The CRD is hosting a series of community events giving residents across the region the chance to get a hands-on feel for EVs, e-bikes and EV chargers.
Dr. Christine Jones, left, and some of the Victoria Hospice team who help people in their circle of care live their final days in the ways that are most important to them.

What matters most to people who are dying?

Dr. Christine Jones, MD, CCFP-PC As a palliative care physician, I ask…

  • Jul 11, 2022
Dr. Christine Jones, left, and some of the Victoria Hospice team who help people in their circle of care live their final days in the ways that are most important to them.
Zach Stevenson's Buddy Holly Tribute is one of many highlights of the Mid-Island Co-op Rock the Park Music Festival, Aug. 5 to 7.

Rock the Park: Music fest to light up Parksville’s brand new outdoor stage

Aug. 5 to 7 festival joins 5-week Parksville Beach Fest, with activities for all ages

  • Jul 4, 2022
Zach Stevenson's Buddy Holly Tribute is one of many highlights of the Mid-Island Co-op Rock the Park Music Festival, Aug. 5 to 7.
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.

Vital Victoria Podcast: Sharing stories + building community

Don’t miss the Vital Signs survey – open til July 4

  • Jun 20, 2022
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.

Sun, sand + celebrations: Festival brings international sand sculptors to Parksville

Parksville Beach Festival returns July 14 to Aug. 21 with activities for all ages

  • Jun 13, 2022
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.
At an international conference on Wildlife Fertility Control in Colorado last month, wildlife veterinarian Dr. Adam Hering presented Dr. Jason Fisher’s work, highlighting data around habitat use and the fawning rate reduction in Oak Bay’s deer management initiatives.

Oak Bay’s deer management research on international stage

Team also earns local accolades, and shares tips on navigating spring fawning season

  • Jun 6, 2022
At an international conference on Wildlife Fertility Control in Colorado last month, wildlife veterinarian Dr. Adam Hering presented Dr. Jason Fisher’s work, highlighting data around habitat use and the fawning rate reduction in Oak Bay’s deer management initiatives.
Photo credit: Kamloops Immigrant Services

Get Moving with Your Community this June

Download the ParticipACTION app, track your activity + help your community compete to win $100K!

  • May 30, 2022
Photo credit: Kamloops Immigrant Services
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”

What does community mean to you? Victoria’s Vital Signs wants to know!

17th citizen survey explores what’s working, what needs attention in Greater Victoria

  • May 23, 2022
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”
Judy Lilly with Rafael (Rafa) Alonso Barrau from Oro del Desierto in the olive mill in Spain. Lilly and her husband Jeff import the award-winning olive oil to BC.

From the deserts of Spain, an olive oil like liquid gold

When this couple moved back to BC, they brought a taste of Spain with them

  • May 16, 2022
Judy Lilly with Rafael (Rafa) Alonso Barrau from Oro del Desierto in the olive mill in Spain. Lilly and her husband Jeff import the award-winning olive oil to BC.
Individual differences, and different environments, affect how we experience hearing challenges.

Channelling the power of AI to improve hearing

Technology has come a long way to help those with hearing loss hear better

  • May 9, 2022
Individual differences, and different environments, affect how we experience hearing challenges.
Wildlife organizations field numerous calls each spring about ‘orphaned’ fawns, but typically advise residents to leave them alone – the mother is likely nearby and will return once you leave.

5 timely tips for spring fawning season

While Oak Bay’s immunocontraception program is resulting in fewer fawns being born,…

  • May 9, 2022
Wildlife organizations field numerous calls each spring about ‘orphaned’ fawns, but typically advise residents to leave them alone – the mother is likely nearby and will return once you leave.
Your kitchen needs to function well, but with all the time we spend there, it also needs to look as good as it works.

3 steps to creating a kitchen that suits your style

The kitchen is the workhorse of the home – it’s where you…

  • May 2, 2022
Your kitchen needs to function well, but with all the time we spend there, it also needs to look as good as it works.
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
Marlena and Nick Salvador Nick, joined the 2021-2022 Gadsden Initiative cohort. Now in its second year, this Victoria Foundation initiative brings together GenXers and Millennials to build relationships within the community through learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspiring stories: Why it’s important to share stories of philanthropy

Now’s the time to Make It Happen! Victoria

  • Apr 25, 2022
Marlena and Nick Salvador Nick, joined the 2021-2022 Gadsden Initiative cohort. Now in its second year, this Victoria Foundation initiative brings together GenXers and Millennials to build relationships within the community through learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
From April 29 to May 2, the Capital Regional District and partners are hosting the Greater Victoria arm of the global City Nature Challenge – an opportunity to join a large community of local nature buffs who are helping to inventory and celebrate the capital region’s amazing flora and fauna.

Love exploring nature? Join the Greater Victoria City Nature Challenge today!

Explore the biodiversity in your backyard, get a chance to win awesome prizes

  • Apr 25, 2022
From April 29 to May 2, the Capital Regional District and partners are hosting the Greater Victoria arm of the global City Nature Challenge – an opportunity to join a large community of local nature buffs who are helping to inventory and celebrate the capital region’s amazing flora and fauna.