Vote for Best of the City 2016 at under the 'contests' tab.

Vote for Best of the City 2016 at under the 'contests' tab.

Readers can keep Oak Bay among Best of the City

Cast your ballot online at

  • Mar. 14, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Ask someone to name his or her favourite local restaurant and it’s sure to generate discussion. It’s the same for favourite brews, bars, sporting events and festivals – not to mention theatre, dance, or art in any of a multitude of disciplines and styles.

For the 22nd year, the Victoria News is looking for your help as we launch our annual Best of the City awards, showcasing the best of the best throughout the region.

“The awards are a great way of recognizing the extraordinary businesses and attractions in Victoria,” said Penny Sakamoto, Black Press group publisher. “It’s wonderful for the business community and it’s a lot of fun for our readers; a chance for them to have their input to naming the best of a great city.”

Will 2016 see Ivy’s Bookshop crack the top three against bigger retailers Bolen, Munro’s and Chapters? Readers are the only hope to make the change, and to maintain Oak Bay Rec’s hold on top position in “best rec centre” and Oak Bay Bikes atop the “best bicycle shop” category.

Cast your ballot at where you’ll find categories ranging from restaurants to recreation and shopping to shows. We’ve pretty much covered it all.

Fill in your ballot in at least 40 categories and you’ll be entered to win $100 cash. More importantly, you’ll help put your favourites on this year’s list of the Best of the City.

Voting will continue until April 14 at 11 p.m.


Results will be published in a special Best of the City magazine on June 24.