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Lit Bliss

By Linda Tancs

British Columbia is known for many things—stately and quite lovely cities (like Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler), whale watching, totem poles, world-renowned gardens, skiing and fine dining—but a literary haven?  Yes, add that to the list and head on over to Sidney, a seaside town accessible by ferry about 20 miles from Victoria, B.C.’s capital city.  There you’ll find Canada’s only booktown, a moniker denoting a locale with a large number of second-hand or antiquarian book shops.  In Sidney, you’ll probably be no more than 10 paces away from a bookstore in any direction.  Bookworm heaven.

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Hail, Victoria

By Linda Tancs

Canada celebrates Victoria Day today, initiated in the 1800s to mark the birthday of Britain’s Queen Victoria. What better place to partake in the day’s festivities than in her namesake city, Victoria, B.C. Over 120,000 people are expected at the parade downtown. It’s a bit chilly (12 degrees Celsius) but it better be sunny. Victoria Tourism offers a sunshine guarantee during the months of April and May; you get $500 if it rains more than 1.25cm in one day during your visit.

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