Category: survival guide

  • Mandarin ? restaurant chain in the GTA

    This article begins in Toronto a few months ago, when I dragged the friends I was staying with into a Mandarin with me for old time’s sake (mine, not theirs; they all seemed unclear on what Mandarin is, despite all being from Toronto).  But before I can explain what happened then that precipitated us leaving…

  • ?Free south-island fireworks every saturday night ?

    If you want to see free fireworks on most-any random Saturday in the summer, you need to be on the water in Brentwood Bay at nightfall. The Butchart Gardens is doing weekly fireworks shows again after a dreary covid haitus! (Call Butchart Gardens in advance of heading to Brentwood and double-check that they’re doing a…

  • The South Shore of V.I. has a nude beach?? ??

    Like jsyk there is a tiny (warm) lake called Prior in View Royal, and it has a dock and lots of parking, and a handful of very serious full-body tanners/laps swimmers hang out there vibing all the time. If there’s no dock space you’ll want to have brought a camp chair for the small dusty/rocky…

  • How to find a show at Big Fernwood in Victoria BC

    If you put “big fernwood” into gmaps it takes you to the wrong place, currently. Big Fernwood is in the Fernwood community centre (Little Fernwood is half a block away at Paul Philips Hall). You find the Fernwood community centre on Gladstone street. The door may be open and there may be someone working the…