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These are Victoria Buzz’s 12 most-read stories of 2020


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look back on the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention.

This year saw a pandemic, a provincial election, and dozens of stories in between on topics local and beyond.

One thing is certain: we couldn’t do it all without the support of you.

Without further ado, here are the top-read stories for each month of 2020:


These 9 Vancouver Island Restaurants are among the top 100 places to eat in Canada (REPORT)

Il Terrazzo
(Il Terrazzo Ristorante/Google Photos)

Victoria is renowned as a major foodie city in Canada, and our readers definitely showed their interest in the scene with this story.

Other high traffic stories in January include:



Victoria human trafficking suspect adopts new name to conduct business on Facebook

Nadi San
(Nadi San/Facebook)

It was a case that horrified and shocked Canadians across the country, and had some unsettling roots on Vancouver Island.

Other high traffic stories in February include:


Dairy Queen is selling Blizzards for $0.99 starting this Friday

(Image / Dairy Queen Canada Facebook)

Turns out that Victoria’s residents (and abroad) absolutely adore good deals. They loved this one so much that it crashed our website.

Other high traffic stories in March include:


Dr. Bonnie Henry’s shoes are grabbing attention at her daily press conferences (PHOTOS)

(Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix / B.C Government)

B.C’s top doc has become the public face of the province’s health response. The pandemic transformed Dr. Bonnie Henry into an overnight celebrity and saw some social media love for her.

Other high traffic stories in April include:


One dead in Canadian Forces Snowbird crash in Kamloops

Captain Jennifer Casey
Captain Jennifer Casey

Canada’s much-beloved aerial demonstration squadron suffered a tragic loss in British Columbia while touring the country, in a moment that shocked and saddened many.

Other high traffic stories in May include:


“I feel very remorseful”: Nanaimo woman apologizes after racial slurs go viral


We’ve all made mistakes online. One Nanaimo woman’s mistakes came back to haunt her online, and she apologized shortly after.

Other high traffic stories in June include:


Nanaimo man dressed in saran wrap and underwear spotted at Woodgrove Mall

Cabin fever found a new life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a man in Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Nanaimo was its latest icon. A man covered in saran wrap and sporting a red pair of underwear on his head as a face mask.

Other high traffic stories in July include:


Downtown Victoria restaurant confirms employee tests positive for COVID-19

Facebook Milestone's

As the pandemic has spread, businesses have had to shut down when exposures have occurred.

Other high traffic stories in August include:


11 stunning locations to view the fall colours in Victoria (PHOTOS)

A Japanese Maple at Hatley Gardens blazing with red fall foliage. Photo by Heather K Jones

Even in the midst of a difficult year, there was still time appreciate the natural beauty of the city we live in.

Other high traffic stories in September include:


31 haunted places in and around Victoria you have to visit

Helmcken House, is one of the oldest residences in Victoria, and is believed to be haunted by Dr. Helmcken and his daughter.

There was also time to appreciate some of the spookier aspects of Victoria for this year’s Halloween.

Other high traffic stories in October include:


BC’s top doctor has issued a province-wide lockdown. Here’s what you need to know

(Dr. Bonnie Henry/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

With the second wave of the pandemic spiking cases across the province, the provincial health officer rolled out a new set of restrictions.

Other high traffic stories in November include:


The 7th annual Victoria Buzz Christmas Lights Tour Map

North Saanich Christmas Lights
1751 Sansum Park Drive in North Saanich (Colin Smith Takes Pics)

Victoria ended the year on a bright spot: taking in some beautiful Christmas and Holiday displays across the city.

Other high traffic stories in December include:

Thank you to our readers for keeping us going through 2020!

Tim Ford
Tim Ford
Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz

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