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Victoria named the most romantic city in Canada by Amazon

Love is in the air on Vancouver Island! Two cities on the island finish in the top 20 as the most romantic, announced today by Amazon.ca! Victoria continues to let love shine, taking the top...

Tofino’s Main Street to be Revitalized

Tofino's historic Main Street is about to undergo a major revitalization, according to a government press release this week. "The goal of the revitalization is to bring more action back to Tofino’s historic downtown - near...

Canada 2nd best country in the world!

Canada has been ranked as the second best place to live in the world, according to this list of the world’s best countries released Wednesday, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. From a list of 60...

Horse Riders Launch Petition Keep Lochside Trail Multi-Use

Saanich Peninsula horse riders have started a petition, which currently has over 1000 signatures, to stop the paving of a section of the Lochside Trail. The unpaved areas are located between Island View Road in Central Saanich and...

Saanich woman sexually assaulted after answering door knock near Shelbourne Plaza (VIDEO)

Saanich police are searching for a suspect after a sexual assault and robbery on Wednesday night.  The assault happened at a residence on Church Avenue, near Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road. Police released...

Province commits $10 million for B.C. ground search and rescue

Ground search and rescue volunteers who drop what they are doing at a minutes notice to help those that are lost or injured in B.C. mountains and back-country, are getting a boost from the...

ICBC Reports Top 6 Fraud Files of 2015

Insurance fraud costs every B.C. driver more than $100 per year on their insurance policy. It's believed that between 10 to 20 per cent of auto insurance claims have some level of fraud or exaggeration. This...

Ride share community expands into Victoria

It's been running between Whistler and Vancouver for years already, well before the words "sharing economy" or "ride sharing" were everyday terms. HitchPlanet is now looking into expanding not only here on Vancouver Island, but across...

New pilot program at CFB Esquimalt aimed at veterans and their families

Medically-released veterans at CFB Esquimalt will be able to access the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) as part of a four-year national pilot program. For a two-year period post-release, medically-released Canadian Armed Forces members...

Study concludes costs outweigh benefits of bridge to Gabriola Island

Results of the Gabriola Island Fixed Link Feasibility Study conclude that while a bridge appears to be technically feasible, it would not be a cost-effective alternative to the current ferry link. Because of this, the...

Walmart to begin charging for plastic bags on Feb. 9 starting in BC; aims to eliminate the bags

Walmart Canada says it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers beginning Feb. 9, 2016, in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill. Customers will...

National Post describes Victoria Tent City as looking like a refugee camp

'It looks likes a refugee camp': Inside the Victoria park where about 100 homeless moved into huts and tents VICTORIA - "Welcome to my home," smiled the middle-aged man. He calls himself Mud. "Home" is...

Take a look at the future Belmont Market Shopping Centre! Formerly Belmont Secondary School (PHOTOS)

The land formerly occupied by Belmont Secondary School will be transformed into a 200,000 sq. ft. shopping centre and will be known as, Belmont Market Shopping Centre. The development will also include over 330 new residences,...

Police warning young women after 12 indecent acts in Saanich and Victoria

Victoria Police are working with Saanich Police to catch a male who is approaching youthful-looking women and girls at bus stops in the CRD. This male approaches, makes vulgar, sexually explicit comments or exposes...

Security camera footage from inside and outside showing car crashing into a Victoria nightclub (VIDEO)

It was a frightening scene downtown Thursday night, after a car drove across all lanes of Douglas, jumped the sidewalk, then crashed into the Distrikt Nightclub entrance and down the entrance stairs at Strathcona...

Car crashes into the Distrikt Night Club at Strathcona Hotel (PHOTOS)

It was a frightening scene downtown Thursday night, after a car drove across all lanes of Douglas, jumped the sidewalk, then crashed into the Distrikt Nightclub entrance and down the entrance stairs at Strathcona...

Police asking for help in locating over $2000 in stolen hockey equipment

Victoria Police are hoping the public can assist them in locating hockey equipment stolen from a car parked in the 900 block of Douglas Street on January 15. The owner of the vehicle was in...

Arson suspected in Reynolds Secondary school fire

Thanks to a quick thinking employee at Reynolds Secondary, a suspected arson attempt caused minimal damage to the school. Both Saanich Police and fire officials are investigating. A custodian working in the school noticed a...

Two people hit by BC Transit bus near Beacon Hill Park

A B.C. Transit bus heading east on Superior Street around 7:40 PM, Tuesday night,  hit two pedestrians when making a left turn onto Douglas Street, near the northwest entrance to Beacon Hill Park. Victoria Police confirm...

Caught on Cam: Disturbing driving near B.C. school bus

A B.C. school bus driver is raising the alarm after a number of near misses involving careless drivers. A reporter from CTV goes for a ride along with a driver and shows us some...

Victoria Clipper announces new ferry route from Victoria to downtown Vancouver

With new ownership in place, the Victoria Clipper plans to expand its service with a new high-speed ferry service between Victoria and Vancouver, making this the second company to announce it plans to offer...

Character homes go for a drive around downtown Victoria (PHOTOS)

It isn't a sight you get to see very often, two 100-year-old homes being driven through downtown Victoria. That happened in the wee hours last night. Five existing heritage homes are being moved on Michigan...

Over a dozen thefts reported from unlocked cars in Cordova Bay overnight

Residents in the Cordova Bay area of Saanich are being reminded to lock their vehicles following a number of overnight thefts in that area. Police say there has been over 15 reported thefts from auto’s...

UPDATE: Convicted sex offender arrested in Colwood

West Shore RCMP and VicPDK9 teamed up to make the arrest of Aaron Craig in Colwood this morning. A sharp-eyed citizen spotted 28-year-old Aaron Craig who was subject to an outstanding warrant for breaching his...

Pending closure of iconic Bengal Lounge at the The Empress sparks online petition

It's the end of an era. After 61 years, the Empress Hotel's venerable Bengal Lounge will close  it's doors permanently on April 30th.  Shortly after Victoria Buzz broke the news, The Empress Hotel posted an...

Team work! Saanich police officer and his K9 partner captures B&E suspect hiding in yard

A Saanich Police K9 helped arrest a man suspected in a break and enter of a local coffee shop. Shortly after 2:00am, Saanich Police responded to an alarm at Francelli’s, located in the Royal Oak...

BC Transit testing out additional security equipment on its buses

BC Transit will be testing additional security equipment as part of a one-year pilot project that concludes in April. Limited audio recording capability will be tested in and around the transit operator’s compartment, as well...

Environment Canada has issued a fog warning for Greater Victoria!

A fog advisory has been issued for Greater Victoria. Environment Canada says visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. Areas of dense fog remain trapped over the Strait of Georgia and in...

Woman in critical condition in Cobble Hill crash; alcohol suspected

A 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition after collision between two vehicles in Cobble Hill, Wednesday night.  Police suspect alcohol was involved. Shawnigan Lake RCMP responded to the crash just after 6pm on the Trans...

Thrifty Foods on Quadra Street has been granted a license to sell alcohol

Thrifty Foods on the corner of Quadra and Cook Street has been granted a license to sell alcohol within the store. The first such license in Greater Victoria since new B.C. liquor laws went...

Saanich Police warn after a series of break and enters near University Heights

A series of break and enters in the late afternoon hours and into the early evening around the Shelbourne St corridor/University Heights area is concerning to the Saanich Police. Police say there have been 14...

Emma Fillipoff disappeared 3 years ago, man of interest still unidentified

In the fall of 2011, 26-year-old Emma Fillipoff had left Ontario for Victoria, to pursue her passions of art, poetry and photography while supporting herself with culinary work. She was last seen barefoot outside the...

Update: Victoria Police have reunited the decades-old photos with family!

The family photos found in downtown Victoria’s Centennial Square has been solved! After seeing the Victoria Buzz post, a family member contacted Victoria Police, but before he did, he left a quirky message on the...

Dash Cam catches SUV losing control near Qualicum Beach in snowy conditions

A dash cam video captures an SUV  losing control in snowy conditions yesterday, near the  Qualicum Beach exit. The video, captured by Brian Hartt, shows two vehicles passing him, travelling northbound on highway 19. As...

Blanshard Street down to one lane for two weeks during BC Hydro work

Expect major delays for the next two weeks if you are heading into downtown Victoria over the next two weeks, starting Thursday. Blanshard Street heading southbound will be down to one lane between Finlayson Street...

Snowfall Warning Issued for East Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for East Vancouver Island, with total amounts of 5 to 10 cm expected. Snow will continue over East Vancouver Island north of Parksville tonight with additional amounts of 5...

Passenger ferry service from Victoria to Vancouver one step closer!

A new passenger ferry service between Victoria and Vancouver is much closer to reality after Riverside Marine reached a lease agreement with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. The lease terms between GVHA and Riverside Marine...

A Thank You message from Forbes N’ Marshall

https://soundcloud.com/michael-lisa-888821314/a-thank-you-from-forbes-n-marshall "Yes...we are alive and well and found a microphone! Wanted to Thank You for your amazing friendship," reads a post on the Forbes & Marshall Facebook page. The former morning couple on Victoria’s 98.5 The...

Missing man in Richmond may have been spotted in Victoria

Richmond RCMP are looking for Ephraigm Flores, a 23-year-old Toronto resident last seen on Boxing Day in Richmond. Ephraigm Flores was reportedly last seen at around 11:14 pm on December 26, 2015 in the area...

Our Place seeks help setting up new shelter set to open this weekend

Our Place Society has posted to Facebook seeking help to set up a new home at 1240 Yates Street for 40 people who will be moving from Tent City. The City of Victoria leased the vacant...

4.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Sidney BC, shakes the entire capital region!

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake shook the entire capital region around 11:39pm, Tuesday night. The epicentre was 8KM off Sidney BC, near Sidney Island. There are no Tsunami warnings. Having a hard time sleeping? Fill out the...

2015 List of Top Ten Reasons to Not Call 9-1-1 in BC

Don't be that person! British Columbia's largest emergency dispatch and 911 call centre released a list of the top calls that shouldn’t have been placed to 9-1-1 in 2015. “We want to remind people about...

Saanich Braves hope to fill arena in memory of their teammate

Update: -- original: The Midget C5 Braves will play their first game this week since losing one of their teammates in a freak accident at Mount Washington. Reid enjoyed his last day snowboarding with his dad, 3...

UPDATE: Alexis Flottvik’s mom confirms her daughter has been found!

Update: Alexis' mom has confirmed her daughter has been found and spoken to her. Original: A mother has taken to Facebook in hopes it will help locate her missing 27-year-old missing daughter Alexis Flottvik, and the...

Over a thousand Christmas meals served to Victoria’s homeless and most vulnerable at Our Place

When it comes to Christmas dinner, Our Place needs a lot of prep time. That’s because its kitchen staff and volunteers expect to feed over 1,000 hungry people. Local community leaders stepped in Tuesday to...

Six little elves help Island Savings make a $1K toy donation to Santa’s Anonymous

They say it’s always better to give than to receive—and this idea rings particularly true when the gift is $1,000 worth of toys for Island children who may not otherwise have something waiting under...

BC Ferries adds over 150 sailings for holiday season

To ensure smooth sailing over the holidays, BC Ferries had added over 150 extra sailings to the three major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Most of the extra trips will added to the...

Victoria Polar Bear Swim cancelled this year, other options available!

Nothing says Happy New Year like a dip in a freezing cold lake. But this year, the hundreds of polar bear dip enthusiasts who show up each year and plunge into Thetis Lake on...

101-year-old senior woman may have saved other seniors from phone scam

Victoria Police are crediting a quick thinking 101-year-old senior who may have prevented others from falling victim to the CRA scam. Like many others in Victoria, the woman got a phone call claiming she had...

Douglas Street at Chatham intersection reopened after crash sends skateboarder to hospital

Douglas Street at Chatham Street has reopened after being closed off for several hours while police investigate a crash involving a taxi and skateboarder. One witness near the scene tells Victoria Buzz there was a...