We have stories below on the successes of new restaurants and an old festival with a new format. But first: an Inner Harbour redevelopment plan that seemed dead in the water has now resurfaced.
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City launches new attempt at revamping Ship Point in Inner Harbour
Ship Point plan renderings via City of Victoria
The large open area in the heart of the Inner Harbour remains a “working harbour” (you can see floatplanes fly to and from its pier) and occasionally hosts local festivals such as SkaFest. But on most days, it lacks much public presence relative to its size.
Victoria is once again looking to change that by revamping Ship Point, which consists mostly of parking, to be more pedestrian-friendly.
The redevelopment plan emerged in 2017 (after the city got the land in a 2014 swap with the province) but was put aside in 2019 to make room for other priorities. Victoria council has now brought it back, and voted at this week’s committee of the whole to have city staff craft an updated version of the design.
The Ship Point Master Plan created by that process has five stages, outlining changes that would phase in a new stage area and pier, new waterfront landscaping, terraced seating, a pavilion, and different parking spots. During the phases, some elements such as seating would not be permanent and could be moved around for different events.
$66M now an outdated estimate
The cost was projected at almost $66M back in 2018, including $19M for the pavillion and $9M for a new pier.
Last week, staff recommended (starts page 520 in document) that the city re-examine the project’s cost, move forward on phases that incorporate work already needed by the deteriorating shoreline, and hold off (for now) on major undertakings such as the pavilion and stepped seating.
Next week’s weather: Sun and cloud expected most days, with highs at or near 20C but lows down into single digits.
Airport Authority board candidates sought. Deadline is tomorrow night. [Info]
Rifflandia in Royal Athletic this weekend, as local festival wraps its second year back
A wedding at last year’s Rifflandia festival. Photos: Ryan Hook & Michael John Lo / Capital Daily
The local music festival first launched in 2008, becoming a staple end-to-summer event for the city. But it was cancelled in 2019 due to financial issues faced by many BC festivals at the time—Squamish Music Festival ended in 2016, Pemberton Music Festival filed for bankruptcy in 2017, and Rock the Shores said goodbye in 2019.
But Rifflandia made a triumphant return last year, with big-name headliners Lorde, Charli XCX, and Cypress Hill drawing 15,000 people over the four-day show. That event hosted acts at both Royal Athletic as usual and at "Electric Avenue” in the north end of downtown, which featured more electronic acts.
This year split those two locations into two weekends with the latter, current half (“The Park”) featuring Diplo, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, and others.
Priyanka performing last Sept.
Similarly high numbers are anticipated for The Park show.
Two local spots named among Canada’s best new restaurants
Crispy skin-striped bass, Hecate Strait halibut, and parmesan crusted chicken at Marilena. Ryan Hook / Tasting Victoria
The restaurants being recognized represent two sides of the local industry: one is a multi-million endeavour years in the making, while the other is a labour of love from a chef who has risen through the ranks of Victoria restaurants over the past decade.
Both focus on locally sourced ingredients, and both now have a chance to rank at the top of an annual list compiled for the past 20 years by undercover food critics sent out to new eateries across Canada.
🦅 Bald eagles converge to fish for hake in Island waters as currents push the fish to the surface. [Liron Gertsman photo]
🍸 This weekend’s happy hour deals include margaritas and tacos at Earls and half-off beers at Swift. [Tasting Victoria]
Look, up in the sky—it’s not a bird or plane, it’s…
No, those were not UFOs (or as the new NASA department now calls ‘em, UFPs "unidentified anomalous phenomena”) you saw in the sky last night and the night before. They’re likely just part of the Starlink internet system of thousands of newly launched satellites. [CHEK]
Rocks thrown at cars in Qualicum Bay
RCMP report 5 incidents this month on a short stretch of Hwy 19, and one driver told CTV he was nearly killed.
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Early bird Nutcracker tickets; Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Victoria Symphony
Capital Daily readers save up to 20% off regular priced adult tickets to Ukrainian Shumka Dancers’ Nutcracker. Promo code: Nut-Capital-Daily.
Autumn Lantern Festival (District of Saanich photo)
🏮 Autumn Lantern Festival: Celebrate the beginning of fall with an evening of light and community. Prizes for best-lit costumes, bikes, and home-made lanterns. Bike valet on-site, local food trucks ,and vendors. 5-8:30pm at Saanich’s Gordon Head rec centre & Lambrick Park
🎶 South Island Vinyl Show: Here’s a chance for vinyl heads to score some vinyl treasures at this massive sale of records, cassettes, CDs, and other music merch. Begins 10am at Mary Winspear.
🤘 3N1GMATIC Music Festival: This two-day metal and punk festival continues tonight at Phoenix Bar & Grill with 8 more bands. If you missed last night, you can snag Saturday tickets for half the price of the weekend pass.
📚 Munro’s 60th anniversary: Celebrate 60 years of the bookstore with live performances this afternoon. Begins 12pm.
👟 Terry Fox Run is tomorrow, starting at Mile 0. 10am-12pm (9am registration).
🦖 Saturday at the museum: In today’s events RBCM hosts a dinosaur afternoon (T. rex puppets, anyone?) 1-4pm and a performance, history lesson, and dance lesson (1-2pm) by Jessica Yu about the Mid-Autumn Festival.
🇲🇽 Mexican Independence Fiesta: Celebrate Mexican culture with a lively night of music tonight at White Eagle Polish Hall. 8pm-1am.
Friday’s headlines: Saanich reins in leash-bylaw changes for now, man wanted by police in 3 local jurisdictions, drug poisoning alert, and more. [Capital Daily]
Foul play suspected in death on Pandora; the man died in hospital, police said, after a 3:45am 911 call on Thursday.
Sewage dumped on Hwy 14 in Sooke after an electrical fault at a lift station. [Black Press]
Thursday’s headlines: Sidney’s new logo, mortgage broker’s legal saga, more locals are doing less driving, and more. [Capital Daily]
Colwood museum building construction has begun; it will cost $270M and open in 2026.
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