Captain's Log

7 Adult Halloween Activities in Victoria For 2018 Category: Victoria

Halloween isn't just for kids! If you're a horror movie buff, hobbyist historian, thrill seeker, party lover, or just like a good Oktoberfest drink, Victoria has a lot to offer you during the entire month of October. We've collected some of the best adult activities centered around Halloween in Victoria BC for 2018.

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Relaxing Group Dining in Downtown Victoria Category: Victoria

Anniversary? Family reunion? Graduation? Office celebration? Birthday party? Hosting visitors from out of town? Time to book a restaurant.

Victoria is famous for its wide array of dining spots, boasting one of the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada if not the world. But if you've ever made a group restaurant booking, you know the pains that can come with it: Getting a convenient time on the date you want, making sure there's enough space, dealing with tiny tables shoved together, yelling to be heard over the hubbub... the list can go on.

Luckily, there's a group dining option that skips all the headache and throws in tranquility, privacy, and beautiful scenery. Read on and let us show you.

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Whale Watching in Victoria BC Category: Victoria

Bull killer whale approaching a whale watching boat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Victoria BC in the summer of 2004. Credit Kevin Stanley on Wikimedia.

It's August, which means it's time for festivals, BBQs, swimming, tourism, and other activities that squeeze out the last of summer, including one of our favourites: Whale watching!

Victoria has its own pod of resident killer whales — also known as orcas — which is one of the largest in the world. The sheltered waters of the Juan de Fuca strait also means a variety of other whales come to visit and play, including humpback whales, porpoises, and grey whales. August is one of the best times of the year to see all three.

In this post we invite you to learn a little more about these majestic creatures, and why the Fantasea offers an experience you won't find with any other whale watching company in Victoria.

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The Best Seats For Victoria Symphony Splash Category: Victoria

Attendees for the 2008 Symphony Splash in the Inner Harbour leading up the Legislature.

On August 5, tens of thousands of people will be heading to Victoria's Inner Harbour for the 29th Annual Victoria Symphony Splash. More than 40,000 audience members from all over the world come to watch the Victoria Symphony orchestra on a floating stage right in the middle of Victoria's Inner Harbour. There are featured young soloists, an opening act performance, local food vendors, a family zone, a downtown parade of the orchestra, fireworks and cannons, and much more!

So where's the best place to claim a seat?

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Planning A Bachelorette Or Bachelor Party in Victoria Category: Victoria

A bride-to-be toasts her bachelorette party aboard the Fantasea.

If you have a wedding on the horizon, you know how important it is to get started early if you want to hold your special day in the warmer seasons of spring or summer — especially if you're getting married in Victoria, where a summer wedding can mean competing with tourists for event venues.

At Fantasea Charters, we start taking reservations as early as January and February for spring and summer wedding events on our 41-foot party yacht: everything from family get-togethers and wedding showers to the main event — a small wedding ceremony on the water is just the thing for some couples!

But the type of event we get the most requests for are bachelor and bachelorette parties. Groups love taking advantage of the unique setting of a boat party, with room to dance and a hosted bar. Quite a few organizers also ask for help planning the event. Enough, in fact, that we decided to collect a list of tips here, to help you put together a great celebration for your wedding group in Victoria BC:

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Pacific Salmon Fishing in Victoria Category: Victoria

William Hopkins takes a Chinook salmon out of a tanker truck and tags it. USFWS Photo/Steve Martarano

One of the many benefits to being located on Canada's west coast in beautiful Victoria BC is the mild weather that allows for year-round outdoor activities. Local fish species also appreciate the climate, frequenting the waters around Vancouver Island in all seasons.

Our very own Captain Godfrey has taken advantage of Victoria's never-ending fishing season to hone his skills every day, adding up to more than 40 years of experience. A professional fisherman, Godfrey knows the best fishing spots and times for all popular fish species in the Gulf waters.

And in January, that means salmon!

There's no need to fear the rain and cold that comes along with winter fishing. January can be a fantastic season for salmon, and with few other people out on the water you'll have your pick of the salmon population. With a covered and heated boat, you won't even have to worry about getting wet! So let's get started:

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Supporting Victoria Business This Christmas Category: Victoria

A decorated Christmas tree at the Fairmont Empress Festival of Trees.

As the gift-giving Christmas season comes into full swing, it's time to shop local! Fantasea Charters is a proud supporter of local Victoria businesses, including our scrumptious catering suppliers, Truffles and Cakes Etc.!

There are tons of benefits to shopping local, including the gift of supporting your home community. Shopping at big chain stores usually means up to 80¢ of each dollar you spend leaves town. Shop at a local business, and that money gets recycled back into the Victoria economy. So have a look at some of our favourite local business and local business search engines!

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Halloween For Adults in Victoria Category: Victoria

Halloween Boat Party on the Fantasea!

October is a spook-tacular time in Victoria, with plenty of decorations around the city, events like the Zombie Walk and Wicked Victoria, and a ton of fun in the #VictoriaBOO (and #SidneyBOO!) hashtag.

There's no shortage of activities for kids, but sometimes adults want to get their ghoul on as well. And what better way than a night on the town?

Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but festivities are running all month. Here's a guide to having a terror-riffic October with your adult friends.

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