Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Victoria BC Observations

I was in Victoria for most of the weekend, to shoot stories for a couple of magazines. Always nice to spend a few days there. It's so easy to get around, lots of great little cafes and restaurants, shops, and the scenery is stunning. Here's a little of what I checked out, when I wasn't working....

It was great to see that one of my favourite shops in Vancouver has opened up in Victoria. The Regional Assembly of Text has taken over the lobby of a beautiful heritage office building on Johnson Street. They just fold it up and tuck it all away at the end of the day. Stop by and use the vintage typewriters to create your own buttons, or pick up one of their fantastic notebooks, recipe boxes, or wrapping paper. Most of the products are the creation of shop owners, Rebecca and Brandy. 

The weather was perfect to have lunch on the wharf, at Red Fish Blue Fish, a water front restaurant made out of a cargo container. We had a bbq salmon tacone, salad, and a roasted rhubarb & vanilla creamsicle. Beyond delicious. 

After wrapping up a shoot, that had started at dawn, we lounged around at Saxe Point. Such a pretty spot to relax and hang out until the next shoot.

The Milkman's Daughter is a perfect mix of fashion, vintage, books and upcycled furniture by Janice of Modhaus Designs. It's owned by the women of Smoking Lily, another great shop in Victoria and Vancouver. I loved the stacking boxes with screen printed illustrations. The exterior of the shop is pretty spectacular too! 

Have you been to Victoria? A super short flight from Vancouver or Seattle, or take the ferry (I'm not too keen on flying in tiny planes). The bonus with the ferry is that it's not uncommon to spot a pod of orcas....pretty magical. 

Now to start editing the shoots....so much to sort through. Have a great day!



lisaroyhandbags said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! I always love the little tours you post about neighbourhoods and cool shops - it makes me want to get to BC soon! :)

Rachel Anastasia said...

Victoria is my town! Great pictures. You visited some great places too :)

Amy Walters said...

Victoria looks wonderful! I've never been, but hope to one day make the trek out there. Happy summer to you, Janis!

Helene @ Homebound said...

Hi Janis, long time no hear ;-) Sounds like a great weekend. Your pics always make me want to visit Canada. Thank you so much. I always was reading your posts via email... I just couldn't find the time to come to the website and comment. Finally. Yay! Looking forward to the pics of your shoot. Have a lovely day, take care, Helene

Inspire Me Heather said...

I live in Victoria and it's always nice to see it though someone else's' eyes! Your photos are just beautiful, you've really captured our wonderful city so well!

Vintage Home said...

will be there for a week visiting & enjoying!
Thanks for all the inspiration!

Pinecone Camp said...

Lisa, when do you come back to Canada? Feel free to swing by BC and say hi! ;)

Rachel, you're lucky to live in Victoria. Such a pretty city with so much to do and see (and eat!).

Amy, next time you find yourself in BC, I'll meet you there.

Pinecone Camp said...

Helene, I know what that's like! I often just read blogs via email...too many to comment on sometimes! Hope all's well, and now I'm going to pop over to visit you ;)

Heather, you're a lucky woman too. What's your favourite shop in Victoria? Restaurant?

Colleen, when are you going to Victoria? Where do you stay?

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Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs said...

Oh! Some cute and fun shops to check out next time I'm in Victoria. It's been awhile, I think I'm due!

Tan said...

You've highlighted a couple of my favourite shops! So glad you had a good time over here. We'll have to try and meet up next time for sure.

Smoking Lily said...

Trish here from Smoking Lily and the Milkman's Daughter. I've read your blog a few times over the last year and was really excited when you did a write up on Victoria and included our shop. Love your photography and your blog. A great big thank you!

Jan Halvarson said...

i really need to get over there - love Regional Assembly's new pop up - looks so cute.

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