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Where To Eat In Nanaimo

March 31st, 2017 Posted by blog, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Looking for a bite to eat in Nanaimo, Parksville or Qualicum but don’t know what you feel like? We’ve all been there, but it just so happens that the restaurants, pubs and cafes that have recently partnered with GetintheLoop are also the top rated spots to eat! Whether you’re after a delicious home made meal, saving a quick buck or looking to try out something new, we didn’t want to you missing out! Here are the top 7 places to dine, in no specific order.

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Miller’s Pub


facebook: @millerspub | ph: (778) 441-3454
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: 25% Off Lunch, $4 Beer & More
102-1840 Stewart Ave, Nanaimo, BC

Located on the harbour side and within walking distance to the BC Ferry Terminal, Miller’s pub has refreshing beer, tasty food and an amazing view. With breathtaking outdoor seating for those nice sunny days, feel the fresh air on your face as you enjoy the activity going on in the harbour.

With great wings, good prices, nice portions and friendly staff, stop by Millers if you are looking for a laid back bite or pint – they have something for everyone.


Power House Living Foods Co.


http://www.powerhouseliving.ca/
|  facebook: @powerhousefoods | ph: 
(250) 591-7873
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: 2 For 1 Fresh Juice, Free Apple Granola with 24oz Beverage & More
6560 Metral Dr and 200 Commercial St, Nanaimo, BC

Power House is your destination for FRESH, healthy & delicious RAW vegan food, prepared daily from local & organic ingredients, whenever possible.  The Raw Food Creations are Gluten Free & Dairy Free, with no refined sugars or flours, no additives or preservatives.

Choose from a selection of pizza’s, wraps, salads, pasta dishes, veggie burgers, juices, smoothies and variety of snacks to fuel you up and keep you  healthy and energized.


Boston Pizza


https://bostonpizza.com/en
| facebook: @BPNanaimo | ph: 
(250) 751-0090
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Medium & Large Pizzas
5779 Turner Rd, Nanaimo, BC

Feeling like something more familiar, that wins your heart over every time? How about Boston Pizza! A staple in many Canadian communities, this Canadian owned and locally operated franchise gives back to make it’s communities a better place. With some of the best pizza, pasta, sandwiches and ribs you can find around, we encourage you to visit this location to enjoy the friendly service, bright atmosphere and amazing offers soon to be on GetintheLoop.


New York Style Pizza & Pasta Downtown


http://newyorkstylepizzapasta.com | facebook: @newyorkstylepizzadt | ph: (250) 754-0111
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: 25% Off Pizza, Wings and a half salad, Free side salad with 2 Take N’ Bake Pizzas & More
299 Wallace St, Nanaimo, BC

One of Nanaimo’s oldest and most popular places to dine, New York Style Pizza & Pasta, has won restaurateur of the year awards five times and many other excellence awards including Best Pizza in Nanaimo. Known for gourmet pizzas and pastas, mouth-watering ribs and most of all, an amazing Manhattan Salad, visiting this restaurant will leave lasting memories and keep you coming back for more.


Pacific Brimm Cafe & Catering


http://pacificbrimm.ca/ | facebook: @pacificbrimm | ph: (250) 248-3336
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: Free Coffee with Daily Special & More
123 Craig St, Parksville, BC

Conveniently located just a block off of the Parksville Public Beach, Pacific Brimm Cafe & Catering, is the place to be to enjoy a full breakfast menu that includes local favourites from bacon & eggs, house made omelettes, delicious fluffy pancakes and eggs Benedict’s. Unable to make it for breakfast? Their lunch menu includes homemade soups, deli sandwiches and daily specials.

Grab a coffee or bite to eat and if the sun is shining grab a spot outside in the courtyard. If coffee won’t cut it, there is a nice selection of craft beer and local BC wines as well.


Courtyard Cafe & Patio


 facebook: @courtyardcafepatio | ph: (250) 752-4152
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: Free Organic Coffee & Muffin, 50% Off Crepes & More
673 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach, BC

Serving specialty coffees, some of the best crepes in town, delightful lunch items and soups – the Courtyard café is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or relaxing over a coffee. There are daily soup and entrée features available and a variety of gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and diet friendly choices.

The décor inside is unique, welcoming and homey with paintings from local artists hung throughout. They also offer outdoor seating surrounded by relaxing trees and gardens if you’re looking to enjoy the sunshine.


The Landlubber Pub


http://www.landlubberpub.ca | facebook: @landlubpub | ph: (250) 758-9400
For GetintheLoop Offers, CLICK HERE: Coming soon! Stay tuned, they will be found here
2220 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC

Large & flavourful portions, fun & relaxed atmosphere, homemade soups and sandwiches, daily specials, brunch on weekends and a variety of games throughout the week  is only a few reasons why the locals keep going back regularly. Stop by for Bluesy Tuesday’s open jams, Music Triva on Friday’s or the surprisingly fun Music Poker on Saturday night.

A highlight of a vacation, and a local favourite, stop by this neighbourhood pub for a truly authentic Nanaimo experience.

GetintheLoop Is The Easiest Way to Get Exclusive Deals In Nanaimo

March 27th, 2017 Posted by blog, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Have you heard? GetintheLoop is coming to Nanaimo! We’re so excited to launch on April 10th, but realize you might not know what GetintheLoop actually is. Since we don’t want you to jump on the bandwagon late and miss out on incredible deals, we thought we’d fill you in.

What is GetintheLoop?

GetintheLoop is a free app that helps you find exclusive deals at nearby businesses. If online dating is about connecting two people for relationships, then GetintheLoop is about connecting people with great local businesses.

Think of it as a VIP card that gets you the best deals all over Nanaimo, created by businesses that truly care and appreciate all the time you spend at their facility and are looking to give back to the community. By organizing offers into categories (what we call Loops), you’ll find something for everyone, from Food+Drink to Salon+Spa and more!


How Do you Use The App?

Follow these steps to guaranteed savings
1. Find GetintheLoop (all one word) in your device’s app store (iOS & Android) and download it!
2. Once you’ve signed up and signed in, you can then browse a live feed of constantly changing offers.
3. The next time you’re out and about, find an offer on your phone you’d like to use, head to the business and show the cashier your phone screen to receive the discount!
BONUS: There is absolutely no pre-purchasing or printing! Just awesome deals and great savings. It’s a win win.


Where can you Save?

As of April 10th you’ll be able to save money at amazing local businesses like Great Canadian Oil Change, Spinners, Canadian Tire, Pacific Brimm, Millers Pub, Boston Pizza, Landlubber Pub, Sparkling Hill, New York Style Pizza & Pasta, Casino Nanaimo, GMC, The Coast Bastion Hotel & Minnoz Restaurant, Courtyard Cafe, Grand Hotel, Power House Living Foods, Harris Oceanside Chevrolet and many more!

Follow us on Facebook, instagram, and twitter to see who’s joining the GetintheLoop Nanaimo community!

Tell your friends! The countdown is on!

 

Sweet gifts for the Valentine in your life

January 27th, 2017 Posted by blog, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to tell people you love them. Think of the free GetintheLoop app for a Valentine’s Day and find the perfect Gift for Him or Her at Hillside Centre. Deliver that perfect I love you message! (If you are not a member download our free app onto your phone to check out the deals.)
 

 

Paris Jewellers


Contact: WebsiteFacebook, Telephone (778) 433-8895
GetintheLoop Offers: Free Locket Engraving, savings over $30, Free Jewelry Appraisal Worth $60 & More

At the truly Canadian and family owned business, Paris Jewellers, expect to be met with people who love what they do and products that will bring happiness to your life.  Their goal is to ensure you feel happy about every purchase you make.

This Valentine’s day visit Paris Jewellers at Hilside Centre to find the perfect gift for your loved one.  Whether it be a beautiful necklace, classic watch, earrings, bracelet or a special ring the team will help you find what you’re looking for while making the process memorable and enjoyable.


Flight Centre


Contact: WebsiteFacebook, Telephone 1 (855) 238-9241
GetintheLoop Offers: Get Sun – Save $100 Per Person

The mission for Flight Centre is to “TO OPEN UP THE WORLD FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE.” They do this for you by opening up your world through the exciting medium of well organised and targeted travel experiences.

From Safari tours in Africa, to Cruises in the Mediterranean, beach getaways to walking the Great Wall of China, they provide endless opportunities to make your dreams come true. Pick out your European destination or explore the islands of New Zealand – Whatever it is, Flight Centre will help you plan, coordinate and make it a great trip.


Ann-Louis Jewellers


Contact: WebsiteFacebook, Telephone (250) 383-9188
GetintheLoop Offers: 50% Off Gold Ticket Clearance, $20 Off Pandora Gift Set & More

Reasons to stop by Ann-Louise Jewellers? They are not just a jewelry store but also your own personal jeweller. By providing friendly, amazing customer service they pride themselves on getting to know you.

Ann-Louis Jewellers takes the time to educate you about their products so that you’ll feel confident in that special purchase. You’ll find that they carry the highest quality diamonds and gemstones across all their 15 stores in BC! With a great selection and price they have the perfect Valentine’s day gifts for you!

Remarkable BC Experiences

November 28th, 2016 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Looking for a family summer vacation, a group outing, or the perfect gift this holiday season? Check out these remarkable British Columbia experiences. Legendary adventure vacations and world-class fishing awaits you!

TWIN ANCHORS


Address: 101 Martin Street, Sicamous, BC | Contact: Website, EmailFacebook, (250) 836-2450 & 1(800) 663-4026| Offers: Book Now and Save $1,000, $500 Off 3 or 4 Night Vacations & More

Experience one of British Columbia’s legendary adventure vacations on Shuswap Lake. Your floating luxurious cottage will let you fish, swim and sightsee while changing your location on Shuswap Lake daily.

Imagine yourself cooking in a full kitchen, complete with stove, fridge, and oven; then shooting down the slide into the refreshing water after dinner; followed up by a dip into the hot tub and then warm shower. After enjoying the boat life you can still enjoy the campfire on land as night falls.

If you and your group want to take a day off of cooking we suggest you stop in to the Shark Shack for a unique dining experience in the middle of the lake.

House boating is a memorable experience for small family get-aways, groups up to 24, weddings and corporate events and Twin Anchors has been hosting guests since 1977 so get your crew together and start planning your houseboat adventure today.


NOOTKA ISLAND LODGE


Address: PO Box 230, Gold RiverContact: WebsiteFacebook, OCT-APR (604) 960-0461 & MAY-SEPT (604) 909-4155 | Offers: Get One Free Day Of Fishing, Buy two Trips & Get One Free, Buy 1 Fully Guided Fishing Package, Receive 2nd For 50% Off

Nootka Island Lodge offers world-class fishing for Chinook (King) Salmon, Coho (Silver) Salmon, Halibut, Ling Cod and Rockfish in the rich fishing grounds of scenic, historic Nootka Sound, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

Nootka Island Lodge sits amid the quiet virgin timber of cedars, spruce and firs and the calming waters of Nootka Sound in British Columbia, Canada. The peaceful lodge offers comfortable rooms both single and double occupancy. The lodge accommodates up to 20 guests comfortably so is an excellent choice for groups, family outings and retreats.

Dining is served ‘Family-Style’ with individualized service from the attentive staff. They serve delicious meals set up looking over the sounds. On the occasional cool evening you can enjoy the natural stone fireplace located in the lounge or set up on the deck overlooking the water – Both are a great place to relax and share the triumphs of the day after a rewarding day of fishing!

The serenity and seclusion of un-crowded location provides a paradise for fishing and other outdoor adventures.

Nootka Island Lodge is the first lodge on the island so it is a short commute from their docks to the rich fishing grounds – just 1 to 5 miles. Along with the chance of landing a 20LB Chinook , you might see a few whales, bear, deer, eagles and other animals while visiting too.
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Back To School Shopping At Hillside Shopping Centre

September 2nd, 2016 Posted by blog, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Back. To. School. If you’re anything like me, these words both make you nervous and excite you. Nervous in the unknown, in the uncertainty that comes with a brand school year. Who will you meet? How will classes go? Where will you shop? These are big questions that need answering.

On the other hand, back to school truly is exciting. You will meet new people, do new things, and explore new areas of town. This is the time of our lives to live life to the fullest. If I could offer any advice as a recent university graduate, it would be to take chances. It may be a new school club that peaks your interest, an opportunity to work on an exciting project, or a new road trip destination. I’ve learned that taking chances always leads to new experiences. It is these experiences that shape who we are as a person, and lead us down exciting new paths.

With all this being said, most students have the same limitation: a student budget. The infamous student budget. How do you overcome this significant obstacle, in order to take advantage of everything university has to offer? Read on, young one, read on!

In Victoria, there are many options and areas to shop for the essentials. Out of all the shopping centres and storefronts, there is one that stands out for YOU, the cash-strapped university student: Hillside Centre. Located just a short five minute drive from both the University of Victoria and Camosun College, Hillside Centre is your one-stop-shop for everything a student needs. And it gets better: Hillside Centre is a proud partner of GetintheLoop! This means you can easily save cash on everything from bedding to screen protectors. Get down to Hillside Centre today to start saving.

At this point, you may be saying, “Now, surely it can’t get any better. An amazing shopping centre with stand-out offers, only 5 minutes away?”

Once again, it gets better. Check out the following five vendors with amazing offers for students to get you started!


BOOTLEGGER


Website | Facebook
Start off at this well-known clothing store for all your back-to-school jean needs. Bootlegger was founded in 1971 in Vancouver as the “General Paint Company” and hasn’t looked back since. As one of the most trusted and recognized brands in Canada, they represent affordable, practical fashion. Stop in at Bootlegger today for that perfect pair of stylish jeans to wow your new classmates!

Check out Bootlegger’s current offers in Hillside Centre by using the GetintheLoop app, find them HERE.


HIRO JAPAN SUSHI XPRESS


Website
Everyone loves sushi. It’s quick, different, and delicious. Hiro Japan Xpress is an environmentally friendly, boutique restaurant that originated in Vancouver. Their objective is to provide fresh, healthy, and ethnic food to the community at every location. Serving a wide range of customers including students, Hiro Japan Xpress is a must-stop when checking out all the great offers in Hillside Centre.

Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful California Roll with miso soup? Well, right now on GetintheLoop you can get it for only $5! Check out all of Hiro Japan’s current offers HERE.


ORANGE JULIUS


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Follow up your sushi with a delicious smoothie from Orange Julius. This company truly is an example of passionate entrepreneurship. It all goes back to 1926, when a man named Julius started an orange juice stand. His friend didn’t like orange juice because it was too acidic, and blended the juice with a few choice ingredients. People loved it and were soon shouting, “Give me an orange, Julius!” And so, Orange Julius was born.

Right now at Orange Julius in Hillside Centre, buy one drink or smoothie and get a second for free! You can’t beat that. Check out Orange Julius’s offers HERE!


WRAPPRZ


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As a student, you’re on your phone a lot. Whether it is checking e-mail or figuring out the evening’s activities, your phone connects your life. When you use something so often, it’s bound to be dropped at some point. Don’t take a chance when that drop happens; get a phone case and screen protector at Wrapprz.

GetintheLoop is featuring $15 off any tempered glass screen protector. Check out the rest of their great offers HERE.


ONLY DEALS DOLLAR STORE


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In my opinion, dollar stores are very underrated – especially for students on a budget. After picking up your new phone case, make one last stop at Only Deals Dollar Store. You’ll find a wide array of kitchen, yard, BBQ, and seasonal supplies, to go with everyday essentials such as cards and refreshments. Make your first stop Only Deals when looking to save money furnishing your new apartment.

Check out Only Deal’s exclusive offers on GetintheLoop here, including Buy One Get One 50% off!


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Top 10 Things To Do In Victoria

August 16th, 2016 Posted by blog, Things To Do, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Victoria; where rustic meets modern and an energized city life can be easily traded for outdoor lifestyle in a matter of minutes. In a city that has so much to offer from local eateries and heritage architecture, to a collection of unique and trendy shops, authentic coffee bars, outdoor adventure and blossoming gardens it can be hard to narrow down what to do – that’s what were here for! With more cycling routes than any other Canadian city experience this top island destination with our Top 10 Things to do whether you live in Victoria or you’re just visiting!

Did you know: Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located is rated the top island in the US and Canada and one of the top ten islands in the world by the 2015 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards? Victoria was even rated as the #1 destination to visit in Canada by the 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards – if that’s not already enough reason to visit!

 

Horror Escape

The best escape room experience in BC? Horror Escape. An experience like no other. Interactive, fun and challenging, you have 45 minutes to work together in a detailed set, finding hidden clues and solving puzzles to progress through the sets leading to your escape.

This is, hands-down, the best escape room experience in Victoria. I’m not a horror fan generally, but there are no jump-scares and although the themes are mature (we have done two rooms so far – Crimson Manor and The Cellar) the puzzles were fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend this for families with teens or pre-teens, couples and friends looking for a fun adventure. We’ll be back to tackle the Doll Master soon!” – Happy Customer
Open from 3:00PM – 11:00PM, solve a horror or mystery based narrative in an immersive setting, with dim lighting and dark soundtracks. Your experience is based around working together and solving puzzles to escape. You haven’t experienced Victoria, until you’ve experienced the #1 escape room, Horror Escape.“I had my first escape room experience tonight and it was just that – an experience! From the first moment we walked into the foyer, the guy who worked there tonight really set the mood and all the hints he gave us were all story driven and he made it all seem real! The lighting, the sound, the puzzles, the clues, the room was all perfect! I had such a great time and I can’t wait to go back!

Whale Watching

Whether you’re an out of town visitor or a born and raised Victorian, there is one thing that you must do and that is to get out on the water and take a whale watching tour. There is truly no better way to get out and explore the true beauty of Victoria than out on a boat all while getting to see some whales! We recommend visiting out friends at Orca Spirit when you’re ready to make the plunge and have a life changing experience!

There is nothing like seeing an orca surface, hearing it take a breath with Mt. Baker and the beautiful city of Victoria in the background. See here a member of a Transient orca family that came from the West. – Mother Langara and two son’s Siwash & Bubba.

As Victoria BC’s #1 Whale Watching Company they offer both stable, covered vessels with luxurious indoor seating and liquor license and state of the art open zodiac vessels! Tours are three hours long and best viewings are from April to October! Wondering What Heaven on Earth Looks Like? Well Orca Spirit Adventures is in the Business of Making Memories – Experience the wild!


The Harbour

When you see a postcard of Victoria, odds are it will be a picture of the Harbour – and for a good reason. It’s one of the most striking harbours in the world; the stunning view of the Inner Harbour sets a perfect picture for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to get out for a nice evening stroll, or looking to celebrate an anniversary, the Inner harbor won’t let you down.

With a long heritage history this cultural destination holds recreational vessels and small cruise ships (Be sure to take a 45-minute harbour tour by boat to get the full experience). During the summer months, the harbour is the focus of festivals, shows and music. The harbour also serves whale watching and ecotourism businesses, float planes, an International Ferry terminal.

Wandering along the harbour you’ll be able to hang out at the Fisherman’s Wharf that is populated largely by float homes, feed the seals, take a ride on horse and buggy, grab a bite at one of the many favourite local spots along the way and view the beautiful architectural buildings – Victoria was voted one of the Top 10 cities in North America by readers of Travel + Lesirure magazine in 2015 find out why!


Craft Beer Tours

Being known as B.C.’s Craft Beer capital, Victoria is sure not to disappoint any sort of Craft beer connoisseur. One of the best ways to make sure you get the full experience than with a tour from Canadian Craft Tours! Visit 3-5 of the best breweries in town with round trip transportation, premium tap house seating, a guided brewery tour and beer samples (lots of samples) provided!

Canadian Craft Tours is a company of craft beer, spirits and wine fanatics; they love introducing the world to their world! They have experiences that are right for everyone, from the most seasoned connoisseur to the casual consumer. Whether you’re looking for a customized tour or a private group tour,Bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations or staff get togethers – Give Canadian Craft Tours a call and they’ll take care of the rest!

Offering competitive rates for groups and unique, memorable experiences for all join plan your next adventure and join your local Beer Geek!
Also if you like to have bragging rights over your friends, go visit Spinnakers Brewpub so you can tell your friends you’ve been to the oldest Brewpub in Canada!

Spinnakers has literally everything you could possible need and want! From real Victorian charm with their Heritage Guesthouse that was originally constructed in 1884, 100 years before the opening of Spinnakers Brewpub to bringing beer local. In just 18 months, the Spinnakers team managed to put together what became Canada’s first in-house brewpub of the modern era and although known for pioneering the craft beer industry and paving the way for modern day brewpubs in Canada, Spinnakers has always believed that the measure of a good pub is in its ability to serve a good meal along with a good pint!

“We use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients to create an unforgettably satisfying spin on pub classics.”

For more on Spinnakers Brewpub check out their Facebook Page HERE!


Bike Rentals

What better way to see beautiful vibrant Victoria than on a bike. Whether you rent one to cruise around with friends for an afternoon, or a fully guided tour of all the different sites and attractions, going by pedal is one of the best ways to see the city. With Victoria being the craft beer capital of Canada we highly recommend the “Hoppy Hour” tour by The Pedaler Bike Tours. This tour is three hours longs and stops at three different locations with different beer samples and treats provided! this company strives to ensure visitors experience what locals live every day – their bike paths, their neighbourhoods, and their food friends.

The Pedaler Cycling Tours is Victoria’s premier provider of guided bicycling tours and bike rentals and their thoughtfully designed bicycle tours celebrate the food and drink of Victoria highlighting landmarks and hidden gems along the way. With a variety of tours like a rolling feast that is suitable for the whole family with their Eat.Drink.Pedal tour they have something for everyone! Think you want a tour specially designed for your interests? Only have a couple hours available? They love taking people out for a bicycle tour to suit their schedule and interests.

For more information check the Pedaler our HERE!


Shopping

Built in 1962, Victoria’s premier shopping destination Hillside Shopping Centre is home to 100+ shops and services including including Marshalls, Sears Canada, a brand NEW SportChek/Atmosphere and Shoppers Drug Mart, Bolen Books, Thrifty Foods and Canadian Tire (coming soon) – plus a bright, spacious food court – that includes Tim Horton’s, Starbucks and DAVIDs Tea! You can find everything your looking for in only one stop!

Located on the corner of Shelbourne Street and Hillside Avenue they have convenient public bus service along the three main arteries bordering the centre. Their friendly Customer Service staff are available to assist you with gift cards, stroller loans, and information about our shopping centre.

“Updates that have been made to Hillside feel like a much nicer mall it’s now Bright and airy and feels very classy! The Food court is great with lots of seating and great selection, and really nice bathrooms throughout. Great shopping, especially for shoes and women’s clothes, as well as one of the best book stores on the island. For those who appreciate eco conscious places, the food court does not have any garbage cans – the mall staff takes every tray and personally sorts the contents into organics, recycling and waste, so it is done properly. I appreciate this! Hillside has always been a good mall, now it is great.” – Happy Shopper

Great news – GetintheLoop and Hillside Centre are partners and you can find all of the amazing offers by a variety of vendors on the Hillside Loop HERE!


Kayak Rentals

“Kayak….. because Zombies can’t swim” – Regardless if this is your first kayaking adventure or if you are perpetually wet behind the ears, their kayak tours and rentals are perfect for anyone and everyone wanting the perfect way to see Victoria and the local marine wildlife from a unique vantage point. Located in the heart of historic Victoria Harbour, Victoria Kayak is just steps away from the Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum and the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria. There’s no better way to kick off a stay in Victoria than with a kayak adventure! If you’re a real morning person, be sure to check out the sunrise kayak tour that departs at 7:00AM!

What to wear? They suggest athletic clothing appropriate for the weather. Ideal kayak clothing is fast drying and moisture wicking. A long sleeve shirt is always a good choice for sun protection and they also suggest you wear sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and a hat! They are also very happy to host group tours and rentals – In the past they have hosted Girl Guides, Stags/Stagettes, Birthday Parties and Team Building evens to name just a few!

Kids are welcomed – they even have a special kayak that carries two people plus a small child (under 4 years old) making it a triple kayak! They have life jackets (PFDs) for children and babies and find the duration and sights along the tour route engaging enough to keep them occupied. Pre-teen children can easily paddle a double kayak with an adult while children 14 years and older will be able to manage a single kayak!

For more information on bookings and Rentals at Victoria Kayak Tours & Rentals head HERE!


Golfing

Whether you’re practicing for the tour or looking to try something new, Golfing is a great way to get out and have a great time with friends and in Victoria there is no shortage of courses to play! Regardless of being a visitor or Local we highly recommend Highland Pacific Golf – Victoria’s fun place for golf! They are an 18 hole championship golf course and award-winning practice/learning facility and was created for golfers who want to enjoy a scenic, challenging championship golf course that is playable all year round!

Highland Pacific overlooks the majestic Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Thetis Lake Park. Don’t let the views distract you…this course has some surprises in store! Total course length is 6,603 yards with six different sets of tee markers for all skill levels plus they host men’s or  ladies’ night – You’ll be sure to meet new people so grab a bucket of balls and beer! Want to know more? Head HERE for all the details on Highland Pacific Golf!

Because there is no shortage of courses we also love Bear Mountain  – Choose between the rugged, challenging Mountain Course or the more serene Valley Course. Bear Mountain is the perfect location for your next getaway – find out why Golf Canada’s recently name Bear Mountain home to their only national development centre. Learn more about their beautiful course HERE!


Fishing Charters

Find yourself saying “If I could do only one thing it would be go fishing?” Given it’s geographic location, Victoria and Vancouver Island in general has become world renowned for its Salmon Fishing. With tourists coming from all ends of the earth to experience Vancouver Island fishing, experiencing the beauty of the West Coast and bringing your desire to catch the big one is a must!

A scenic 45 minute drive from Victoria brings you to the Sooke area where we highly recommend finding Gotcha Salmon Charters! In the spring and summer months, large Chinook salmon (15-50 lbs) are caught in the area. Joining them, the Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum salmon follow. October is an excellent time fish for large Coho salmon 10-18 Lbs. In the winter months fishing can be excellent as well with smaller feeder Chinook salmon 4-12 Lbs caught just minutes from the dock.

The water in the Sooke area is generally calm, under a 2 Ft chop unless it is windy. There is no ground swell like in the open ocean! Wildlife is abundant in the area and during your fishing trip you may see bald eagles, sea gulls, sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, and possibly even Killer Whales!

The owner and operator John Chau takes pride in creating a one in a lifetime experience and will be your fishing guide for the trip! Born and raised in Victoria he has been fishing the Sooke area for 30 years so his knowledge of the area and experience will ensure that you have a memorable journey! Don’t miss out if you are interested to get out on the waters, give our friends at Gotcha Salmon Charters a visit!


Go Carts and Mini Golf

Looking for some fast paced and action filled entertainment? We have the perfect recommendation for you! Located a short 10 minute drive outside of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, the All Fun Recreation Park and Western Speedway are the perfect places for fun with friends and the whole family! Find 8 awesome batting cages, a mini golf course that reflects all the cool destinations in the world world and a go kart track with twists and turns that will be a thrill for and highlight for everyone! As a recent business featured find out about all the activities they offer HERE – then head out for some fun!

The 1,400 ft. go cart course has an over and under bridge and enough curves to challenge any driver’s skill. For the novice or younger drivers there is a smaller oval track and double Go Karts for Mom or Dad to share the ride with! As for the unique mini golf course it has fun structures that represent points of interest from across the world! Test your knowledge of worldly locations while also honing in your short game skills while putting for glory through the Panama Canal or under the Matterhorn and you better believe we expect you to go for hole-in-one under the famous Eiffel Tower from Paris!


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Mobile Marketing Hits Major Shopping Centres

November 10th, 2015 Posted by blog, Company, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Major retailers and commercial providers, such as Hillside Centre BentallKennedy, are leveraging mobile marketing and its many benefits this holiday season.

It’s no secret that consumers are constantly engaged with their smartphones. Look around at any restaurant, down any street, or in a store – everyone is immersed in personalized content on their phone. Consumers are continually trending towards using their mobile devices as part of their every day decision-making.

One major shopping centre in Victoria, BC, Hillside Centre, has decided to jump right in and take advantage of this mobile engagement. “The statistics of mobile use are astounding! We knew it was time to innovate our marketing efforts and our retailers are loving it!” Michele Paget, Marketing Director Hillside Centre

IMG_2495The statistics Michele is talking about are the growing numbers around mobile use and the effectiveness for marketers to now reach individual consumers where they are at, and at the point of decision-making. The average consumer checks their phones 155 times a day and 77% of local purchases are searched on a smartphone first. It’s no surprise that national giants like Sears, Kernels, Subway, Edo Japan, Paris Jewellers, as well as unique locally owned businesses are excited about the growth of mobile and have moved to offering exclusive savings to Vancouver Island shoppers through GetintheLoop.

Our Partnership between Hillside Centre and GetintheLoop provides all retailers with the opportunity to reach consumer phones and promote offers instantly to tens of thousands of interested individuals on Vancouver Island and across B.C. Offers promoted from vendors are sorted by industry on the app and website under their respective categories such as ‘Shopping’, ‘Food & Drink’ or in the ‘Hillside Centre Loop’. The promotions are sent to Loop Members who have selected to receive app or email notifications from these specific categories and are available to redeem from the getintheloop.ca mobile website or app without pre-purchasing or printing coupons.

Partnered with Bell Media’s CFAX and KOOL FM, GetintheLoop is bringing the Hillside Centre Loop to Vancouver Island and have already seen great success with the adoption from well respected local businesses.

“We’re always looking for ways to consistently grow foot traffic for our retailers and of course increase incremental spending from shoppers. GetintheLoop allows us to attract new customers to the mall as well as help us better understand who shops at Hillside so we can continue to serve them better in the future” – Michele Pagettable-top

Over the past 18 months GetintheLoop has expanded into 9 cities and now represent hundreds of the top brands in Canada and will be expanding into 18 new markets in 2016. The Hillside Centre BentallKennedy partnership with GetintheLoop is exciting because they have millions of consumers visit annually and GetintheLoop is a channel for them to communicate with their local community more often; GetintheLoop changes the way retailers and Hillside are able to interact with their local shoppers and we are excited to be a part of that.

Consumer preference will continue to trend towards mobile devices, we see an exponential growth curve coming up in mobile marketing. At GetintheLoop we aim to be the best way for cool companies to get in touch with consumers and offer them incentives to ACT NOW at the same time.

You can expect to see more branded Mall Loops added very soon!

Matt Crowell, GetintheLoop CEO
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