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Phillips Brewery: Craft Beer Review

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People love beer. According to Wikipedia it is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage (Third overall after water and tea!). If you haven't had the chance as of yet, I highly suggest checking out some locally produced beer! 

 We'll start with Phillips Brewery which is "proudly brewed in a little brewery at the bottom of a mid-sized island on the left side of a very big country". 2010 Government Street in Victoria is where you can find their brewery. Brewery tours are Wednesday and Thursdays at 4pm (max 10 people) call and reserve a spot! (250-380-1912). It'll cost you $5.60 and will include samples! 

 Matt Phillips racked up credit cards to start his beer brewing company and boy I'm sure glad he did! Phillips started in 2001 and has been gaining momentum ever since. I first tried the Blue Buck Lager a few years ago and I've been trying every Phillips beer I come across ever since! 

 Today we are going to talk about the two most recent beers w…

The Wild Pacific Trail

CrossFit Nanaimo

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I decided on a whim to give CrossFit Nanaimo a visit to see what all the hoopla was about. I was a tad nervous that I was going to get my ass handed to me (and it did happen). Located at 2330 McCullough Rd, it is a facility that looks like it could accommodate 12 people comfortably. Beginner//Intro classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm, these are imperative so you can develop the fundamental skills required to partake in the "WOD" (WorkoutOftheDay). These skills include:


GymnasticsOlympic LiftingPower LiftingSprintingRowingKettlebellsPlyometrics When we arrived, a previous class was just finishing up and we were pleasantly greeted and quickly began filling out waivers. Your first CrossFit class is free! Our intro class had 6 people which seemed like a perfect number, it didn't feel crowded at all. Our coach for the class was Katie and she was great! She was very motivational and led us through a variety of basic skills that we will be required to master before we…

Top 5 Oldest Buildings

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I've always been fascinated by history, especially Vancouver Island history - so I decided to compile this list of the oldest buildings on Vancouver Island. Most of them are in Victoria, which isn't surprising considering the rich and abundant history there. 


 5. The Bastion, Nanaimo (1853) - This was built by the huge Hudson's Bay Company to defend it's coal mining operation. It is easily Nanaimo's most recognizable landmark. Located at 98 Front Street.









4. Craigflower Manor, Victoria (1853) - Also has ties with the Hudson's Bay Company, this was one of Vancouver Island's first farming communities after being purchased from the Kosapsom people who lived in the area for millenia. 1801 Admirals Road









3. Helmcken House, Victoria (1852) - Yet another building with close ties to the HBC. Helmcken House was built by Dr. John Sebastian, a surgeon. He was the first doctor in Victoria. 675 Belleville St. 








2. Tod House, Oak Bay (1851) - Originally the home of John Tod one…

Buy a Ford and help prevent animal cruelty

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Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln LTD has partnered up with the BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch to make a difference in our community.

 For every vehicle sold in the month of January they will make a donation of $250 towards the local SPCA. 

 Their goal is raising $10,000 but would love to raise more!