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Explore | Chasing Englishman River Falls

Who ever said, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls” has obviously NEVER visited a Vancouver Island waterfall in the spring. The surrounding forests are lush with old-growth greenery, the birds are happily chirping, there’s nary a soul in sight and, most importantly, the water levels are so high that the waterfalls are gushing with glacial water.

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All that Glitters is ‘Little Gold’

Okokok. If you don’t know by now Lower Johnson (or #LoJo – I’m trying to make this work) is such a rad place to exploreΒ – trendy coffee shops, charming restaurants, fashionableΒ clothing stores, and the like, #LoJo is an eclectic mix of some of Victoria’s coolest locales. There’s been a few stops on our list to explore – like Rook & Rose, Hey Happy, and The Regional Assembly of Text, but one that’s news to me is Little Gold.

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Update/We’re Back… kind of.

IT’S BEEN AGES. WE KNOW. First off – hello, hi, how are ya? We hope 2016 has been going swell for you. Things have been pretty good over here at Local Loves VI. Well. It’s been quiet on the blog (I won’t even tell you when our last post was because it’s shameful). However, our lives outside of the blog have been doing pretty well. Both Sarah and I have been trying to adjust to Victoria life which hasn’t been all that hard to be honest. What has been hard is trying to pin down our schedules so that we can devote some quality time to our blog.Β If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know we have been up to some fun things – albeit not very often. Again, it’s a scheduling thing.

Nanaimo sunsets though

Nanaimo sunsets though

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Explore | Victoria Buzz’s Christmas Lights Tour Map!

CAN YOU BELIEVE it’s only 3 days until Christmas?!?! Like, no. This can’t be. It’s too early.

If you’re like Sarah and I, we’ve been busy at work and have had little time to really throw ourselves into the Christmas season. Having said that, you know what I absolutely couldn’t give up? Seeing all of the Christmas lights around my city. Since I live in an apartment, I can’t really decorate with as much pizazz as I would like – which is why I enjoy driving around andΒ living vicariously through other homeowners’ outdoor Christmas light displays!

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I enlisted the help of my friend Jenna (thanks for the ride, friend!) to help me track down some festively-lit homes. Victoria Buzz recently just put our their 2nd annual Christmas Lights Tour Map, so we followed along to their map which includes homes in greater Victoria, Saanich, the Saanich Peninsula, and even West Shore! Continue reading

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Food | Christmas at Il Covo Trattoria

Hello LLVI readers! Is that weird – LLVI?! Sarah and I still aren’t used to the name change (even though we’re OBSESSED with the switch to LLVI) so calling you LLVI’ers instead of LLN’ers is weird!

Speaking of changes, Sarah and I wanted to try some place new in Victoria (since, as you know, we’re newbies here). Which is why, when talks of Christmas dinner with our friend Jenna came about, we knew we wanted to try Il Covo Trattoria:

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