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View Royal residents and local history fans can find the late Maureen Duffus’ book, Craigflower Country, An illustrated history of View Royal 1850-1950, at the town hall. (maureenduffus.com)

Town hopes to rekindle interest in View Royal history

Craigflower Country talks about the area’s past to 1950

View Royal residents and local history fans can find the late Maureen Duffus’ book, Craigflower Country, An illustrated history of View Royal 1850-1950, at the town hall. (maureenduffus.com)
Victoria’s Christmas Bird Count has finished with a total of 142 individual bird species spotted within a single day. (Mark Byrne photo)

Rare bird usually found between Oregon and South America seen in Central Saanich

Greater Victoria birders spot more than 140 bird species within a single day

Victoria’s Christmas Bird Count has finished with a total of 142 individual bird species spotted within a single day. (Mark Byrne photo)
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave Merry Christmas. The duo was attending a drive-thru drop off of non-perishable food, new toys and cash donations for local food banks, Salvation Army and toy banks behind Archie Browning organized by the The Greater Victoria Festival Society and the the Island Equipment Owners Association. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Santa and Mrs. Claus wish Greater Victoria a Merry Christmas

Pair was in town to celebrate, help gather food for those in need

  • Dec 25, 2020
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave Merry Christmas. The duo was attending a drive-thru drop off of non-perishable food, new toys and cash donations for local food banks, Salvation Army and toy banks behind Archie Browning organized by the The Greater Victoria Festival Society and the the Island Equipment Owners Association. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
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Santa Claus made an appearance at the recent Christmas hamper night in Esquimalt. (Photo by Terry Hopkins)

Visit from Santa adds excitement to hamper night in Esquimalt

Celebration of Lights volunteers and others assemble, hand out Christmas groceries

Santa Claus made an appearance at the recent Christmas hamper night in Esquimalt. (Photo by Terry Hopkins)
Frank Burrell as Father Christmas in Oak Bay, circa 1900, courtesy of the Oak Bay Archives' Burrell fond. 
(Oak Bay Archives/2010-010-061)

From the Archives: Father Christmas in Oak Bay

Frank Burrel in a Father Christmas costume circa 1900

Frank Burrell as Father Christmas in Oak Bay, circa 1900, courtesy of the Oak Bay Archives' Burrell fond. 
(Oak Bay Archives/2010-010-061)
Some of the gifts and food that staff and officers donated to help a family in need and children in the community. (Photo contributed by West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP shares Christmas with those in need

Donations piled so high, some went to a second cause

Some of the gifts and food that staff and officers donated to help a family in need and children in the community. (Photo contributed by West Shore RCMP)
Victoria’s legislative building lit up and captured through a crystal ball. (Cindy Borbridge photo)

PHOTOS: Homes go all-out to brighten Greater Victoria this Christmas

Light displays across the region continue to warm hearts

  • Dec 24, 2020
Victoria’s legislative building lit up and captured through a crystal ball. (Cindy Borbridge photo)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) with his siblings Shirley Feld, Clifford Haynes, Matthew Haynes and Denise Baker – his twin sister – during a Christmas family reunion in Wales. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)

Saanich mayor reminisces on Christmases past with family in Wales

Holiday season to be spent at home amid COVID-19 pandemic

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) with his siblings Shirley Feld, Clifford Haynes, Matthew Haynes and Denise Baker – his twin sister – during a Christmas family reunion in Wales. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)
Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary president Margot Hogg hands Victoria General Hospital chief engineer Sasha Menard some of the poinsettias and thank-you cards for hospital staff’s extra efforts during the pandemic. (Photo contributed by Val Smith)

Poinsettias for Patients funds lab improvements, Hospital at Home

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary thanks frontline workers

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary president Margot Hogg hands Victoria General Hospital chief engineer Sasha Menard some of the poinsettias and thank-you cards for hospital staff’s extra efforts during the pandemic. (Photo contributed by Val Smith)
Colwood’s Nevaeh Bowman, 10, rewrote the lyrics to Jingle Bells to fit what she calls the theme song of 2020. (Chantelle Bowman photo)
Colwood’s Nevaeh Bowman, 10, rewrote the lyrics to Jingle Bells to fit what she calls the theme song of 2020. (Chantelle Bowman photo)
Roger Junker and Dave Alexander, Pandora and Tillicum store managers respectively, delivered groceries to Jeneece Place on behalf of the eight Save-On-Foods stores in Greater Victoria. (Courtesy of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island)

Greater Victoria rallies for Jeneece Place during Christmas season

Christmas lights, grocery donations come in during difficult year

Roger Junker and Dave Alexander, Pandora and Tillicum store managers respectively, delivered groceries to Jeneece Place on behalf of the eight Save-On-Foods stores in Greater Victoria. (Courtesy of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island)
Colwood’s Sangster Elementary music teacher Chris Poynter has compiled the voices of around 240 students to recreate the final song that would take place at the end of their Christmas program. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Colwood teacher shares Christmas song with more than 200 student voices

‘Although we’re separated this year, we’re still together,’ says music teacher

Colwood’s Sangster Elementary music teacher Chris Poynter has compiled the voices of around 240 students to recreate the final song that would take place at the end of their Christmas program. (YouTube)
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce hosts it AGM on Jan. 19. (Pixabay photo_
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce hosts it AGM on Jan. 19. (Pixabay photo_
Neil Salmond and his wife Michelle decided to bring back their infamous Tuxedo Drive Christmas display for one more year to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Famous Saanich ‘Christmas House’ returns with encore display amid pandemic

Tuxedo Drive Christmas display lit up nightly from 5-11 p.m. until Jan. 1

Neil Salmond and his wife Michelle decided to bring back their infamous Tuxedo Drive Christmas display for one more year to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Grade 5 John Muir Elementary class in Sooke has prepared gift bags for the Sooke homeless shelter, which the residents will open on Christmas Day. (Annette Jacobsen photo)

Grade 5 class in Sooke create gift bags for homeless

Bags stuffed with hand warmers, personal hygiene kits and a handwritten note

The Grade 5 John Muir Elementary class in Sooke has prepared gift bags for the Sooke homeless shelter, which the residents will open on Christmas Day. (Annette Jacobsen photo)
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)

Nothing stops Santa from bringing joy to sick children – even with pandemic protocols

Santa sent gifts to Victoria General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

  • Dec 22, 2020
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 were out in the snow and ice to thank the West Shore community for its continued support. (Goldstream Gazette/Facebook)
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 were out in the snow and ice to thank the West Shore community for its continued support. (Goldstream Gazette/Facebook)
Helgesen Road

PHOTOS: Where to see Christmas lights in Sooke

You’re going to find plenty of lights out there

Helgesen Road
Jennifer Isaac, external relations supervisor for WorkLink Employment Society Westshore, is all smiles with some of the socks staff donated through a Let’s Rock The Socks fundraiser to help the homeless. (Courtesy WorkLink Employment Society)

A warm and fuzzy Christmas gift from WorkLink on the West Shore

Dandelion Society and Sooke Shelter receive timely sock donation

Jennifer Isaac, external relations supervisor for WorkLink Employment Society Westshore, is all smiles with some of the socks staff donated through a Let’s Rock The Socks fundraiser to help the homeless. (Courtesy WorkLink Employment Society)