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Explore local treasures this weekend

View of Olympic Range and Juan de Fuca Strait along Victoria's Dallas Road walkway. Photo © Stewart Butterfield via flickr and Creative Commons

View of Olympic Range and Juan de Fuca Strait along Victoria’s Dallas Road walkway. Photo © Stewart Butterfield via flickr and Creative Commons

The Coast Collective Arts Centre opened its summer show last week. Destination Victoria: Small Local Treasures features small works by Island artists and craftspeople. Each work celebrates the region, its land- and seascapes, and uniquely local experiences.

The show perfectly reflects the centre. Coast Collective resides in historic Pendray House on the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon, and combines a taste of the region’s history with a quietly spectacular setting. It is, itself, a local treasure.

A 20-minute drive—no traffic—away, the Royal BC Museum recently launched its newest book, Treasures of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives. With essays and photographs of some key artifacts and specimens from the provincial collections, the book explores the museum’s underlying philosophy and shares stories and information about the featured treasures.

As treasure seems to be this summer’s theme, here are a few of my favourite Victoria treasures, combined into three multi-treasure adventures….

Read the rest of this editorial at the Victoria Times Colonist

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