OUT AND ABOUT: Outdoor activities abound during spring break

Christine Scott and Shelley Westwood bring news from the street

Let’s get outside!

While the rest of Canada is dealing with the after effects of a terrible winter, we here in sunny Victoria are counting our flowers. How wonderful is that?

Last year Colwood claimed the title for the annual flower count and they are eager to hold on to that for another year. We encourage everyone in all five municipalities to get out and count your flowers and submit them for addition to the totals for your municipality. More info can be found at flowercount.com.

Tonight (March 11) the Westshore Chamber will be holding its monthly mixer, which will be hosted by Staples Business Depot and Four Points Sheraton. The event will be held at the Metropolitan Bar and Grill; everyone is welcome.

You can see the national downhill mountain biking team training at Bear Mountain, and it will also be the site of the inaugural St. Paddy’s Day 5K run. This trail/golf cart path run and walk will start and finish at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa. This event will be a great off road experience and an opportunity be to show off your favourite St. Patricks’s day costume. The run takes place on Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

Visit bearmountain.ca to register and for more information.

Also on March 15 the Victoria Shamrocks are hosting a free family barbecue at The Q Centre from 12 to 4 p.m.  Bring the kids along with their lacrosse sticks and meet the Victoria Shamrocks and Shamrock Alumni.

The Royal Canadian Legion branch #91’s La Spring Craft Fair takes place March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 761 Station Ave. in Langford.

There will be over 40 tables of craft and garage sale items along with representatives from Avon, Epicure, Tupperware and many more exciting vendors.

Congratulations to Origin Bakery for winning the Best Employer for this year’s BC Small Business Awards. Origin Bakery has a location out on the Westshore on 1790 Island Highway #110 next to Wilson Diving. “For our business it just means clearly we are doing something right. We value our employees input for our growth,” said Marion Neuhauser, co-owner with Tara Black. Origin Bakery also has a downtown Victoria location at 1525 Pandora Ave., where they have been serving up gluten free products since 2010.

Do you have West Shore business news Gazette readers might like to know about? Contact Christine at cscott@goldstreamgazette.com or Shelley at swestwood@goldstreamgazette.com with the details.