Summer diving camps put on by Wilson Diving are among the holiday offerings for kids.

OUT AND ABOUT: Summer camps and patio spots abound

The Gazette presents some ideas for early summer activities

Summer has nearly arrived and with temperatures in the mid- to high-20s, it’s important to stay hydrated, remember to wear sunscreen and don’t leave your fur babies in the car, even just for a few minutes.

Sunday (June 21) is Father’s Day and there are some great options to take dad out for brunch on the West Shore.

Also on Sunday, Bikram Yoga Westshore is hosting an open-air class, combining International Yoga Day and National Aboriginal Day with their Summer Solstice event, 108 Sun Salutations. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at 2657 Wilfert Rd. For more details call 250-391-1975.

On Monday, June 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. a celebration marks National Aboriginal Day for the first time at Veteran’s Memorial Park. There will be a BBQ lunch, cultural performances, a loonie/ toonie auction and much more entertainment, so be sure to stop by and take in the festivities.

Most of us with children are looking for summer camps and other ways to entertain our kids this summer. Westshore Dance has some exciting camps for children, including movie-themed classes, which are sure to keep them busy and active.

Westshore Parks and Recreation has a multitude of camps – from licensed day care to day camps – ranging from science camp, stand up paddle boarding, golf camps and indoor rock climbing. More information on these camps and others, with something to suit every child, can be found by visiting You’ll be envious of the choices your children have for this summer.

Lion’s Pride Gymnastics on Henry Eng Place in Langford also has a full range of fun camps, with the option of paying only for the days you need. Check out their schedule at

Westshore Karate is running its Karate Adventure Camp July 13 to 17 and Aug. 4 to 7. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends while learning karate, exploring parks and playgrounds, and trying exciting sports and activities. Space is limited. Call 250-889-3343 or register through Another fun camp for the kids is the Wilson Diving Summer Scuba Camp offered for young adults; call 250-478-4488 for more details, as space is limited.

Many of the eateries around the Westshore have outdoor patios for your enjoyment, including the Metropolitan Bar and Grill at the Four Points Sheraton Victoria Gateway up behind Costco. Some other fun spots are Dagwood’s Café and Bin 4, both on Goldstream Avenue.

Darcy’s Pub also has its patio open and you can enjoy live music Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their Lip Synch battle on Tuesday, June 30, Send a video submissions in to prior to June 28 to be entered in the competition. The cash prize is $500.

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa has a spectacular patio with a tremendous view that makes a perfect end to the work day. It is certainly worth the drive.

Forester’s at Olympic View Golf Course also has a spectacular view and is a great place for Sunday brunch or Nine and Dine during the week.

If you want to spend some time indoors in a cool spot, the View Royal Casino have a Fun in the Sun promotion and you could win one of 12 travel vouchers. You can earn contest ballots on special hands at all table games, so drop by and try your luck.

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