The results of the annual Best of the City Awards are always a highlight of the year. It’s a chance to rediscover old favourites and become new regulars at others.
This year we celebrated our 25th year with an exclusive reception for finalists.
Sponsored by The City of Victoria Business HUB and the Hotel Rialto, a boutique hotel in the heart of Victoria, local business owners and representatives shared some laughs – as well as a little bragging – over food and drinks.
In all, more than 83,500 votes were cast across nearly 150 categories.
Some of the most voted-on categories included the best attraction (Butchart Gardens, Royal BC Museum, Breakwater Ogden Point), the best place to shop for BBQs (Capital Iron, Costco, Canadian Tire), and the best bookstore (new) (Bolen Books, Munro’s Books, Russell Books) or bookstore (used) (Russell Books, Beacon Books, The Salvation Army Thrift Shore).
If you didn’t get a chance to vote or nominate one or more of your favourites, there’s always next year so be sure to watch for the 26th edition next spring.