Plan your weekend with a hit list of Greater Victoria events

Events abound in Sidney, Colwood, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and Esquimalt

Women on the Home Front

Women on the Home Front takes a step back in time to honour the contributions women made on the local scene with actors from Parks Canada dressed in the military garb of that period. The event takes place June 17 and 18 at Fort Rodd Hill and admission is free as part of Parks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation celebrations.

Garden City Cat Show

The Garden City Cat Club show at the Mary Winspear Centre June 17 and 18. Over 25 different breeds – including Sphinx, Maine Coon and Somali – will be attending the show. The family-friendly show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both June 17 and 18. Tickets are $6 for an adult or $3 for children. Family admission is $12. Tickets are free for children five and under.

RVYC open house

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club celebrates 125 years with an open house Saturday, June 17. This will be their first since 2015, when visitors took part in family activities, perused CANSail and water-related activity booths, watched a regatta from shore and enjoyed some of the club’s best indoor and outdoor amenities.

250 burgers will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to non-members at the event June 17. The RVYC open house starts at 11:00 am and finishes 3:00 pm, 3475 Ripon Road.

Raymond James Father’s Day Walk and Run for Prostate Cancer

The annual Raymond James Father’s Day Walk and Run for Prostate Cancer goes June 18 from the Vancouver Island Tech Park at 4464 Markham St., near Layritz Park.

“The tagline we’re using for the Father’s Day event is: We know you can’t run from prostate cancer so we’re running for it, so run with us,” said Leanne Kopp, executive director of the Island Prostate Centre.

Register at islandprostatecentre.com. On the day of the event, registration starts at 8 a.m. with the walk and run beginning at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $35 unless you collect a minimum of $150 in donations. Children under 12 free.

Car Free Day

The Downtown Victoria Business Association, B.C. Transit and City of Victoria host Car Free Day. June 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and covers nine blocks along Douglas Street from Chatham/Caledonia to Courtney streets, where organizers have invited local artisans to ply their wares to the tens of thousands of visitors to the celebration area.

Navy run

Instead of the traditional starting pistol, a C3 Howitzer gun will be fired once to start CFB Esquimalt’s annual Navy Run, which this year falls on Father’s Day (June 18).

The annual family oriented event, overseen by the Department of National Defence and Royal Canadian Navy includes 10-kilometre and 5K distances, as well as a kid’s run starting at 8 a.m. The longer routes take runners through the Township of Esquimalt’s residential streets, starting and ending just inside the security gates on Admirals Road leading to Naden.

The awards ceremony, officiated over by CFB Esquimalt leadership, happens at 11 a.m. For more information on the routes or to sign up, visit navyrunesquimalt.com.

 

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