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We’re just a few weeks away from our annual road trip to Victoria for the SALISH SEA DERBY!  On Saturday May 21, the Victoria Highlanders host the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (this is our U-21 squad which plays in the USL Professional Development League). It’s a great opportunity for Vancouver supporters to get a taste of the away days experience without breaking the bank or venturing too far from home.

The Whitecaps’ first team (MLS) is not in action this weekend, and Monday May 23rd is a statutory holiday. Sounds like perfect timing!

Ferry Schedule

Please visit the following link for a schedule of ferry services between Tsawwassen and Victoria. We recommend you make reservations if you are planning to take your vehicle on the ferry.

http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/tssw-current.html

Also note that the last ferry to leave Victoria for Tsawwassen generally departs around 9:00 pm. If you are attending the game, it is unlikely you wil be able to catch the last ferry home. As such we have made some recommendations for your overnight stay (please see below).

BC Transit

If you walk onto the ferry instead of driving, there are many BC Transit buses at the Swartz Bay (Victoria) ferry terminal which take you southbound into downtown Victoria. It appears the #70, #72 and #73 buses are your best bets, as they bring you within a few blocks of our pre-match pub gathering on Government Street (see below). Travel time from the ferry terminal to downtown Victoria is about 45 – 60 minutes. On Saturdays, #70 departs on the hour, #72 departs five minutes after the hour, and #73 departs at 35 minutes after the hour.

Pre Game Gathering

On the afternoon before the match, we’ll be meeting up at the Bard Banker Pub, located at 1022 Government Street. It’s our understanding that the pub operates a shuttle service to and from the match for just $5 (includes return trip). You can also obtain a ticket as part of a beer burger combo for $20. The shuttle leaves the pub at 6:00 pm, and arrives at the stadium by 6:30 pm.

 

The Match

Saturday May 21. Kickoff is 7:00 pm.
Bear Mountain Stadium – City Centre Park Sportsplex
1089 Langford Parkway, Langford (Victoria) BC
Purchase your ticket at the gate for $12 – $15.

Post Match Gathering

The Bard Banker shuttle will take you back to the pub after the game. We’ll perhaps stay there a while and venture elsewhere in downtown Victoria later.

Recommended Accommodations

First Choice: The Strathcona Hotel, downtown Victoria [ http://www.strathconahotel.com ]. Rooms $95 per night.

Slightly More Expensive: Chateau Victoria [ http://www.chateauvictoria.com ]. Rooms $129 per night.

Less Expensive: Travellers Inn  [ http://www.victoriatravellersinn.com ]. Rooms $89 per night.

Hostel:  Ocean Inn Backpackers Inn [ http://www.oceanisland.com ] . Beds for $26 per night, and single rooms start at $50.

Sightseeing Opportunities

There are many things to see and do in Victoria, and lots of suggestions can be found here: http://www.bctravel.com/attractions

Please RSVP!

It would be great if you could please let us know if you and any other guests will be joining us. All Whitecaps fans are welcome! Please send an RSVP to events@vancouversouthsiders.ca
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SATURDAY MAY 7 @ DOOLIN’S:  Whitecaps @ Columbus Crew

We’ll be gathering to watch this match at our partner venue for away days, Doolin’s Irish Pub (Nelson Granville, @Doolins on Twitter).  Kickoff is 5:30 pm.

All Southsiders and Whitecaps fans are encouraged to gather at the pub around 4:30 pm.  Don’t miss it!

Don’t forget that your Southsiders membership card gets you a 20% discount on any regular price food items (does not include game day specials which are already discounted).

See you there!

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