Best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2015

stpatricksdogMarch 17th – for most of us that means midterm stress, finals prep and …celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

I think it’s important to take time from stressful school work and celebrate the day. What’s a better excuse to take a break than St. Patrick’s Day?

For some, St. Patrick’s Day means showing Irish pride, wearing green or hanging shamrocks around their necks. For others, it means green beer and pub food.

I’ve come up with a list of the best places in Victoria (and Vancouver) to be on St. Patrick’s Day.




1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with good food and great entertainment at the Copper Owl (must be 19+)

The entertainment for Paddy’s day will be Cookeilidh ( Cook – Kay – Lee). Cookeilidh is a 4 member Celtic band from Victoria, BC, comprised of 12-string guitar, fiddle, wooden Irish flute, electric bass, bodhran and vocals.

Where: The Copper Owl: 1900 Douglas Street, Victoria

Cost: $5 cover charge.


bmr_5k_hero2. Test your limits at the Bear Mountain Resort’s St. Paddy’s Day 5 K.

You get to sport your best St. Patrick’s Day costume while experiencing the beauty of the world renowned golf course.

Where: The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria BC

When: 5pm, Sunday, March 15.

Cost: $25 for Students, $35 on race day. Adults: $35, $40 on race day.




3. Experience the true Irish Paddy’s Day at Irish Times Pub (must be 19+)

SIrishtimespostertart your St. Paddy’s Day early this year at the Irish Times Pub. Live music starts at noon. Acts include Calvin and Jeremy, Knacker’s Yard and many more.

Where: 1200 Government St., Victoria BC

When: 12 Noon-1 AM

Cost: $10 in the evenings



4. Make the trip to the CelticFest Vancouver 2015

The event includes everything from street performances, food, shopping, a Celtic Village and Parade …and it’s all FREE!

Where: Granville St (Celtic Village), Vancouver BC. Parade runs north on Howe from Davie Street and ends at Georgia & Granville.

When: 11 am to 6 pm.

Cost: Parade and Festival are free; tickets for performances vary.



5. If you’re already headed to Vancouver for the CelticFest, might as well attend the Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day 5K.

Where: Stanley Park Pavilion, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

When: Saturday, March 14 9:30 Am

Cost: $43

Take a break this St. Patrick’s Day and see what Victoria and Vancouver have to offer.

Happy celebrating!


Disclaimer: For those of you who aren’t aware of BC Laws, the legal drinking age in BC is 19. That means you aren’t allowed to drink legally or enter pubs. For those old enough to drink, this is also a disclaimer about being responsible for your drinking. It’s great fun drinking in moderation, but it’s so important to be responsible with your alcohol consumption. That means no drinking and driving, and not drinking to excess.

photo credit: St. Patrick’s Day puppy dog, Luna via photopin (license)

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