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Date / June 28, 2016

Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet on a trail, or a busy and lively environment on a lake beach, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park has it all.

Located just 2 km from Travino Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, is the perfect place to spend summer day at from sunrise to sunset.

6:00am: Sunrise hike

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The hike around Elk and Beaver Lakes is a 10k circuit through forest, field and wetlands. This is a popular, scenic trail to run or walk. It is mostly flat, gravel or dirt, and is designated multi-use, for hikers, cyclists and horse riders.
8:30am: Breakfast on top of Beaver Hill

There is also a connecting trail that extends from the north end of the park leading to Bear Hill Regional Park. With a stunning view of the Saanich Peninsula and distant San Juan and Gulf Islands, Bear Hill is a beautiful location to sit, relax or picnic. On clear days you can easily spot Mount Baker in the United States.

10:00am: Wildlife exploration

Have you ever seen a red-legged frog?

Keep your eyes peeled for animals in the Elk/Beaver Lake area, such as: mergansers, Canada geese, buffleheads, bald eagles, osprey, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, river otters, red-winged blackbirds, Savannah sparrows, Columbia black-tailed deer, yellow warblers, chestnut-backed chickadees, screech owls, and giant bullfrogs.

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Plant species in the area include: breadroot, licorice ferns, yellow pond lilies, cattail reeds, cottonwood, pacific crabapple, red alder, Douglas fir, and western red cedar.

12:00pm: Lunchtime

Concession stands are located at both ends of the park that are open in the summer. At the Elk Lake end, there are also water sport equipment rental shops, and Lakes Grillhouse n’ Bar at 4670 Elk Lake Dr.

Looking to Barbeque? Picnic shelters are also available for reservation in regional parks!


2:00pm: Swimming in the lake

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After your re-energized it’s time for a swim! Swimmers, wind surfers, sailors, water-skiers, fishers and rowers use the lakes cooperatively. There are multiple beaches for relaxing, playing and lying in the sun.

Beaver Beach, at the south end of Beaver Lake, has a shallow, sandy beach — perfect for swimming, picnicking and canoeing around the offshore islands.

At Eagle Beach you can swim, picnic under the Pacific willow trees, launch your scull from the Rowing Centre or hike south to Beaver Lake. Eagle Beach also has a group picnic shelter near the Elk Lake Rowing Centre.

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At Hamsterly Beach, join or watch wind surfers skim across the water, and meet the sailors and fishermen, in search of the perfect breeze or searching for their next big catch.

There is parking at several locations with accessible stalls at Beaver Beach, Eagle Beach, and Hamsterly Beach. Both Beaver and Hamsterly Beaches also have accessible toilets and playgrounds.

Do you horseback ride?

You can use the nearby ponds for retriever training, or the Equestrian Centre to exercise and train your horse. Both these areas are under license agreements. For group activities, consult your local retriever or equestrian clubs for access.

3:00pm: Check out the Filter Beds

The old Filter Beds area contains group picnic sites, and provides access to quiet woodland trails. This multi-use trail is 5km (one way), and offers the opportunity to swim, fish, cycle and rest as you explore. It’s smooth gravel surface makes it user-friendly as you enjoy the surrounding forested and lakeshore environments.

To get to the Filter Beds entrance, from West Saanich Road, turn east onto Beaver Lake Road, and drive 1.2km to the Filter Beds parking lot. From Elk Lake Drive turn west onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 800m to the Filter Beds parking lot.

5:00pm: Rowing

Elk Lake is the training area for Canada’s Olympic Rowing team as well as host to several competitions each year for the local schools.

Get your row on, meet local athletes, and enjoy working your way across the lake.

7:30pm: Fish until sunset

Elk Lake is a large, freshwater lake perfect for swimming, canoeing and fishing. It’s stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout and bass to give you, your friends and family the opportunity to reel one in.

Take your kids on their first fishing trip, or enjoy an afternoon with friends floating on the lake.

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The Victoria City Rowing Club boathouse is located on the southeast corner of Elk Lake. The lake has a fishing pier and two fishing docks; one of the fishing floats also offers access for people with disabilities.

Need directions to Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park?

To find the Beaver Lake Entrance, follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria, and take the Royal Oak Drive exit. Turn left on Royal Oak Drive to cross over the highway, then right on Elk Lake Drive to reach the park entrance on the left.


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To find the Elk Lake Entrance, follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria. Turn left on Sayward Road, left again on Hamsterly Road, then right on Brookleigh Road, which leads to the park entrance on the left.

To learn more about living at Travino visit our presentation centre or get in touch!

Date / June 7, 2016

mike geric constructionProgress on Travino Square continues to roll along. As the parking structure nears completion, framing of the first and second floors has begun!

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To view the full photo album, visit our Facebook page. To watch Travino Square’s progress on our live webcam click here!


Date / May 12, 2016

Travino Landing - HeaderSales for our third phase at Travino have begun!

The wait is finally over. There has been incredible interest in Travino Landing and we’re very excited to announce the beginning of pre-sales. If you’ve been considering a home at Travino Landing, now is the time to contact our sales team to book an appointment and learn more about our latest offering. Be the first to view our selection of 46 beautiful one-bedroom, one-bedroom+den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom+den homes.

Travino Landing is our most customized building yet, with suites ranging from petite-yet-efficient to those with serious space – and all tucked away in a tranquil corner of Royal Oak’s newest community. Travino Landing offers the best of laid-back living, surrounded by luxurious design and finish. An ideal place to call home.


Date / April 28, 2016

One of the most important considerations for Travino homebuyers is soundproofing. Mike Geric Construction has designed Travino using some of the most advanced soundproofing materials and techniques available – and the results are impressive.

Homeowners can be comfortable knowing they will be able to enjoy their own music, television and laughter – not their neighbour’s! And there’s no tiptoeing required as impact sounds, shocks and vibrations are significantly reduced between floors, ceilings and walls.

Travino’s Advanced Soundproofing Construction
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Travino’s thoughtful design and quality materials mean you can enjoy condo living at its best in a comfortable place that you can proudly call home. To learn more about Travino click here. More questions? Contact us!


Date / March 23, 2016

IMG_9068Another large pour of concrete was completed last week, raising the parking garage to new heights! The building is really starting to take form! Want to see the latest progress? Click here to view our latest time lapse video of the Travino construction site! To view more construction photos from last week and to stay informed on all the latest news check out our Facebook page! 



Date / March 10, 2016

Travino Golf Saainch BC - Royal OakWith the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria is always green and beautiful, making the opportunity for golf year round. Travino is located in the heart of Saanich, meaning a variety of golf courses are just a short drive away! Here are 9 “must-try” golf courses available to the Travino community.

1. Highland Pacific Golf
Highland Pacific Golf Course is playable all year round and overlooks the majestic Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Thetis Lake Park. Outdoors, their licensed patio overlooks the driving range, while indoors, the cozy fireplace and friendly staff create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere.

Some Course Features Include:
• 12 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $15- $72
• Club Car Power Golf Cart rentals available with GPS
• For dining, the Range Café offers a variety of delicious home-style soups, chilies, hot entrees, and sandwiches

2. Mount Douglas Golf Course
Mount Douglas’ nine hole Golf Course is tucked away in the Blenkinsop Valley, and is surrounded by forest, farms and a variety of wildlife. It is perfect for every age and various skill levels.

Some Course Features Include:
• 9 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $10.25- $18.25
• Power Golf Carts rentals available
• For dining, they have a Coffee Area/Lounge available offering pop, snacks and packaged sandwiches

3. The Ridge Golf Course
The Ridge Golf Course offers spectacular views of Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands, a 9-hole par 3 course, an 18-hole grass putting course and a short game facility.

Some Course Features Include:
• 8 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $11- $20
• Pull Cart rentals available
• For dining, The Ridge Café is a fully licensed clubhouse and patio with a view of Mt. Baker, Haro Strait and the entire golf course. They offer coffee, light lunch and cold beverages.

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4. Cordova Bay Golf Course
Cordova Bay Golf Course is located across street from the Ridge Golf Course. It offers a 9-hole course with stunning conditions, and a spectacular view of Mt. Baker, daring you to match its perfection with every shot you hit.

Some Course Features Include:
• 8 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $29- $75
• Power Golf Cart rentals available
• For dining, Bill Mattick’s Restaurant & Lounge serves delicious food and has two patios available

5. Ardmore Golf Course
Ardmore Golf Course is made up of gentle slopes and an open layout, making it an easily walk-able and playable course. It is a 9-hole course, with optional alternate tees for a “Back 9” if you prefer to play 18 holes.

Some Course Features Include:
• 20 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $15- $39
• Power Golf Carts rentals available
• For dining, the Iron’s Grille Restaurant offers tasty lunches, as well as “9 and Dine” throughout the summer. They also offer a fully licensed lounge.

6. Glen Meadows Golf Course
Glen Meadows Golf Course is in a tranquil, country setting with wide-open spaces and 18 holes. It is Victoria’s only course that also offers tennis and curling!

Some Course Features Include:
• 20 minute drive from Travino
• Rate: $12-$50
• Power cart rentals available
• For dining, Percy’s Grill offers breakfast and lunch overlooking the course
• It also offers a large clubhouse with two lounges and both indoor and outdoor seating

7. Cedar Hill Golf Course
Cedar Hill Golf Course is a full facility, 18-hole course, offering CPGA lessons and affordable green fee golf. It is surrounded by a picturesque 3.5 km (2.2 mile) chip trail great for walking or running.

Some Course Features Include:
• 14 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $20- $47.70
• Power Carts rentals available
• For dining, the Clubhouse includes a licensed light food service with tasty buffet choices, coffee and snacks.

8. Arbutus Ridge Golf Course (Brentwood Bay Ferry)
Arbutus Ridge Golf Course is an 18-hole course located in the seaside community of Cobble Hill, within the Cowichan Valley. It is amongst nine of Vancouver Island’s finest wineries, and ten minutes from the city of Duncan.

Some Course Features Include:
• 43 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $20- $60
• Power Cart rentals available
• For dining, the Satellite Bar & Grille has a scenic patio and overlooks a mountain and ocean view
• They also offer Golf & Dinner Packages, as well as Game Packages

9. Juan de Fuca Golf Course
Juan de Fuca Golf Couse is made up of beautiful fairways and greens, surrounded by seven water hazards providing the accomplished golfer the opportunity to sharpen their skills. Their 9-hole course is great for beginner and experienced golfers.

Some Course Features Include:
• 18 minute drive from Travino
• Rates: $9.75- $14.50
• Pull Cart rentals available
• Catering services for events, with the Kinsmen Fieldhouse providing a fabulous location for banquet facilities

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Date / March 5, 2016



Rolling into March progress on the underground parking structure continues with the start of the suspended slab under way. Plumbers and electricians have been on site for some time working towards the on schedule completion of the parkade at the end of April.

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Continue to watch the underground parking structure take shape through our live video feed! Just follow this link and scroll down the page until you see the “View Live Stream” button.

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Coming Soon Travino Landing!
Date / March 1, 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The word is out about Travino’s spacious, customizable homes! Travino Square is already 75% sold, so we’re closing down our presentation centre for a few weeks to prepare for Travino Landing.

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We’ll be making some updates over the coming weeks and will reopen with homes from Travino Landing and Travino Square available for sale. Stay tuned for information about our reopening by registering for email updates or visiting this news page and our social media channels.

If you just can’t wait, talk to our sales team any time!

Thank you to our incredible homeowners and soon-to-be homeowners who have been stopping in to say hello and tell us why they are so excited about Travino. We’ve been overwhelmed by your enthusiasm for this community and we can’t wait to show you more.

– The Travino Team @ Mike Geric Construction


Date / February 5, 2016


As we roll into February, our team continues to make progress on the underground parking structure. The concrete and rebar filled walls and pillars form the footprint of Travino Square.

Over the next few weeks, you can watch the underground parking structure take shape through our live video feed! Just follow this link and scroll down the page until you see the “View Live Stream” button.

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Date / January 11, 2016



As a part of Mike Geric Construction’s long-term commitment to health and sustainability in the district of Saanich, the Travino van-share program was launched earlier this month.  100% of the 2015 Toyota Sienna was donated by Mike Geric Construction in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the Travino community for years to come.

The van-share program will offer owners of Mike Geric Construction’s Travino community regularly scheduled shopping trips as well as other events in and around the Greater Victoria area. The van will be administered by the Strata and be available to residents for planned group trips.

A commitment to sustainable living and energy efficiency has been a theme consistent throughout the Travino development. Central solar-assisted hot water system, on-site rainwater management and electric vehicle charging stations are just a few of the green features you’ll find at Travino.

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