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Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd annual People’s Choice Awards from Vancouver Island!

Finalists from every corner of the Island competed for the prestigious title of "BC’s Best"! We’re delighted to reveal the fine businesses, services and attractions that beat out some tough competition to win top honours.

Best Cafe

Winner: Atlas Café, Courtenay

1st Runner Up: Odika Café, Chemainus

2nd Runner Up: Gabriel's Café, Nanaimo

Best Patio

Winner: Black Fin Pub, Comox

1st Runner Up: Canoe, Victoria

2nd Runner Up: Penny's Palapa, Nanaimo

Best Breakfast/Brunch

Winner: Atlas Café, Courtenay

1st Runner Up: The Blue Fox Cafe, Victoria

2nd Runner Up: Gabriel's Café, Nanaimo

Best Restaurant

Winner: Hilltop Bistro, Nanaimo

1st Runner Up: Atlas Café, Courtenay

2nd Runner Up: Locals, Courtenay

Best Desserts

Winner: Hot Chocolates, Courtenay

1st Runner Up: The Mon Petit Choux, Nanaimo

2nd Runner Up: Wee Cupcakery, Nanaimo

Best Grocery Store

Winner: Thrifty Foods (Various Locations)

1st Runner Up: Quality Foods (Various Locations)

2nd Runner Up: Country Grocer (Various Locations)

Best Health Food Store

Winner: Lifestyle Markets, Various Locations

1st Runner Up: Edible Island, Courtenay

2nd Runner Up: Old City Organics, Nanaimo

Best Spa

Winner: Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa, Courtenay

1st Runner Up: Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

2nd Runner Up: Brentwood Bay Lodge, Brentwood Bay

Best Fitness Centre

Winner: Comox Rec Centre, Comox

1st Runner Up: VI Fitness, Various Locations

2nd Runner Up: GoodLife Fitness, Victoria

Best Sports Store

Winner: MEC (Various Locations)

1st Runner Up: Valhalla (Various Locations)

2nd Runner Up: Sports Traders, Victoria

Best Home Decor Store

Winner: MEC (Various Locations)

1st Runner Up: Valhalla (Various Locations)

2nd Runner Up: Sports Traders, Victoria

Best Hardware Store

Winner: Capital Iron, Sidney

1st Runner Up: Home Depot (Various Locations)

2nd Runner Up: Canadian Tire (Various Locations)

Best Gardening Store

Winner: Art Knapp Plantland, Nanaimo

1st Runner Up: Garden Works (Various Locations)

2nd Runner Up: Dig This (Various Locations)

Best Park/Public Garden

Winner: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria

1st Runner Up: The Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay

2nd Runner Up: Maffeo Suttan, Nanaimo

Best Tourist Attraction

Winner: Coombs Market, Coombs

1st Runner Up: The Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay

2nd Runner Up: Royal BC Museum, Victoria

Best Accommodation

Winner: The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

1st Runner Up: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Spa, Parksville

2nd Runner Up: Empress Hotel, Victoria

Best Camp Site

Winner: Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Parksville

1st Runner Up: Miracle Beach, Comox

2nd Runner Up: Bella Pacifica, Tofino

Best Golf Course

Winner: Fairwinds Golf Course, Nanoose Bay

1st Runner Up: Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria

2nd Runner Up: Highland Pacific Golf Course, Victoria

Best Bar/Pub

Winner: Black Fin Pub, Comox

1st Runner Up: Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant, Nanaimo

2nd Runner Up: Spinnaker's Brewpub, Victoria

Best Live Music Venue

Winner: The Waverley, Cumberland

1st Runner Up: The Waverley, Nanaimo

2nd Runner Up: Lucky Bar, Victoria

Best Local Festival

Winner: Vancouver Island MusicFest, Courtenay

1st Runner Up: Bathtub Days, Nanaimo

2nd Runner Up: Rifflandia, Victoria

Best Hair Salon

Winner: Hey Beautiful, Nanaimo

1st Runner Up: Level 10 Eurospa, Courtenay

2nd Runner Up: Aveda, Victoria

Best Clothing Store

Winner: Quintessential, Nanaimo

1st Runner Up: Polk a Dot Pants, Cumberland

2nd Runner Up: Sitka, Victoria

Best Beauty Store

Winner: London Drugs, Various Locations

1st Runner Up: Sephora, Various Locations

2nd Runner Up: Shoppers Drug Mart, Various Locations

Best Local Media Personality

Winner: Hudson Mack, CTV Vancouver Island

1st Runner Up: Ed Bain, The Q!

2nd Runner Up: Bruce Williams, CTV Vancouver Island