2020: A look back at Greater Victoria news in photos

Mike Gravelle (behind) returns to work in May at the West Shore Barber Shop in Langford although he’s immunocompromised. As a double lung transplant recipient, he’s used to the ‘new normal’ of pandemic health. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Mike Gravelle (behind) returns to work in May at the West Shore Barber Shop in Langford although he’s immunocompromised. As a double lung transplant recipient, he’s used to the ‘new normal’ of pandemic health. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue in July 2020. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue in July 2020. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
B.C. Ambulance Services’ Island manager Brad Cameron (from right) with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)B.C. Ambulance Services’ Island manager Brad Cameron (from right) with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Tina Taylor looks through the broken glass of the front door at her business, Buttons’n’Bows Fabric Store, which was broken into sometime over the Halloween weekend. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Tina Taylor looks through the broken glass of the front door at her business, Buttons’n’Bows Fabric Store, which was broken into sometime over the Halloween weekend. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Isabella McGowan-Mills, second from left, smiles at Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows elementary on the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Isabella McGowan-Mills, second from left, smiles at Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows elementary on the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Pam Buisa (left), Asiyah Robinson and Vanessa Simon organized a peace rally for the Black Lives Matter movement that drew thousands to Victoria’s Centennial Square in June. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Pam Buisa (left), Asiyah Robinson and Vanessa Simon organized a peace rally for the Black Lives Matter movement that drew thousands to Victoria’s Centennial Square in June. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Emergency crews respond to a fire on the balcony of a top-floor unit in a Langford apartment building in October. Goldstream Avenue was closed for a number of hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)Emergency crews respond to a fire on the balcony of a top-floor unit in a Langford apartment building in October. Goldstream Avenue was closed for a number of hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The Victoria Police Department said it was investigating allegations of assault during a rally at the BC Legislature in February. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)The Victoria Police Department said it was investigating allegations of assault during a rally at the BC Legislature in February. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
In April, Tom Michell said Michell’s Farm Market remained extremely busy, with social distancing protocols in place. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)In April, Tom Michell said Michell’s Farm Market remained extremely busy, with social distancing protocols in place. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Twin brothers Owen and Elliot Gudavicius, 7, raced in their kayaks at Hamsterly Beach on June 22. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)Twin brothers Owen and Elliot Gudavicius, 7, raced in their kayaks at Hamsterly Beach on June 22. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
George Blogg, president of the Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society, voiced fears in August that Portage Inlet residents’ concerns about the McKenzie Interchange project wouldn’t be addressed before construction concluded. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)George Blogg, president of the Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society, voiced fears in August that Portage Inlet residents’ concerns about the McKenzie Interchange project wouldn’t be addressed before construction concluded. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Oak Bay firefighter Trent Frenkel and former Esquimalt Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Serbic prepare for Climb the Wall, a 48-storey stair climb up the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver in February. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Oak Bay firefighter Trent Frenkel and former Esquimalt Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Serbic prepare for Climb the Wall, a 48-storey stair climb up the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver in February. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Jacque Sirois of the Community Association of Oak Bay helps remove decades worth of English ivy from a native Sculer’s Willows in the Kitty islet end of McNeill Bay. Sirois was targeting the big trees in a lead up to the CAOB ivy-pulling there, coming Sept. 12.Jacque Sirois of the Community Association of Oak Bay helps remove decades worth of English ivy from a native Sculer’s Willows in the Kitty islet end of McNeill Bay. Sirois was targeting the big trees in a lead up to the CAOB ivy-pulling there, coming Sept. 12.
Const. Derek Brand uses the radar to track drivers on Cadboro Bay Road in the Willows elementary school zone one September morning. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Const. Derek Brand uses the radar to track drivers on Cadboro Bay Road in the Willows elementary school zone one September morning. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Tour de Rock alumni riders enter onto Oak Bay High’s field to hear how much the school raised in October. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)Tour de Rock alumni riders enter onto Oak Bay High’s field to hear how much the school raised in October. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Carver Howard La Fortune’s life has changed as his carved wooden face masks have seen demand stretch across North America. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)Carver Howard La Fortune’s life has changed as his carved wooden face masks have seen demand stretch across North America. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27. He was one of six who died in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea in late April. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27. He was one of six who died in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea in late April. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Alyssa Gerwing, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, gets into the Halloween spirit with a lit-up jack-o-lantern. With Treat Street cancelled, the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society has organized a series of other events and activities under the heading of Halloween Spooktacular. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)Alyssa Gerwing, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, gets into the Halloween spirit with a lit-up jack-o-lantern. With Treat Street cancelled, the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society has organized a series of other events and activities under the heading of Halloween Spooktacular. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
A mini snowplow clears sidewalks in January 2020 after up to 30 cm fell on Greater Victoria overnight. (Don Denton/News Staff)A mini snowplow clears sidewalks in January 2020 after up to 30 cm fell on Greater Victoria overnight. (Don Denton/News Staff)

A lot happened in 2020, and for much of in Greater Victoria, our journalists were there taking pictures.

Here is a selection of our top photos of the year.

READ ALSO: Celebrating the successes during a trying year (photo gallery)

READ ALSO: Our 8 favourite COVID-19 catch phrases of 2020 (video)

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Victoria Police Department seized a replica firearm during an early morning call to the 100-block of Gorge Road East on April 11. (VicPD handout)
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Road improvements in Sooke are nearing completion . (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
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Vaisakhi normally would have volunteers like these women (in Surrey from a past year) preparing food ahead of the festival to be given out to the hundreds of thousands of spectactors. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria Sikhs observe Vaisakhi virtually, but find a way to give out food

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Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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A youth was arrested following a car crash on Wallace Street on Saturday, April 10. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
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A lady wears a sticker given out after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)
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A 41-person air task force, including 12 members from 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron at 19 Wing Comox, seized more than $3 million CND worth of cocaine as part of Op Caribbe. Photo by Canadian Armed Forces Operations/Facebook
Vancouver Island team helps make $368 million three-tonne cocaine seizure

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Killer whales surface near Sebastion Beach in Lantzville on Sunday, April 11. (Photos courtesy Ella Smiley)
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A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is raising its estimate for the number of businesses that are considering the possibility of closing permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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