Unique Autumn Activities in Victoria this Year
The fall is one of the best times to visit Victoria, BC when the lavish rain forests explodes in a spectacle of colour. You can enjoy the numerous hiking trails or take in Victoria’s rich history by visiting the myriad of historical sites from Craigdarroch Castle to the Parliament Buildings. If you go downtown, don’t forget to check out the many unique shops on Government St. or explore Canada’s oldest China Town. But more than that, Victoria has some great events happening this fall.
Food and Drink
Do you love wine? Come to the Victoria Wine Festival on September 23rd to 24th where you can sample from over 300 wines showcased from all over the world. If you find that perfect vintage, visit the onsite liquor store to bring a bottle or two home to share with friends and family or save them for yourself! This festival is open to all levels of wine enthusiasts and offers a choice of three seminars to enhance your future wine tasting experience. vicwf.com/about-us
On October 22nd to 23rd visit the Crystal Gardens for the Art of the Cocktail Festival. You’ll want to make sure you’re dressed in your most creative cocktail attire for a chance to win 4 VIP tickets to the 2017 festival. To enhance your mixing and tasting pleasures, you can participate in your choice of seminars or watch as competitors compete to create drinks that embrace 2016’s “burnt” theme while incorporating Victoria Distiller’s Oaken Gin. www.artofthecocktail.ca
What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than reaching a long-dreamt of goal. Whether you choose to run the full marathon, half marathon, 8K, or gather a team for the relay, Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon has a course for you! In addition, they also offer the Thrifty Foods Kids’ Run. But if running isn’t your speed, you can join the plethora of spectators and cheer the runners on! www.runvictoriamarathon.com
For a more relaxing outdoor experience, visit Goldstream Provincial Park between October and December. You will be amazed by the multitude of salmon struggling to swim upstream to spawn from the Pacific Ocean. While you’re there, stop by the Nature House to learn more about various local birds of prey, including the majestic Bald Eagle, and visit the bookstore for hot beverages and pastries. www.goldstreampark.com/salmon.htm
For those who love to shop, Victoria is brimming with craft markets and quaint, little shops. If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift or souvenir, drop in on the Dicken’s Fair on December 3rd. This local tradition is celebrating its 36th year. Not only is there a catered café and entertainment for children, but there are over 70 vendors whose products have passed by a jury sponsored by the James Bay Market Society to ensure quality artisan work. jamesbaymarket.com/dickens-fair
Every Sunday, you can take a different walking tour through various burial sites and grave yards organized by the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria. Learn the fascinating stories of historical figures with colourful pasts or the grisly details of past murderers and their victims. And if you’re here in October, they offer ghost walks and bus tours sure to send chills down your spine. Check out their website for a detailed list of their numerous tours. www.oldcem.bc.ca/tour.htm
If you’re vacationing with kids, be sure to explore Galey Farms’ 6 acre corn maze. Can you find all of the surprises hidden inside? Every weekend in October following Thanksgiving is PumpkinFest. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, visit the petting zoo, and ride the farm train. Then for a spookier thrill, come back at night to check out the Festival of Fear which includes a haunted mansion and the Crazy Train! www.galeyfarms.net
Fall is the perfect time of year to get spooked by ghost stories with the rolling fog that often permeates late nights and early mornings in Victoria. Reported to be one of the most haunted cities in Canada, it is a great place to visit during the autumn season.
Where to Stay in Victoria During the Fall
Whether you’re coming to Victoria for a festival, shopping, or simply to take in the natural beauty Victoria has to offer, make sure your home base is The Lodge at Weir’s Beach. With its ocean views, private beach access, and peaceful surrounding rain forests, this Bed and Breakfast is perfect place to relax and enjoy a well-deserved vacation as you visit the many attractions and events the city has to offer.