Social-distancing is easy when the sun is out; spending time at the lake, ocean, and on restaurant patios is a great way to safely stay social and active. But with the temperature dropping we’re more inclined to curl up with tea and Netflix than to spend our days outside- that’s why we’ve come up with a few activities to coax you back outdoors for some fall fun!
Get in the Halloween Spirit
Whether you’re looking to pick the perfect pumpkin, get lost in a corn maze, or walk through a terrifying haunted house, Galey farms is the place for you! If you’ve got young kids or are a train enthusiast, tour around the farm in their adorable locomotive. If you enjoy the thrill of a good scare, bring your closest friends to help you get through the frightening CarnEvil (PG13). Pick up your favorite pumpkin or take stroll through their extensive corn maze- this farm has all you could want on a fall day! They will have safety protocols in place, and will be selling tickets online only, so you can stay safe without missing out on their amazing pumpkins and impressive Halloween displays.
Find Where the Ghosts are Hiding
Did you know that Victoria is one of Canada’s most haunted cities? October is the perfect month to find out why! From Oak Bay’s golf course to the heart of downtown, Victoria is crawling with ghosts. Discover the Past has knowledgeable, enthusiastic story tellers that will lead you on a 90-minute tour of some of Victoria’s most haunted buildings and cites, while detailing the chilling events that occurred in each one. These Ghostly Walking Tours are offered nightly at 6:30, 7:30. 8:30 and 9:30 from October 9th-November 1st.
Check out the Salmon Run
Each year in mid-late October, Goldstream receives around 30,000 salmon who are returning to their birthplace to spawn. Not only is it a great opportunity to watch the abundant salmon at work, but also to witness the salmon’s predators that have come out for the occasion; watch out for the hunting trout and amazing Dipper birds (that can swim underwater!). If you come at night, you might happen upon an otter, mink, beaver, or possibly a bear. Parking tip: try to come in the morning or on a weekday- weekend afternoons can get packed!
It is important for us to stay safe, so we are incredibly lucky to have lots of beautiful outdoor spaces in Victoria to spend time, and many fun outdoor activities we can enjoy into the fall. Once you’ve dug out your favorite fall sweater, there’s nothing stopping you from safely enjoying this wonderful season!