As fall arrives (with the inevitable rain-soaked monotony that is winter not far behind it), sunny days will soon become few and far between.

Here are six ways to take advantage of the good weather while it’s still around:

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Heat and drink on a patio

Many restaurants with outdoor seating are actually protected from the chilly fall air by heaters, so you can still soak up that vitamin D while enjoying lunch or even happy hour.

Wondering which patios to check out? We’ve got you — here’s a list of some of our favourite ones around Victoria.

Explore an orchard

Berry season might be coming to an end, but it’s prime time for picking pumpkins and apples.

Invite your family or a group of friends to join you, and supporting local farmers by picking your own produce at one of the many orchards near Victoria.

Enjoy the empty beaches

Who doesn’t like having a beach all to themselves? The water might be too cold for a swim, but it’s the perfect time to walk along the shore with your dog, kids, significant other, or some of your closest friends.

Play (or watch) some sports

This is a great way to spend some time with a group of friends before the weather forces everyone to retreat indoors for the season.

Meet up at one of Victoria’s beautiful local parks and start a pick up game of soccer, football, baseball, or ultimate frisbee—whatever you’re into. There’s also plenty of games to watch around town, if that’s more your speed.

Take in the fall colours at Butchart Gardens

Now that most of the tourists have cleared out (and ticket prices drop on October 1st), it’s the perfect time to check out the emerging shades of autumn at Butchart’s Japanese Gardens.

During November, you can also make a reservation to tour one of their 26 greenhouses and get an exclusive look at what goes into preparing plants for the year to come.

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Hit the trails

Time to get those endorphins up! There’s plenty of places for a good hike or bike around Victoria, but a few of our favourites include Thetis Lake, Mount Doug, Bear Hill Regional Park, and Mount Tolmie.

Did we miss your favorite outdoor fall activity? Let us know in the comments!

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