With shorter days ahead, it’s good to remember that Victoria has no shortage of natural beauty, as well as things to do in autumn!
Here are 5 of our favourites:
1. Visit Goldstream Park
Changing leaves, drifting mist, picturesque waterfalls and of course streams of salmon! Autumn is the perfect time to visit the park. Spawning salmon usually appear mid-October and can be seen for about nine weeks, the dates varying from year to year. Stop by the visitor’s centre, grab a warm beverage and sit by the fire, as you learn about the incredible nature right on our doorstep.
2. Sip something warm at your favourite coffee shop
It’s getting chilly outside and the time for iced lattes is behind us. Hot tea and coffee really seem to taste better in the fall! So visit one of our great local coffee shops, order something warm, catch up with a friend or just watch the world go by.
3. Cycle the Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails
Head to the Saanich Peninsula or toward Sooke; this multi-use trail network covers over 80km! Come fall, stretches are straight out of a pastoral paradise – wind your way through foggy fields, canopies of golden foliage and past seaside vistas.
4. Snuggle up and catch the sunset
Sunsets are beautiful in the summer, but they can be absolutely dazzling when fall arrives. Whether you park on top of Mt. Tolmie and see the city sparkle, or wander along the breakwater with someone you love, be sure to catch at least one stunner this season!
5. Stroll through a garden
Summer blooms may have faded, but many of Victoria’s parks and gardens glow with autumnal colours, and without the high season crowds! We love the Japanese Gardens at these three locations: Gorge Park in Esquimalt, Hatley Gardens and Butchart Gardens.