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You’ve made it halfway through the week! Why not treat yourself to an event? Here are five things to do in and around Victoria today.

As you head out to activities and events, please follow the restrictions and guidelines that these businesses require to keep their employees and patrons safe during the pandemic.

As always, wash your hands, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel sick or show symptoms!

Without further ado, here are five things to do today, Wednesday, August 19th:

The Butchart Gardens

No matter the season, The Butchart Gardens are sure to put on a show.

  • When: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00pm, with viewing until 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue

Miniature World

Often called “The greatest little show on earth,” Miniature World is a one-of-a-kind Victorian experience. The perfect activity for the young and young at heart, this little museum brings everything from historical battles to childhood fantasy lands to life in miniature.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Miniature World, 649 Humboldt Street

RBCM@Outside: Saturna Island

Take part in this special RBCM@Outside at East Point on Saturna Island. Royal BC Museum will virtually journey to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve to meet up with Parks Canada Interpreter Athena George for a guided walk along this scenic coastline. You’ll learn about Moby Doll, one of the first orcas taken into captivity, right off East Point.

There might also have time for a quick stop at Saturna Heritage Centre. No guarantee we’ll see whales. But we might!

Boots & Bourbon Wednesdays

Dust off the old cowboy boots and pour yourself a shot of whiskey. It’s Boots & Bourbon Wednesdays at The Bard. Live music with Union Cartel.

  • When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Bard & Banker, 1022 Government Street

Oaklands Sunset Market

Oaklands Sunset Market has reopened with a modified format. There will have a selection of local farm and food vendors, including food trucks.

  • When: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: 1-2827 Belmont Avenue