A long weekend filled with food, music, and much more.
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!
Here is our list of things to do in and around Victoria this Thanksgiving Long Weekend:
Ocean View Estates welcomes you to come find your way through the twists, turns and dead-ends of their Saanichton Corn Maze.
- When: The Corn Maze and Pumpkin patch will be open October 1st to October 31st.
- Where: 7979 Central Saanich Rd
Michell’s Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in North Saanich. They have a ton of organic, local produce to browse through, along with pasture-raised local beef. Their U-Pick Pumpkin patch is perfect for families looking to participate in a wholesome autumn activity!
See their COVID-19 protocols here, or see our list of other places to pick a pumpkin.
- When: Friday October 9th to Saturday October 31st 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Where: 2451 Island View Road, Saanichton, BC
New creations that explore humanity in all its forms. Quanz’s Wistful to Rachmaninov’s classic “Vocalise” shows how love is eternal even as we grow apart. “Polovtsian Dances” to Borodin’s “Prince Igor” expresses the intensity and power of rival groups. Finally, follow the journey of The Little Prince as he travels through the universe and tells tales of his planet and the wonderful, mysterious, and enlightening people he meets along the way.
Tickets are very limited, book online now!
- When: Sunday October 11th, 2 p.m.
- Where: Kirk Hall, 680 Courtney Street
Off the Eaten Track hosts a tour just for you, chocoholics. Victoria is a mecca for talented chocolatiers and turns out we also have some gorgeous places of worship. So let’s get biblical and indulge in some sinful chocolate while learning about some of the most historic churches in the city. Off the Eaten Track visits 6 local businesses and three historic churches on this guided 2-hour tour. Max 6 guests and Covid-19 safety protocols in place.
- When: Saturday October 10th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: 812 Wharf Street
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has curated something truly special this year while working around COVID-19 protocols, giving families an option to come together locally to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with a regionally sourced menu and wine pairings by Executive Chef Kreg Graham.
Dinner begins with guests personally seated by masked hotel staff to their individual table in the hotel’s stunning Grand Lobby. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy a Thanksgiving-styled four course dinner, each course paired with a local, British Columbia wine chosen and presented by Chef Graham.
- When: Sunday October 11th, 6:45 p.m.
- Where: Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Drive
The Ghostly Walk Halloween tours are said to be the best way to experience Halloween in Victoria. These 90 minute tours include locations such as Bastion Square, Parliament Building, Pendray Inn, St. Andrews Cathedral, James bay and Bent Mast, Trounce Alley and more!
- When: October 9th to October 31st. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Where: The tours begin at the archway entrance to Market Square (560 Johnson Street)
- Price: Check online for availability and to book tickets. Limits in place to reserve times and for social distancing.
- Adults (17+): $20
- Seniors (65+): $15
- Students (Must provide student I.D): $15
- Children (6-11): $10
Ross Bay Cemetery, a Victorian-era burial ground, is the final resting place of Emily Carr and Sir Douglas. It is believed that the proximity of the sea acts as a conduct for spirits and has become a popular spot for themed cemetery walks.
- Murder Most Foul: October 11th, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
- Where: Ross Bay Cemetery, 1495 Fairfield Road
- Price: $5 for non-members, $2 for members
Hatley Castle is another well known and allegedly haunted monument in Victoria. The Castle was built in 1908 for a Lieutenant and his family and eventually turned into a naval military academy.
Over the years, many ghosts have been spotted within and around the castle. Although the guided tours are not running at this time, visitors are welcome to visit the gardens. Controlled access will be in place to ensure a 50 visitor capacity limit at this time.
- When: Garden access is open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m daily.
- Where: 2005 Sooke Road