Goldstream Park - Photo by Conan Chee Photography

It’s the weekend and the forecast is calling for sunshine! Below are 7 things to do in and around Greater Victoria this weekend, including a Craft Crawl Fair!

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 six things to do today, November 7th to 8th!

YYJ Craft Crawl – Saanich Peninsula

A great day of social distance shopping. 26 vendors will be set up in their driveways, garages, studios, or living rooms for safe one on one shopping from Elk Lake area all the way to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. A Google map is available here and a Zee Map here.

  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: From Elk Lake area all the way to Swartz Bay ferry terminal – see map.

Shred-a-Thron for the Victoria Humane Society

The Victoria Humane Society is holding a community “Shred A Thon” on September 12th between 10 am-1 pm in the Tillicum Centre parking lot.

COVID-19  friendly drive-thru shredding. Just drive up, they take your boxes of paper documents from your vehicle. The paper is confidentially shredded in a truck while you wait. You donate $20 per every 5 boxes or $5 per bag or box. You drive away.

All of the funds raised at this event will go towards animals in the Victoria Humane Society care.

  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Tillicum Centre Parking lot – look for the tents

Pumpkin Smash at the West Shore Town Centre

Wondering what to do with your Jack-o-lantern after the big day?

Bring it down to the Cineplex parking lot and the Langford Fire Rescue team will drop them from their 105-foot ladder!

By donation, all proceeds to Muscular Dystrophy and the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. Please respect social distancing measures.

  • When: Saturday,  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: West Shore Town Centre, in the Cineplex parking lot

SV Christmas Craft Fair Friday

In keeping with the season, this show has a wide variety of juried handmade items including Christmas Decorations, Body Care Products, Original Artwork, Handmade Cards, Jewellery, Knitting, Fibre work, Glass, Pet Products, Adult and Children’s Clothing, honey, jams and jellies, sweet treats and Gourmet Food to take home and eat in.

Masks are mandatory.  One hour of shopping for a maximum of 50 people then closed for 1 hour before the next session. Book as timeslot here.

  • When:
    • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 11 High Street (corner of High Street and Burnside Road West)

Nature Walk with a Guided Tour

Remember to preregister for the guided walks (groups of 6 for social distancing). Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this special property. This land has been under conservation ownership since 1947 so nature definitely has a strong presence here.
The Mary Lake property has 7 different ecosystems, contains a 7-acre lake with various riparian areas and both the Earsman and Millstream creeks which are part of the 13,000-year-old watershed flow thru it. Visit the event page for full details.

  • When: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Road

Visit Butchart Gardens

No matter the season, The Butchart Gardens are sure to put on a show. Notice: This event is outdoors. Make sure to check the air quality before heading out.

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

Salmon Run at Goldstream Park

The annual salmon run, where tens of thousands of fish make their way back to Goldstream to spawn, has begun!

Salmon born in the river head off to the open ocean for four years to grow before returning to their home stream to reproduce. These returnees are expected to arrive en masse soon.

Goldstream River has a world-class salmon spawning stream, with an average of 30,000 salmon returning each year. They appear around mid-October and may be seen for about nine weeks, with the dates varying from year to year.

  • When: From now until early December
  • Where: Goldstream Provincial Park