Sunset from Christmas Hill (Robert Fraser)

Although this May long weekend looks different from previous years, there are still plenty of ways to get outdoors and make the most of your long weekend.

With provincial travel restrictions in place, remember to practice physical distancing, socialize only within your household bubble, and support local businesses.

Without further ado, here are 6 things to do in and around Victoria this long weekend, May 22nd – 24th:

James Bay Community Market

The James Bay Community Market is back, operating rain or shine every Saturday from May to October. The Market has expanded to allow for more space to walk and more vendors.

The Market provides the perfect Saturday morning outing for you and your household bubble, with everything from jewelry, books, produce, baked goods, and more.

Check out the list of vendors.

  • When: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., every Saturday until October 2nd
  • Where: Corner of Menzies Street and Superior Street in James Bay

Sidney Street Market

The Sidney Street Market is back! After a prolonged COVID-19 absence, the market has returned to a new location at the Mary Winspear Centre until the pandemic is over.

  • When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Sunday through October 10th
  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Try a new sweet treat

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? If you’re looking for an old classic, Mcdonalds has finally brought back their Smartie Mcflurry!

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Alternatively, if you’re looking for something new, Starbucks recently announced its Summer drink menu which includes a new Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino.

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Pick up some fresh produce

Support your local farms by purchasing berries, vegetables, baked goods and more directly through their stores or stands. Although most farms are not currently offering u-pick, many still offer pre-picked berries for purchase. Check ahead for hours and availability.

Explore Local Art

Victoria is abundant with local artists who have decorated the city with their work. Visit the CRD’s LandMarks Public Art website to access information on 167 public artworks by location, artists or discipline. Simply ‘add’ the artwork you are interested in to curate a self-guided tour, then visit the ‘Your Tour’ page for your printable map for your own unique experience.

You can also check out the CRD’s guide to exploring art and culture at a distance.

Watch the sunset

Finish off the perfect long weekend with an incredible view and sunset. If you aren’t sure of the best spot, here is a list of 8 amazing places to watch the sunset in and around Victoria.

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