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It’s the first weekend of June!

The arrival of the new month means we are somehow already halfway through 2021 so don’t let this weekend pass you by. Get outside, view some local art and try something new!

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 9 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, June 5th to 6th: 

Cool down with ice cream

It’s the perfect weather to enjoy some of Victoria’s best ice cream. Parachute Ice Cream’s original location is busy as always but the company has also just opened a brand new location in Langford!

Locations: 105 2626 Bridge Street and #129 735 Goldstream Ave

Read also: Popular Victoria ice cream parlour opening second location in Langford

If you’re missing an old favourite, Kid Sister Ice Cream is back! The ice cream shop has opened a brand new location in Cook Street Village, after being forced to close the doors of their original location in Fan Tan Alley. 

Read also: Beloved Victoria ice cream shop opens new location in Cook Street Village

Victoria also has it’s very own ice cream truck! The truck has an online tracker so you can see where the frozen treats are as well as a text notification option to get notified when they are in your neighbourhood. 

Read also: This Victoria ice cream truck will send you a text letting you know it’s in your neighbourhood

Learn about Orcas at the Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum’s feature exhibit showcases the spirit of BC’s wild coast, orca whales. In the exhibit, ‘Orcas: Our Shared Future’, visitors will learn about various orca populations, the complex structure of orca groups and the consequences of captivity. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance. 

Read also: A whale of a tale: Orcas exhibition at Royal BC Museum opens to public

  • Where: 675 Belleville Street, Royal BC Museum
  • When: Tickets available 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.
  • Tickets: $26.95 Adults (19-64), $18.95 Senior (65+) or Student (19+ with valid student ID), $16.95 Youth (6-18).  

Visit the Exhibitions at Saanich Municipal Hall

Tour local art during the Exhibitions at Saanich Municipal Hall, ongoing until June 22nd. Different spaces and levels of the Municipal hall will showcase art by various groups and artists. 

Main Floor Window: Creative Spirits Group

Main Floor Gallery & Reception: Laura Brackenbury, Beaten Paths

Second Floor Gallery and Administration: Bill Zuk and Robert Dalton, Vanishing Salmon

  • Where: 770 Vernon Avenue, Saanich Municipal Hall
  • When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday June 5th and Sunday June 6th 

View Art at Esquimalt Town Center

The Township Community Arts Council (TCAC) and Aragon Properties have announced their Artist in Residence show at Esquimalt Town Center. The three week program showcases local artists in a ‘gallery space’ which visitors will be able to tour, view and purchase. This weekend’s artists showcase is painter Kristen Carleton.

  • Where: #106 501 Park Place, Esquimalt Town Square
  • When: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets: Admission is free but tickets can be reserved on the Eventbrite website. This allows physical distancing measures to be followed. 

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf offers views of marine life, food kiosks, shops and eco-tour adventures. Grab some food and continue your walk along Dallas Road to the beach! 

Food ideas include Barb’s Fish and Chips, Pirate Pizza Co., Sweets Mini Donuts, and Jackon’s Ice Cream . You’ll be sure to find something you’re looking for! 

James Bay Community Market

The James Bay Community Market is 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

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

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.

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

Sooke Country Market

 

Visiting Sooke Country Market is a perfect Saturday morning activity. Browse through the vendors selling everything from fresh produce, jewelry, gardening supplies and more. 

Check out the list of vendors. 

  • Where: John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays until October 9th

Moss Street Market

2021 marks Moss Street Market’s 30th season in operation. If you prefer contactless pick up, you can visit the online Moss Street Market to pick up your order.

Check out the list of vendors. 

  • Where: 1330 Fairfield Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays through October

Just a reminder: As recommended by BC’s health officials, unessential travel in the province is not recommended at this time. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted but people are asked to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. When attending any events, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, including proper physical distancing and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor and retail spaces. If you are sick, stay home!

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