Just another beautiful night at Ogden Point Pier. (@crislmf via Instagram)

We’ve made it to the mid-week mark and November is in full motion.

If you’re still looking to burn off the Halloween sugar high, there are plenty of things to do in and around Victoria today.

From meeting Corey Hirsch to taking part in a Wednesday night jam, here are 5 things to do today:

An Evening with Corey Hirsch

NHL star goalie Corey Hirsch is coming to Victoria today to present his new book, The Save of My Life.

In this timely memoir Hirsch takes readers behind the scenes, letting us into his very real struggle with mental illness. Hirsch’s honest, open voice inspires hope and urges readers to address mental health in every field and level of achievement.

As Hirsch says, “I am not insane. I am not a bad person. I am not weak. I have an illness, and there is a treatment.”

  • When: Wednesday, November 2nd, starting at 6:45 p.m.
  • Where: Bolen Books, Hillside Centre

National Geographic Live: From Summit to Sea with Andy Mann

For over a decade, Andy Mann has been a forerunner in the world of adventure film and conservation photography.

He is an experienced climber, diver, arctic explorer and award-winning filmmaker whose imagery is helping tell the story of our rapidly changing planet, documenting expeditions on all seven continents for National Geographic magazine, Sea Legacy, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, Wildlife Conservation Society and more.

His imagery is remarkably memorable, reminding us how the emotion of an image can touch our spirit.

Mann is the co-founder and director at 3 Strings Productions, the commercial and documentary film studio in Boulder, CO and works with clients such as Red Bull, Toyota, The North Face, National Geographic and more. He also a founding member of the Sea Legacy Collective with Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier.

  • When: Wednesday, November 2nd, starting at 6:45 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street

The Alice – An Immersive Cocktail Experience

Enjoy a 90-minute topsy-turvy journey into the magical realm of Wonderland. Brought to you by the interactive team behind The Wizard’s Den, Beyond Cinema, and A.K Wregg.

For those both curious and curiouser – this will be the tea party to end all tea parties.

Join us for a theatrical, alternate reality experience that will take you down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass! Across 90 minutes you will:

  • Create two bespoke Wonderland cocktails
  • Solve riddles and challenges just like Alice
  • Devour an “Eat Me” cookie
  • Paint the roses red
  • When: Wednesday, November 2nd
    • 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Where: Sonora Bar and Grill, 531 Yates Street

Goldstream River Salmon Run

After a record setting drought in Victoria, the weekend rains have brought hope for salmon and the Goldstream Park volunteers that observe them annually.

Typically, the yearly salmon run begins in mid-October.

In 2022, the salmon were forced to have a delayed start because the water levels were too low for them to make their way up the Goldstream River.

Naturalists are on hand at the Nature House Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions.

  • When: From now until December
  • Where: Goldstream River, at Goldstream Provincial Park

Wednesday Night Jam

Experience the incredible talent Victoria has to offer! Bring your own instrument and mic – drum kit, bass/guitar amp provided.

  • When: Wednesday, November 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: The Loft Pub, 229 Gorge Rd E