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11 places to get your fix for National Ice Cream Day in Victoria this Sunday


You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again — you scream, we scream, everyone screams for ice cream!

Get yourself some of this frozen happiness in a cone or a cup and beat the heat this National Ice Cream Day in and around Victoria this Sunday, July 16th.

Rain or shine, every time is the right time for ice cream but it certainly does help when the sun is shining and beach trips are to be had!

So grab a treat and continue on your mystical summer journeys.

Less talk, more eat…here are 11 places to get ice cream this Sunday, July 16th:

Parachute Ice Cream

This cozy shop has a fairly interesting origin story.

Essentially, a couple of local entrepreneurs thought it would be pretty awesome to start serving high-quality ice cream…so, that’s what they did!

And just like that, they bring you delicious, on-site made ice cream with local ingredients!

Test it out for yourself at their Victoria or their Langford location.

  • Where: 
    • 105-2626 Bridge Street (Victoria)
    • 129-735 Goldstream Avenue (Langford)
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cold Comfort Ice Cream

Cold Comfort is known for their unique flavours and commitment to serving real ice cream made from real ingredients.

They use organic BC cream, fresh eggs from happy island hens, fair trade sugar and chocolate, fresh fruit and seasonal flowers and herbs, and more!

To note in particular is their Hoyne Dark Matter ice cream served on a vanilla macaron, and their gluten and dairy free flavour, Mint Condition — made with chipped organic and fair trade 70% dark chocolate on cocoa dacquoise.

  • Where: 1115 N Park Street #2
  • When: Open 7 days a week
    • Wednesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sunday to Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Softys Ice Cream

This rocking soft-serve ice cream parlor brings milkshakes, sundaes, and classic chocolate dipped cones made from natural ingredients to the table!

Every delicious concoction is made without dairy or gluten — so, anyone can enjoy a stress-free treat.

It has three locations, including Mill Bay, Uptown, and the Malahat SkyWalk!

  • Where: 
    • 2720 Mill Bay Road, Mill Bay
    • 3440 Saanich Road, Uptown
    • 901 Trans-Canada Highway, Malahat
  • When: Hours will vary based on the location

Hazel’s Ice Cream

Not only does this family-owned and operated ice cream parlor have it’s own location, they also have pop-up carts, and bars available across Western Canada — check the map for all of their spots!

If you try one of their delectable ice cream bars, you’ll want to try them all. From coffee flavoured to bubblegum, there’s bound to be a flavour for you.

If you didn’t think they could get anymore wholesome, their name is in honour of their dog, Hazel — if you see her around, be sure to show her some love too!

  • Where: Many locations across Western Canada Storefront: 103 – 1029 View Street
  • When: 
    • Tuesday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mr. Tubb’s Ice Cream Parlor

This wonderful venue focuses on the family experience — offering different games to play on-site as well as event hosting on top of their selection of ice cream treats!

Grab yourself a classic cone, a sundae, or a banana split if you’re feeling extra sweet.

They also serve snacks like the comforting grilled cheese or hot dog!

  • Where: 3454 Tillicum Road
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Beacon Drive In Restaurant

“Serving up smiles since 1958!” — there’s a reason the Beacon Drive In has been voted Victoria’s Best Ice Cream for many, many years!

Their classic recipe for soft-serve ice cream and milkshakes is unbeatable.

And if you’re feeling like a little something extra, they serve burgers too!

  • Where: 126 Douglas Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Hidden Gem Treat Shop & Cafe

Escape the stresses of everyday life at this hideaway — Hidden Gem was created on a foundation of love, and that’s something they hope to pass on to everyone.

They serve plant-based ice cream with rotating flavours to ensure you the best adventure with every visit!

If you’re craving a little extra, they serve cookies, pastry items, and savoury treats like pizza pockets, breakfast wraps, and scones.

  • Where: 337 Cook Street B
  • When: Open 7 days a week
    • Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jackson’s Ice Cream Float

Not only are they located in the picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf, they also have a huge selection of ice cream flavours — including dairy free, frozen yogurt, soft serve, and more!

Grab yourself a cone to beat the heat and enjoy it with an ocean view.

Or grab a milkshake and wander the colourful houses around the area!

(Jackson’s Ice Cream / Facebook)
  • Where: 1 Dallas Road
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ice Cream Mountain

Keep your eyes peeled or you might miss it!

This little tucked-in highway-spot is the perfect place to stop on your way out of town!

They have a wonderful selection of delicious flavours and a cute little courtyard to enjoy your frozen treat by.

(Ice Cream Mountain / Facebook)
  • Where: 2892 Trans-Canada Highway
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

49 Below Ice Cream 

This team of ice cream connoisseurs are known for their creativity, collaboration with other community businesses, and focus on supporting local.

You’ll find flavours that are inspired by their curiosities — whether that’s travel, cuisines that caught their attention, pop culture, and plenty more!

Real ice cream and real smiles, enjoy this treat without the worries of preservatives or artificial flavouring.

  • Where: 2575 Cadboro Bay Road
  • When: Hours vary

Momo Tea

If you’re looking for a unique spin on soft-serve ice cream, you’re going to want to stop at Momo Tea.

They strive for delicious, creative, and beautiful in everything they release — and they are always introducing new flavours to try for the returning fans!

Also on the menu is Bubble Tea, Slushies, Pearl Milk, and more!

  • Where: 762 Yates Street
  • When: 
    • Sunday to Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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