What is not to love about fall in Victoria? The days are crisp, there is stunning fall foliage nearly everywhere you look, and there are enough holiday festivals and activities to keep you celebrating all season long. Likewise, with the favorable exchange rate, there has never been a more affordable time to visit. Take advantage of our Victoria Fall Sale and book your trip by October 8 and travel from October 13 through December 17 to enjoy a one night hotel package, round trip fare aboard the Victoria Clipper starting at only $125 pp/do. Plus, you will get an on board shopping coupon for 20% off duty free items, so you can treat yourself or pick up gifts for friends and family!
Fall & Winter Things to Do in Victoria:
Fall Colors at The Butchart Gardens: One of the best places to experience Victoria’s fall foliage is at The Butchart Gardens, where you can see a variety of leaves changing from lush green to brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red combined with late blooming flowers such as dahlias and chrysanthemums to create a truly spectacular display.
Explore Local Breweries, Cideries and Wineries During Harvest Season: Experience harvest season in Victoria by checking out what is on tap at local breweries, cideries and wineries. The Definitive Craft Brewery Tour will take to three unique craft breweries or you can enjoy a wine, cider and scenic views on the Cowichan Wine Country Tour.
Haunted Victoria Tour and Other Halloween: Spook yourself on a Haunted Victoria Tour (October 23, 24, 30 and 31), which will take on a narrated ghost of famously eerie spots like Ross Bay Cemetery, The Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. For something a little less spine-tingling, stop by Pumpkinfest (October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31) for hay and train rides, a corn maze to explore, petting zoo and children’s haunted house. There is also the annual Halloween Spooktacular (October 31) at Bear Mountain, featuring carnival games, treats and a fireworks display for all ages.
Holiday Shopping: Take advantage of the favorable exchange rate ($1.00 USD is equal to $1.30 CND) and get a head start on your holiday shopping without the crowds, and pick up amazing deals. Johnson Street is Victoria’s trendiest street and is full of locally-owned boutiques, making the place to shop if you are (or shopping for) a fashionista. The nearby Government Street also houses popular stores (such long-running favorites like Roger’s Chocolates and Murchies Tea) as does the Bay Center, an urban shopping mall with over 90 stores. If you are looking for something unique, browse the hip and quirky shops in Fan Tan Alley or explore the Victoria Public Market Artisan Corner, which sets up shop in November, to find amazing works created by local artists.
Holiday Lights Tour to The Butchart Gardens and Other Holiday Festivities: Get in the holiday spirit on the Holiday Lights Tour to The Butchart Gardens when the gardens come alive with thousands of twinkling lights. You can also view beautifully decorated Christmas Trees at The Festival of Trees (November 18-Januray 5) or creatively designed gingerbread Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase. Other holiday traditions include Christmas Lights Across Canada or the Island Farms Santa Light Parade (November 28).