If you're worried about not getting lucky on Friday the 13th or Valentine's Day, don't sweat it. You don't need anyone else to get away from it all and love yourself a little. Take some time to treat yourself with one of these five activities.


Warm your heart with a cup of coffee.

Curl up with a good book

When was the last time you allowed yourself to completely fall into the magical world of a great book? Stroll through one of many locally-owned bookstores in Victoria and Sidney, also known as "Booktown," to find some excellent reading material. The friendly locals will be happy to offer recommendations for their favourite café, preferably with a big leather chair or stunning view, or check our listings for cozy coffee places in town. Get a hot drink and curl up to dive into the great adventure of a great story.


Tour Victoria's breweries over a great conversation.

Make new friends over beer

If you're a social butterfly who loves good conversation over even better beer, discover Victoria's vibrant craft beer scene on a beer tour. In the company of newly made acquaintances, get a unique behind the scenes look at Victoria's breweries and leave the driving to the tour guide.


Let the movies take you to a different world.

Indulge in a great movie

The trailer already had you emotionally invested, but you can't seem to find anyone to come watch this stunning movie with you (or maybe you'd rather not let anyone know that you secretly can't wait for 50 Shades of Grey to come to theatres). Why don't you go by yourself? Treat yourself to popcorn and let the fascinating world of up and coming directors take you by surprise at the Victoria Film Festival.


Kayaking in the Inner Harbour.

Soak up the ocean's serenity

It's scientifically proven that spending time by the ocean has a calming effect and makes people feel better. Rent a kayak or paddle board and paddle your way to peace of mind. You'll get to explore the city from a unique perspective. To completely get away from it all, head on a fishing excursion. The beautiful landscape, depth of the blue water around you and thrill of a good catch will make you forget all about life's daily hiccups.


Treat yourself to a massage.

Get that massage you've been dreaming about

We know that you've been dreaming of a massage or some alone time at the spa for a while. What's holding you back? Visit one of Victoria's luxurious spas for a relaxing treatment. It'll have you slipping into a deep restful sleep and waking up rejuvenated, feeling younger and more determined to take on the day than ever.