The days may be shorter, but there's no shortage of things to do on crisp autumn days and evenings in Victoria. The brilliant colours of fall hint at the vibrant festivals of the season.
Arts & Culture
Dying to be scared this Halloween? As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a torrid history that comes to life during the month of October. Visit the Ghosts of Victoria Festival for everything from pumpkin art to haunted trolley cars to ghostly walks. Also, check out Dracula at Craigdarroch Castle. Whether it's the chilling ghost stories, zombies or scary ziplines that make you gasp, October in Victoria, B.C. will leave you breathless.
Food & Wine
There's more to a memorable cocktail than just the ingredients. October's Art of the Cocktail is one of Canada's premier mixology events. The Grand Cocktail Tasting will open the door to a world of elegant spirits, while the Cocktail Workshops will pique your inner mixologist and the professional bartender competitions will impress even the most seasoned cocktail enthusiast.
Music & Film
Four days, 10 stages, 100 performances: The only thing you need for an all-access pass to the musical wonderland that is Rifflandia Festival is a wristband. Stroll from stage to stage along the historic streets of downtown Victoria, catch a film in the tented cinema and munch on gourmet food from local vendors.
History & Heritage
The world-class Salmon Run at Goldstream Provincial Park fascinates visitors of all ages as thousands of chum salmon return each fall. Watch the salmon struggle against the current while bald eagles forage for food.
Sports & Outdoors
Early in October, thousands lace up to run in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The 42-kilometre (26-mile) marathon also features a half marathon, 8K road race, kids' run and speaker series with industry experts.