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Embrace Winter in Victoria, B.C.

Posted on November 4, 2020

As the seasons change, there's a notable shift in atmosphere as the reality of cozying up and hunkering down for the winter sets in. This year more than ever, there’s a desire to seek out safe activities to fill our cups and leave us nourished in mind and body. Read on for activities around Greater Victoria that you can safely participate in this year.  


Please note that all businesses mentioned have taken the necessary steps to adapt their business to safely serve you during this time. Please check directly with the business you wish to visit for their COVID-19 safety protocols. 


Indulge in Delights 

This winter, allow yourself time to unwind and recharge during a spa treatment at The Spa Magnolia or a soak in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s heated mineral pools. Alternatively, opt to indulge in the simple delights of a perfectly prepared pastry from The Dutch Bakery, or an expertly brewed coffee from Hey Happy. This year embrace moments of self-care big and small. We’re told finding pleasure in the every day is the secret to living a joyful life. 

Image of Oak Bay Beach Hotel


Supporting Local 

Support the community by spending locally this winter! Whether you’re treating yourself to a beverage from a brewery along the BC Ale Trail, visiting a business along the Flavour Trails, picking up a gift for yourself at one the boutiques downtown Victoria or indulging in a baked good from your neighbourhood café, supporting local has never felt so good or been more necessary. Find our guide to shopping in Victoria here. #YYJSupportLocal 

Image by Derek Ford


Release Endorphins  

Get your heart rate going and flex your physical and emotional muscles as you challenge yourself to conquer new heights at WildPlay Element Park. Play in the canopy, soar past trees and test yourself with obstacles designed to bring you to the edge of your comfort zone. All skills and comfort levels are welcome!  

Please note: WildPlay Victoria will be opening for the 2021 season on February 13.


Mindful Meanders 

With seemingly endless kilometres of coastline to meander, forested paths and neighbourhood walkways, take a mindful walk and recharge in Greater Victoria’s breezy and refreshing open air! You’d be astounded at what our crisp breeze will do for your soul on days more challenging than others. 

Image by Derek Ford


Explore Local 

This season take your senses on a journey and lean into a truly unique experience along the Greater Victoria Flavour Trails. Sample the fruits of the harvest, connect with local flavours and explore the abundant offerings of the region. 

Image by Matt Shannon Photography of Country Bee Honey Farm


Be Transported

Be transported as you discover the history of British Columbia through the Royal BC Museums' captivating exhibits. Visit their newest exhibit, Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing - French Modernism and the West Coast and discover Carr's evolution as a painter as she broke the bonds of her conservative art training. Be sure to carve out some time to visit the Our Living Languages exhibit and the First Peoples Galleries.

Image by the Royal BC Museum


Forest Bathing 

If you haven’t heard of forest bathing, now is the perfect time to get acquainted. The practice of forest bathing is rooted in forest therapy; the natural medicine of simply being in the forest. While the concept originated in Japan, The Natural Connection and Mystical Rainforest Tours both offer guided forest bathing experiences right here on the island.  

Image by @benhagkull