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CHILL OUT HERE
- One of Victoria’s most popular parks, Beacon Hill is filled with fun elements for all ages. Scope out the historic totem poles, stroll through the gardens, and (if the weather is warm) let the kids play in the water park fountain before heading to the petting zoo to watch the daily goat stampede—watch your toes! 

PEOPLE-WATCH HERE - The Fairfield neighbourhood south of central Victoria is perhaps best known for Cook Street Village, a walkable five-block strip between Leonard and Oscar Streets with lots of hip eateries and unique shops. Grab a coffee, a seat on an outdoor patio and enjoy. 

EAT HERE - Known for its stellar brunch, locally-sourced ingredients and housemade specialties, The Village Restaurant on Cooke Street is sure to deliver


So, you’ve got a new place—time to celebrate! Welcome friends and family into your fresh digs with a housewarming party. Here, we spotlight eight tips for throwing a fun, stress-free fête that will help you and your guests feel at home in your new abode.

CHOOSE A THEME - There are many ways to make your party stand out. Invite friends over for a Paint-a-Room Party, it’s a fun way to give your new walls some color—just make sure to offer your hard-working guests great food and drinks for their efforts. If your move-in date is in the spring or summer, go with a Garden Party theme, and ask attendees to help plant a few new bulbs and send them home with succulents or seed packets. 

INVITES AND DECORATIONS - Lean into the “home improvement” theme and get


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month on Vancouver Island. 

RUN WITH THE FISHES HERE -  November is prime salmon spawning season and there is no better place to watch the salmon run than in Goldstream Provincial Park. Thousands of Chum Salmon return to Goldstream each year, and you may even spot some Coho and Chinook Salmon on your visit. If you watch quietly and do not disturb the fish, you’ll likely see some working their way upstream. Don’t forget to wear boots. 

SEE THE LIGHT HERE - What better way to mark the start of the holiday season than with Victoria’s Annual Marina Light Up in front of the Empress Hotel. On Friday, November 29, sip complimentary hot chocolate while you and your family walk the docks to see the


Home is a place to truly express yourself and showcase your personal sense of style. Whether you prefer the woodsy-inspired, rustic look, the sleek minimalist Scandinavian style or an eclectic vision that doesn’t quite fit the mold, these five shops and showrooms on Vancouver Island are sure to have something that appeals to your distinct taste. 

Willow Groove 
If you find inspiration in the towering trees of B.C., you’ll love the rustic style of Willow Groove Live Edge Furniture in Victoria. The West Coast-inspired pieces are handcrafted by artisan Davie Duckworth, using sustainably harvested slabs locally sourced on Vancouver Island. Duckworth embraces the natural curves and lines to customize works of art, including dining and coffee tables, all designed


There are many ways for each of us to reduce our impact on the environment—and the majority are remarkably easy. Here, we highlight six ways to go green. Your planet (and wallet) will thank you.   

PLANT A ROOFTOP GARDEN - In addition to being atmospheric and adding a cool space to an apartment or condo, these urban green spaces provide great solutions to food production and urban environmental sustainability. Rooftop gardens—also known as green roofs—allow city dwellers to grow food for their own homes and help mitigate urban “heat islands.” Plus, the layers of soil and growth provide insulation to the building they are planted on, cooling it in the summer and heating it in the winter, decreasing energy consumption. Green roofs can be installed on sheds


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Vancouver Island.

LEARN TO CRAFT COCKTAILS HERE - On October 19, the Art of the Cocktail event returns, bringing an epic array of Victoria’s best cocktail craftspeople, who will demonstrate fresh new recipes, and teach you how to make them at home. This year’s event will have more than 60 types of spirits and upwards of 40 exhibitors, plus it has a Parisian theme, so be sure to say “à votre santé” when you toast. 

RUN (OR CHEER) HERE - Designed by runners for runners, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on October 13 is Vancouver Island’s premier running event and the only certified Boston qualifier on the Island—that means there are some fast runners in this pack!


On Vancouver Island—where the weather provides a scenic, full spectrum of seasons—enjoying the early days of autumn is a true delight. Here, we highlight nine places on Vancouver Island that capture this colorful time of year. 

Elk Lake Trail - This six-mile trail around Elk and Beaver Lakes, located just 20 minutes north of Victoria, meanders through the changing leaves and provides a flat, easy path for jogging or hiking. 

Church and State Winery - Set high over acres of vineyards, Church and State is Vancouver Island’s largest winery. Its Tasting Bar and Bistro boasts a gorgeous view and fresh seasonal fare—pair their parmesan polenta fries, pan seared wild halibut and syrah braised beef cheeks with the winery’s palate-pleasing creations.  

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Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to savor the season. From corn mazes and heart-pounding racetrack experiences to fabulous wine festivals, here are five of our favorite end-of-summer adventures in and around Vancouver Island. 

MCNAB'S CORN MAZE - Now this is a truly unforgettable early autumn activity. Put on some sturdy closed-toe shoes, grab some snacks and dive into McNab’s seven-acre corn maze, located 60 miles north of Victoria and open now through October 31. How long it takes is up to you (it could be hours). When you finish up, hop on a hay ride over to the pumpkin patch or scope out the fresh veggies at the produce stand. 

DUNCAN'S FARMER'S MARKET - With more than 150 vendors, The Duncan Farmers Market in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan


A memorable day calls for an epic venue, and these spots on Vancouver Island promise to provide truly unforgettable settings. Here are three of our favorites, plus recommendations for three top-rated local vendors. 

BIRD'S EYE COVE FARM - Located in the Cowichan Valley in Victoria amidst rolling hills, cliffs and tranquil ocean views, this 300-acre farm’s 1,710-square-foot timber frame barn can accommodate up to 150 guests. 
Plus, the farm’s bounty of organic produce, eggs, Highland beef, Berkshire pork and preserves, can be incorporated into your wedding day menu. 

NOISY ACRES GARDEN ESTATES - This Vancouver Island venue near Yellowpoint offers a naturally beautiful backyard setting rife with blooming flowers and lush foliage. Pre or post ceremony, guests


Keeping our lives and homes organized is truly a never-ending challenge—but there are ways to make the task slightly less daunting. In addition to providing a sense of calm, an uncluttered space lets your home’s interesting design features shine and architectural elements breathe. Here, we spotlight four tips to create a tidier home (and a peaceful mind). 

MAKE YOUR BED - The decluttering dynamos at home and decor site The Spruce recommend starting with what is often the most prominent item in a bedroom—the bed. By simply straightening the covers and pillows, the space will start to take on a fresher, cleaned-up vibe, which just may inspire you to take on nightstands, dressers and the closet. 

5 MINUTES A DAY - “When your home is filled with clutter, trying