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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

SIDNEY STREET MARKET - Vancouver Island’s largest outdoor market features 130 vendors, drawing up to 5,000 people each week. Every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30pm through summer, Victoria’s Main Street is transformed into a lively street fair, featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, artisan jewelry, crafts, delicious cuisine and live music, with fun, food and entertainment for the whole family.

THE ROOT CELLAR - You don’t have to wait until Thursday to shop local. The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer on McKenzie in Victoria is open seven days a week from 8am-8pm, serving fresh local produce, dairy, meats, cheese, flowers and more. The family-owned store’s shelves are stocked with juicy, island-grown berries and cherries, as well as vegetables of all

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SPLASH TO THE MUSIC HERE - Thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbor on Sunday, August 4 for the 30th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. The Victoria Symphony will take the stage—the floating stage—performing with special guests and ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, set to fireworks. A splash zone on the lawn will feature activities for the whole family from 1-4pm, and Lighthouse Brewing will serve beer and wine in the family-friendly beverage garden beginning at 3pm. The orchestra parade begins at 6:20, and the main performance begins at 7:30pm.  

SPEND YOUR FRIDAY NIGHTS HERE - Kick off the weekend at Victoria’s

Summer evenings on Vancouver Island are best spent outdoors, whether enjoying an intimate dinner around the fire or a large-scale gathering of family and friends. From cocktails and pool games to outdoor spaces and waterfront views, here is some inspo to help make your next summer BBQ an affair to remember. 

Chef It Up By The Pool - Have pool, will entertain. You really can’t go wrong with a poolside BBQ, steps from the kitchen for absolute convenience. Guests can play a round of Spike Ball, the increasingly popular game that can be played on the beach, in the grass and yes, in the pool. While the friendly competition heats up, man the grill, or skip the smoke, smell and apron to chef up your BBQ fare indoors. The open-concept kitchen at 1535 Despard

From picturesque beaches to old-growth forests, serene lakes to flower-filled streets, Vancouver Island’s mild climate and stunning natural beauty make outdoor life a draw all year round. Here, we spotlight five ways to bring your outdoor living spaces to the next level, whether summer, winter, rain or shine. 

Make it A Four-Season Retreat - Depending on the season, bring the shade or bring the heat. Covered terraces with heaters mean you can enjoy time outdoors through the rainy, chilly months. Come summer, perfectly placed umbrellas or shade structures can offer reprieve from the sun. At 574 Island Road in Oak Bay, Victoria, the ocean-view, six-bedroom residence, represented by Jason Binab and Sarah Binab, boasts outdoor heating and a large fireplace to

Vancouver Island is renowned for its active, adventurous and wellness-focused lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to win the next race, explore the outdoors or simply stay in shape, below are our recommendations of great places to get fit in Victoria and Nanaimo. 

BDHQ BOOTCAMP - Take your workout outdoors with this heart-pumping, full-body conditioning program held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:45pm and Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:15am at various parks and beaches throughout the city. Victoria’s very first outdoor workout program, BDHQ BOOTCAMP offers beach runs, plyometrics, stairs, interval training and core work, with modifications to accommodate everyone, from the beginner to the pro. 

SPINCO - The indoor cycling studio offers classes

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CELEBRATE CANADA DAY HERE - Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Legislature Lawns are the place to be for Canada’s July 1st festivities, featuring the B.C. capital city’s impressive line-up of local performers, family-friendly activities and multi-cultural events, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show over the Inner Harbour. The Coast Capital Living Flag is among the day’s events, with 2,300 free red and white t-shirts available. Last year’s event featured 3,600 participants and earned the title “Largest Living Flag” in the country. The Family Zone has been expanded and will now include face-painting, a bouncy castle and features by The Bateman Foundation Gallery

- Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley boasts a Mediterranean-like microclimate that’s more than ideal for winemakers. Named Cowichan, meaning warm island, by the First Nations Salish, the lush green region, with mild, year-round temperatures, is the warmest in Canada and home to the picturesque Unsworth Vineyards. Boasting 12 acres of grape varieties, Unsworth’s award-winning Ovation, as well as its Allegro and Symphony blends are the result of the family-owned winery’s traditional, artisanal winemaking philosophy. Take the beautiful country road through the rolling hills of Cowichan Valley to visit Unsworth’s tasting room or to dine in the Unsworth Restaurant, which captures beautiful vineyard views and celebrates “all things Vancouver Island.”