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It’s been a crazy week of weather for Vancouver Island!
Another winter storm came on Wednesday with heavy snowfall what to suspend of Canada Post Deliveries, CRD Recycling services and Bus routes all thursday.
Then the wind blew in, causing several BC ferry crossings on the Swartz Bay / Tsawwassen route canceled on Friday.
Now that the weather is clearing, we hope the weather stays calm and look forward to a relaxing weekend.
Here are 16 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, Nov 8-9. January:
Get your tree chipped
Another Christmas season has come and gone.
Depending on when you want to wrap up your decorations and cut the tree down, you might be trying to figure out where to get this year’s tree chipped!
Before recycling, don’t forget to remove all screws, nails, lights, and ornaments from the tree. These items can be potentially dangerous if passed through a chopping system.
You can check out our list of 22 places to get your tree chipped here.
Skate in Uptown
The Rink at Uptown invites avid skaters!
This holiday guests can skate for $ 5 per person per person for $ 2 hire. Guests can book their 40-minute time on-line for groups of up to 6 people.
Waivers and masks are required to attend so guests are asked to arrive five minutes prior to check-in to sign up and get dressed!
The festive fun also serves a good cause! 50% of The Rink’s proceeds will be donated to the 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Center to support their Christmas Basket program.
- Where: Uptown Boulevard, 3440 Saanich Road
- When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
See a comedy show at the Heckler’s
After almost two years of shutdown, Hecklers is back to meet your comedy needs. Do you enjoy a comedian every Saturday night, followed by Comedy Here Often’s The Late?
- Where: 123 Gorge Road East, Hecklers Bar and Grill
- When: John Beuhler: Saturday 7 p.m., Comedy Here Oft? The Late Show: 10:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4th
- Tickets: $ 20. Tickets can be bought online here.
Check out a new restaurant that opened in Victoria in 2021
Victoria is known for its incredible food, variety of options, and local favorites.
Although restaurants across town had a difficult year, we saw locals return as soon as possible to endorse their favorites.
We even saw some brand new restaurants open their doors ready to welcome us!
You can see our list Here.
Try Victoria’s first Popeyes Chicken
Now you can get the taste of New Orleans with the grand opening of the very first Popeyes Louisiana Chicken on Vancouver Island – right here in Victoria.
The new location is in the Tuscany Village in Saanich and will bring a whole new world of flavors to the city.
Popeyes Canada is hoping to open up to five more franchises on Vancouver Island and hopes to have its second location in Nanaimo ready by Christmas.
So stop by for their famous Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken, Chicken Tender, Fried Shrimp and more!
Donate to Victoria’s Community Fridge
Victoria’s first communal refrigerator opened in Rock Bayto ensure that all residents have access to food. Locals can visit them, take away what they need, or donate to help those in need. Before you donate, please see their list Donation Policy.
- Where: 2725 Rock Bay Avenue
- When: The communal fridge is open 24/7
Take a Victoria Food Tour
A Taste of Victoria Food Tours offers rain or shine tours of downtown Victoria, showcasing the best local cuisine the city has to offer.
The tour begins at Victoria Public Market and includes stops at Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government Street, and the Inner Harbor, with 6 to 8 local tastings along the route.
Reservations Your place on the internet.
- Where: The tour begins at Victoria Public Market, # 6 1701 Douglas Street
- When: The tours start Monday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Price: $ 59.95 per person
Check out Starbucks new drink
Starbucks’ new latte, The Pistachio Latte, returns for a second year by popular demand, offering flavors of sweet pistachios and rich brown butter paired with espresso and frothed milk.
The drink can be ordered hot or chilled in stores across Canada for a limited time and can be customized with your choice of dairy or non-dairy options.
Try out Tim Horton’s new “Timbiebs”
Justin Bieber is helping to incorporate three fresh flavors of timbits into what he and Tim Hortons call timbiebs.
The Pride of London, Ontario teased the collaboration in an Instagram post two days ago, leaving fans wondering what was going on.
Now he’s helping bring three Timbiebs flavors – Chocolate White Fudge, Sour Cream Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake Waffle – to stores across North America.
Enjoy an eggnog latte
It’s no secret that everyone was disappointed when Starbucks has announced its fan favorite eggnog latte would be excluded from their vacation menu this year.
However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be without it this year!
Coffee shops across Victoria are now touting their own eggnog lattes and other Christmas beverages. That means you can still live your eggnog latte dreams while supporting local businesses. You can see our list here.
Enjoy a charcuterie evening
Now that we can go out again and meet friends for dinner, we want it to be special. We want to give everything!
Dressing up, ordering a glass of wine, and sharing a sausage table at a local restaurant can make you feel chic and sophisticated.
Sausage boards give something of everything, meat, cheese, pickled side dishes. It’s the perfect dish to share while discussing anything you’ve missed with your friends.
You can see our list here!
Check out Victoria’s new UK shop
A brand new store specializing in British treats has just opened in Victoria and we’re excited!
Limey, the British Shop, opened as the only family-run store in Kelowna. Now they are overjoyed as they expand to what they call “the most British city in all of Canada”.
This fun and funky place specializes in everything British from candy and chips to bangers, black pudding and marmite.
- Location: # 101, 515 Chatham Street
- Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Contact: (778) 432-4620
Try one of Victoria’s best crispy chicken sandwiches
Victoria is full of restaurants that add their own creative twist to the crispy chicken sandwich!
Reddit user u / beesmadehoney78 was out on the hunt asking the public for help in finding Victoria’s best fried chicken sandwich.
click here to see the list!
Try some of Victoria’s best cocktails
Reddit user u / westcoastwanderer was out on the hunt and asked about the recommendations of the public The best cocktails in town.
From this list, we have created a quick guide to some local favorites, along with recommendations from industry experts.
You can see the list here!
Get Bubble Tea!
What’s your go-to bubble tea order?
Milk tea, fresh fruit tea or slush? Do you get tapioca pearls or coconut jellies?
The options are endless, and so are the options for drinking your favorite tea in Victoria.
Not sure where to go? You can see our list of The best places for bubble tea to satisfy your cravings Here.
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Team U8-C2
Are you ready to move those Pops bottles out of the garage? Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Team U8-C2 hosts a drive-thru bottle drive. Simply load your bottles and cans into the trunk of your car, drive through and they grip without contact and without sorting. Just drop it off and go! The team will also be gathering door-to-door in the Royal Bay area.
- Location: Royal Bay Secondary School football ground parking lot
- Opening times: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.