As the oldest city of the West Coast, Victoria offers an ideal setting for the spookiest month of the year! From historic ghost tours to embracing the natural beauty of autumn, October is the perfect time for a fun getaway to Victoria B.C. And there is a bonus; you won't have to deal with large summer crowds! Here are our TOP 10 recommendations of things to do in Victoria this October 2022:
1. Get Spooked With Our Local Ghostly Walks
Victoria is home to many ghosts and sprits, from Chinatown’s Fan Tan Ally apparitions to the inmate ghosts of Bastion Square. “Discover The Past” offers daily ghost walking tours, including a Halloween Special, where our city’s dark secrets and mysteries are revealed in a spooktacular fashion!
2. Celebrate The Harvest Festival
The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival on October 29th. A family friendly and educational event, the festival offers a variety of fun activities and exhibits to explore. They include a Pumpkin People display, learning about local bat habitats or Mason Bee seasonal maintenance, and plenty more!
3. Witness The Annual Salmon Run
Each year, thousands of salmon make their way back from the ocean to their place of birth at Goldstream Provincial Park. Once on site, they will spawn their eggs and ultimately die, allowing for a new generation of salmon to continue their species’ life cycle. One of Nature’s wonders not to be missed!
3. Loose Yourself In A Corn Maze
Galey Farms is home to one of Vancouver Island’s leading corn maze with over 6 acres of family fun. Located 15 minutes from downtown Victoria, the maze offers frights and laughs for the big and small. It includes a ghost train and a fully animated ghost town. For those seeking more scream, Galey Farm’s Festival of Fear is a signature event taking place only after dark, featuring the Cornfield of Horror, and the Carnevil Haunted House of Terror! Click here for details.
5. Immerse Yourself In The World Of Van Gogh
Discover Vincent Van Gogh as you have never seen him before. Beyond Van Gogh is a rich and immersive multimedia experience, bringing to life over 300 iconic artworks of the artist, including his most famous "The Starry Night", "Sunflowers", and "Cafe Terrace at Night". A must-see exhibit, opening on October 14th in Victoria. Tickets need be purchased online.
6. Dare To Visit Craigdarroch Castle
Victorian times are often associated with ghosts and the supernatural. Craigdarroch Castle is no exception, encompassing the enhance of that era, and giving visitors a glimpse of life in the 1890s. Legends has it, the castle is home to several ghosts and paranormal activity. Dare to explore alone, or with a group, you will not be disappointed!
7. Explore The Autumn Colours
With the arrival of Fall, comes a stunning natural display of vibrant colours. Victoria and its beautiful surroundings offer the perfect setting to admire Nature’s colour palate. Beacon Hill Park, Hatley Castle Historic Park, or the Galloping Goose bike trail are just a few of the many sites to observe this spectacular change of season. Biking being an excellent way to explore Victoria in the Fall, The Pedaler, located at the Huntingdon Manor Hotel, offers fun and exclusive bike tours.
8. Enjoy The Food Scene
Victoria has a very diverse food scene that can satisfy any palate. Many restaurants embrace the change of season to adapt their menu with seasonal harvest and traditional fall dishes. Stop by The Pendray Inn and Tea House, for a unique Victorian tradition, and experience our Winter Afternoon Tea tastefully crafted with seasonal flavours.
9. Be Terrified At The Carnival of Terrors
Join Passion and Performance Arts Inc. on October 29th for an immersive horror experience. One of the most sought-after events in Victoria, the Carnival of Terrors will kick off with a dance spectacle weaved with twisted tales of blood, gore and horror. A party will follow, including dancing, photo booth, carnival games, a peep show, incredible food and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance; click here for more details
10. Treat Yourself At Victoria’s Oktoberfest
Join Stein and Diner for Victoria’s 6th Oktober Festival on Saturday October 15th. Serving delicious traditional German specialties with a vast selection of BC craft beer, this event guarantees tasty food, great beers and good times!
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