First of all, please accept our apology for the hiatus. We got really busy with, well, loving the bejeebus out of summer. You know that feeling that you need to make the most of every last bit of sunshine? Yea, that.
Now with just a few weeks left of summer, we’ve rounded up five things we highly recommend you get out and experience before the rainy season hits.
1) Check out Victoria’s new rooftop patio The Livet
We visited The Livet last week and the space is super chic — and, frankly, unlike anything else on offer in Victoria. It’s hard to believe this spot used to be home to nothing but a drab bank.
The menu is part raw bar (think scallop ceviche and albacore tuna tataki) and part charcoal barbecue (think grilled rack of lamb, chuck steak and salmon). Mix and match small plates to create a fun feast.
Owner Graham Meckling is the fella behind Stage Wine Bar in Fernwood so expect good things.
Looking for more patio inspiration? Check out our post on 8 Sweet Victoria Patios
2) Go for a bike ride and swim
We love, love, love the Lochside and Galloping Goose trails. They’re totally separated from vehicle traffic and are almost totally flat thanks to their history as railway lines. The only challenge is choosing a suitable chunk of the 85 kilometre stretch to do on any given day.
One of our favourites is to start downtown and bike out to Cordova Bay for a dip in the ocean and a bite at The Beachhouse Restaurant. It’ll take you 45 minutes to an hour each way at a leisurely pace.
An alternative is to park somewhere along Happy Valley Road in Metchosin and hop on the Galloping Goose and pedal your way to Matheson Lake. It’s a beautiful stretch of trail and gets you access to the lesser used side of the lake. Pop in for a dip and then have a picnic while you dry off on the rocks. Voila!
3) Visit an outside market.
You have one last chance to catch Oak Bay Night Market this year. Get yourself down to Oak Bay Avenue on Sept. 14 between 4 and 8 p.m. to see Oak Bay Village transformed into a European-style street market. You’ll find a wide range of fresh and local food and produce and artisan goods ranging from ceramics and jewelry to soap and greeting cards.
The market also features local music and a magician. Who can say no to that?
Alternatively, check out the Etsy Makers Market in Centennial Square. The last one is Sept. 4.
4) Try a locally made cold treat.
Victoria is booming with artisan ice cream and popsicle shops. Seriously.
The little popsicle shop that could, Kid Sister, has a new space in Fan Tan Alley that is seriously worth checking out.
Cold Comfort is killin’ it with its unique ice cream flavours and ice cream sandwich combos from its North Park location.
And new-kid-on-the-block Parachute Ice Cream is creating a serious buzz around town from its Rock Bay location. Try the lemon cream. We hear it’s to die for.
5) Get out on the water.
We live so close to the water, but sometimes we neglect to get up close and personal with it enough.
There are lots of options for this, but our personal favourite is kayaking or paddle boarding up Tod Inlet. You can rent what you need from the dock at Brentwood Bay Resort.
After you’ve enjoyed a paddle, top off your day with a cold beverage on the patio at the pub. The view is killer. (Pssst: Monday to Thursday, they have a special paddle and pint special for $35 between 11:30 and 5:30 p.m.)
What are you dying to do to finish off summer? Tell us in the comments.