Well, it’s official: the rainy season is here. And we all know what that means: Netflix. Lots of Netflix.
While there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with spending a little extra time in sweatpants, it doesn’t hurt to get out of the house now and again.
Here are four things on my to-do list now that summer (oh that glorious summer) is in the rearview mirror.
1) Popcorn and Wine at Tre Fantastico
Since I mentioned Tre Fantastico in my happy hour post a couple weeks ago, I paid the place a fresh visit and was super-impressed with its evening vibe. I’d always thought of this spot — tucked into the Parkside Resort across from St. Ann’s Academy — as a coffee shop, but it’s actually got a full dinner menu, a great wine and beer list and a stellar happy hour.
Better yet, on Wednesdays between 7 and 10 p.m., Tre Fantastico offers $10 off select bottles of wine and free gourmet popcorn. That’s worth getting out of your sweatpants for.
2) Trivia Night at Northern Quarter
I’ve been hearing great things about Northern Quarter since the restaurant and live music venue opened across from The Hudson in the summer. Yet in between music festivals, road trips and trying to hold down a job, I still haven’t made my way there.
But that’s all going to change very, very soon, because Benji Duke — one of the fellows behind Northern Quarter — is hosting his famous pub quizzes on Wednesday Nov. 18 and Wednesday Nov. 25. They’re held semi-regularly on Wednesdays and they’re hilarious. Just go. You’ll see.
3) Watch the Salmon Run in Goldstream Park
I’m still reeling a bit from the change in weather, so I’m not going to pretend to be super-ambitious on the outdoorsy front. However, I did make a trip to Goldstream Provincial Park recently and the salmon run never ceases to amaze me. Last year, 42,000 chum salmon returned to the exact spot they were born in Goldstream River.
If you go soon-ish, the ratio of live to dead salmon might still be in your favour. And hey, there’s nothing to make you stop feeling sorry for yourself like seeing a river chock-a-block full of salmon that just swam their asses off to get back to their birthplace to face imminent death.
If you’re feeling uplifted by the circle of life, head toward the nature house — but good grief, whatever you do, don’t go in there unless you want to be trampled by about 400 schoolchildren. Instead, walk through the tunnel under the highway before you get to the nature house and hike up to Niagara Falls, which cascades 47.5 metres down a rock cliff into a canyon pool.
Keep climbing up and you’ll reach a spectacular train trestle 85 metres above the valley below. Once you’ve checked that off the to-do list, get back home to watch Netflix, pronto.
4) Fitness Freedom
Let’s face it, going to the gym in the summer sucks. Okay, going to the gym any time kinda sucks — but it’s way less sucky in the winter.
If you’re looking to re-start a gym habit, I highly recommend checking out Fitness Freedom. It’s an ingenious workout program that allows you to try dozens of gyms and studios in Victoria for one monthly fee. I did it for a couple of months last year and got hooked on boot camp at Studio 4 Athletics. Check out our blog on Fitness Freedom for more deets.
And there, my friends, are four decent-ish reasons to peel yourself off the couch this November. Now, back to Netflix.