TGIF!

The weekend is finally here, and although there is no sun in forecast for this weekend, we are happy to say that there is no chance of snow!

For now…

Although we are expecting a rainy weekend, there is still a lot to do. You can buy your tickets to a Valentine’s Day haunted house, go ice skating, and even try a vegetable version of an old fast food favorite.

Here are 18 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, January 15-16:

Get your tickets for Love Hurts Valentine’s Den

This February, your favorite haunted house will transform into a spooky, abandoned lover’s twist, bringing a whole new reason to celebrate the holidays.

From February 10-13, Monsters Haunted House is transforming the former Landmark Cinema in University Heights into Love Hurts, a Valentine’s Day haunt.

So grab your boo, hold it tight, and brave your way through the haunted house. While you’re there, be sure to get your picture taken at the haunted Valentine’s Day photo shoot!

  • Or: Landmark Cinema, University Heights Mall – 3980 Shelbourne St.
  • When: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., from February 10 to 13
  • Tickets: $21.85 each. You can buy tickets here.

Try KFC’s new plant-based menu

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KFC announced the launch of its expanded plant-based menu, giving Canadians looking to reduce their meat intake and play a part in more mindful eating habits something to do.

On January 3, the popular chain launched its plant-based sandwich, spicy plant-based sandwich, plant-based popcorn and canned meal at KFC restaurants across the country.

Made 100% in Canada, the new menu items are animal-free, made with soy and wheat and coated with KFC’s famous herbs and spices.

Apply to be an Extra in a Disney Channel Original Movie

Victoria will become the setting for a new film production later this month and they are looking to hire extras!

‘Under Wraps 2’, the sequel to the 2021 Disney Channel Original Movie, is looking to hire locals between the ages of 8 and 70.

The production is looking for regular extras as well as specialist acts such as jugglers, stilt walkers, musicians, professional hula hoopers, street performers and others with special skills that can be used on camera.

You can get more information here.

Get a free coffee or tea at McDonalds if you’re a healthcare professional

McDonalds Canada is looking to show its appreciation for healthcare workers across the country this month, with a special offer just for them.

Starting January 7 and continuing throughout the rest of the month, healthcare workers in Canada can enjoy free coffee or tea from their local McDonald’s.

This offer is valid for a medium-sized coffee or tea and can be used both at the counter and at the drive-thru.

Skating in Uptown

The Uptown Rink is ready to invite enthusiastic skaters!

Guests can skate for $5 per person and $2 skate rental and can reserve their 40-minute spot in line for groups up to 6 people.

Waivers and masks are required to participate, so guests are asked to arrive five minutes prior to check-in to log in and lace up!

The festive pleasure is also for a good cause! 50% of proceeds from The Rink will be donated to 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, in support of their Christmas Hamper program.

  • Or: 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 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

See a comedy show at Hecklers

After being closed for nearly two years, Hecklers is back to serve your comedy needs. Every Saturday evening, enjoy a comedian followed by Comedy Here Often?’s The Late show.

  • Or: 123 East Gorge Road, Hecklers Bar and Grill
  • When: Shirley Gnome: 7 p.m., Saturday, comedy Here often? The Late Show: 10 p.m., Saturday, January 14
  • Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Try a new restaurant that opened in Victoria in 2021

Victoria is well known for its amazing food, variety of options and local favourites.

Although the city’s restaurants had a tough year, we saw locals returning in droves to support their favorites whenever they could.

We even saw brand new restaurants opening their doors, eager to welcome us!

You can see our list here.

Try Victoria’s First Chicken Popeyes

Now you can enjoy the taste of New Orleans with the official opening of Vancouver Island’s first-ever Popeyes Louisiana Chicken – and it’s right here in Victoria.

The new location is located in Tuscany Village in Saanich and will bring a whole new world of flavor to the town.

Popeyes Canada hopes to open up to five more franchises on Vancouver Island, with hopes that their second branch in Nanaimo will be complete by Christmas.

So stop by for their famous chicken sandwich, spicy chicken, chicken fillets, fried shrimp and more!

Donate to the Victoria Community Refrigerator

Victoria’s first community fridge opened in Rock Bay, to help ensure that all residents have access to food. Residents can visit, take whatever they need, or donate to help those in need. Before donating, please review their list of donation guidelines.

  • Or: 2725 Rock Bay Ave
  • When: The Community Fridge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Take a Food Tour in Victoria

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’s Public Market and includes stops at Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government Street and Inner Harbour, with 6-8 local tastings along the route.

Reserve your place online.

  • Or: Tour starts at Victoria Public Market, #6 1701 Douglas Street
  • When: Tours depart at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  • Price: $59.95 per person

Discover the new drink from Starbucks

Starbucks’ new latte, The Pistachio latte, returns by popular demand for a second year, featuring flavors of sweet pistachio and rich brown butter accompanied by espresso and steamed milk.

The drink can be ordered hot or iced in stores across Canada for a limited time and can be personalized with your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk options.

Try Tim Hortons New Timbiebs

Justin Bieber helps bring three fresh flavors of Timbits in what he and Tim Hortons call Timbiebs.

Pride from London, Ontario teased the collab two days ago in an Instagram post and asked fans what was going on.

Now, he’s helping bring three Timbiebs flavors — White Chocolate Fudge, Sour Cream Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake Waffle — to stores across North America.

Enjoy an eggnog latte

It’s no secret everyone was disappointed when Starbucks has announced its fan-favorite eggnog latte would be excluded from their holiday menu this year.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be without it this year!

Cafes across Victoria are now advertising their own eggnog lattes and other holiday drink menus. That means you can still live your eggnog latte dreams while supporting local businesses. You can see our list here.

Enjoy an evening charcuterie

Now that we can go out and meet friends over dinner, we want it to be special. We want to do everything!

Dressing up, ordering a glass of wine and sharing a charcuterie board at a local restaurant can make you feel chic and sophisticated.

The charcuterie boards give you a bit of everything, meats, cheeses, marinated accompaniments. It’s the perfect sharing dish to have while you chat about all the things you’ve been missing with your friends.

You can consult our list here!

Discover Victoria’s new UK store

A brand new shop specializing in British sweets has opened in Victoria and we’re buzzing with excitement!

Limey, the British Shop, opened as a unique family store in Kelowna. Now they are overjoyed as they expand to become, in their words, “the most British city in all of Canada”.

This fun and funky shop specializes in all things British, from sweets and crisps to bangers, black pudding and marmite.

  • Site: #101, 515 Chatham Street
  • Hours:
    • 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 putting their own creative spin on the crispy chicken sandwich!

Reddit user u/beesmadehoney78 has been on the hunt, asking for the public’s help in finding the best fried chicken sandwich in Victoria.

Click on here to see the list!

Try some of Victoria’s best cocktails

Reddit user u/westcoastwanderer has been on the hunt, asking for the public’s recommendations on the best cocktails in town.

From this list, along with recommendations from industry professionals, we’ve created a quick guide to some local favorites.

You can see the list here!

Get bubble tea!

What is your order for Bubble Tea?

Milk tea, fresh fruit tea or slush? Do you buy tapioca pearls or coconut jellies?

The possibilities are endless, and in Victoria, so are the options for getting your favorite tea beverage.

Don’t know where to go? You can consult our list of best bubble tea places to satisfy your craving here.