Whether you live in Victoria or are planning to spend some time in Victoria in November, it is the start of many holiday events! November is low season in Victoria but it is the perfect time to enjoy crisp, sunny days and uncrowded downtown streets! One of the most popular things to do in Victoria in November is still getting outdoors, it is the perfect time to see the salmon in Goldstream.
Things to do in Victoria in November
Goldstream Salmon Run
For the ultimate West Coast experience, head to Goldstream Provincial Park for the annual salmon run. From mid-October until early December each year, thousands of salmon return to the river at Goldstream to spawn and die.
The Chum salmon that is most prevalent but you can also spot Coho, Chinook, Steelhead and Cutthroat trout. This is an incredible natural phenomena and one of the unique things you can do in Victoria in November.
More Info: https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/goldstream/
Watch the Victoria Royals
The Victoria Royals are a major junior ice hockey team based in Victoria. The Royals are in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and play their home game at the Save On Foods Memorial Arena. It is a fun atmosphere for even a casual hockey fan as these young kids are playing some of the best hockey of their careers.
November 2022 Home Games:
- Friday, November 11, 2022 vs. Portland Winterhawks | 7:05 pm
- Saturday, November 12, 2022 vs. Portland Winterhawks | 6:05 pm
- Friday, November 18, 2022 vs. Prince George Cougars | 7:05 pm
- Saturday, November 19, 2022 vs. Prince George Cougars | 6:05 pm
- Saturday, November 26, 2022 vs. Regina Pats | 6:05 pm
- Tuesday, November 29, 2022 vs. Moose Jaw Warriors | 7:05 pm
Experience the magic of The Butchart Gardens with all of the fall colors! Boasting hues of ambers and gold, the gardens this time of year don’t disappoint as they make their way into the winter season. Butchart Gardens is an internationally-renowned 55-acre display garden located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. The gardens were created by Jennie Butchart, and still privately owned and operated by the family. The Butchart Gardens was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004.
Take a Cowichan Valley Wine Tour
Visitors and locals are increasingly taking tours of local wineries. Located just outside of Victoria, Cowichan Valley is Vancouver Island’s thriving wine region. This Cowichan Valley wine tour takes you to several family-owned wineries and past scenic landscapes along the way. While wine is the focus, the day also features a farm-to-table lunch of your choice paired with a flight of local, organic hard ciders.
Take a Food Tour in Victoria in November
One of the best things to do in any city is a food tour. One of the best is Victoria’s history and food tour! Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and have time to do some souvenir shopping for local products.
Breakfast with Santa at Oak Bay Beach Hotel
He’s making a list and coming to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel to check it twice. This family-style brunch service will include cookie decorating at each table, and a visit from Mr. Claus himself. These brunches start in November this year. You can get more info on Santa breakfasts in Victoria during the holiday season.
PRICES: Adult $99.00, Child (3 to 12 years old) $59.00, 2 and under FREE
RESERVATIONS: 2 to 6 guests per table, reservations required, pre-paid and booked online.
DATES FOR 2022:
Saturday, November 26 – 10:00 AM
Sunday, November 27 – 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 3 – 10:00 AM
Sunday, December 4 – 9:30 AM
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 AM
Sunday, December 11 – 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 17 – 10:00 AM
Sunday, December 18 – 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM
LOCATION: 1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC
Enjoy a Local Christmas Market in November
Most of the Christmas Markets in Victoria occur in November. You can check out the list: Christmas Markets in Victoria and make a list of the ones you want to attend!
Where to see Fall Colors in Victoria in November
If you’re looking for the perfect place to soak in some fall colours, then these places should be a shoe-in. In November, the foliage in Victoria is still alive with stunning fall colors! There are several places to visit to see fall colors in October:
- Beacon Hill Park
- Hatley Castle’s Japanese Garden
- Butchart Gardens
- Galloping Goose Trail
- Gorge Waterway
- University of Victoria Campus
- Goldstream Park
- Lochside Trail
Weather in Victoria In November
Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria enjoys the mildest climate in Canada. However, Victoria weather in November is cool and wet. Victoria is a popular city in BC and there are so many things to do any time of the year. Ensure you dress appropriately to ensure your visit is comfortable.
The weather in Victoria in November is cooler and wetter than October. The average high during the day is 10 degrees Celcius and 3-4 degrees at night. The average precipitation is 165 mm and it rains about 15 days out of the month.
Where to Stay in Victoria in November
LUXURY: Delta by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe or Fairmont Empress or Sheraton Victoria
MIDRANGE: Accent Inn or Best Western Inner Harbour or Hotel Zed
BUDGET: Island Travel Inn or Ocean Island Backpackers
More Resources for Visiting Victoria Canada
Want to know what the top things to do in British Columbia or Top Vancouver things to do. Both of those posts should keep you busy with activities.
More Seasonal posts: Things to do in Victoria in October and tips for Christmas in Victoria.
If your plans for Vancouver Island include Tofino or Ucluelet, check out these posts on AirBNBs in Tofino and AirBNBs in Ucluelet.
If you are just starting the planning, you can also have a read of other British Columbia destinations for Christmas. Check out my guide to Whistler at Christmas for some other holiday ideas!
How to Get to Victoria from Vancouver
Victoria lies on Vancouver Island and can be accessed by air or by ferry. There are flights from YVR Vancouver Airport to YJJ Victoria Airport and also Harbour Seaplanes that fly from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria. Helicopter service also exists with Helijet.
Ferry is the other option to get to Victoria from Vancouver. Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is about 30 mins from downtown Vancouver and has several ferries per day (every hour at peak season). If you have a car you can drive on the ferry, you can take a bus from Vancouver that will continue into Victoria, or you can walk on and take public transit into the city.
Ferry reservations are currently reccommened for vehicles. Otherwise, waits of up to a few hours are common.
Renting a Car in British Columbia
Rental Cars are very popular in British Columbia. There is just so much to see and there is not a train or bus network outside of Metro Vancouver or Victoria. If you plan on leaving Vancouver and want to see even the local ski hills, I suggest a rental car. You can get a rental car before you arrive.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!