Residing halfway between the physically exertive adventures and the visits to landmark locations that are at your disposal around Villa Eyrie are a wide array of immersive experiences to give you a true sense of what makes Vancouver Island such a great destination to visit this fall.

All within an hour’s drive, contact our team to help you decide which is best for you and to plan your day trip.

Saanichton Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Available In October

Ocean View Estates welcomes you to come find your way through the twists, turns and dead-ends of their Saanichton – Corn Maze. Your ticket gets you admission to pumpkin patch and the corn maze and is perfect for all ages.

Hatley Castle

(Self-Guided Grounds Tour)

Hatley Castle is another well-known and allegedly haunted monument in Victoria. The Castle was built in 1908 for a Lieutenant and his family and eventually turned into a naval military academy.

Although the guided tours are not running at this time, visitors are welcome to visit the gardens. Controlled access will be in place to ensure a 50-visitor capacity limit at this time.

Michell’s Farm

Grab yourself a pumpkin.

Michell’s Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in North Saanich. They have a ton of organic, local produce to browse through, along with pasture-raised local beef. Their U-Pick Pumpkin patch is perfect for families looking to participate in a wholesome autumn activity.

Ghostly Walk Halloween Tours

October 9th to October 31st

The Ghostly Walk Halloween tours are said to be the best way to experience Halloween in Victoria. These 90-minute tours include locations such as Bastion Square, Parliament Building, Pendray Inn, St. Andrews Cathedral, James Bay and Bent Mast, Trounce Alley and more!

Galey Farms

Market & Railway

Visit the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Kids Haunted House will be open with all Safety Protocols in place.

***Hayrides are cancelled this year by VIHA, due to Covid 19.
You may choose to take a leisurely stroll to the pumpkin patch, or drive your vehicle and family right to the patch***

Goldstream Provincial Park, Salmon Run

Goldstream has a world-class salmon spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning each year. Bright colours and hooked jaws develop on male Chum salmon after they enter breeding streams. This accounts for the very different appearance these fish have from when they are caught in the ocean.

Goldstream Provincial Park is also home to waterfalls, including one named Niagara Falls,which is almost as tall as its namesake. Adventurous hikers can climb a steep and rugged trail to the top of Mount Finlayson, one of the highest points in the greater Victoria area. Be sure to check conditions beforestarting your hike. During the rainy season, parts of some trails may be closed due to flooding.

Hand of Man Museum

The Hand of Man Museum is a 15,000 square feet Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts and Conservation. As you walk down the grand hall, each room leads to amazing discoveries. Experience culture and beliefs of ancient civilizations that have survived for Millenia.

Visit Cowichan Bay, BC

A unique and historic waterfront community on southern Vancouver Island.

The village is a fascinating blend of shops, restaurants, sail and fishing boats, piers, wharves and floating homes, constantly active and full of independent, creative characters living and working on and near the water.

A half day visit to Chemainus

Explore the Chemainus. Here you’ll find 63 amazing murals and various sculptures, which can all be viewed on foot, 365 days a year. The themes of the murals vary from indigenous heritage and logging lore to rail history, nature and immigration. Chemainus is still a small town, so taking a tour of all the artwork can easily be done in a few hours. Some of the highlights include Native Heritage. Chemainus is located along the Trans-Canada Highway, 32 kilometres south of Nanaimo and 80 kilometres north of Victoria.

Visit the Wineries/ Cideries

Cheers and be Happy

Cowichan is home to family-owned and operated wineries and grape growers who have been part of the valley for generations. Visit one of the 12 wineries on the Valley.

• Averill Creek Vineyards (40 mins driving)
• Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard ( 25 mins driving)
• Cherry Point Estate Wines ( 20 mins driving )
• Damali Lavender & Winery ( apt. only ,15 mins driving )
• Enrico Wineries ( 15 mins driving)
• Merridale Estate Cidery & Brandi house ( 15 mins driving)
• Rocky Creek Winery ( 23 mins driving )
• Silverside Farm Winery
• Unsworth Vineyards ( 15 mins driving )
• Venturi-Schulze Vineyards ( 20 mins driving )
• Vigneti Zanatta Winery and Vineyards ( 25 mins Driving )

Or take a Wine Tour:

Take a Hike at the Kinsol Trestle

The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.