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Looking for ways to support local businesses in Victoria? Pack a picnic with items sourced from neighbourhood purveyors! It’s a great way to give back to the community, and a picnic is a versatile activity you can do socially distanced with friends, on your own, or with your significant other. It’s also a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the last little bit of summer. Here are some ideas on what to include in your basket and where to find them. 


Sandwiches and Fine Cheese

Charelli’s has been a go-to in Victoria for fine cheese since they opened in 2003. They have a wonderful selection of imported European cheeses and dairy, as well as deli meats, olives, and spreads. If you want to add something a little heartier into your picnic, Charelli’s also offers a wide variety of sandwiches and even ready-made meals. Their retail store is now open to appointments, as they follow recommendations on social distancing. Place your orders by phone, email, or online. 



With its rich soil, mild climate, and sprawling valleys, Vancouver Island has become a coveted destination for wine. And no picnic is complete without a bottle of vino! There is no shortage of local wineries to choose from: Blue Grouse, Unsworth Vineyards, and Church and State are just a few of the many incredible vineyards near Victoria.  


Fresh Fruit and Veggies 

Pick up some farm fresh produce for your picnic. Whether you prefer berries, apples, cherries, carrots, or beets, there are a number of public markets that take place throughout the week in Victoria where you can pick up locally grown fruits and veggies. Check out the Bastian Square Market, James Bay Market, Moss Street Market, or the Victoria Public Market. 


A picnic is also a perfect activity to enjoy during a staycation. Book a guest room or suite with us at Days Inn Victoria on the Harbour for clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodations on Vancouver Island. 

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