Last weekend was my 7th favourite holiday of the year- Groundhog’s Day!- and I wasn’t about to let the potential for fun times slip away.

“But Corey,” you might say, “There aren’t any groundhogs on Vancouver Island! They can’t live in this climate! Also have I told you how good you look lately?” First of all, thank you, that’s so sweet. Second, much like the Easter Bunny, leprechauns and jolly ol’ Saint Nick, I think we all know groundhogs aren’t real, but believing in them makes the holiday that much better! With that in mind, I began my very unfruitful Groundhog Hunt- as well as my regular hunt for fun activities. I scoured the Island, but failed to find even a trace of the varmints, so I guess the snow today is on me. Something magical happened when I checked my photos from the weekend though; I had made a furry friend without realizing! Like I said, you just gotta believe! You can check out those photos below!

I stopped by Westshore Town Centre, Cupcakes at Uptown, and the Fairmont Empress in my hunt, but I also had an amazing time at the Fairfield Walk. The Volkssport Meetup Group does these get-togethers all over Southern Vancouver Island, and for 2$ you can join them as they hike through forests, mountains, beaches and downtown Victoria. Additionally, I jetted up to Goldstream on Saturday to help the clean-up crew (by shoving my camera in their faces), and I got to hang out at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for their “I Fell in Love with Art When…” exhibit, featuring local artists sharing the story behind their life-long passion. There was a colossal turn-out for the first speaker, Karin Holdegaard, so much so that the overflow lined up by the door just to get a glimpse. It’s always incredible to see that level of support for local artists!

Lastly, I spent some time Monday hanging out at the Fire Hall on Yates Street. Shout out to the brave firefighters there participating in the The British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer! The 200 km spin-bike challenge will raise awareness for the BC Cancer Foundation, and honour former Fire Chiefs Doug Angrove, and Richard Couch, who tragically didn’t survive their cancer diagnoses in 2017 and 2018.

I took some pretty great photos, and you can check them out by clicking the link:

Thanks for reading, and, as always, an enormous #OceanFamily thanks to Cupcakes at UptownMoxie’s Grill and Bar, Monk OfficeWestshore Town Centre and Campus Nissan!

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