In 10 short years, the community of Fernwood, located east of downtown Victoria, has gone from a quiet family community to one of the city’s funkiest neighbourhoods. Here are six things to do while you’re there.
With its perfectly curated collection of handcrafted goods, Picot Collective is an exciting new addition to Fernwood Square. Shop for jewelry, ceramics and Vancouver Island’s handmade Wild Hill Botanicals and watch for owner Britt Buntain at her loom, weaving creative wall hangings.
Take a seat at community-owned Cornerstone Café for a London Fog and chocolate croissant. The café is located in the revitalized Cornerstone Building, and all profits are reinvested in the neighbourhood. You’ll also find The Yoga Den and Stage Wine Bar here.
Housed in a renovated 19th-century church, the Belfry Theatre is a Fernwood landmark that produces up to 12 plays a year. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a lively lineup of contemporary, mostly Canadian performances in an intimate setting.
Throughout the neighbourhood, you may notice painted telephone poles—like the lady in the flowery dress at the corner of Fernwood Road and Vining Street. Since 2011, hundreds of poles have been decorated as part of the Fernwood Pole Painting Project using paint salvaged from the landfill.
Take a 90-minute, self-guided walking tour with the Victoria Heritage Foundation and see more than 60 heritage buildings, including character homes and Victoria High School (est. 1876), the oldest public high school in Western Canada.