Soak Up Victoria, BC’s Island Life this Summer
Do you remember as a kid playing “the floor is lava” or “swamp monster” and you’d try to hop from one piece of furniture to the next without touching the floor? It was always an epic challenge to see how many pieces of furniture you could touch. The game usually ended when someone tried to leap a bit too far and ended up falling to the floor where they were inevitably swallowed by lava or the swamp monster.
Well, we have the adult version minus the child-eating monsters, although we do have some beautiful whales in our ocean. When you visit Victoria, not only will you have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth of natural beauty, art, and adventure in Victoria, but there is also a plethora of activities available to explore on the Gulf Islands. Just like playing “swamp monster,” you can see how many islands you can visit while you’re here.
Things to Do During the Spring on Southern Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC is gorgeous all year round, but springtime is when the city explodes in colour. Long before the snow melts and the ice thaws throughout the rest of the country, Victoria residents are treated to cherry blossom trees that seem to erupt in pinks and white overnight. In turn, daffodils and tulips dazzle in floral gardens throughout the city as an intoxicating fresh, spring scent lingers in the air.
And let’s not forget the return of the sun! Nothing makes local Victorians smile more than the warm sun after a winter of dreary rain. If you’ve been hibernating this winter, visit Victoria and return to the great outdoors!
Whether you’re looking for culture or adventure, Victoria has you covered. Here are just a few of the treats that lie in store this spring.
Great Weather, in the Winter, in Canada!?
We’ve just passed the shortest day of the year and summer seems like a distant memory. But you don’t need to be trapped indoors. Did you know that Victoria, BC, while beautiful in the summer, is a treasure trove in the winter?
Most people avoid the off-season in Canada erroneously thinking that the weather will be crummy or they’re afraid the tourist attractions will be closed, but they’re actually missing out.
Victoria, BC is the perfect place to visit in the winter. Here are just a few reasons why:
An Experience Like No Other
If you’ve never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, then you are missing out! According to the Federation of Ontario Bed and Breakfast, the number one reason people choose a B&B is the experience. From their location and individual character to the personal attention you’ll receive, staying at a B&B will be the highlight of your vacation.
B&B’s can be found all over. In Cuba they are referred to as Casa Particular, while in Germany and Austria they are called a Zimmer Frei, Privatzimmer, or Gästezimmer. France has chambres d’hôte, Hungarians have what’s referred to as Panziό or Szállό, and in Israel they go by zimmer. In Scandinavia they’re called a rom or hus um, and in Denmark they go by a værelser.
While B&B’s vary greatly throughout the world, in North America you can usually depend on a few key elements.
West Coast Winter Fun for All Ages
With its temperate winters, Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island is a premiere Canadian destination over the holiday season. It offers many classic Winter-time Canadian traditions without the biting cold.
Take in two outdoor skating rinks (one at The Butchart Gardens and one at Langford City Centre Park), a multitude of craft and artisan fairs, performances, and festivals. Victoria doesn’t skimp when it comes to Christmas. The evenings are a great time to tour the city for epic Christmas displays with lights, decorations, life-sized characters, and music.
Getting Started with Beachcombing
For centuries, people have scoured the earth’s beaches in a never-ending scavenger hunt. Nowadays, novices and experts alike continue this tradition. Some search for natural objects such as fossils, shells and sea glass. Others bring cameras to snap pictures of the various sea creatures they spot caught in tide pools during low tide. Still others take advantage of technology and with metal detectors they scour the sand for dropped coins, lost rings, and other trinkets and novelties buried or washed ashore. Whatever your quest, here are a few tips to get you started.
Unique Autumn Activities in Victoria this Year
The fall is one of the best times to visit Victoria, BC when the lavish rain forests explodes in a spectacle of colour. You can enjoy the numerous hiking trails or take in Victoria’s rich history by visiting the myriad of historical sites from Craigdarroch Castle to the Parliament Buildings. If you go downtown, don’t forget to check out the many unique shops on Government St. or explore Canada’s oldest China Town. But more than that, Victoria has some great events happening this fall.
Enjoy These Beaches on the West Coast and South Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC is home to incredibly beautiful beaches and good size lakes attracting numerous water lovers and beach enthusiasts from around the world. Some say they are the best beaches in the world! You’ll have to decide on that for yourself.
Whether you are looking to surf, walk along the sandy beaches or enjoy the breathtaking ocean views, Victoria has an intriguing variety of beaches to choose from.
Which is Better?
The next time you head out on vacation, will you book a hotel room or a bed and breakfast?
You may be surprised to hear about all the differences between a hotel and B&B. It’s worth a few moments for you to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type of accommodation. Your next vacation will thank you for it!
Plan the Perfect Vacation with the Best Victoria has to Offer
Let’s make your next vacation an unforgettable adventure. Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island is regularly ranked one of the top destinations to visit in the world. The friendly population and abundance of things to experience has charmed tourists for over a hundred years.
Exploring Victoria is easy. Walk, bike, bus, or drive – you will not have any trouble moving about the region. So pick the pace that suits you and let’s get going!
Here’s your guidebook to the places you must visit and the things you have to try in Victoria, BC.