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.
Kicking off the 154th Highland Games and Celtic Festival is the Tartan Parade through downtown Victoria followed by various events throughout the week such as the Kilted Golf Tournament, Tilted Kilt Pubcrawl, and the Torchlight Clan Ceremony. This festival runs for 10 spectacular days and culminates in the Highland Games Victoria weekend on May 20-22.
The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is more than just yacht racing and runs May 25-29. Start the weekend off by walking the docks and watching the boats come in. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Captain Jack Sparrow and Scarlett who will be entertaining. Then stop by the Harbour Days Market featuring about 28 stalls and food vendors.
The races start Saturday morning following a pancake breakfast. Be sure to stick around after as the Royal Canadian Air Force will conduct a search and rescue followed by various safety demonstrations.
Check out their website to learn the best places to view the start and finish of the races.
For all you movie buffs, check out the Victoria Film Festival, February 3-12, where they will be screening more than 100 films. Throughout the week they have different activities such as Jammies & Toons for the kids and Play the Fort, where every day you can take in a different reality experience.
Other events include the Opening Gala, Art Exhibits, and Sips ‘n’ Cinema. Be sure to check out their website for a full list of events, film screenings, and times.
If you love music and drama don’t miss the 90th year of Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. For six weeks from April 3rd to May 13th, over 9,000 Victoria-area students of music, dance, and dramatic arts will perform as dozens of awards and trophies are presented. These include such prestigious awards as the classical voice Rose Bowl and, for piano, the city of Victoria Medallion Tray. As well, the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship, the largest of its type in Canada, will be presented.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Uno Fest, a compilation of solo experimental theatre and contemporary performances. You can catch these performances from May 17-27: “A great solo show is theatre in its most concentrated form: a performer, an audience, a story to be told.”
Check out their website for a detailed list of artists and times.
Starting the season off, on February 16, is Dine Around and Stay in Town Gala Launch with samples and handcrafted drinks from over 60 restaurants, wineries, and craft breweries.
Then, for the next two weeks you can participate in the epic Dine Around Town between February 17 to March 5. With over 60 participating restaurants offering 3 course meals, your taste buds will thank you!
The Great Outdoors
If you’re feeling brave, check out Adrena LINE Zipline Full Moon Tour. The first one offered this year is May 13th. Their tours take about 2 hours to complete and include 3,200 ft. of zipline. The highest point is 150ft off the ground at the start of the 1,000ft zipline.
Spring is a fantastic time to enter the world’s premier floral show gardens at Butchart Gardens when the flowers are erupting in a euphoric cloud of scent and sight. And if you come after May 20, make sure to check out their boat tours!
Victoria, BC is one of the best places in the world to visit during the spring and what better place to take in this beautiful paradise than in the luxury of the Lodge at Weir’s Beach.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenes and scents from the large oceanfront ground-level deck or walk through the paths that wind through our own gardens and landscape. Book your stay with us today!