Feel Your Hibernating Self Come Alive with these Springtime Traditions.
It’s official! Spring is blooming all around Victoria. When the cherry blossoms emerge in March they herald the beginning of Victoria’s Annual Flower Count and usher in a season of outdoor activity. Shake off your winter blues and take time to enjoy the beauty of spring on the island!
Take in the cherry blossom spectacle.
Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria offers a stunning cherry blossom display each spring–plus 200 acres of flower-lined pathways to bike or stroll on. Don’t miss the duck and koi ponds, the world’s largest totem pole and the sprawling daffodil field– perfect for a spring photo-op.
While you’re enjoying the park make sure you visit the petting zoo. Get up-close and personal with adorable pot-bellied pigs, alpacas, bunnies and lively baby goats. Beacon Hill Children’s Farm opens for the season on March 8th. Come welcome the new arrivals!
The grounds of Hatley Castle are well worth an afternoon. Cherry blossoms, sea air and rambling, colorful gardens await. Bring a picnic and make a day of it!
Can’t get enough cherry blossoms? Some of the most riotous displays can be found in Chinatown, Fair field and Oak Bay where cherry and plum lined streets are awash in a sea of pink.
Awaken your inner gardener.
For the garden enthusiast, no visit to springtime Victoria would be complete without a trip to The Gardens at HCP. This five acre Eden was recently named Garden of the Year by Canada’s Gardens. Set within a conservation area, the gardens share space with nature trails, wetlands and bird watching sites. Don’t miss the Lily Garden and the Rhododendron Garden as they are especially spectacular in spring. Relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the at Charlotte & The Quail located right on site. This little gem pours a fantastic cup of coffee and offers delicious, local options for breakfast and lunch.
Say hello to the beach.
It may not be warm enough for swimming yet, but the beach is still calling. Relax and enjoy the views, read a book or build a sand castle. For a unique beach experience check out Glass Beach in Sidney. This small beach at the end of Beacon Avenue is a great place to go on a beach glass treasure hunt. Bring the kids and spend some time sifting through the sand for these colorful treasures. They make great souvenirs, just don’t forget your bucket! Once the salt air has given you an appetite, head over to Fish on Fifth for truly fantastic fish and chips.
Feel like a kid again.
Enjoy the excitement at the Victoria Day Parade! Victoria goes all out on its namesake holiday, putting on its largest parade of the year and throwing a party to celebrate. This year’s festivities take place on May, 20, 2019. It’s free and fun for the whole family. Over 150 entries, including local and international marching bands, musical floats, cultural performances, firetrucks and clowns make up this action-packed parade. Get your spot early, as this is popular event.
Be sure to visit Celebration Square, in Centennial Square after the parade for more free activities and a great festival atmosphere.
Get acquainted with Orcas.
Spring is a great time for whale watching. The temperatures are warming up and summer crowds have yet to arrive. You’ll get a chance to observe amazing creatures up close and learn something about their way of life. Orcas, as well is Gray, Humpback and Minkie whales can be found in our waters—not to mention seals, porpoises and sea lions. With more than twelve tour operators in the Victoria area, you’re sure to find a tour that fits your sight-seeing goals.
Raise a glass of BC cider.
Join the festivities that are BC Cider Week, with a visit to the SeaCider Farm & Ciderhouse and the Tod Creek Cidery. Picturesque settings and crisp, local cider are a winning combination!
April 27th, 2019 – SeaCider Social at SeaCider Farm & Ciderhouse
Soak in the beauty of their orchard in bloom while you enjoy live music and savour ciders from across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
April 28th, 2019 – Tod Creek Cidery Tasting Room Grand Opening
This farm based micro-cidery makes craft cider from apples grown right in their own orchard and locally sourced throughout BC. Join the party at their tasting room’s grand opening this spring.
Enjoy a springtime getaway at the Lodge at Weir’s Beach.
Sure, we may be a little biased, but we believe there is no better place to enjoy the beauty of our springtime island then right here at The Lodge! Our beaches are sunny and sparkling, your room is warm and spacious and flowers are exploding to life in our garden. Plus the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is only a 30-45 minute paddle away! After a day of sightseeing around Victoria, relax in our beach-view hot tub and soak up the sunset. Leave cold, hard winter behind and step into spring!