With its mild climate and natural surroundings, Victoria BC always enjoy an early spring with flowers blooming, birds chirping and cherry blossoms popping everywhere. The perfect spring getaway, here is our suggestion for the top 10 spring activities in Victoria BC.
1. Springtime at the Butchart Gardens
Spring is a unique time to visit the Butchart Gardens. After a long winter, Mother Nature is waking up showcasing thousands of colourful flowering bulbs and greening trees. Tulip season, you will find the iconic flowers throughout the gardens in all of their splendors. Our Butchart Gardens Hotel Package provides comfort and convenience with overnight accommodation at the Huntingdon Manor Hotel, conveniently located in downtown Victoria near the inner harbour. The package includes hot breakfast for two and two entry tickets to the gardens.
2. Cherry Blossoms Biking Tours
Every spring, usually at the beginning of April, Victoria’s streets are beautifully transformed by the cherry blossoms. James Bay and Fairfield neighbourhoods in particular, are spectacular at this time of year and well-worth the visit, and what better way to discover the blossoms than on a bike. The Pedaler located adjacent to the Huntingdon Manor Hotel offers a variety of tours and bikes for all ages.
3. Afternoon Tea at the Gatsby Mansion
Often referred as more British than Britain, Victoria in filled with allusions of its British heritage. The Pendray Teahouse in the Gatsby Mansion is no exception with its attractive Victorian architecture and selection of traditional Afternoon Teas. Enjoy the view of blossoming trees around the inner harbour while experiencing one of Victoria’s most iconic traditions.
4. Highland Games and Celtic Festival
A tradition for over 150 years, Victoria’s annual Highland Games and Celtic Festival is an epic event not to be missed! Held May 21-23 2107, the festival celebrates Scottish and Celtic culture through the arts, music and dance, starting with the Tartan parade in downtown Victoria. This is followed by three days of Highland Games where Heavy Events and Celtic field sports are showcased to an applauding crowd.
5. Whale Watching
With the return of sunshine and warm weather, spring is an ideal period for whale watching. Southern Vancouver Island has been depicted as one of Canada’s best location to observe whales in their natural habitat including orcas and grey whales. Local tour companies such as Springtide Whale Watching will ensure you the ultimate whale watching experience.
6. Hit the Greens and Go Golfing
Although golf can be practiced year-round on Vancouver Island, spring marks the beginning of warmer, drier weather which makes golfing infinitely more enjoyable! Victoria is home to five beautiful golf courses, each offering unique scenery and strategic challenges.
7. Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
Another long held tradition, the Great Victoria Performing Arts Festival will be celebrating its 90th year in 2017. Featuring over 9,000 performers during the month of April, the festival encourages multiple disciplines including dance, speech arts, music and singing. If you’re passionate about performing arts, this is an event not to be missed!
8. Horse Carriage Tours in Downtown Victoria
Nothing more romantic than visiting Victoria on a horse carriage. Beacon Hill Park and the city`s heritage downtown neighbourhoods are worth the visit with the cherry blossoms covered roads, sprouting flowers and fresh new colours. The Tally Ho Carriage Tours with over 100 years of experience, offers a unique tour of the local scenery complemented by knowledgeable drivers.
9. Farm to Table Culinary Experience
Victoria is becoming a hub for the culinary arts with a growing demand of the farm to table experience. Many restaurants such as Saveur Restaurant, Spinnaker’s Gastrobrew Pub, or 10 Acres Bistro have embrace this philosophy by offering unique rotating menus based on local produce and seasonality. Spring with its vast array of products, promises for a delicious few months ahead.
10. Swiftsure Annual Yacht Race
Taking place the last week of May, Swiftsure Race Week, presented by Royal Victoria Yacht Club, brings together over 200 boats from all over the West Coast. An impressive site, Swiftsure organizes several different courses, all with their unique challenges that can be best observed from Clover Point. The event also offers fun entertainment and activities along Victoria’s Inner harbour.