Whether you’re a local in Victoria or brand new to the city, Victoria is rich with beautiful things to see and activities to do. The beautiful island weather and sunshine is here to stay! This list includes several things; my favorite places to grab a fantastic lunch, my favorite running routes, and some of the most beautiful sights to see in Victoria.
Don’t miss the fireworks at Butchart Gardens every Saturday night in the summer from June 29 to August 31, 2013. The 55-acres of beautiful, worldclass Gardens are a 20 minute drive from Victoria, B.C. on the Saanich Peninsula. There is no extra charge for the fireworks, your general admission ticket includes this lovely pyrotechnic event which first began in 1977. Please check Butchart Gardens website www.butchartgardens.com for times and other pertinent information. It is advisable to be in the Gardens by 4PM on Saturdays.
Next door to Fairholme Manor in the Government House bandshell on the east lawn, the Summer Concert series ’Music on the Lawn’ takes place on the first 3 Thursdays of July. The concerts begin at 6:00 pm and are well attended by locals and visitors alike. On July 4 it is ’The Sutcliffes’ who play Beatles tunes and a little bit more. ’Rukus’ performs rock ’n’ roll for all ages on Thursday, July 11 and on the final Thursday, July 18 the ’Timebenders Experience’ perform their multifaceted and high energy show.
The Swiftsure Yacht Race is a sailing race off the southern coast of Vancouver Island. Organized by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club for the last weekend in May, the race starts on Saturday morning from Victoria B.C. and, depending on the wind, finishes back in Victoria inner harbour hopefully by the following Monday. Boats of varying classes from all over the world participate in this international race.
Every Saturday, visit Craigdarroch Castle for a craft workshop led Victoria’s most talented craftsters. Coming up in April and May: shuttle tatting, heirloom buttons and needle tatting. More information can be found here. To your needles!
Photo by Curt Smith.
Our town is full of talent–and the Camosun College visual arts student exhibit, titled Animal, is on in Oak Bay until April 24th. The exhibit features 18 silk screen on paper pieces and showcases the best in Victoria printmaking talent. Admission is free. More information at Avenue Fabric Studio.
Come up to the 3rd floor of the Bay Centre in downtown Victoria for a giant puppet installation. Entrance is free. Perfect to keep kids busy while mom or dad goes shopping!
Photo by Mike Cogh.
Floating on the Margins: Chinese Life on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners at the Maritime Museum of BC
Until August 28th, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia highlights the 155th anniversary of Victoria’s Chinatown by presenting a special exhibit, Floating on the Margins. The exhibit explores the role and legacy of Chinese sailors and passengers on trans-Pacific liners since the middle of the 18th century.
The Royal BC Museum celebrates Easter with an April Fools scavenger hunt! Search for unusual or out-of-place objects throughout the museum’s exhibits, and tweet the museum for tips and hints. Admission also includes access to the popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit. Great fun for adults and kids alike, and an original way to discover the museum collection.
In honor of the 2013 World Men’s Curling Championship happening in Victoria starting March 30th, the Victoria Convention Centre is featuring the works of Jayné Childs. Her watercolors are a tribute to the champions of this truly Canadian sport. A perfect afternoon activity for the lovers of the sport! Open during Easter weekend and free.