The tall ships are back in town this weekend! While there are no shore activities planned, the ships will be busy all weekend, taking children and students out on halfday sails as part of the Victoria Tall Ship Society’s youth outreach program. Their arrival coincides with World Oceans Day, so after admiring the beautiful ships in the harbour, you can head over to Bastion Square where the Maritime Museum of BC and Ocean Networks Canada will be hosting their first World Oceans Day Festival.
Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the Royal BC Museum! The new exhibit, opening June 1st, features 60 portraits by royal photographer, Cecil Beaton. The photographs depict Elizabeth in her roles as princess, monarch and mother, portraying her as a striking younger woman—an image that may be unfamiliar to younger generations. The exhibit includes a number of rarely-seen photographs, as well as extracts from Beaton’s own personal diaries and letters.
This weekend, sailors from all over the world will descend upon Victoria for the 69th annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race. The race, which runs May 26–28, 2012, is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere long distance sailing race, attracting boats from as far away as California, Hawaii, New Zealand and even Russia.
Clover Point, which is a short walk from Fairholme Manor, is the best place to watch the start race. The boats will be lined up, ready to go, at 10 AM on Saturday. You can also soak up the excitement in the Inner Harbour, where there will be entertainment, beer gardens and fun activities for the kids.
Silk Splendour: Textiles of Late Imperial China (1644–1911) showcases the pomp and ceremony of Manchu court life and the Chinese aristocracy during China’s last imperial dynasty. The textile collection includes a large donation of Chinese costumes from an American donor, Helen Jahnke, as well as an informal robe once worn by the Last Empress of China.
The Moss Street Market officially opens this Saturday! Now in its 20th year, the market is the go-to place in Victoria for local and organic farm-fresh produce, local foods, artisan clothing, handmade crafts, inspiring services and community education.
The market is open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday, May through October, rain or shine. It’s located at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road, just a short walk from Fairholme Manor.
It’s officially spring at The Butchart Gardens! Hundreds and thousands of bulbs are in bloom, joined by a host of flowering trees and shrubs. And what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a $5-off coupon? Until mid-May, save $5 when you spend $25 on a single purchase of food in the Dining Room Restaurant or the Blue Poppy Restaurant.
The dinosaurs are back at the Royal BC Museum! From May 17‒Sept 16, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries will shed new light on what these living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. Perfect for all ages, this exhibit is organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and is making its only Canadian appearance in Victoria.
Ever wonder what Victoria looked like 90 years ago? Check out this vintage travelogue video featuring Empress, the Inner Harbour, the Butchart Gardens and more. Love the 1930s version of traffic lights!
We’re delighted to announce that our 2nd book went to the printer today! Easy Elegance from Fabulous Fairholme: Breakfast-Brunch-Lunch, published by Whitecap Books, will be out June 2012.
Wondering what to do while you’re in Victoria? Or want to relive the good memories? Check out this video from Tourism BC, featuring the best of the best in our beautiful city. The Butchart Gardens, the Royal BC Museum, tea at the Empress, Fan Tan Alley, the picturesque Inner Harbour and more—all just a short walk from Fairholme Manor.