Spring in Victoria – lots to do

It’s a lovely sunny Spring morning. Flowers and shrubs are coming to life but there’s much, much more springing to life in Victoria.

Researching this article has produced a remarkable diverse range of things to see and do in the next three months, and these are just some highlights. Let’s start with a cheery image from our own B&B garden:

Spring in our Victoria B&B gardens

Spring is the perfect time to visit Victoria gardens. My favourites at this time of year are the Butchart Gardens for their massed displays of tulips in April and little-known Playfair Park with its glorious rhododendrons in May and early June.

The great outdoors of southern Vancouver Island offers so much but let’s focus on special events and festivals. You can run a 10km race, the Oak Bay half marathon or, for the ultra-fit, there’s the Elk Lake triathlon whose bike portion passes our gates. Cycling events include the Tour de Victoria, the Victoria International Cycling Festival and even Jumpship in the Inner Harbour where crazy mountain bikers “perform” (my italics) on a floating barge!

The 148th (yes) Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival or the Luxton Rodeo offer feats of strength and precision, or for a nautical touch there’s the Swiftsure International Yacht Race or the Victoria Harbour Boat Show.  If mingling is your style then wander through the 50th Oak Bay Tea Party and be in the crowds for the annual Victoria Day Parade.

Lovers of culture and the arts will enjoy many theatrical plays and concerts (classical, jazz, blues and more), a chess tournament and the Victoria International Jazz Fest.

Lastly, there are some significant interesting exhibits at the impressive Royal BC Museum. They have a major dinosaurs exhibition this year and two photographic displays: Wildlife Photographer of the Year and about 100 portraits celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

You can also view a full Victoria events calendar 2012.

It promises to be a great spring in Victoria and we hope to welcome you here to enjoy it.

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