8 Outdoor Activities for Spring in Victoria
The nice weather has arrived here in Victoria, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy it! The air has been warm, the skies have been clear and the sun has been shining; it’s been lovely. If you’re looking for something fun to do, here are 8 outdoor activities for spring in Victoria, BC.
Sailing season has begun, and we would love to take you out to explore the sights and sounds of Victoria – on the ocean! Daytime sails are 3 hours in length, and you will get the full experience of the tall ship motoring out of the harbour and setting sail for a tour of the city from the water. Evening tours are one and a half hours in length and will mostly be within the Inner Harbour, but may include the outer harbour if conditions allow.Tours leave daily at 9:00am and 2:00pm, and evening harbour tours leave at 7:30pm daily through sailing season.
The breakwater is a beautiful place to take a short walk near the ocean, reaching out 850 meters into the water. It is very common to see ocean wildlife if you keep an eye on the water; anything from starfish to an octopus. If you want to continue your ocean front stroll you can meander along Dallas Point Rd walking path and take in some more sites. Although the breakwater is best enjoyed on a clear sunny day it is also a great place to storm watch when the weather is not at it’s best!
The park is home to many attractions. It is full of paths to wander, a beautiful rose garden, a children’s play park, a picnic area (although this could be done anywhere in the park!), many ponds that are homes to the ducks and turtles, and the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. The most popular attraction at the Children’s Farm is the area where you get to pet and brush the goats. If you get to the farm at opening time or stay until closing you will get to take part in the “running of the goats”, when they run either to or from their house, and into/out of the petting area.
A carriage ride around the city can be a relaxing way to take in some of the sites. The tours vary in length, anywhere from 15 to 100 minutes, and you have your choice of destinations – the park, the ocean, the city, or all three. The carriage rides are also available for custom tours or events such as weddings, engagements, or corporate events.
The Wharf is a popular destination on sunny days. It’s a great place to grab a yummy bite to eat and either sit and enjoy on one of the many picnic benches available, or walk along the docks. Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the stops along the Victoria Harbour Ferry route, making it easy to get to if you would rather not walk to it from downtown. While here, you can also buy fresh seafood to cook up for dinner, and feed the resident seals just below C dock.
These are the tiny little boats that you will see motoring in and around the Inner Harbour, or floating just in front of the Empress Hotel waiting to transport guests. You can ride these boats as a water taxi to get to and from a few destinations, or you can take a short tour of the Inner Harbour. They also offer a Pickle Pub Crawl, where you can bounce from pub to pub and allow them to be your designated driver. The Harbour Ferries also put on an impressive water ballet show every sunday at 10:45am (from May-Sept), which you can take in, in the Inner Harbour in front of the Steamship Terminal.
Victoria has been known for it’s many haunted destinations within the city. If something like this isn’t too spooky for you, you can pick up a guide at the Inner Harbour Visitors Centre, and enjoy your own self guided ghost tour. You can also pay for a guided ghost tour that takes place in the early or late evening. They are 90 minutes long and include many stories about the ghosts and the destinations.
The gardens are open all year round, but visiting in the Spring will prove to be a beautiful flowery experience. You can check out the cherry blossoms and tulips and then enjoy lunch in one of their restaurants, or a beverage in the coffee shop. The gardens have wide, well manicured paths that can be easily traversed by the young and elderly, and can also accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Dogs are also welcome at Butchart Gardens!
Victoria is a beautiful place to spend time in the outdoors – within the city or outside of it. The warm weather and sunshine is relaxing, and you can almost always bet on a nice breeze to keep you cool on the hot days.
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