What to Do on Spring Break in Victoria, BC
There’s no denying it — winters in Victoria can be equal parts chilly and long. But that just means that when spring arrives, it’s truly appreciated by all. The area also comes alive with great things to see, do and experience. Are you planning a springtime escape to our fair city? Then take a look at our suggestions for what to do on spring break in Victoria, BC.
Visit Butchart Gardens
The always-beautiful Butchart Gardens become even more beautiful during the spring season. The brilliant bloom of flowers that enjoyed a much-deserved rest over the winter once again starts to break through the fertile earth, filling the 55-acre space with colour and the air with perfume. Guests can enjoy strolling among 900-plus varieties of botanical life, visiting more than two dozen greenhouses and even stopping for a bite at the café.
800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Go for a Bike Ride
It’s widely known that Victoria is the most bike-friendly city in Canada. Cyclists have long traversed the streets of our fair city safely thanks to wide, level streets, dedicated bike lanes and lots of two-wheel-friendly infrastructure. And what better time to criss-cross the streets of downtown than when the sun is shining and the air is crisp? If you’re not travelling with your favourite ride, no problem. The city boasts plenty of rental stops, and if you’re staying at The Parkside Hotel & Spa, you’ll enjoy complimentary loaner bikes.
Experience a Butterfly Garden
There is perhaps no more appropriate symbol of spring renewal than the delicate butterfly. Every spring these graceful creatures emerge en masse to fill the flower fields with their elegant grace. If you’d like to surround yourself with gently dancing colonies of butterflies during your spring break, head to the Victorian Butterfly Gardens. While there, you’ll also have the opportunity to encounter fascinating species like tree frogs, iguanas, tortoises, tropical fish, exotic birds and many more intriguing animals.
1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5
Check Out the Royal BC Museum
First founded in 1886, the Royal BC Museum in Victoria is one of the city’s finest cultural treasures. The museum’s collection currently showcases of the following galleries: Natural History, The Pocket Gallery, and the Orca Exhibit. Each focuses on an important part of the story of Victoria, as well as the province as a whole. All told, the museum houses more than seven million objects spread across countless exhibits. The Royal BC Museum also hosts touring exhibits, so there’s always something new to see.
675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A1
Hit the Links
If you’re among those who look forward to getting back into the swing of things come spring, you’ll want to check out the abundance of exceptional golf courses in and around the city. We have far more than our fair share of fantastic spots, from relaxing leisure links to pro-level challenges. Feel like breaking out the clubs, but aren’t sure where to start? Take a look at our handy guide to the area’s most standout golf courses.
Swing by Inner Harbour
Victoria’s Inner Harbour is in many ways the heart of the city. This charming seafront enclave overlooks the marina and is home to countless unique local shops, attractions, eateries and other can’t-miss points of interest. While here, don’t miss stopping by Fisherman’s Wharf, where colourful houseboats bob in the gentle waves and fresh seafood is always available — both in shops and in some of Victoria’s best restaurants. Feel free to take a look at our guide to spring fun in Victoria Harbour to get started.
A Sunny Springtime Stay
Looking for a comfortable home base for exploring Victoria during your springtime getaway? The Parkside Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice. We’re close to everything, feature a world-class spa, serve exquisite dining right on-site and provide a whole host of guest-first amenities certain to ensure that your stay is a memorable one. Take a look at our Special Offers page to select the Victoria travel deal that’s right for you, and start planning your visit today!