Originally published March 24, 2017 | Updated March 29, 2019

Wanderlust. That invisible force that gets you out of the house on weekends and inspires an unquenchable thirst for exploration. While we’re all for far away excursions, safaris, road trips and the like, there’s plenty of adventure waiting for you less than three hours to the north.

A quick Victoria Clipper ferry ride from downtown Seattle through the Salish Sea lands you in beautiful Victoria, BC. Down every alleyway, there is an undiscovered local boutique. Up every avenue, more blossoming cherry trees than you’ve ever seen. With an abundance of springtime activities around town, the options are endless. It’s high time to satisfy your inner adventurer and experience these 10 things to do in Victoria, BC this April!

1. Experience Victoria’s Season of Bloom – Now – June 15

For us, spring means two things: tons of beautiful blooms and the excuse to spend time outside soaking in their mesmerizing colors. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the season and explore Vancouver Island’s incredible network of secret gardens. Oh, and how about the world famous The Butchart Gardens and even the Government House Gardens. With so many places to get your flower fix, the hardest part will be trying to pick which one to visit first!

2. Go Whale Watching – April 1 – October 31

Who doesn’t love whales? Seize the opportunity to meet these incredible marine mammals on a Five Star whale watching tour! Soak in outstanding scenery as your talented onboard naturalists search for humpbacks, minke whales as well as the mammal-eating and salmon-eating orca whales. You’re also bound to learn something new as they share valuable insights into these creatures.

3. Check Out the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival – April 3 – May 10

For six weeks each spring, greater Victoria becomes a stage for more than 9,000 area students of music, dance and drama. Catch classical guitar, choral, dance, musical theatre, speech, dramatic arts and more as the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival takes over the city for its 92nd year. Showcasing the stylings of some of the city’s youngest talent, it’s the perfect opportunity to get inspired.

4. Soak in the Great Outdoors on a CRD Regional Parks Nature Walk– April 6 – 28

With the sun starting to regularly peak out from behind the clouds, it’s time to leave your Netflix queue behind and get outdoors. Hike to the summit of Mill Hill Regional Park or Mount Wells with a local naturalist and soak in a riot of color as early spring wildflowers burst to life.

Have kiddos? Take them to Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park for a guided walk to scope out an active beaver lodge. Their eyes will light up with glee as they see these furry creatures go about their daily activities.

5. Explore a Secret Garden on the Passport to Nature: Abkhazi Garden Tour – April 14

Discover the romantic history behind one of Victoria’s best-kept secrets on a free, guided tour of Abkhazi Garden. Carpets of alpine flowers and blooming 100-year-old rhododendrons fill the one-acre grounds, creating a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city. Be sure to stop by the cozy teahouse for afternoon tea. With treats created with locally grown produce, it is one of the best in the city!

 6. Celebrate Easter at the Market – April 19

Hippity hop on down to Victoria Public Market for Easter at the Market. This free family event features live music from VINYL WAVE, balloon twisting, crafts and photo booths. The best part? A scavenger-style Easter egg hunt for the kiddos! It’s their chance to score yummy chocolate eggs from each vendor in the market. Don’t forget your basket!

7. Indulge in an Easter Brunch at the Empress or Oak Bay Beach Hotel – April 21

What’s better than celebrating the arrival of spring with our favorite meal of the day, aka brunch?

Nosh on a tasty Easter brunch buffet under glimmering chandeliers in the Fairmont Empress’ Crystal Ballroom. Afterward, let the kiddos burn off brunch on an egg hunt with the guest of honor – The Easter Bunny!

Or head to Oak Bay Beach Hotel for a sumptuous meal paired with jaw-dropping views of the Olympic Mountains. Little ones will delight in their own “special treat” at the end.

8. Score Unique Treasures at the Easter Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show – April 21

Following an Easter brunch in Victoria, head Up Island to the charming seaside town of Sidney for the Easter Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show. A thrift-shopper’s dream, the event features a goldmine of curios and antiques. Scope out the colorful stalls for your chance to score everything from First Nations collectibles to pre- and post-war jewelry to retro furniture and 50’s vintage clothes and accessories.

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At the Sidney Flea Market…

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9. Sip Delicious Adult Beverages at BC Cider Week – April 27 – May 5

Tickle your taste buds with crisp regional cider at BC Cider Week, a springtime tradition stretching from Vancouver to Kelowna and Vancouver Island. Swing by the 4th annual Cider Social hosted among Sea Cider’s blossoming orchards. Sample sweet brews from more than a dozen local cideries, feast on cider-friendly dishes and soak in live tunes.

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We are thrilled to welcome the public to @seaciderhouse for the 4th annual Cider Social, as part of @bcciderweek on Saturday, April 27th 2019, from 2pm-5pm.⁣ ⁣ Cideries from across Western Canada and the #PNW will be gathering this spring to celebrate the art of craft cider at Sea Cider. Tickets are available to the public and will include six cider tasting tickets, live entertainment from and a chance to try dozens of delicious craft ciders!⁣ ⁣ Cideries in attendance will include some of BC’s favorites, including:⁣ – Tod Creek Cider⁣ – BC Tree Fruits Cider⁣ – Dominion Cider Co. – Faustino⁣ – Naramata Cider Co. – Merridale Cidery & Distillery⁣ …and more to come!⁣ ⁣ Sea Cider’s award-winning local catering partner, @toquecatering, will also be on hand to provide some cider friendly dishes to pair with the numerous ciders on offer.⁣ ⁣ Tickets are $20 or $35 with shuttle from downtown in advance. This will include six tasting samples. Additional drink and food tickets can be purchased for $2 per serving.⁣ ⁣ Designated drivers are welcome to attend for FREE but they will not be given a wristband that allows cider sampling.⁣ ⁣ Follow the link in our bio for more info. . . . . #bcciderweek#seacider#celebratewithseacider#organic#farming#yyjcider#bccraftcideries#pnw#pnwcollective#yyjevents#yyjbuzz#eatlocal#drinklocal#victoriabuzz#explorebc#explorevanisle#suopprtlocal ⁣

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10. Become One with Nature on a Swan Lake Christmas Hill Bird Walk – April

Birders rejoice! Boasting several sites where you can catch sight of unique birds, the South Coast of Vancouver Island is a hot spot for feathered friends. To learn more about these fascinating creatures, gather up your flock, grab your binoculars and hop a naturalist-guided bird walk.

A protected marshland, the stunning Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is an excellent spot to see tree and violet-green swallows, marsh wrens as well as red-winged blackbirds as they pay a visit during the spring.

Victoria is full of surprises come springtime. A stroll through Beacon Hill Park merits a stop to smell the flowers and a visit to the goats at the newly reopened children’s farm. A wander down Yates or View Street offers sights of thousands of cherry blossoms. With new discoveries waiting for you around every corner, Victoria offers the perfect springtime escape to satiate that weekend wanderlust.

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Feature Photo: Scott Meis