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Spring into Spring!

Spring comes early in Victoria, bringing with it plenty of blossoms, blooms and other treats for the senses.

A blossoming city…
Arguably Victoria’s prettiest season, spring turns Victoria’s streets and boulevards into quite the blossoming affair, thanks to hundreds of spring-flowering trees.
Enjoy a stroll through the city’s historic streets, feed the ducks at Beacon Hill Park, or venture into the picturesque neighbouring communities of Fairfield and James Bay. Walkers from all over North America will enjoy the scenery April 15 to 17 when local Volkssport clubs host the Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival.

Hike these hills
The Capital Region is home to more than a few natural parks, excellent spots to get out and enjoy the fresh air, early spring wildflowers and breathtaking views of the city. Take an easy stroll through Oak Bay’s Anderson Hill Park, overlooking the water and Victoria Golf Course, drive or hike to the top of Saanich’s Mt. Douglas Park for a 360-degree view, or lace up for a good hike up Mill Hill Park in View Royal – renowned for its native flowers each spring.

Take a spin
Cover more ground on two wheels! Take in Victoria’s dynamic waterfront via the scenic Marine Drive, which will eventually connect you with the Lochside Trail, a 29km multi-use path along an old rail line, that travels out the Saanich Peninsula. Lochside also connects closer to town with the 55km Galloping Goose Trail, travelling west to Sooke.

Tee time
Greater Victoria enjoys an ideal climate for golf year-round but spring’s longer, drier days and mild temperatures are drawing more and more golfers to the local links. Olympic View and Bear Mountain offer unique 18-hole experiences, while Prospect Lake is an excellent nine-hole option.

Garden tours
Whether you prefer your gardens on a grand scale – like the world-famous Butchart Gardens – something more intimate, like Fairfield’s charming Abkhazi Garden, or something in-between, like the lovely gardens at Government House, Victoria is a gardener’s paradise. Glendale Gardens and Woodland, designed by gardeners for gardeners, is a must for green thumbs, while the University of Victoria’s Finnerty Gardens is a fine example of late-winter/early-spring beauty. Feeling a little more tropical? Take in the beautiful Victoria Butterfly Gardens, minutes from the Butchart Gardens.

— Jennifer Blyth

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