Easter long weekend is just around the corner, which means you've got the opportunity to pack your weekend bag and head to Victoria for a few days of relaxation, exploration and time with your loved ones - all on island time.
Here are some ways that you can make the most of your Easter long weekend in Victoria, B.C.
Brunch Like a Local
Start your day with a Victoria classic. Recently named the brunch capital of Canada by the Food Network, Victoria's year-round brunch culture is heightened only by one occasion: Easter Sunday. There are a ton of unique brunch spots around town, many of which use exclusively fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.
Unless you've got the stomach capacity of a Canadian Moose, you'll likely need to narrow it down, so try the Marina Restaurant in Oak Bay for a sophisticated brunch overlooking the harbour, or John's Place downtown for a classic brunch in a quirky and fun environment. You can also take a Victoria Harbour Ferry over to Canoe Brewpub to enjoy their Easter Brunch.
A new favourite in town is Nourish, located in historic James Bay and offering fresh local fare with a ton of vegetarian and gluten-free options. The newly-renovated Oak Bay Beach Hotel will also be offering a special Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 26.
Images via the Marina Restaurant (left) and Nourish (right).
Go All-out Easter at Merridale Ciderworks
Venture up to scenic Cobble Hill and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of rolling farmland and fragrant orchards. It's a spectacular sight, made even better with cider pairings from Merridale Ciderworks. This Easter, bring the family to the cidery for a special Easter Brunch in the bistro and take part in their annual Easter scavenger hunt. Brunch will be available on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.
While you're there, stop by the farmhouse bakery for special hot cross buns in addition to favourites such as fritters, croissants and fresh farmhouse bread. Insider tip: those of age can also enjoy a flight of mini-cocktails made using Merridale premium spirits.
Visit the Beacon Hill Children's Farm
Can you say baby goats?! The Beacon Hill Children's Farm, located within beautiful Beacon Hill Park, offers both an educational and economical form of entertainment for the whole family. Basically, you get to hang out with adorable farm animals like goats, guinea pigs, chickens and the occasional peacock. The best part: two of the resident goats had kids last week so there are six baby goats running around just waiting for your love and affection. They're open every day from 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Images via Beacon Hill Children's Farm (left) and Adrian Lam (right).
Create your Own Sweet Easter Treats
On Saturday, March 19, The London Chef cooking school on Fort Street will be offering a special Sweet Easter Treats workshop for kids aged four to ten years old. You'll roll out and bake cottontail bunny cookies and get your creativity hopping with colourful decorations. Register online to secure your spot!
Don't feel like making your own treats? Try foraging for them instead. There will be several easter egg and candy hunts happening in Victoria over Easter weekend, including:
- The 4th Annual Oak Bay Easter Celebration
- The Lion's Club Easter Egg Hunt
- The Beckwith Park Easter Egg Hunt
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea (or Craft Beer)
We can't think of a more magical environment to enjoy afternoon tea, especially this time of year. The beautiful Abkhazi Garden has a pretty incredible history, which begins in 1920s Paris with the meeting of a young woman and an exiled Georgian Prince, spans continents and decades, and ends with the couple's eventual purchase of the Abkhazi Garden property in 1945. The landscape was built with love, and is continually cared for as such.
This Easter weekend, enjoy a decadent afternoon tea in this colourful garden setting. Tea service on the patio or in the tea room is available every day from 10:00am - 5:00pm.
If tea's not your thing, try one of the brand new Victoria Craft Beer and Culinary Tours. The walking tours run every Saturday from 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. and include stops at iconic local watering holes including Swans Brewpub and Canoe Brewpub.
Images via Abkhazi Garden (left) and Victoria Beer Week (right).
Visit the Victoria Public Market
Hippity-hop your way down to the Victoria Public Market to enjoy Easter at the Market! Here, you'll find lots of fun activities for kids to do, including crafts, face-painting, and fun music by Rob Gillespie. Rumour has it that the Easter Bunny himself may even make an appearance. Plus, if you're planning on cooking your own Easter dinner from scratch, the Victoria Public Market is your one-stop-shop for fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
Feeling crafty? Head to the Public Market on on Good Friday (March 25) to take part in the Spring Centrepieces workshop and try your hand at making a DIY spring centrepiece. You'll receive step-by-step, beginner-paced instruction. All supplies to make your centrepiece are included in the price of the workshop, as well as refreshments from the Victoria Pie Company. (Read: pulled pork savoury pies.) Check out the event listing for all the details.
Explore Victoria's Incredible Gardens
It's certainly the right time of year. With over 26 billion blooms counted earlier this month in the 41st Annual Victoria Flower Count, you'll have ample opportunity to experience the colourful sights and scents of our extensive gardens. You can't go wrong with a visit to The Butchart Gardens or a guided Victorian Garden Tour.
Fear not the commute; getting here is easy. You've got lots of options! BC Ferries will be offering 58 extra sailings over Easter long weekend, so you can drive or walk on at whatever time suits you best. If you'll be visiting from Washington State, the Victoria Clipper will be offering some great Easter packages that will let you travel and do some fun activities in Victoria at discounted rates.
There you have it! Your Easter long weekend is planned. Check out our things to do page to find more fun activities in Victoria, and visit our deals and promotions page to make sure you're getting the best prices on everything.
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