From garden tours to cider socials, April is a great time to visit Victoria and soak in some springtime island vibes. Here are ten things you can do in Victoria this month:

1. Experience Victoria's Spring Blossoms

They're everywhere! Spring has officially arrived in Victoria and we've got the blossoms to prove it. Check out our guide to the best places in Victoria to see the spring blossoms and immerse yourself in the beauty of the season.

Tip: Enter now to win a bouquet a day for the month of May and the #VictoriaDelivers grand prize: a 4-night getaway to Victoria! 

Image by Britt Swoveland

2. Take a Scenic Hike

The days are getting longer and that means you've got more time to get outside and explore this April. See the CRD Regional Trails for maps and detailed trail information.

For a super scenic hike, head to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and choose the Jocelyn Hill route. A moderately-intense hike, the panoramic views along the way are worth the climb. Make sure to bring your camera along for this one!

If you'd prefer a guided option, book a hike with Your guide, Mark, is super knowledgable about the area and shed light on some local history as well as the flora and fauna you will encounter on the hike. Bonus: He's a photographer and will happily capture great photos of you and your crew en-route.

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3. Explore the Story of Terry Fox at RBCM

This spring, visit the Royal BC Museum and find answers to the question: "Who was Terry Fox?" In this special exhibit, you'll explore the story of a young man who inspired a nation and established himself as a hero through his courage, hope and determination.

Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada includes lots of memorabilia from Terry and his family including scrapbooks, letters and gifts, plus the iconic Ford E250 econoline van that provided shelter for Terry during his Marathon of Hope. The exhibition opens on April 12.

Image via Royal BC Museum

4. Get a Head Start on Patio Season

We know, it's not quite summer yet. Even though it may be a bit early to break out your swimsuit and hit the beach, many of Victoria's bars and restaurants have already opened their patios for al fresco service. Soak up some rays on the patio at Canoe Brewpub or Lure Restaurant & Bar, or overlook the Inner Harbour from the patio at Steamship Bar & Grill.

Image: Steamship Bar & Grill patio at the Inner Harbour 

5. Take a Harbour to Farm Cycling Tour

If you're a foodie on the lookout for a good adventure, try the brand new Harbour to Farm tour with Bike Tours Victoria. Beginning in the heart of the city and traversing inland along Victoria's rail to trail system, you'll get a super scenic look at the region and enjoy food from Nourish Kitchen & Cafe along the way. 

Note: This tour is considered "moderate" difficulty. If you're unsure of your ability level, feel free to give them a call and ask any questions beforehand.  

If you'd like to stay closer into the city centre, try the Castles, Hoods and Legends tour from The Pedaler Cycling Tours & Rentals

Image via The Pedaler Cycling Tours & Rentals

6. Squeeze in Some Spring Skiing

Take advantage of ideal spring skiing conditions at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Open until April 9, you can still get some sunshine and turns in before the end of the season! The best part? The forecast is calling for snow all week leading up to closing weekend. 

Image taken at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

7. Take Part in the Sea Cider Social

BC Cider Week is back, and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse will be hosting a Cider Social on April 30 as part of the festivities. Hear live music and sip on ciders from across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest while experiencing the beauty of the blossoming orchard.

Image via Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

8. See Local Wildlife

Wildlife viewing is an essential part of any visit to the west coast, and this spring is a great time to do it. Rent a kayak with Ocean River Adventures and get out on the water to see coastal marine life like jellyfish, starfish and anemones. For a chance to see our largest locals, book a whale watching adventure with one of several local operators.

If staying on dry land is more your thing, take a hike or nature walk and see deer, birds and more in Victoria's coastal rainforests.

Image via Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours

9. Go Retro with Fun Accommodations

Put a little fun in your spring by choosing a unique accommodation option for your visit. In Victoria, Hotel Zed offers a funky retro vibe with cool amenities like a games room with a record player and typewriters, plus a vintage VW van that will shuttle you around town.

If you're looking for more zen than zombies, book a fully decked-out Airstream trailer for your stay at WOODS on Pender. Choose from cozy amenities like a private cedar hot tub and outdoor hammock for your stay.

Image: Hotel Zed 

10. Visit the Gardens at HCP 

Recently named Garden of the Year by Canada's Gardens, The Gardens at HCP are a great place to relax and enjoy a spring afternoon in Victoria. The property boasts over five acres of gardens set within a conservation park, complete with nature trails, wetlands and bird watching sites. Tour the rhododendron garden and stop in for lunch afterward at Charlotte & The Quail. 

Image via The Gardens at HCP 

Still looking for more? Visit our things to do page or the online event calendar to see what else is happening in Victoria this month. Don't forget to check out deals and promotions to make sure you're getting the best deals on everything!