10 things to do in Victoria this March

Discover adventure in Canada’s mildest climate.

Welcome to spring in our coastal paradise! A time when Greater Victoria bursts into vibrant life, offering a plethora of activities that capture the essence of the city’s unique charm.

From the fragrant blooms of early spring to local markets and cultural events, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the beauty and spirit of Victoria. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of Victoria this March.


1. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Victoria Beer Week

Raise a glass to local craftsmanship at the 10th Annual Victoria Beer Week from March 1-9. This flagship week-long event features tastings and tours that showcase the best of our city’s breweries. It’s a perfect blend of community, education and, of course, great beer. Visit their website for a full list of events and hosting breweries. Plus, don’t miss this opportunity to try a special ‘10 Years of Cheers’ Extra Pale Ale—a collaborative brew from Victoria Beer Week and industry friends.


2. Royal BC Museum: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

From March 1 – June 2, experience the breath-taking visuals of the Royal BC Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit. Featuring one hundred photos from across the globe, this exhibit shows the triumphs, challenges and incredible beauty of a planet under pressure. Combined with expert insights, these photos will move you with a renewed drive to help protect nature’s diversity. This 2024 installment is particularly special as two local photographers will be featured: Garth Lenz and Mark Williams.


3. Join the Greater Victoria Flower Count

The Greater Victoria Flower Count is back from March 6-13! A beloved week-long tradition, this event sees citizens, travellers and schools of Greater Victoria counting all the blossoms they can see, in celebration of our beautiful home’s early jump into spring. It’s a petal-to-the-petal competition amongst all of Victoria’s neighbourhoods and classrooms, all in good fun!

Which community be crowned Greater Victoria’s Bloomingest Community this year? Head to Flower Count’s website to see all the fun contests, community and classroom leaderboards, and of course, to submit your blossom count.


4. Explore the Gardens at HCP

The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) are a testament to the beauty and diversity of plant life in our region. Wander through themed gardens, participate in a workshop, or simply enjoy the tranquility of these quiet gardens. It’s a must-visit for nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts alike.


5. Experience Local Markets

March is for markets (or so we’ve been told) and local events are starting to pop up across the city. Here are a few markets happening in the next month:

  • March 15-16 | Crafted Farmhouse Spring Market: Discover local artisans and their creations at this market in Sidney, a treasure trove of handmade goods featuring 60+ artists, live music and food trucks.
  • March 24 | Hanami Blossom Market: Celebrate cherry blossom season with this themed market in Fernwood. With 40 local makers attending, let this be a reminder to slow down and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.
  • March 30-31 | Spring Market in Metchosin: Enjoy the Easter weekend at the Metchosin Community Hall. With free admission and over 25 vendors on each day, this market is sure to please families of all ages.


6. Wander Through Cook Street Village

Experience the quaint charm of Cook Street Village, a calm neighbourhood hub with many artisanal shops. Know for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it’s a local favourite for slow walks and delightful bites. If you stop by, we recommend checking out The Beagle Pub, Big Wheel Burger, Root Cellar Village Green Grocer and Pizzeria Prima Strada.


7. Celebrate the Easter weekend

Hop into Easter weekend in Victoria where every moment is a celebration of spring. Enjoy the warm weather of Canada’s mildest climate as you embark on a family adventure. Notable events include Easter Brunch at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, a Spring Market in Metchosin, and kid-friendly hunts at The Butchart Gardens, Gorge Park and Dominion Brook Park.


8. Cycle the Galloping Goose Trail

With the official start of spring just around the corner, March is a great time to explore Greater Victoria by bicycle. Whether you’re starting your adventure downtown or a little further out, let the Galloping Goose be your guide on a scenic tour across the city. With rentals available from The Pedaler, Cycle BC, Oak Bay Bikes and Pedego Electric Bikes, getting on a bike and exploring the outdoors has never been easier!


9. Embark on a Tea Tasting Tour in Historic James Bay

Greater Victoria is nearly synonymous with afternoon tea, and James Bay is one of the region’s best neighbourhoods for a tasting tour. Explore the area’s quaint tea rooms—including the Pendray Inn & Teahouse and Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio—each offering a unique experience. It’s a delightful way to experience a cherished local tradition.


10. Enjoy an Art Walk in Fernwood Square

Sometimes referred to as “Funky Fernwood”, this neighbourhood is the beating heart of Victoria’s vibrant arts scene. Featuring galleries, studios and public art that reflect the creativity of the community, a walk through Fernwood Square is sure to inspire. And although not technically in Fernwood, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is just a short walk away.


This March, embrace the spring as nature comes into full bloom and communities gather to celebrate the changing of the seasons. We invite you to explore, to engage, and to fall in love with Victoria all over again.

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