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How to Experience Victoria's Iconic Cherry Blossom Season

Posted on March 4, 2019

Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada, so it’s little surprise that we’re usually the first city to start blooming. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit Victoria between February and May, you may have stood in awe under an archway of cherry blossoms on Moss Street or walked along a pink petal covered road on View Street. A mature cherry or plum tree can boast anywhere from 250,000 to 750,000 blossoms and different streets experience different bloom times So we’ve put together your city guide on where to capture the best glimpse of these beautiful petals.

 

1. View Street 

One of the most well-known places to view spring blossoms is along View Street in the heart of Downtown Victoria. This street is usually the first to explode in a sea of pink flowers each February/March and the nearby architecture adds an undeniable je ne sais quoi to any photo! 

Victoria Cherry Blossoms
Image by @dougclementphotography

 

2. Blanshard Street

Find bunches of colourful cherry and plum blossoms all along Blanshard Street, from Fort Street all the way to the Parkside Hotel & Spa near St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site.

Cherry Blossom Victoria
Image by @fortprop

 

3. Belleville Street at the Inner Harbour

Of course, the Inner Harbour is also home to blossoming trees and flowers this time of year. Find especially bright blooms outside the Hotel Grand Pacific and The Robert Bateman Centre on the south side of the Inner Harbour 

Victoria Cherry Blossoms
Image by @matthewsmith

 

4. Hatley Castle & Gardens 

A visit to Hatley Castle rewards year-round, but especially when their spring flowers begin peaking out. 

Hatley Castle
Image by @pixbykoi

 

5. Government House

Located in the Rockland neighbourhood, find this National Historic Site open daily from dawn to dusk. Explore 36 acres of land from rose gardens to an alpine garden and everything in between. A 20-minute walk from downtown will reward you with cherry blossom lined streets.

Image by @maryleesampson

 

6. Dallas Road

A short walk from the Inner Harbour leads you through cherry blossom lined streets to Dallas Road. This time of year, you’ll find patches of daffodils all the way from Ogden Point Breakwater to Ross Bay Cemetery. With flowers on one side and unobstructed ocean views on the other, we highly recommend taking a stroll here.

Image by @soul.searching.traveler

 

7. Fisgard Street in Chinatown

In Canada’s oldest Chinatown, find Sakura trees blooming along Fisgard!

Image by @kads_durks

 

8. James Bay

A short stroll from the Inner Harbour takes you to this quiet and quaint residential area where you can explore even more pink tones!

Image by @kaitythesuperfish

 

9. Fairfield and Rockland

Adjacent to downtown, Victoria’s historic Fairfield and Rockland neighbourhoods boast many heritage homes and streets lined with cherry and plum trees. 

Image by @afrederia7

Image by @nathanphilps

 

10. Beacon Hill Park

Embrace the warm, sunny weather at Beacon Hill Park. From sprawling gardens, peacocks and baby goats, this is the perfect spot in Victoria to see Spring in action. 

cherry blossoms victoria
Image by @travelbugs01

 

11. Government Street

Whether you start at Chinatown or in the Inner Harbour, stroll along Government Street to see bright flowers! If you can’t get enough of vibrant colours, grab a cotton candy treat from Chocolats Favoris or indulge in a Victoria Crème from Rogers’ Chocolates.

Image by @chocofavoris

 

12. Oak Bay

Wander through Oak Bay and take in the beautiful blossoms. Enjoy the warmth of spring on the Vis a Vis patio over a latte and croissant or with a pint at Penny Farthing next door. 

 

13. Drink the Blossoms (literally)

If you love cherry blossoms as much as we do, try Sheringham Distillery's newest creation, Kazuki Gin, to taste the essence of the blossoms. 

Kazuki Gin Sheringham Distillery

 

Find a map of the cherry blossoms here. Learn more about biking and walking tours in Victoria and don’t forget to share your photos with us using #ExploreVictoria.