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Spend this June in Victoria, B.C.

Posted on June 5, 2019

With sunshine in the forecast, June in Victoria brings with it festivals, exhibits, outdoor patios, markets, and so much more! We invite you to explore everything Victoria has to offer this month. 


Drive the Pacific Marine Circle Route

Experience the West Coast’s west coast on this one-to-five-day driving route. Take time to explore at your own pace, with time to wander and take in the sights. From rugged coastal trails to beaches, tranquil lakes, rolling vineyards, restaurants and delightful places to stay, June is the perfect time to explore the Pacific Marine Circle Route and sample everything Southern Vancouver Island has to offer. 

Insider tip: Download itineraries under the “see more” button on the Pacific Marine Circle Route page and tag #ExplorePMCR in your social so we can follow along on your road trip!

Pacific Marine Circle Route


Attend the Indigenous Cultural Festival

June 21-23

Enjoy three days of free, spectacular performances at the Royal BC Museum’s plaza. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from indigenous performers from across British Columbia. Find indigenous artisans on-site with carvings, prints, jewellery and more for sale. 

Insider tip: Try the mouth-watering BBQ salmon burger on fry bread from the Songhees Seafood & Steam truck, trust us.

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival
Image by @firstnationphotographer 


Experience Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises

Discover a powerful culture that rose in the tropical rainforests of Central America thousands of years ago. Explore Maya identity from ancient times to the present day and see how science and belief have shaped the Maya world. See works never shown outside of Guatemala – including elaborate incense burners, striking jade-and-gold jewellery and an astonishing three-metre-long sculpture of a man with jaguar attributes.

Royal BC Museum Maya Exhibit


Indulge Al Fresco

Known by many as a foodie destination, Victoria has more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in Canada. So you can bet that with our mild weather there are some fantastic outdoor dining options. Check out this roundup of awesome patios in and around the city. 

Canoe Brewpub
Image by @canoebrewpub


Attend Car Free YYJ

June 16

This highly anticipated event is a local favourite! Car Free YYJ is a day-long celebration that takes over nine city blocks. Picture five stages with live entertainment, licensed food and beverage areas and more than 400 local artists, makers and activations. 

Insider tip: Arrive on two wheels or two feet for convenient access to this event.

Car Free YYJ
Image via @carfreeyyj


Experience the Epic Rose Bloom

Each June, The Butchart Gardens welcomes the incredible bloom of their award-winning Rose Garden. Wander through this incredible sight and breathe in the sweet fragrance as you pass under the rose archway. It’s a sight best experienced first-hand! When you’re ready for a sweet treat, make your way to the Italian Gardens for a scoop of homemade gelato.

The Butchart Gardens


Take in the Local Markets

Combine a dynamic growing environment and residents devoted to buying local product and the result is many incredible makers, bakers and growers here in Greater Victoria. Find our comprehensive guide to markets here.

Summer Market Guide


Explore the Southern Gulf Islands

June 21-23

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Swartz Bay, discover the Southern Gulf Islands during Tour Des Iles, an annual event where Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring islands are connected by small boat service. Courtesy shuttles with knowledgeable local drivers take passengers to island attractions such as art galleries, markets and natural wonders. 

Galiano Island BC Southern Gulf Island
Image by @rachelbarkman 

Celebrate Canada Day

July 1

Gather in the Inner Harbour to celebrate Canada Day in B.C.’s capital city. Join in on the largest living flag by wearing one of the free red or white t-shirts provided, take in the performances from the main stage and meander about exploring vendors and more.


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