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Things to See and Do This March in Greater Victoria

Posted on March 5, 2020

From counting blooms to baking macarons, March in Greater Victoria has a bountiful offering! Read on to discover what to see and do this month.


Count Victoria’s Blooms

Yes, we're serious! Each year, Victoria lets the world know how lucky we are to live on the west coast as we begin counting our spring flowers in early March. Visit the Greater Victoria Flower Count website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the daily tallies. #FlowerCount

Image captured by @kaylanpoirier_photos


Sip & Savour at Victoria Beer Week

Victoria Beer Week is back! This nine-day festival highlights a broad selection of B.C.'s finest craft breweries through a series of events that aim to educate and inspire both beer connoisseurs and those who are new to the brew.
The festival focuses on showcasing the high quality of Victoria's craft beer, offering large tasting events and intimate seminars throughout the week. Check out our Guide to Beer Week for info on all the events! 

Image by @vicbeerweek


Spring Prelude at The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is in season year-round, so it’s always a good time to visit. In early March, enjoy the solitude of late winter and take in the subtle beauty of shrubs, trees and flowers. While the outdoor garden sleeps, experience their indoor garden come to life during the world-class display of Spring Prelude, on until March 15. The garden includes several water features, a sculpture, and a stunning display of large orchids.

The Butchart Gardens
Image by @thebutchartgardens


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Take a visual journey around the globe during the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. Until the end of March, experience the wonders of nature through the lenses of award-winning photographers from around the world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Image by Diana Rebman 


Hit the Slopes at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

While Victoria sweeps cherry blossom petals off sidewalks, you could be sweeping down the slopes. Did you know you can find world-class skiing just three hours from downtown? Ski, shred, board, toboggan or snowshoe at Mount Washington Alpine Resort during March. Get your snow fix in the same weekend you stroll beaches in Victoria or surf the coast.

Image by @stephsnelling


Wander the West Coast 

Experience the energy of the coast as you traverse Island trails, explore rugged coastal beaches and take in the magic of the west coast. Drive the Pacific Marine Circle Route from Victoria to Port Renfrew to soak in the full Island experience. Make a weekend of it and spend a night at Wild Renfrew or Handsome Dan’s to allow more time for exploring this unique corner of the Island. Connect to the ecology of the Island by visiting Big Lonely Doug, the tidal pools at Botanical Beach and the old-growth forest at Avatar Grove. 

Botanical Beach
Image by @kimarklie


Take in Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossom season is finally upon us! Choose to walk or bike through Beacon Hill Park and Chinatown where cherry and plum blossoms are always abundant or head to Fairfield and Oak Bay to see streets exploding in pink hues. If you’re up for a short drive, head out to Hatley Castle and Gardens to see their sprawling gardens in full spring bloom. It's a sight to behold. Find Victoria’s cherry blossom map here.

Image by @tylermcave


Visit the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm has been welcoming new kids to the family! They’ll be opening for the season on March 6. Visit the petting area to say hello to these new goat friends and explore the rest of the farm where you’ll see alpacas, pigs and bunnies. 

While you’re at Beacon Hill Park, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife like squirrels, geese, ducks, deer and peacocks.

Image by @betterwithadventure


Learn to Make Macarons

Learn to make macarons under the watchful eye of Red Seal pastry chef Lynn at La Roux Patisserie. These intimate classes will teach you all the tips and tricks needed to make these delightful pastries at home. You’ll spend two hours carefully preparing about 30 macarons to bring home. While they bake, you’ll indulge in cheese and crackers, along with a beverage of your choice. 

Image by @larouxlarouxlaroux



Still looking for more options? Check out the online event calendar and explore more things to do on your next visit to Victoria.