12 Months of Hostelling - Victoria

Victoria Day is on May 21 this year, and where better to celebrate it than the good queen’s namesake city? You can watch Victoria’s largest parade event on Douglas Street, and since this will be the 150th anniversary edition of the parade, you can bet it will be more fun than ever.

During May in Victoria there is a whole host of events happening (dates and events may change from year to year)…

Swiftsure 2012 International Yacht Race, May 26 – 28

Swiftsure is the premiere yacht race in the Pacific Northwest. Landlubbers can view the sailboats in the Inner Harbour or out on Dallas Road.

Luxton Pro Rodeo, May 19 – 21

You’ll think yourself in the Wild West at this rodeo, where you can see cowboys lassoing steers and riding bulls. Throw in a dance, carnival rides, and kids clinging on to sheep, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a good time. 

Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival, May 19 – 20

Celebrate Scottish culture at Topaz Park. Pipes will be played, heavy things will be thrown, and you can bet men will wear kilts. There will also be Scottish food, whisky tastings, and more.

Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, opening May 17

This new exhibition opening at the Royal BC Museum is the first time in Canada for this immersive experience curated by the American Museum of Natural History. The bio-mechanical models are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Don’t worry if you can’t make this one in May, but you’ve only got until September to see it.

As well as all of the special events going on in Victoria during May, there are also the city’s other attractions to visit during your stay.

Whale Watching

A definite must while in Victoria, head out on a Zodiac and get up close and personal with these fantastic mammals.

Butchart Gardens

One of Victoria’s top attractions, if you love flowers and gardens then this is the place for you. If you visit in May you will see all of the beautiful spring flowers in bloom, such as tulips, iris, lupin and peony. 

Royal British Columbia Museum

This is an excellent interactive museum and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 museums in the world! Also housed within the museum is an IMAX theatre running a variety of shows all day.

When visiting Victoria you should also check out other parts of the city. Check out this blog for more details on Victoria’s neighbourhoods >> 

Image Credit: Tourism Victoria - Deanne Gillespie


Author: Backpacker Buzz

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