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As spring blooms in Victoria, BC, the city bursts with vibrant energy and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. From scenic garden strolls to thrilling wildlife encounters, here are the top five springtime activities to add to your itinerary:

Explore The Butchart Gardens

Embrace the beauty of spring at The Butchart Gardens, a world-renowned floral paradise located just a short drive from downtown Victoria. Wander through colourful displays of tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms as you soak in the fragrant scents and lush landscapes. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and Sunken Garden, each offering its own unique charm.

Whale-Watching Adventures

Embark on an unforgettable whale-watching excursion and witness the majestic beauty of orcas, humpback whales, and other marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Spring is an ideal time to spot these magnificent creatures as they migrate through the waters surrounding Victoria. Join a guided tour and cruise along the coast, keeping your eyes peeled for breathtaking glimpses of whales breaching and diving. The best part? Some of the best whale-watching tours depart from Victoria’s inner harbour, which is within walking distance from the Oswego Hotel.

Biggs Orca Whale (T065A2), Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Biggs Orca Whale (T065A2), Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Bike Along the Galloping Goose Trail

Experience Victoria’s scenic beauty from a different perspective by cycling along the Galloping Goose Trail. This picturesque multi-use trail spans over 55 kilometres and winds through lush forests, tranquil meadows, and charming waterfronts. Rent a bike from one of the local outfitters and set off on a leisurely ride, stopping to admire panoramic views and spot native wildlife along the way.

The evening light hits an empty Galloping Goose Regional Trail in Saanich/Victoria, BC

The evening light hits an empty Galloping Goose Regional Trail in Saanich/Victoria, BC

Visit Beacon Hill Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature at Beacon Hill Park. This expansive urban oasis offers a peaceful retreat with sprawling lawns, vibrant flower beds, and tranquil ponds. Take a leisurely stroll through the park’s winding pathways, explore hidden groves of towering trees, and keep an eye out for resident peacocks roaming freely throughout the grounds.

Indulge in Local Cuisine

Springtime in Victoria is synonymous with fresh, seasonal cuisine, and there’s no better way to savour the flavours of the season than by dining at one of the city’s acclaimed restaurants. From farm-to-table eateries serving up island-grown and foraged ingredients to waterfront bistros showcasing the region’s bounty of seafood, Victoria’s culinary scene offers something for every palate. Treat yourself to a culinary adventure and sample innovative dishes crafted by talented chefs using the freshest spring ingredients – and don’t skip the Aegir Room, our in-house restaurant committed to serving delicious locally sourced fair!

Bonus: Say hello to Milton the cat!

Milton the Cat is a well-known feline resident! You can generally find him nearby, hanging out on the corner of Oswego and Superior St. He gained fame for his friendly demeanour and habit of greeting locals and tourists alike as they stroll through the city’s downtown streets. Milton has become something of a local celebrity, often spotted lounging in sunny spots or exploring his neighbourhood. His charming presence adds to the unique character of Victoria and has endeared him to many residents and visitors alike!

With an abundance of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights, Victoria is the perfect destination to embrace the joys of springtime. Whether you’re exploring vibrant gardens, embarking on whale-watching excursions, or indulging in farm-to-table cuisine, there’s no shortage of memorable experiences waiting to be discovered. So pack your bags, soak up the sunshine, and make the most of this magical season in Victoria while staying in comfort and luxury at the Oswego Hotel!