You would be hard pressed to find a better city in which to enjoy Canada Day than Victoria BC. Our laid-back, West Coast lifestyle, our city’s proximity to the natural beauty of parks, hiking trails and beaches can’t be beat. Through summer, every 5th vehicle on the road seems to have some kind of boat attached for kayakers, paddleboarders, or wind surfers.

Our arts and culture scene host numerous galleries, theaters, and music venues to explore. We chose to feature Bastion Square’s “Summer Market Series”. *

Our diverse culinary offerings, include every ethnic dish, world class restaurants, farm to table food and fresh-caught seafood. We bring you the Strawberry Festival in Saanich and Royal Beach Eats & Beach Party in Colwood. *

Hopefully you can get out to enjoy time in the sun with friends and family tomorrow! If you are planning to attend Canada Day Victoria 2023 downtown, bring that hat and sunscreen. Don’t have a hat? We found an eclectic collection! Check out Roberta’s Hats at 1318 Government Street.

The Inner Harbour will be THE hub of activity on Canada Day. There will be the best of food truck vendors, Indigenous Artist Collective pop-up markets, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, and games. After 10 pm, fireworks will light up the sky above the Inner Harbour over what we predict will be huge crowds.
If you can walk, bike or bus downtown instead of driving, you’ll have an easier time of it. Belleville road closures start tonight, and you won’t be able to park on Belleville between Menzies and Kingston. To ensure public safety, more streets may get closed off. Why drive when you can ride the bus all day with a $5 pass, and kids under 12 ride free.

If you would rather avoid downtown, check out Butchart Gardens. Starting tomorrow, July 1, then every Saturday through to September 2nd, you can enjoy a breathtaking firework show after dark. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy original aerial and ground displays choreographed to music by Christopher Ross, Jennie Butchart’s great-grandson. The fireworks show is included with admission.

If you’re heading out on a camping trip this long weekend, hopefully you made a reservation long ago. But in case you didn’t you might not have to entirely forego camping this summer. We found some interesting tips offered by Gemma and J.R. in their blog “Off Track Travel”. For instance, did you know there are “first-come-first served” campsites available, even at this time of the year?

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate our nation’s 156th birthday, be safe and have fun. Remember, when you need to move in Victoria, around the Island or across the nation, we’d love your moving business.

* See June 30th 2023 Newsletter.