Victoria in April

If you are planning a trip to Victoria in April, then you’ve probably got questions like:

  • what’s the weather going to be like
  • what to pack and what to wear while you are here
  • what’s happening in Victoria in April
  • what are some things to do
  • and what local food is in season

If you’re visiting in April, you'll notice that our city is in full bloom with cherry blossoms still on trees, British Columbia's official flower - the Dogwood - exploding into bloom and spring flowers such as tulips and daffodils everywhere. 

On April 3, 2020 Victoria welcomes the Grand Princess, the first of 283 cruise ships that will arrive in port with an estimated 770,000 passengers over the seven-month season that ends on October 21, 2020. 

Friday, April 10, 2020 is Good Friday and is a statutory holiday in British Columbia. Most businesses will be open, although some will have reduced hours. All banks and government offices will be closed. Monday, April 13 is celebrated in lieu of Easter Sunday and is known as Easter Monday. Generally only banks and government offices are closed on Easter Monday.

Weather in April

April is a gorgeous month in Victoria. The average high temperature is 13 degrees with lows between 5 and 6. April is a bit wetter than March with average precipitation of 86 mm but the days are longer and brighter and everything just seems more cheerful.  

Dressing for the Weather

Winter is a distant memory and some of us are thinking it is already time to get out the capris and sandals! With the distinct possibility of getting caught in a shower or two though, most people stick to their closed toe shoes. A waterproof jacket or windbreaker is never a bad idea and on the days it doesn't rain, a fleece sweater is perfect for these spring days.

What's in Season

Several of our local restaurants take advantage of local seafood, meats, cheeses, breads, beers, wines and produce. April does have limited fresh fruits and vegetables but what is available is bursting with flavour.  

Fruits & Veggies

  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Radishes
  • Salad Greens
  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb

Seafood & Herbs

  • Clams
  • Cod: Pacific
  • Crab
  • Crab: Dungeness
  • Flounder/Sole: Pacific
  • Halibut: Pacific
  • Herring
  • Lingcod
  • Mussels
  • Oysters: Pacific
  • Prawns: Jumbo
  • Sablefish (Black Cod)
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp: Side Stripe
  • Shrimp: West Coast
  • Spring Dogfish
  • Bay Leaves
  • Chives
  • Chervil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Sorrel
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Things to Do in Victoria in April

Locals love to get outside and enjoy nature at this time of year. We have a wonderful network of fairly flat and accessible trails throughout the region suitable for every member of the family.

The main trail is the Galloping Goose Trail which connects to the Lochside trail heading to Sidney and the E&N trail that goes through View Royal and Esquimalt. The entire network connects Sidney to Sooke.

You'll see families and people of all ages out and about on their scooters and bikes or walking or jogging.

The network of trails goes right through our downtown core and now includes easy access to our dedicated bike lanes. 

There are several places to rent bikes if you want to join them. Check out our Adventure Tours Travel Guide for contact info. 

Festivals and Events include: 

  • 3-Apr-20 to 21-Oct-20 - Cruise Ship Season, Port of Victoria
  • 10-Apr-20 - Good Friday
  • 12-Apr-20 - Easter Egg Hunt, Dominion Brook Park
  • 13-Apr-20 Easter Monday
  • 17-Apr-20 to 19-Apr-20 - Victoria Spring Home & Garden Expo, West Shore Parks & Recreation
  • 30-Apr-20 to 3-May-20 - BC Boat Show, Port Sidney Marina

I truly hope you enjoy your visit to Victoria in April.

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