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Victoria in April: Discover the Spectacular
Things to See and Do During Your Visit

Updated for 2021

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

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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. 

Normally in early April, Victoria would welcome the first of over 275 cruise ships that would arrive in port with an estimated 770,000 passengers over the seven-month season that ends in October of each year.  Sadly, the 2021 cruise season officially ended on February 4, 2021. The Canadian Government announced cruise ships carrying 100 or more people will remain prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until February 2022 due to COVID-19. 

Friday, April 2, 2021 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 5 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 and food tours are a popular way to sample the goodness!

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. If you're in Victoria in April, you simply can't miss some enjoying some outdoor activities. You can use TourScanner to compare the prices of our favourite activities

The main trail is the Galloping Goose Trail (isn't that an awesome name!) 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 land activity guide for contact info. 

Festivals and Events include: 

  • 3-Apr-20 to 21-Oct-20 - Cruise Ship Season, Port of Victoria Postponed until February 2022 due to Covid-19
  • 2-Apr-21 - Good Friday
  • 4-Apr-21 - Easter Egg Hunt, Dominion Brook Park (2021 cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 5-Apr-2021  Easter Monday
  • 17-Apr-20 to 19-Apr-20 - Victoria Spring Home & Garden Expo, West Shore Parks & Recreation (2021 cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 29-Apr-21 to 2-May-21 - BC Boat Show, Port Sidney Marina

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

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