If you are planning a trip to Victoria in August, then you’ve probably got questions like:
August is pretty much of a repeat of July with long, warm summer days. It does start to get dark in the evenings a little earlier than in July with the sun setting around 9:00 pm at the beginning of August and closer to 8:00 pm by the end of the month. Towards the end of August you may occasionally feel like "fall is in the air" but trust me, there is still plenty of summer ahead!
Here in Canada our school year is September through June so August is a busy time for families trying to get the last of the summer fun in while preparing for kids who are going back to school and off to college.
August is a repeat of June and July as far as cruise ship arrivals with 54 scheduled to dock and over 135,000 passengers disembarking to discover our beauty.
The first Monday in August is BC Day which is a provincial statutory holiday. Almost all shops and activities remain open on this holiday however banks and Government offices will be closed.
The renowned Symphony Splash takes place on this long weekend in August and attracts approximately 100,000 people to the Inner Harbour. The Victoria Symphony, along with special guests, perform from a floating stage in the harbour throughout the day. The event always ends with a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with fireworks. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and stretch out on the lawns of the BC Legislature to enjoy. Or get down early enough and rent a canoe or kayak and watch from the harbour. It is a magical site!
Victoria in August is just as beautiful as July. The vivid summer flowers are starting to fade but they are replaced with the rich, bold colours of fall with golden yellow, burnt orange, copper and burgundy. The days are sunny and warm and the chance of rain is slim. The average high temperature in August is 23 degrees with lows around 12. The average precipitation is just 2.5 mm, making it one of the warmest and driest of the year.
We wait all year for these warm summer days. Sleeveless or short-sleeved tops, shorts or capris and sandals are the clothing of choice in Victoria in August. Locals love the cooler evenings which are ideal for sleeping, but we do acknowledge that some visitors can find it a little chilly once the sun goes down. It never hurts to have a light jacket or sweater handy. You will also notice there is almost always a light ocean breeze so it can sometimes feel slightly cooler than the actual temperature, especially by the water.
Residents and local restaurateurs take advantage of all the abundant seafood, meats, cheeses, breads, beers, wines and produce. In Victoria in August, we are experiencing one of the most plentiful months of fresh fruits and veggies. Be sure to get to one of our local farmers markets for the best of what's in season.
Fruits & Veggies
Seafood & Herbs
August is definitely a time to get outside and enjoy the many activities happening around the region. From the numerous music and arts festivals to the focus on our furry friends at Pet-a-Palooza, you'll love being in Victoria in August.
If you are interested in walking or going for a bike ride, we have a fantastic network of flat and accessible trails throughout the region.
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 or stopping to pick blackberries! No summer is complete without going out to pick fresh, wild blackberries. There are numerous spots throughout the city - on public property - where you are welcome to help yourself. Many of those spots are along the network of trails. Take a handful to enjoy while you are stopped or pick a bucket for jams and jellies. Note - blackberry bushes are full of thorns - serious pickers should be prepared with long sleeves and gloves.
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.
Another great spot for a stroll in the downtown core is around the inner harbour and either on to the David Foster Walkway to the east or the West Song Walkway to the west.
Festivals and Events include: (to be updated with 2020 dates as soon as they are made available)
I truly hope you enjoy your visit to Victoria in August.
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