Victoria in June

To Be Updated For 2020

If you are planning a trip to Victoria in June, 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 June
  • what are some things to do
  • and what local food is in season

If you didn't realize that Victoria is known as The Garden City, you'll quickly find out why if you're visiting in June. Since 1937 the city has celebrated the official beginning of summer with the placement of over 1,600 beautiful flower baskets on lamp posts throughout the city. I often joke that what other communities spend on snow removal, we spend on flowers - and I don't think I'm too wrong about that!

June is even busier than May as far as cruise ship arrivals with 52 scheduled to dock and over 135,000 passengers disembarking to discover our beauty. 

There are no statutory holidays in June however we do celebrate summer solstice on Saturday June 20, 2020 and experience the longest day of the year. 

There are lots of festivals and activities happening in June. One tradition that happens across the world at this time of the year is school graduation and prom ceremonies. In Victoria, it is common for students to pose for their class photo on the steps of the BC Legislature. So, if you happen to be in town and see hundreds of teenagers in their suits and gowns hovering around the grounds, you know what they're up to.  

Weather in June

Victoria in June may possibly be my favourite month. The city is so colourful with all the flowers blooming and with an average high around 20 degrees and lows around 10, it is the perfect temperature to enjoy activities outside without overheating. It is one of the driest months of the year with an average precipitation of just 2.5 mm. The days are long and bright and warm and just ideal for experiencing everything the region has to offer.

Dressing for the Weather

Summer is in full bloom in June and shorts or capris and sandals are definitely the clothing of choice. Locals love the cool evenings which are ideal for sleeping, but we do acknowledge that some visitors can find it too cool 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.

What's in Season

Several of our local restaurants take advantage of local seafood, meats, cheeses, breads, beers, wines and produce. During June, we are starting to see more fresh fruits and veggies - which is a welcome sight!

Head out to one of the local farmers markets for the best of what's in season. 

Fruits & Veggies

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions (green)
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Salad Greens
  • Spinach
  • Squash (summer)
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini
  • Gooseberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Saskatoon Berries
  • Strawberries

Seafood & Herbs

  • Clams
  • Cod: Pacific
  • Crab
  • Crab: Dungeness
  • Flounder/Sole: Pacific
  • Halibut: Pacific
  • Lingcod
  • Mussels
  • Oysters: Pacific
  • Prawns: Jumbo
  • Prawns: Spot
  • Sablefish (Black Cod)
  • Salmon: Chinook/King/Spring
  • Salmon: Pink
  • Salmon: Sockeye
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp: Side Stripe
  • Shrimp: West Coast
  • Spring Dogfish
  • Bay Leaves
  • Basils
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Epazote
  • Fennel
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Shiso
  • Sorrel
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Things to Do in Victoria in June

June is definitely a time to get outside and enjoy the plethora of activities in the region. From the global flair of the International Jazz Festival to the community spirit of the Oak Bay Tea Party, you'll love being in Victoria in June. 

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.

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: (to be updated with 2020 dates as soon as they are made available)

  • 3-Apr-20 to 21-Oct-20 2020 - Cruise Ship Season, Port of Victoria
  • 31-May-19 to 1-Jun-19 - Folk 'n Fiddle Festival, Mary Winspear Centre
  • 4-Jun-19 - YYJ Eats, St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site 
  • 5-Jun-20 to 7-Jun-20 - City of Gardens Quilt Show and Sale, G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre
  • 5-Jun-20 to 7-Jun-20 - Oak Bay Tea Party,  Willows Beach
  • 8-Jun-19 to 9-Jun-19 - Spring Studio Tour,  various artist studios in Sidney 
  • 8-Jun-19 to 9-Jun-19 - Folktoria, Centennial Square
  • 9-Jun-19 - World Oceans Day, Fisherman's Wharf
  • 9-Jun-19 - Vancouver Island Comic Con, Mary Winspear Centre
  • 13-Jun-19 - Beer & Meat, James Bay Athletic Association Clubhouse
  • 15-Jun-19 - Gorge Fest, Gorge Paddling Club
  • 16-Jun-19 - Car Free Day, Douglas St from Chatham to Courtney
  • 16-Jun-19 - Victoria Rock & Gem Show, Victoria Curling Club
  • 18-Jun-19 to 30-Jul-19 - Memorial Park Musicfest, Memorial Park, Esquimalt; Tuesday evenings
  • 19-Jun-19 to 23-Jun-19 - Ska & Reggae Festival, Ships Point and various downtown locations
  • 21-Jun-19 to 30-Jun-19 - International JazzFest, Centennial Square and various downtown locations
  • 21-Jun-19 to 22-Jun-19 - FernFest, Fernwood
  • 21-Jun-19 to 23-Jun-19 - Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival, Royal BC Museum plaza
  • 21-Jun-20 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • 21-Jun-20 - Discovery Days, Victoria Fish and Game Association
  • 21-Jun-20 - Father's Day
  • 22-Jun-19 - Diner en Blanc, Surprise location!
  • 29-Jun-19 to 1-Jul-19 - Sidney Days & Canada Day, Beacon Avenue

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

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