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

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. 

On April 11th, the Sapphire Princess will arrive in the Port of Victoria as the 2023 cruise season officially begins again here on Canada's west coast. Welcome back! This year, Victoria will welcome 323 cruise ships with an estimated 800,000 passengers. The 2023 cruis ship season will end October 29, when the Norweigan Sun arrives in port for the day. 

Friday, April 7, 2023 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 10 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 (I love the length of this one) is never a bad idea and on the days it doesn't rain, a fleece sweater like this pretty pink one from Columbia 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

What's in Bloom at Butchart Gardens in April

  • Aubretia
  • Azalea
  • Barberry Bush
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Camellia
  • Candelabra Primula
  • Checkered Lily
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crown Imperial
  • Daffodil
  • English Daisy
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Hyacinth
  • Leopard’s Bane
  • Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub
  • Lungwort
  • Milkweed
  • Painted Daisy
  • Pansy
  • Pasque Flower
  • Rhododendron
  • Rock Cress
  • Scilla
  • Shamrock
  • Siberian Wallflower
  • Summer Snowflake
  • Trout Lily
  • Tulip

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. I recommend using Get Your Guide to find tours and activities. You'll meet locals like me who love showing visitors our favourite things to see and do. 

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 or you can join a guided bike tour to make sure you see some of our favourite highlights and historic sites.  

Festivals and Events include: 

  • 1-Apr-23 - Meet the Makers Market, Bay Centre, Victoria
  • 11-Apr-23 to 29-Oct-23 - Cruise Ship Season, Port of Victoria 
  • 07-Apr-23 - Good Friday
  • 09-Apr-23 - Esquimalt Lion's Easter Eggstravaganza, Bullen Park, Esquimalt
  • 09-Apr-23 - Easter Sunday
  • 09-Apr-23 - Easter Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale, Mary Winspear Centre
  • 10-Apr-23 - Easter Monday
  • 21-Apr-23 to 22-Apr-22 - Victoria Outdoor Adventure Show, West Shore Parks & Recreation 
  • 29-Apr-23 - Intuitive Arts Festival - Spring Psychic Fair, 111 Superior St, Victoria
  • 30-Apr-23 - Victoria Drum Fest 2023, Songhees Wellness Center

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

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