If you are planning a trip to Victoria in June, then you’ve probably got questions like:
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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 normally even busier than May as far as cruise ship arrivals with over 50 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 Wednesday June 21, 2023 and experience the longest day of the year.
June marks the beginning of festival season and after a 2-3 year hiatus, everyone is anxiously awaiting their full return. Although some festivals and activities have either discontinued or permanently altered the way they operate, for the most part things have returned to normal for the 2023 season.
One tradition that happens across the world at this time of the year is school graduation and prom ceremonies. In Victoria in June, 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.
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. I highly recommend using Get Your Guide to find the best deals on tickets and tours. I like Get Your Guide because they connect you with local activities and tour guides who are passionate about showing you the best of Victoria.
June flowers at Beacon Hill Park
Summer is in full bloom in Victoria 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 (I love a lightweight fleece jacket like this one). 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.
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! Food tours are very popular this time of year and Victoria is well known for its exceptional food options. I highly recommend connecting with a local guide for the best of Victoria eats.
For making your own meals, head out to one of the local farmers markets for the best of what's in season.
Fruits & Veggies
Seafood & Herbs
Visiting Butchart Gardens while in Greater Victoria is highly recommended and our handy guide will let you know what's blooming throughout the year. Below is the flowers you will find at the gardens 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, join a tour or enjoy our fantastic network of flat and accessible trails throughout the region on your own. 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 or participate in a popular bicycle tour of the city.
Festivals and Events in Victoria in June include:
I truly hope you enjoy your visit to Victoria in June.
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