May Long Weekend Events & Activities in Victoria
Friday, May 21 – Monday, May 24, 2021
A go-to list of family activities and events taking place during May long weekend in Victoria: Friday, May 21 – Monday, May 24, 2021
Enjoy the Outdoors Safely. Be mindful of health advisories. Maintain a physical distance of two meters from people outside your household. Always wear a mask when you are in a shared space, either indoors or outdoors. The places and activities mentioned in the article are merely suggestions.
Do not travel if public health orders restrict travel in and out of your community or city.
See Flowers at The Butchart Gardens
Located just outside the city, this magnificent garden is a delight to visit, no matter the age. Spend the day in this beautiful and relaxing atmosphere of this stunning natural area. Details
Daily | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, with viewing until 5:00 PM
Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay
Adult $33.00, Youth $16.50, Child $2.00, including tax
Orcas: Our Shared Future
Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, spirit of BC’s wild coast and apex predator of all oceans. Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “killer whales.” Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity.
Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and surface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected: we are all part of nature, not apart from nature. Details
On Display until January 9, 2022
Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria
Adult $26.95, Senior/Student $18.95, Youth $16.95, Child Free
Enjoy a walk at the Abkhazi Garden
Enjoy the lush greenery and views at the Abkhazi Gardens. Have a light snack at the tea house and spend some time relaxing in this intimate garden. Details
Daily | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Abkhazi Garden, 1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria
Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 per person
… the Long Weekend! Even if you are stuck indoors or confined to your backyard, you can still enjoy a great time. Freshen up your space with beautiful blooms from your own garden or your local florist. Order a snack or dinner from your local bakery or restaurant.
Enjoy Tea at Home
Enjoy an afternoon tea at home. Choose from a variety of options. Be it a tea for one or the afternoon picnic tea or a light lunch, you will be delighted with what’s offered. Details
Pick up at White Heather Tea Room, 1885 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
A Theatre of Horror
The shipwreck of the SS Valencia is well known as one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific”. This exhibit tells the story of the SS Valencia and considers what conditions led to such a horrific ending. By meeting a cast of characters thrown together by fate, visitors will hear the human stories behind the tragedy and consider what effect trauma had on the events. Details
Thursdays to Saturdays | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Adult $33.00, Youth $16.50, Child $2.00, including tax
Cast a line and reel in that big catch at BC Provincial Parks. However, please obey any fishing location restrictions in the park as well as all public health guidelines on group sizes and physical distancing.
Discover around 50 tropical bugs that include giant walking sticks, praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Details
Monday – Friday | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Victoria Bug Zoo, 631 Courtney Street, Victoria
Adult $14, Youth $8, Child (4 and under) Free
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Shop at the Victoria Public Market
Shop the local produce and wares from the Victoria Public Market! Shop flowers, decor, food, produce, and more. Details
Mondays – Saturdays | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Hudson, 6-1701 Douglas Street, Victoria
Visit Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill is the perfect place to spend some quality time with the family. The park has two playgrounds, a water park, a putting green, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, cricket pitch, lawn bowling, gardens, footpaths, and sports fields for running and playing. Details
Explore a Jungle
See thousands of tropical butterflies f;y in a vibrant jungle at the Butterfly Gardens. You can also find poison dart frogs, flamingos, tropical ducks, tropical birds, tropical flowers, carnivorous plants, and fruits of the world. Details
Daily | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (explore until 4:00 PM)
Victoria Butterfly Gardens, 1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay
Adult $17, Seniors (65+)/Students (with valid ID)/Youth $13, Children (5-12) – $6.50, Infants (0-4) Complimentary when accompanied by an adult (18+)
Stand-up paddleboarding is a great socially distanced activity for all ages. Explore stunning locations across Victoria, including Elk Lake, Beaver Lake, Thetis Lake, and the Gorge. SUP paddleboards are available to rent. Details
Explore Public Art
Exploring public artworks is one of the best physical distancing activities you can do.
Check out these local arts and culture initiatives that can be experienced from a distance.
Enjoy Musical Concerts
Tune in and listen to live music streamed from all over the world! Details
Visit Provincial Parks
Provincial Parks are great places to spend your day with nature. They offer many activities for a multi-day adventure that makes the journey worthwhile. Enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, birding, wildlife viewing, and more. Do note that there is a restriction on travel between regions of the province. Details
Watch Theatre Performances
One positive outcome of the pandemic is that you can now access theatre performances from all over the world online. See what’s on the show this weekend. Details
Take-out and Support Local
Support local businesses by ordering a take-out from local restaurants.
Enjoy zip-lining, log ladders, ziplines, axe throwing, rope swings, and much more at the WildPlay Elements Park. Details
Daily | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
15-1767 Island Hwy, Victoria
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Explore the World From Home
With travel being restricted, there are no ways to physically enjoy a trip to distant places. But the good news is you can explore these places virtually. From Canada’s arctic, cities, National Parks to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, Egypt’s Heritage Sites, and scenic train rides, you can now enjoy many travel destinations virtually.