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Summer Festivals in Victoria, BC

Summer in Victoria, BC brings a variety of festivals and events that celebrate the city's unique vibe. From music and food festivals to cultural showcases, there's something for everyone to enjoy this summer season. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming up in Victoria, BC this summer season. Victoria Jazz Festival Performance. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society. TD Victoria Jazz Festival: June 21 - June 30 Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of jazz at the TD Victoria International JazzFest, a captivating ten-day event taking place from June 21st to June 30th in different locations around the city. This annual event showcases a combination of jazz, blues, and world music performed by a lineup of talented local, Canadian, and international artists, including the legendary 4-time Grammy winner Booker T's Stax Revue; experience the festival's vibrant atmosphere featuring an array of live shows, insightful workshops, and collaborative panels that celebrate the diversity and creativity of jazz music. Summer Fireworks Display. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens Firework Display: Every Saturday, July 1 - September 2 Step beyond the 55 acres of breathtaking floral displays at The Butchart Gardens and experience a world-class firework show, taking place every Saturday throughout the summer. These captivating displays, choreographed to music, are a highlight not to be missed. From July 1st, Canada Day, until September 2nd, enjoy unforgettable evenings of enchantment and entertainment beneath the stars. BOOK NOW Tilt! At The Phillips Backyard: July 5 - July 7 Phillips Backyard Festival Series hosted by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co and The Zone @91.3 is returning for a weekend this summer, from July 5-7! The festival features an outstanding lineup of headliners, including Saint Motel, Jesse Reyez, Orville Peck, and takes place in the outdoor space of Phillips Brewery, creating an intimate and energetic atmosphere. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or simply looking for a good time, Phillips Backyard Festival promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Victoria. Victoria Pride Parade. Credit: Victoria Pride Society. Victoria Pride Parade: July 9 This annual colorful parade will take place in the Inner Harbour starting at 11:00am on July 9th. Led by the Esquimalt Songhees Nation, this event is free and welcomes all ages and walks of life! Following the parade, there will be a festival at Macdonald Park where there will be more than 150 vendors along with food and drinks. Additionally, there will be a main stage and a kid's zone; something for everyone to enjoy! Oak Bay Collector Car Festival: July 21 Rev your engines and cruise into the Oak Bay Car Collector Festival, a paradise for car enthusiasts and vintage vehicle admirers! Held on Oak Bay Avenue, this festival showcases an array of classic cars, hot rods, and unique vehicles from various eras. Explore the craftsmanship and history behind each automobile, chat with passionate collectors, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Many local businesses and restaurants will be open especially for the event. There will also be a variety of food trucks to choose from. There will be ribbons awarded in a variety of categories, and great entertainment as well. Don't miss this opportunity to marvel at automotive artistry and celebrate the timeless allure of classic cars! Victoria Jazz Festival Performance. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society. Music By The Sea: July 25 - July 27 Victoria Music By The Sea is a fabulous way to spend a July evening. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vancouver Island's Pacific Coastline at the Victoria International Marina, with breathtaking views and impeccable acoustics. Listen to musicians from all over, including Neil Swainson (bass), Pj Perry (saxophone), Julie Hereish (cello), Keith Hamm (viola), and many more! Saanich Fair: August 31 - September 2 Explore the excitement of the Saanich Fair, where thrilling rides and games meet captivating livestock displays and competitions. As one of British Columbia's oldest and largest agricultural fairs, the Saanich Fair guarantees a delightful experience for all ages. Treat yourself to delicious food, discover local arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and performances. Mark your calendars for the iconic Labour Day weekend event, taking place from August 1st to September 2nd at the Saanich Fair Grounds in Saanichton, BC. Victoria Fringe Festival: August 21 - September 1 Spend a day in a world of creativity and explore some amazing art pieces at the Victoria Fringe Festival this summer. Known for its welcoming and interactive atmosphere, attendees will see a wide range of local and international works of art. The Victoria Fringe Festival gives people a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of diverse artistic styles, techniques, and narratives. Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival: August 23 - August 25 Listen to the heartfelt sounds of the BC Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival this August, located on the outdoor stage in Victoria's Inner Harbour. If you enjoy infectious rhythms of blues and the fusion of various genres, this is the place for you. The three-day festival has free performances each day and ticketed evening performances throughout the weekend. Beyond the performances, the festival offers a range of artisan vendors, food stalls and beverages to enjoy. Victoria Dragon Boat Races. Credit: victoriadragonboatfestival. Dragon Boat Festival: August 24 & 25 Experience the dynamic fusion of Chinese and local cultures at Victoria's Inner Harbour on August 24th and 25th, where festivities commence around exhilarating dragon boat races. Witness thrilling competitions, cultural showcases, and captivating performances by local artists. Beyond the excitement of the races, indulge in international foods, enjoy stage performances, and explore family-friendly amusements. This festival embodies the essence of sport, culture, diversity, and community, offering a welcoming atmosphere for all ages and backgrounds. Don't miss the chance to witness the spectacular sight of dragon boats flying across the water! Esquimalt RibFest: September 6 - September 8 Enjoy ribs, drinks, and entertainment at this year's annual Ribfest in Bullen Park (located just outside of downtown Victoria). Along with six rib teams competing for the coveted title of the best ribs, is live music, vendors, local arts, and kids' crafts; the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy! Come hungry, bring your friends and family, and prepare to feast your way through an unforgettable weekend of flavors and good times! The festival has free entry, but donations are accepted for local charities and the Firefighters Charitable Foundation. Rifflandia: September 13 - September 15 Enjoy the vibrant energy of Rifflandia Festival, one of Western Canada's longest-running large-scale music and arts festivals. Drawing tens of thousands of music lovers to Victoria, BC, Rifflandia goes beyond music, celebrating the city's diverse culture and creativity. From top international acts to emerging artists, the festival promises unforgettable moments against the backdrop of Victoria's stunning landscapes. Headlining artists on Friday include Rezz and Ja Rule, with the rest of the weekend's lineup dropping in May. This festival takes place at the Matullia Lands in Rock Bay.

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Pedaling the Pacific Northwest

Embark on an exhilarating bicycle adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of the Pacific Northwest! With your adventurous spirit in mind, we have hand-picked some spectacular routes and destinations for your bicycle trip. These world-class rides offer the quintessential cycling experience for all ages and experience levels. Begin your journey on either side of the border and explore the Olympic Discovery Trail starting from Port Angeles or the Galloping Goose from downtown Victoria!  PLUS! Bicycles are now FREE on Black Ball Ferry Line with the purchase of a ferry ticket. Need to rent a bike for your adventures? No problem. We have excellent bicycle partners in each destination — The Pedaler in Victoria and Discover E-Bikes in Port Angeles both offer a wide range of bike rental and tour options. BOOK VICTORIA BIKE RENTALS     BOOK PORT ANGELES BIKE RENTALS The Olympic Discovery Trail. The Olympic Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula The Olympic Peninsula is home to the 135-mile (217 km) Olympic Discovery Trail, composed of paved road and multi-use paths. As an ongoing project spanning over 35 years, more than half of the route is now made up of trails reserved for non-motorized travel, with more being added every year. With a large and ever-expanding trail that takes you through the quaint towns of Forks, Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend, the pedaling possibilities are endless! The Olympic Discovery Trail winds through diverse landscapes including fields, farms, parks, towns, various bodies of water and national recreation areas. Whether you're venturing out for a day of exploration or embarking on an extended bike journey, continue below for our top recommendations along the Olympic Discovery Trail. Planning an extended trip? Take advantage of overnight package deals with our Olympic Peninsula hotel partners! BOOK AN OVERNIGHT ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA Bridge over the Elwha River. Elwha River Valley West of Port Angeles, the Olympic Discovery Trail runs across the Elwha River, which flows from the Elwha snowfinger (a perennial snowfield that is the water source of the Elwha) in the Olympic Mountains into the Strait of Juan de Fuca (6.8 miles / 11 km one way). The trail crosses the river on a picturesque suspension bridge — Continuing from there, it runs parallel to the Strait of Juan de Fuca coastline connecting to beaches along the route.  The view of Lake Crescent. Lake Crescent Beyond the Elwha River, the Olympic Discovery Trail runs south towards Lake Crescent, a large glacier-fed lake nestled between towering mountains (23.6 miles / 38 km one way). The trail runs across the lake's north shore on a 8.1 mile / 13 km stretch of former railroad, passing through restored tunnels along the way. If you’re looking for a longer ride from Port Angeles, the Lake Crescent region is an excellent destination. To make a weekend out of it, Lake Crescent Lodge provides a historic stay right on the water — The perfect place to relax and enjoy the Olympic Peninsula area after a day of pedaling! Field of lavender at a farm in Sequim. Sequim Heading east from Port Angeles (the opposite direction of Lake Crescent), you will reach the sunny town of Sequim on the Olympic Discovery Trail (19.2 miles / 31 km one way). While this trip is an absolute must in the summer months during Sequim’s famous lavender season, it is also an excellent ride year-round, with a gentle grade following former railroads. The prairie-like region is rich with farmland, providing a quiet, country atmosphere. The trail runs through the city of Sequim, the cultural center of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley area, with local storefronts including shopping, restaurants, and activities. The Galloping Goose Trail. Credit: CRD.  The Galloping Goose in Victoria, BC The Galloping Goose is a multi-use trail spanning a 34.2 mile / 55 km journey from Victoria to Sooke, BC. The route was originally a freight railway line that was built during WWI. “The Goose” is part of the larger Trans Canada Trail, linking coast to coast across all of Canada’s varying picturesque landscapes, meaning that the adventures are endless! Within Greater Victoria, the trail intersects with the Lochside Regional Trail (connecting Saanich to Sidney) and the E&N Rail Trail (linking Victoria and the West Shore). To begin your journey on the Galloping Goose Trail from the Black Ball Ferry Line terminal in Victoria, head East along Belleville Street towards Government Street. Turn left on Government, then take another left onto Wharf Street. Follow Wharf Street until you reach Johnson Street Bridge on your left. Cross the bridge, then turn right on the paved path that connects to Harbour Road and the trail. The trailhead is approximately 0.6 miles / 1 km from our Victoria ferry terminal! See below for our favorite bike routes and destinations in Greater Victoria. Whether you are wanting a quick trip to take in the local beauty, or a more remote trek out to Sooke, the Galloping Goose has something for you.  PLUS! There are several bike lanes within the downtown Victoria core, making it a very bike-friendly destination. If you have time, we highly recommend checking out the downtown Victoria scene via bike. Downtown is filled with local shops, numerous food spots, craft breweries and pubs, and iconic spots like Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road, and Chinatown.  BOOK AN OVERNIGHT IN VICTORIA   Thetis Lake. Thetis Lake From Victoria, take the Galloping Goose to Six Mile Road, connecting to Thetis Lake Regional Park (7.5 miles / 12 km one way). Thetis Lake is a popular local lake in Greater Victoria, perfect for a post-ride dip or a scenic hike. You will find a network of moderately challenging hiking trails around Lower and Upper Thetis Lake that wind through west coast rainforest and boast beautiful views of the surrounding area. Blooming flowers at Mill Hill Park. Credit: CRD. Mill Hill Park From Victoria, follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Atkins Avenue, to Mill Hill Regional Park (8.1 miles / 13 km one way). At Mill Hill Park, enjoy the patchwork beauty of Victoria’s many environments, including Douglas-fir forest, a Garry Oak ecosystem, and a rocky hilltop with panoramic views of the Esquimalt Harbour and Victoria area. Feeling adventurous? You can hike the trail along the eastern side of Mill Hill to connect with Thetis Lake Regional Park to make the most of your journey! Stunning views of Iron Mine Bay in East Sooke Regional Park.  Weekend Bike Trip to Sooke If you are looking to spend more time in Greater Victoria, and on the Galloping Goose Trail, venture out to Sooke for an overnight trip. From downtown Victoria, take the Galloping Goose all the way out to the Sooke area. There are a plethora of B&B’s and other accommodation options in the region — We recommend Prestige Oceanfront Resort or Sooke Harbour House, a historic inn on the ocean. The next day, explore beyond Sooke or return to downtown Victoria after a detour through East Sooke Regional Park (24.5 miles / 40 km one way).

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The Route

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. It is the most direct ferry crossing between Victoria and the United States, with daily, year-round service provided.

The 90-minute, 22.59 nautical mile (42 km) trip is a scenic journey through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas.

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