Archive for February, 2013

37th Annual Greater Victoria Flower Count

Monday, February 25th, 2013

2013 Flower Count[1]
Dates: February 26, 2013 to March 4, 2013
Location: Victoria, BC

The Flower Count is an annual light-hearted promotion sponsored and organized the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, The Butchart Gardens and Tourism Victoria. The goal is to bolster community pride and increase awareness of Greater Victoria as an attractive shoulder-season tourism destination. It brings national and international attention to the fact that Victoria (City of Gardens) has the mildest climate in Canada. While the rest of Canada and much of the US is still in the cold clutches of winter weather, Victoria often enjoys spring temperatures of 10-15° Celsius (up to 60° Fahrenheit).

Community Challenge

Each municipality across Greater Victoria is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” of the Greater Victoria area! People reporting flower counts will have their number attributed to their community. Whether they live on the Saanich Peninsula or in Sooke, every flower counts, for their own community and for the overall total.

Pansy-DSC_5612[1]For one week in early spring the citizens of Greater Victoria count all the blossoms they can find. The results are then reported to Flower Count Headquarters via the internet at   As the numbers come in, announcements are sent to local media to inform everyone of the growing count. For 36 years, fresh cut daffodils have been sent to media across North America to announce the kick off of Victoria’s annual Flower Count, with the final tally proudly announced to all at the end of Flower Count week.

How to count

  •    Small tree full of blossoms =  250,000 blossoms
  •    Medium tree full of blossoms =  500,000 blossoms
  •    Large tree full of blossoms = 750,000 blossoms
  •    Small Heather bush = 500 blossoms
  •    Medium Heather bush = 1,000 blossoms
  •    Large Heather bush = 2,000 blossoms

How Many Blooms are Counted?

In 1976, over 130 million blooms were counted. By 1996, with a growing population and more community participation, that figure rose to over 4 billion (4,220,401,563 blooms). 2002 broke new records with an amazing 8.5 billion blooms, but so far 2010 is our reigning best bloomin’ year with 21 billion flowers counted!

Tradition in Felicities

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Tradition in Felicities

Dates: February 7, 2013 to September 29, 2013
Location: Royal BC Museum – Victoria, BC

Celebrating 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown

In conjunction with the Victoria Symphony, this temporary exhibition showcases Victoria Chinatown’s important role in history.

On display is a Chinese Freemason’s lantern, dated between the 1910s and the 1930s, in the process of conservation work. The lantern reveals early-twentieth-century Chinese Canadian’s transnational links and sophisticated Chinese Cultural upbringings.

Video recordings of the elders recount life in Victoria Chinatown during the 1930s to 1950s and how Chinese New Year was celebrated back then. Videos include clips from Dr David Lai, Canada’s Mr. Chinatown, and four families who had businesses and lived in Chinatown.

For more information, please visit the Royal BC Museum website.

Tradition in Felicities
is part of the Victoria Symphony Chinatown Celebration. For a complete list of Chinatown Celebration events honouring Victoria Chinatown’s 155th anniversary, please visit the Victoria Symphony website.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


Dates: February 28, 2013 to March 3, 2013
Location: Victoria, BC - Various
Admission: Booklets are $10 each or buy 4, get 1 free!

Great deals on attractions, restaurants, lodging, shopping and transportation!

Tickets are available at Tourism Victoria’s Visitor Information Centre (812 Wharf St), Thrifty Foods (all Victoria and Mill Bay stores), Shopper’s Drug Mart (Downtown and Tillicum locations), participating BC Lottery Outlets (The Bay Centre, Mayfair Mall, Hillside Mall, Esquimalt Drycleaners, Safeway Foul Bay), Peoples Drugs Fairfield Plaza, Canex CFB Esquimalt, Sooke Region Museum, Necessities and Temptations (Port Angeles, WA) and online.

For more information, please call Tourism Victoria 250-953-2033.

Young Photographer Contest 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Do you like animals, nature and photography? The Royal BC Museum is inviting photographers between 8 and 17 years of age to win an exclusive and truly unique Photography Gift Pack! To enter, submit a photograph that you snapped in BC of a wild animal, plant, place, fish or insect.

One Photographer from each of the two age categories (8-11 years and 12-17 years) will be chosen as winners based on Facebook Fan voting. The winner will receive an amazing prize package and photography experience including: ferry transportation, an overnight stay in Victoria, BC, an exclusive museum tour, an afternoon in the Royal BC Museum photo-studio, a museum membership, a chance to set up their own professional photo-shoot, a behind the scenes tour and more!

For more information, please visit the Royal BC Museum website. Submit your pic today!

2013 Home Design & Renovation Show

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


FEBRUARY 15, 16, & 17, 2013 

Bryan Baeumler – HGTV’s “Leave it to Bryan” & “House of Bryan”

Four Designs – 4 Looks  
Interior Design Displays by CARE Awards Winners

Ugly Closet Contest
Antique Road Show by Kilshaw’s Auctioneers Ltd.
New Homebuyer and Renovation Seminar
Built Green Builders, Garden Experts

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:00 noon to 8:00pm
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Date night at the Museum

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


Date: February 14, 2013
Venue: Royal BC Museum – Victoria, BC
Time: 9:00pm to 11:00pm

On February 14th the best place to say “I Love You” to your Valentine is the Royal BC Museum. At this unique after-dinner event, couples can cuddle close to the Woolly Mammoth while sipping from champagne flutes and nibbling sweet treats.

The evening begins a little later this year, at 9:00pm, with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and desserts in the natural history galleries on the second floor. Then stroll among huge, backlit images in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery and see some of the world’s “best places to hold hands.”

The third floor offers views of the city, romantic music, a cash bar and Valentine sweets while savouring the Modern History and First Peoples galleries.

Date Night sold out last year, so please register early for this special evening. For registration and admission information, please visit the Royal BC Museum website.