Archive for May, 2014

Oak Bay Tea Party

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Date: Saturday June 7 – Sunday June 8
Time: Varies throughout the weekend
Location: Willow’s Beach

Visit the 52nd year of the Oak Bay Tea Party; it is filled with fun activities that are perfect for the entire family!

The Mad Hatter Fun Run will begin around 10:15 am on Saturday, June 7. Enjoy the Oak Bay Tea Party Parade immediately after at 10:30 am. Furthermore, the Opening Ceremonies will transpire at 12:30 pm on Saturday.

On Sunday, watch a bathtub race (yes, with real bath tubs!) along the water at 1:00 pm. Moreover, there will be an airshow Sunday at 2:00 pm which includes skydivers and aircraft units. With several different activities and delicious food, there will be plenty of entertainment all weekend you will not want to miss!

Please visit the Oak Bay Tea Party website for a detailed itinerary.

International Kite Festival

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Date: May 31 – June 1
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Location: Clover Point

The International Kite Festival is located in a prime spot on Clover Point, just minutes away from downtown Victoria. Enjoy a weekend full of colourful kites flown by professionals from around the world. Being child-friendly, it is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to attend! Children are able to create their own kites and the family can relish in the open sky event later on.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome in support of the Victoria community affected by epilepsy. Please see their website for a detailed schedule of the weekend.

Oak Bay Half Marathon

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Date: May 25th
Time: 8:00 am Start
Location: Begins at Oak Bay Avenue and Hampshire Road

Oak Bay is hosting the 10th annual Half Marathon run. Walk or run and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!


7:00 am: Half Marathon Early Start (for walkers)
8:00 am: Half Marathon, Relay and 107.3K Start
10:30 am: Kids 2K Challenge
10:45 am: Kids 400 metre Fun Dash and Mascot Race

Please visit the website for more information regarding the race.

Bike to Work Week

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Date: May 26 – June 1
Time: Any time!
Location: Anywhere!

Why be stuck in traffic when you could race past vehicles on your bike? Enjoy the beautiful weather Victoria has to offer and visit all of the iconic downtown tourist attractions with bicycles for the week. There are several places to rent bikes in Victoria! Please ask our friendly Front Desk staff for places to rent bikes.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Week, there will be an anniversary concert in Centennial Square during the week on May 31.

Have fun touring downtown Victoria while getting your daily dose of exercise! For more information on Bike to Work Week, please visit their website.

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Monday, May 12th, 2014



The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is organized by the Victoria Yacht club and will take place from May 24 – 26, 2014. The Swiftsure is one of the foremost long distance yacht races in British Columbia and the greater Pacific Westcoast region as a whole. Having made its debut in 1930, the Swiftsure continues to attract competitors and spectators from across the globe, and is considered an important race for sailors, and community members a-like.

Swiftsure Public Events Schedule:

Thursday May 22, 2014: Ship Point
2:00pm – 6:00pm: Swiftsure Center opens for registration

Friday May 23, 2014: Ship Point
10:00am – 6:00pm: Swiftsure Center open for registration

Saturday May 24, 2014: Clover Point (Central Saanich Lions Club)
8:00am: Pancake Breakfast
9:00am: First race starts (subsequent starts to follow at ten minute intervals). There will be many photo opportunities as the boats jockey for position between the breakwater and Brotchie ledge.

Sunday May 25, 2014: Ogden Point
Midnight- 6:00am: Yachts in the three Long Courses cross the finish line.

The Swiftsure center is located at Ship Point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour and is the information headquarters for the race. For more information please visit the Swiftsure International Yacht Race website.

116th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Monday, May 5th, 2014


Date: May 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Douglas Street – Victoria, BC

Come and celebrate Victoria Day in B.C.’s capital with the 116th consecutive Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade event including marching bands, floats, clowns and more.

The whole parade will take at least 3 hours to pass by, so be sure to come prepared. The parade starts at Mayfair Mall at 9:00am and will proceed along Douglas Street, finishing at the intersection of Douglas and Humboldt Street.

This is a fun event for the whole family!

Victoria Harbour Boat Show

Thursday, May 1st, 2014


Dates: Thursday, May 1, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Show Hours:
Thursday & Friday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Experience life on the water at Vancouver Island’s premiere in-water boat show!

For more information including admission fees, please visit the BCYBA website.