Learn about the Salish Sea from a variety of experts in the ocean studies fields of research, conservation, education. Learn about your own impact, participate in the all ages activities and watch the live divers!
World-renowned celebrity marine wildlife mural artist Robert Wyland will be hosting a free mural painting demonstration and Nature Sketch event outside Steamship Terminal’s Inner Harbour. Wyland is best known in Victoria for his 130 ft. long x 7 story high Whaling Wall titled “A-5 Pod” on Wharf St. This event will support World Ocean’s Day and a plastic free sea.
Prior to the event Wyland is docking at the Ogden Point Harbour for a few special hours on the Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship’s maiden voyage from Seattle to promote his latest mural blessing that he painted on the ship’s hull.
This annual event showcases a variety of local restaurants, breweries, wineries, cideries & spirit makers throughout the Greater Victoria. Entrance into the event gives you 10 tasting tickets with additional tasting tickets available during the event.
Visit the lower level of The Bay Centre to see the Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s art auction and fundraiser. The works of 31 local artists and businesses who are donating their time and talent in support of Habitat Victoria’s Build Program.
The artists are challenged with the task to create a piece of art using materials found at the Habitat Victoria ReStores, transforming used and discarded household items and building materials into beautiful works of art or upcycled furniture.
Go and bid and vote for your favourite art pieces!
Celebrate Robert Bateman’s 88th birthday and the Robert Bateman Centre’s 5th anniversary. Everyone can go into the centre by donation, public tours will occur at 10:00am & 2:00pm and a special Curatorial Tour will begin at 12:00pm. Don’t forget to sign the birthday card for Robert!
For the public, there are many opportunities to experience the historic 75th running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race – and it’s all free!
On Thursday, May 24th, at the Causeway Docks of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, watch as yachts begin to arrive in the afternoon, and chat with the racers on the docks.
Friday, May 25th until 6 PM, walk the docks and, later in the afternoon, have your picture taken with Captain Jack Sparrow & Scarlett as they swash buckles. Make this the year you participate, celebrate and purchase historic 75th Swiftsure memorabilia and clothing at the tent at the top of the Causeway Docks.
On Saturday, make your way to Clover Point for 8 AM. There will be a pancake breakfast available from the Central Saanich Lions Club, while Swiftsure Commentators Michael Nusbaum and Daphne Goode share race information with the public over a PA system.
At 9 AM, a large gun blast and puff of smoke from the bow of HMCS Nanaimo will signal the first of six race starts. Each 10 minutes, a new race start is announced in the same way.
Once all races are underway, a Royal Canadian Air Force 442 Squadron will deploy a Cormorant helicopter for an over-the-water Search and Rescue demonstration in coordination with the Canadian Coast Guard.