Cherry Blossoms are Bloomin’

Cherry Blossoms on View St by Erin Sinclair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, in Victoria!

The cherry blossoms have been spotted in bloom, on View Street! That means spring is just around the corner 🙂

Mid-February to May is typically the best time to see them. Keep an eye out as they blossom around town; painting the town pretty & pink, they’ll be hard to miss!

Grab a hot beverage and bundle up, it’s still chilly out there!

It’s snowing in Victoria!

Victoria Snow Days 9 by josullivan.59 via creativecommons.org

It only happens for a few days a year, but Greater Victoria received almost 20cm of snow in certain areas today! Downtown and around the hotel we received around 13cm’s with some more possibly arriving tomorrow.

For those who can safely make it, the cafes and coffee shops are open around us for hot beverages and our pool and hot tub are heated to warm up after you sightsee around our winter wonderland!

Call us at 1-250-388-5463 or 1-800-663-7515 for upgrade, parking or Valentine’s day specials.

Butchart Gardens planned reopening!

Butchart Gardens by TravelingOtter via Flickr.com

Date: February 16 @ 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location:  Butchart Gardens at 800 Benvenuto Ave.
Websites: https://www.butchartgardens.com/

Our friends at Butchart Gardens will be reopening after a temporary closure, just before the spring preparations. Enjoy the open air, beautiful gardens and wonderful dining options!

See their official website for hours, updated COVID protocols, and reservations.

Shop Local on Lower Johnson

Location: Lower Johnson Street
Websites: Downtown Victoria Business Association

Johnson Street by Erin Sinclair

Did you know! Lower Johnson Street has the highest concentration of boutique shops in Victoria? Not only are you sure to find a ‘local treasure’, but these colourful buildings and storefronts are not something you’ll want to miss!

With a selection of coffee shops and eateries, Market Square is an excellent stop for your afternoon!

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021!

Chinese New Year by sadeqah via Flickr.com

Dates: February 12th
Location: In your bubble
Websites:  Forbes – “How To Plan A Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration”

We will be welcoming the year of the Ox a little differently this year but it still can be special. View the attached article for some inspiration and go to our local shops in Chinatown to get the items you need to make it a great night. Our front desk can help you find some shops or restaurants that offer specific items you may be looking for.

Family Day Getaway!

Indoor Pool and Hot Tub by Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Family day is fast-approaching! The Royal Scot is the perfect staycation getaway – we’re dog-friendly & kid-friendly! Our large suites with full kitchens will accommodate any family size.

Our pool & hot tub are open every day and we’re a just 5-minute walk from downtown or the ocean!

Need an early check-in or late-check out to accommodate the little ones naptime? Or maybe mummy and daddy need a nap too. We can arrange that for you!

Stop-by our friendly front-desk for a colouring book and a masked-smile 😍

If you want to book your suite, please call us directly at 1-800-663-7515 ☎

Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Life In The Wild

Polar Bears by Thomas Mangelsen by Ryan Somma via Flickr.com

Dates: January 30th to May 29th  
Location: Robert Bateman Centre at 470 Belleville St.
Websites:  https://batemanfoundation.org/current-exhibits/

This collection of Thomas D. Mangelsen’s highlight some of the natural world that he has highlighted for over 45 years. This display showcases just 40 works that documents species, landscapes and the harshness that is overcome in nature.

James Bay Window Wanderland

Window Wanderland by Rob Brewer

Dates: February 19th to 21st @ 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Throughout James Bay Neighborhood
Websites:  https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/james-bay-2021/

For the 4th year windows throughout James Bay will be decorated to brighten up February. Private homes, businesses and community centres are all participating in this fun event. See the map on the website and find all of the creative displays throughout our beautiful neighborhood.