From jazz to Shakespeare, from pottery workshops to whale-watching cruises, from sand sculpture competitions to trumpeter swan festivals... Choose your adventure - and don't forget your camera!



April 2014
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Enjoy the wonders of nature like you've never seen them: through the lenses of prize-winning photographers from around the world. This visually striking exhibition showcases more than 100 new photographs in 18 categories chosen from thousands of international entries. Each photo and accompanying caption tells the inspirational, astonishing and often humorous stories of our fascinating natural world. Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria. November 29, 2013 - Sun April 6, 2014.
Calving Festival - Parksville
Welcome to Morningstar Farm in the spring! This is the season when most of the farm's calves are born. Come and visit us and learn more about our cows, calves and their lives on our heritage dairy farm. You may even witness a live birth! Visitors can also get up close and personal with the sheep, pigs, bunnies and Carl the llama. Take a free self-guided tour of the farm and stay for a picnic. Morningstar Farm, 403 Lowry's Road, Parksville. Sunday March 9 to Sunday April 13, 2014. 250-954-3931.
Sat 4/5 West Coast Winter Music Series: Rebecca Caine
Soprano Rebecca Caine accompanied by pianist Robert Kortgaard presents an evening of musical theatre, with songs from Broadway and the opera. It’s the 14th season for Winter Music in Tofino. The shows are bigger than ever and showcase a wide range of talent, from classical to jazz and roots. All concerts held at the Clayoquot Sound Theatre, starting at 7:30 pm. Subscriptions are on sale now for $90. Single tickets will be for sale the week before each concert at Mermaid Tales Bookshop. Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 19:30 to 22:00. 250-725-4455
Al Frescoes Spring En Plein Air
Al Frescoes Spring Show En Plein Air, April 16 – May 4, 2014. The Al Frescoes are a group of artist that get together to paint en plein air on Fridays somewhere in the Greater Victoria Area. En Plein air are paintings that are painted on site in the open air. This show is a presentation of the work they have recently completed. Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday April 19th 2 to 4 pm. Gallery Hours 12-5pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Play On! It's Hockey Night in Victoria
Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! is Canada's most amazing street hockey tournament and outdoor hockey festival, and this summer, it is coming to a city near you! Each event involves closing over 1km of street, and involves the operation of 20 to 50 separate "street rinks" with games running on each rink at all times throughout an entire weekend! Tournaments feature hundreds of teams and thousands of participants and include separate divisions for all ages and skill levels. Anyone can play! So call your friends, put your team together and prepare yourself! Location: Ogden Point, 185 Dallas Road, Victoria. Contact: Wendy Sears,, 866-594-3243 x 101,
Sun 4/27 Beginners Birding Basics (Guided Walk)–9 years+
Beginners Birding Basics (Guided Walk)–9 years+ : Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Ever wanted to bird watch? This is a great time of year for birding, with courtship and territory disputes filling the air with song. Join guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell to learn what to look for, and how to use binoculars and field guides. Bring binoculars if you have them. A spotting scope is provided. Meet at the Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55. Apr 27, 9am-11am. Call 250.478.3344.
Sun 4/27 Cougar Ridge Hike (Guided Adult Hike)–18 years+
Cougar Ridge Hike (Guided Adult Hike)–18 years+: Roche Cove Regional Park (East Sooke). This scenic hike led by a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist begins at Roche Cove and follows the Cedar Grove Trail to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the region. After lunch return via the Galloping Goose. Wear sturdy shoes and pack a lunch. Meet at the parking lot off Gillespie Road. Apr 27, 11am-3pm. Call 250.478.3344.
Tue 4/29 Healing on the Spiritual Path: Bruno Gröning
Healing on the Spiritual Path. You are cordially invited to an information lecture on Bruno Groening's work and teachings on help and healing by the spiritual way. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 7 pm in Island Savings Centre Parks Recreation and Culture, Boardroom Dept. Cowichan Valley Regional District, 2687 James Street, Duncan BC. Lecturer: Karin Seidel from Germany. The lecture is open to the public. 250–746-0434.
Cruel Tears/Lágrimas Crueles
In this modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice becomes a Mexican truck driver who falls in love with his American boss’s daughter. Exploring the tensions between Mexico and America in North America’s other border country, this musical extravaganza has delighted audience across Canada, in Mexico and around the world since its premiere in the mid 1970's. Directed by Brian Richmond. Music Direction by Tim Williams. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.