Whether you are looking for theatre, live music or performing arts, Victoria has it all. Home to many theatres such as the Belfry, The Roxy, The Metro, Royal and McPherson Theatres, there are plenty of venues to choose from (Little Fernwood Theatre, Intrepid, VEC, Langham Court Theatre). Live music includes many wonderful music festivals like the Victoria Ska Fest, Rock the Shores, Rifflandia and of course the annual Victoria Symphony Splash. You can also look forward to the annual International Buskers Festival and Victoria Fringe Fest for even more superb live performances. The diversity and number of arts festivals and venues hosted in Victoria make it the place to be, whether you are an arts enthusiast or just looking for entertainment.
Victoria, or as it is internationally known: the “City of Gardens”, has the mildest climate in all of Canada. Flowers bloom all year round with an average of 15 centimetres of snowfall and 592 millimetres of rain. This makes for great weather in the spring and summer, perfect for a trip to one of our many great beaches or camping excursions on the weekends. If you’re looking for snow during the winter months, head a little further up the island to Mt. Washington and Mt. Cain for some skiing or snowboarding.
Many animals and wildlife can be spotted in Victoria, most notable are the Orca whales. There are several whale watching tours in town and a chance to feed seals close to the downtown core at Fisherman’s Wharf. Additionally; if you head into the suburbs there are plenty of deer prancing around (or eating someone’s garden). Victoria is relatively small and accessible on foot. From the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings to the iconic Butchart Gardens, Victoria is a beautiful vibrant city full of life, making it the jewel of western Canada.
Since 1976 the Belfry Theatre has produced twelve plays a year. The building, nestled in Fernwood, was originally home to a baptist church built in 1887. In 2000 the building was restored, listed on the heritage registry and has won several awards for the restoration.
Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre
The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre opened in 2008, and in 2013, the acquired the Roxy Theatre. Students and young professionals have an opportunity to gain professional experience as they work closely with the University of Victoria and other local institutions.
Langham Court Theatre
Home to the Victoria Theatre Guild, the Langham Court Theatre was originally founded as the Mimes’ and Masquers’ Guild in 1929. Since then, it has produced more than 2800 performances. The building took many transformations until 1940 when it was finally developed into a theatre. Within its long history, there is a rumour that a female ghost lives in the building.
Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions
Kaleidoscope Theatre has put on more than a hundred original plays over the last 40 years. Established in 1974, Kaleidoscope has a focus on youth; with their target audience comprised of families and young adults. Their veteran theatre artists provide mentorships to the young artists involved, helping to foster their careers.
VICTORIA’S VIBRANT ARTS SCENE
Metro Studio Theatre
Intrepid Theatre Club
Royal and MacPherson Theatres Society
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