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, 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 notably 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.
The Belfry Theatre, a professional company with a mandate to produce contemporary Canadian works, has produced up to twelve plays a year since its inception in 1976. The building, built in 1887, was originally home to a Baptist church; it was restored in 2000 and is listed on the heritage registry.
Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre
The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre opened in 2008, and acquired the Roxy Theatre in 2013. Blue Bridge gives students and young artists the opportunity to gain professional experience as they work closely with seasoned professionals, the University of Victoria, and other local institutions.
Langham Court Theatre
Langham Court Theatre is home to the Victoria Theatre Guild, which was originally founded as the Mimes’ and Masquers’ Guild in 1929. Since then, it has produced more than 2800 performances.
Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions
Established in 1974, Kaleidoscope Theatre has produced more than a hundred original plays over the last 40 years. Kaleidoscope has a focus on youth; in addition to creating professional family theatre, they also operate the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts School, which offers performance education for children ages 3-18.
Intrepid Theatre Company
Founded in 1986 to produce the Victoria Fringe Festival, Intrepid Theatre now curates two more annual festivals, UNO Fest and OUTstages, as well as programs to develop local new work. Intrepid also operates two theatre venues, the Metro Studio Theatre and the Intrepid Theatre Club.
VICTORIA’S VIBRANT ARTS SCENE
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