A popular downtown Victoria garden display makes its return tomorrow, providing a perfect spring photo-op along the Inner Harbour.

The Surfacing display, otherwise known as ‘The Orcas’ is a garden display of a mother and baby orca riding a wave.

Every spring, since 2010, the orcas take up residence in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, on the southeast corner of Government and Humboldt streets.

The four-metre tall, six-metre long three-dimensional horticultural display was created with 10,000 plants and weighs in at 11,380 pounds.

The Orcas, inspired by similar structures in Burnaby and Old Montreal’s Mosaiculture Garden, is portable and temporary.

Every fall, the seasonal installation is transported back to Beacon Hill Park nursery to winter in a greenhouse.

Be sure to check it out starting Thursday, May 19th!

The Surfacing display (The Orcas)

  • Where: On the southeast corner of Government and Humboldt streets.
  • When: On display throughout the spring and summer, starting May 19th.


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