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Here’s what’s happening in and around Victoria on Earth Day


Nature lovers, listen up!

Earth Day is fast approaching, Victoria—it’s the perfect opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the beautiful places we live, as well as reflect on ways you can lessen your environmental impact.

Whether that’s removing invasive plant species, repurposing new or gently used products, or taking public transit, there are plenty of ways you can make a small, meaningful difference!

Here’s what’s happening in and around Victoria this Earth Day:

BC Transit: Ride For Free

BC Transit is thrilled to announce free transit for Earth Day!

They believe that Earth Day highlights the importance of sustainability and encourages others to make choices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Taking public transit is one way to make a difference, so they wanted to make that as easy and accessible as possible for anyone taking a fixed bus route or using handyDART services.

(BC Transit / Facebook)
  • Where: Both fixed routes and handyDART services
  • When: All day on Monday, April 22nd!

Volunteer With Greater Victoria Green Team

Although they don’t have anything specific planned for Monday, you can get ahead and sign up for any future activities they have in the works!

On Wednesday, April 24th they have a youth-specific event happening in Colwood—here, students will meet other like-minded kids while also learning about environmental issues and increasing biodiversity.

Other events in the near future include a litter pickup in Langford on Saturday, April 27th.

(Greater Victoria Green Team)
  • Where: Varies depending on activity
  • When: Varies depending on activity

Visit a garden

Springtime brings a reminder of the city’s sparkling beauty—everywhere we turn, we see green grass, budding leaves and flowers scattering the ground and blooming in trees.

Definitely beats the snow that still blankets other areas of Canada, that’s for sure!

So, get outside, count your blessings and sniff some flowers at a number of different gardens around the city.

We’ve even included the iconic Butterfly Gardens just in case you’re looking for a sprinkle of tropical in your garden adventures (especially while it rains outside)!

Full article: 5 glorious gardens to explore in and around Victoria this Spring

(Abkhazi Garden / Facebook)

Repurpose New/Gently Used Products

Dig through your drawers and comb your shelves for new/gently used products this Monday—rather than ending up in a landfill, they can be repurposed!

Shopping centres around Victoria have paired up with Soap for Hope and will have collection bins open from April 20th to May 17th.

Your products will be repurposed and given to those in need!

(Soap for Hope accepted products)
  • Where:
    • Tillicum Mall (drop-off bins located at the bottom of the escalator), 3170 Tillicum Road
    • Mayfair Mall (drop-off bin in Saje), 3147 Douglas Street
    • Hillside Mall (drop-off bin in Canadian Tire), 1644 Hillside Avenue
  • When:
    • Tillicum Mall: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Mayfair Mall: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Hillside Mall: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Screening of “Wings Over Water”

Check out this special screening available only on April 22nd—the official Earth Day. For school groups, bookings are available up until May 31st.

75 theatres across Canada have partnered with Ducks Unlimited to provide exclusive screenings of the film, Wings Over Water, narrated by Academy Award-Winning actor Michael Keaton and produced with the support of Ducks Unlimited Canada

Wings Over Water was filmed on location in the Prairie Pothole Region, which is a huge swath of connected rivers, lakes and wetlands across three Canadian provinces and five US states.

With gorgeous cinematography and attention to detail, it follows the migratory journeys of three bird species.

Watch this exceptional film for only $6.99—with proceeds supporting conservation through Ducks Unlimited Canada!

To find a theatre near you that’s screening, check out the Ducks Unlimited website.

  • Where: At a Cineplex or Landmark Cinema near you!
  • When: Monday, April 22nd—times will vary

Go on a Spring walk

One of the best ways to enjoy the warming weather and budding flowers is embarking on a nature walk or two!

Luckily, Victoria offers a number of prime walking locations that satisfy every nature need—whether it’s ocean views, flowers and/or wildlife you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone.

To celebrate the essence of spring and the increasing appearances from our pal, the sun, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite spots for you!

Full article: 7 refreshing spring walks to take as Victoria’s weather warms


Check Out a Vegan Restaurant

For the veggie lovers out there, or those hoping to dabble, this is for you!

Victoria is recognized for many things, not only the gorgeous scenery and close proximity to the ocean, but also for its food—particularly the impressive amounts of vegan and vegetarian options.

So, for this Earth Day, consider checking out a vegan restaurant to try!

If you’re not new to the world of veganism, consider subscribing to a vegan meal service, Easy Vegan.

Founder Jocelyn Light is committed to providing the Greater Victoria community and beyond with convenient, fresh, and delicious plant-based meal options.

Plus, Easy Vegan will incorporate and celebrate locally grown produce—so, you know exactly where it’s coming from.

Full article: 12 delicious vegan-friendly restaurants in and around Victoria

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(Virtuous Pie/Instagram)

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