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Five things to do on the Saanich Peninsula this week

Spring brings blooming bulbs, picnic grabs, live music and more
An aerial view of Sidney, British Columbia. (courtesy Sidney Business Association)

April showers bring May flowers

Did you know the best time to see spring flowers is between the start of April and the first week of May? It’s when Butchart Gardens’ blooming season is at its peak, picturesque with about 300,000 brilliantly coloured bulbs. For info on special events at the garden visit

Tulips pop up in spring at the Butchart Gardens. (Courtesy Butchart Gardens)

Last chance for the Sidney Art Walk

Taking place until April 15, it’s a chance to see local artists’ work and public art installations at over 40 businesses.

Be the first to see the new exhibit at the Sidney Museum: Our Living Languages

Recently featured at Royal BC Museum, this exhibit explores the efforts of First Nations communities as they endeavor to preserve and enrich their languages. It runs April 15 - July 25.

One charcuterie to go, please

Pick up a charcuterie box or meat and cheese platter from The Farmer’s Daughter or grab some deli sandwiches from one of these stand-out, locally-owned Sidney shops:

  • O Lugar Artisan Butchery & European Deli (2031 Malaview Ave.)
  • Starke’s Deli & Sausage Factory (10055 McDonald Park Rd.)

Then head out for a picnic.

Grab your meats, cheeses and charcuteries at The Farmer’s Daughter. (Courtesy The Farmer’s Daughter)

Music at Riva

The Sidney waterfront restaurant offers a Jazz night on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.! Featuring the finest local talent including Joey Smith, Edie Daponte, Attila Fias, Jan Stirling, Ashley Wey, Morry Stearns, Tom Vickery and Karel Roessingh.

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About the Author: Sam Duerksen

Since moving to Victoria from Winnipeg in 2020, I’ve worked in communications for non-profits and arts organizations.
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