10 Spring Fling Things To Do

1. Hop Over to Hot Springs Cove.

Soak in the natural hot mineral spring pools at Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, located northwest of Tofino, in Clayoquot Sound. Accessible by boat or air—and then a half-hour hike along a boardwalk. bcparks.ca.

2. Explore the Aquarium.

If you’re in Ucluelet, attend the Aquarium’s free opening day on March 1, 10am-5pm. uclueletaquarium.org.

3. Fear Not the Falls.

The Elk Falls suspension bridge provides stunning views of the Falls and is an easy walk from the parking lot. Extend the hike to Deer Falls and check out the viewing platforms along the way.

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4. Go Go-karting.

Show off your inner Andretti at All Fun’s Go Kart Raceway. The course features safety guards, an over and under bridge and enough curves to challenge any driver’s skill. Open for Spring Break, from March 14-29, weather permitting. allfun.bc.ca.

5. Beachcomb.

For some of the best beach glass on the Island, head to Glass Beach (as it is informally known), at the foot of Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Bring a bucket.

6. Watch Wildlife.

Visit North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington and learn how the Centre helps injured wildlife recover before being released back into the wild. www.niwra.org.

7. Stay Up Late & Play in the Dark

…before the clock springs ahead on March 8 and the days get longer. Play flashlight tag, glow-in-the-dark Frisbee, or stargaze. The next morning: sleep in.

8. Plant Flowers.

What better time to plant flowers than on National Plant a Flower Day, March 12? For seeds, visit GVPL’s drop-in Seed Swap on March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10am-1pm. www.gvpl.ca.

9. Have Fun Foam Blasting.

The Victoria Foam Blaster Association hosts weekly Nerf-style foam-flinging fun at the Quadra Village Neighbourhood Gym. Families welcome. www.victoriafba.com.

10. Hop on a Harbour Ferry.

Take a 45-minute Harbour Tour, a 75-minute historic Gorge Tour, or a quick trip on a water taxi. Stops include the Empress Dock, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. victoriaharbourferry.com.

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