Orca Mother and Calf Return to Downtown Victoria

This morning, an orca mother and calf returned to make downtown Victoria their annual summer home. Surfacing, a four-metre tall and six-metre long garden display consisting of a mother and baby orca riding a wave, arrived by crane at the southeast corner of Humboldt and Government Streets.

The garden display contains 15,000 plants and the re-planting of the frame takes place each spring at the Beacon Hill Park nursery.

In 2010, the City of Victoria and the Downtown Victoria Business Association collaborated to introduce Surfacing, inspired by similar garden structures in Burnaby and Old Montreal's Mosaiculture Garden.

The unique garden display is designed to enhance Victoria's downtown and is a popular photo opportunity for residents and many of the three million visitors to Victoria each year.

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