offers a range of activities and attractions that will keep everyone
entertained and excited - it's a children's paradise! Don't waste
a perfectly sunny day inside, as there are many parks and sights to
explore! Yes, it does rain here, which is why the trees are tall and
the gardens so lush - rain or no rain, there's no shortage of things
Just a short walk south of downtown Victoria is Beacon
Hill Park, with its manicured gardens and many attractions. Park
facilities include walking trails, a wading pool, water fountains,
picnic areas, monuments, sports fields and playgrounds, a band pavilion,
and what was once the world’s tallest totem pole. Top of the list
for kids and adults alike is the Beacon Hill Children's Farm;
lots of baby animals, pot belly pigs, zebu, miniature horses and other
critters to meet and pet - and don't miss the goat stampede at closing
Victoria Bug Zoo: Discover the amazing world of insects at
this unusual and fascinating zoo on Courtney Street - there's even
an ant farm! While the Maritime Museum
of BC will have the pirates in search of treasure, a visit to
Lasercity Fun Centre on View Street for laser tag will get
the kid's hearts pumping.
Undersea Gardens: Take a walk beneath the waves of Victoria's
Inner Harbour - right down to the ocean floor! The sea gives up
its secrets in our unique underwater theatre. The shows are continuous
and filled with action, special effects and surprises! Expertly
narrated by knowledgeable tour guides and scuba divers equipped
with underwater communications, you will get to know the stars of
this submarine drama!
The whole family
can enjoy an IMAX film at the National Geographic Theatre,
next to the Royal British Columbia
Museum in downtown Victoria (corner Government and Belleville
Streets). Plan a morning or afternoon to experience this museum,
where you can see what it was like in the gold rush days - much
of BC's history is captured here.
World at the Empress Hotel is well worth a visit, for adults
to put things back into a kid's perspective. There are over 80 attractions
for the whole family, including the world's smallest operational
sawmill - a miniaturized extravaganza that continues to thrill and
delight the young and young at heart. Visit Miniature World's Wonderful
World of the Circus and return to those nostalgic days when the
circus came to town. Feel the magic, the wonderment of the Grand
City Parade, the Big Top, the Wild Beasts and the death defying
High Wire Acts.
Horse drawn carriages take you on various tours around many
of Victoria's exciting sites and sounds. From the beautiful Inner
Harbour and the Ivy Covered Empress hotel and our magnificent Parliament
Buildings to many notable Heritage Homes, through Beacon Hill park
and much much more.
Llamas are friendly and delightful animals that bring joy
to all who are graced by their presence. With their long, silky
eyelashes framing big, intelligent eyes, llamas find their way into
the lives of many people. There are a number of Llama farms and
Llama bed & breakfasts in the area that offer Llama
Walks and Llama Hiking.
Stroll amid lush vegetation at the fascinating Victoria Butterfly
Gardens at 1461 Benvenuto Avenue in Central Saanich, an indoor
tropical garden filled with hundreds of dazzling free-flying exotic
butterflies and colourful birds.
Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, roller blading, horseback riding,
or just going for a stroll, Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula boasts
some superb trails, including the Galloping
Goose Trail, the Lochside Trail, and other great peninsula trails.
The combination of the Galloping GooseTrail and the Lochside Trail
creates a safe trail all the way from Downtown Victoria to the Swartz
Bay ferry terminal north of Sidney.
If you're looking for a great beach, try Willows Beach in
Oak Bay. Farther along Beach Drive, past Uplands, there is also
Cadboro Bay Beach. The sea air, playgrounds, and sandy beaches are
sure to melt away any worries and delight both young and old. Visit
the Oak Bay Marina to see the antics of harbour seals in their natural
habitat. All Fun Recreation Park in Langford offers a Go
Kart Raceway, a Moto Cross track, Batting Cages, an Ice Cream Parlour,
and 18 holes of adventure Mini Gol. Also on site is Western Speedway.
Stroll through peaceful meadows at Fort
Rodd Hill National Historic Park, overlooking Esquimalt Harbour
in Colwood, a coastal artillery site built to defend Victoria and
the Esquimalt Naval Base - operational from 1878 to 1956. Located
on the large grounds of Fort Rodd Hill is Fisgard
Lighthouse, the first lighthouse on Canada's rocky west coast,
built in 1860 by the British when Vancouver Island was still a crown
The town of
Sidney is home to family
attractions as well. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is an
aquarium and marine education centre showcasing the extraordinary
marine life and amazing ecosystem in the waters surrounding the
Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea. From microscopic plankton to Puget
Sound King crabs, wolf eels to giant Pacific octopus, the vast aquatic
exhibits fascinate visitors of all ages. With 87 tonnes of sea water
and 17 habitats, the Centre’s ever-changing seascapes and touch
pools offer an unforgettable and unique hands-on, hands-wet experience
that reveals the mysteries of the ocean to all ages. Located on
the waterfront in Sidney. Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
incredible world of gems and minerals at Mineral World and Scratch
Patch in Sidney. A very popular attraction for children, the
Scratch Patch is an outdoor adventureland designed to turn anyone
into an enthusiastic rockhound. Pick and choose from millions of
beautiful semi-precious stones and tropical shells, or try panning
The ocean around
Vancouver Island abounds with spectacular marine life, you can see
these magnificent creatures up-close; whale
watching tours with marine naturalists are a "must do" for any
visitor to Victoria. Sidney
is also a good spot for this popular activity.
South Vancouver Island
Columbia Forest Museum located in Duncan
portrays the history of BC's forestry industry through indoor and
outdoor exhibits. Board the steam locomotive that travels through
a turn-of-the-century farmyard and a logging camp.
Explore the sculpted sandstone tidepools at the world-famous Botanical
Beach in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, a wonderful place for
appreciating marine biology and viewing intertidal life - it's a
thrill to experience.
Central Vancouver Island
Budding young golfers can receive personalized instruction and attend
spring and summer Junior Golf Camps at the Brent
Morrison Golf Academy located at the luxurious Crown Isle Golf
Resort in the Comox Valley.
and Qualicum Beach is Morningstar
Farm, home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery.
There are many things to do on this heritage dairy farm: see how
they make that yummy cheese, visit the farm animals, have a picnic
and take a self-guided tour. Parents can shop in the FarmGate store
and taste some wine and cheese samples!
If you want to take the kids underground, there are several hundred
significant caves on Vancouver Island, including those at Horne
Lake Caves Provincial Park. From education family oriented tours
to deep dark adventure, these caves offer something for everyone.
Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre is committed to helping
children of all ages appreciate the wilderness. Within a supportive
environment, climb a rock bluff, rappel on a rope, swing on a zip-line
and co-operatively solve problems on a ropes course. Learn survival
techniques, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and wilderness etiquette;
then participate in a canoe journey for an optional overnight camp-out.
Natural history discussions are stimulated while exploring a sphagnum
bog, home of insectivorous sundew.
Pacific Rim / West Coast of Vancouver Island
Along the island's West Coast, the Wickaninnish Centre is
a definite highlight for all ages. The centre's purpose is to provide
an understanding of the North Pacific Ocean and its influence on
nature and man. The history of the North Pacific coast is illustrated
by a collection of artifacts used by Nuu-chah-nulth Indians, and