Family Fun in Victoria BC

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With our Canadian dollar not quite keeping up with the American dollar, it’s nice to spend our leisure money where it will go a little further. Vancouver Island, more specifically Victoria, is a great family destination whether you have a few days or a whole week with your family. BC Ferries has regular sailings from the mainland over that make it a breeze to organize.

Everyone knows about Butchart Gardens, The Empress, Horse Drawn Carriages, etc. but here are a few ideas for your next trip that might be a bit more off the beaten path!

  1. Craigdarroch Castle – Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks. Admission prices are around $14 per adult, $5 per child(PLEASE NOTE STROLLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CASTLE – we left our little one at home with Grandma for our visit and took the kids older than 6)
  2. Hatley Castle – (can you sense a theme here?). Also known as the gorgeous grounds of Royal Roads University, this beautiful Castle has been the back drop for Disney movies, X-Men and more! You can walk around the grounds and the exterior of the castle, however I highly recommend spending a few dollars and visiting the Japanese Gardens.
  3. Fort Rodd Hill – National Historic site – This a 19th-century coastal artillery fort on the Colwood, British Columbia side of Esquimalt Harbour. This is a great place to bring the family, where the kids can be free to roam the grounds with their parents. Admission is around $9.80 for the entire family. Kids can touch old cannons and play along the shoreline. No visit is complete without walking out to the Fisgard Lighthouse!
  4. Whale Watching Tour – Now there are many companies out there – I would highly recommend that you contact us to make your reservation ahead of time. We went with Eagle Wind Tours – an extremely comfortable boat with 2 working washrooms on board. The price was reasonable, but it was so worth it to be warm and comfortable. We had a trip of a lifetime watching Transient Whales hunt and teach a young whale to hunt. It was like watching a National Geographic Special, except we had front row seats!
  5. City Center Water Park – Water Fun for the family is a must – while there are beaches a plenty – our kids loved the City Center Water Park located in Langford. We had the place to ourselves in July – who knew and the entrance fee was nominal. They also have a mini golf, and kids play center just a few steps away!

I could write a list of a 100 things to do while on the island but we will save that for another time! If you are looking for a Vancouver Island getaway, don’t delay – contact me – amanda@oceanbreezeholidays.com or call 1-778-982-4522!

-Amanda

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