Victoria Canada with kids: mini travel guide!
Most families on a tour of Western Canada visit Vancouver Island, and its capital is Victoria. is the capital of Vancouver Island and a great destination to visit with kids. For example, there are several attractions around the city that are fun to visit with kids. We spent a few days in Victoria with our family during our tour of Western Canada and we have listed the best activities around Victoria Canada with kids for you.
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Victoria Canada with kids #1: Beacon Hill Park
Located in the center of the city, this beautiful park is great fun to visit with kids. The park has two large playgrounds, a water park, many picnic benches, several totem poles (even the tallest totem pole in the world) and a fun petting zoo.
In addition, it is fun to walk through the park itself and see the turtles in the various ponds. Several wild deer also roamed around the playgrounds. A great place to spend a morning or afternoon with kids.
At the petting zoo you can see different animals and there is an opportunity to cuddle the farm’s goats. Admission is free and you get to choose what you donate at the end of your stay at the farm.
Victoria Canada with kids #2: Visit Goldstream Park
Following a tip from a Victoria resident, we visited Goldstream Park. A natural park with a beautiful waterfall. The hike to the waterfall is easy and doable for parents with young kids. However, it is helpful not to visit this park in flip-flops like us.
Having visited the waterfall, sporty parents can walk up to the railroad track for a nice view of the surrounding area. However, it is quite steep to the top and, as we mentioned above, it is very difficult to climb the mountain in flip-flops. The view at the top is nice, but keep an eye on your kids because they can fall right down.
For more information about this park and the waterfall, check out the park’ s website.
Victoria Canada with kids #3: Go seal spotting
Victoria is known for the place, where you can book a whale/orca tour. There are several boat companies that offer this tour and you stumble over the many leaflets offered at the center for the different tours.
A tour takes more than four hours on average and we found that a little too long on a small boat for our four-year-old daughter. Later I (Joep) did go on a tour to the Whales, Orcas and Seals myself in Vancouver. For parents with older kids, this is a very fun activity where you will see many animals.
You have several organizations that offer this from Victoria are:
- BC Whale Tours Victoria
- Prince of Whales
- Eagle Wing Tours
- Orca Spirit
- Springtide Whale Watching
- Seaking Adventures
- 5 stars Whale Watching
You can also book this tour in advance
Of course, you can also get lucky and spot the various animals along the water’s edge. In the case of orcas and whales, by the way, that chance is not too high, but the chance of seals is a lot higher. So we drove past several places in the city to search the coast. The places we visited were:
- Fishermans Warf. This is also the starting point where many tours start. Between the wooden posts, seals still like to swim sometimes. We had no luck here. We also saw several tourists going kayaking here. For more information on this click on the website of this company.
- Ogden Point Headwater. Here you can take a walk to a lighthouse and walk along a path toward the sea. It can be windy here, though, so it’s helpful to bring a jacket if you’re going to hike here with your kids.
of about half an hour is also fine to do with a baby carriage. We thought it was a nice hike and we did see some kind of sea otter, but nothing else. Sometimes you get lucky and see an orca there, as shown in the video below.
- Oak Marine Bay. In the past, you could buy food for the seals and feed them at this place, but that is prohibited today. Because of this, there were many seals around this spot in the past. Unfortunately, we haven’t spotted any here either. However, you can have a great lunch here in the area.
Victoria Canada with kids #4: Enjoy views of Mount Douglas
For a great view of the area, you can visit Mount Douglas. You can climb the mountain all by yourself and then it is
of about 1.5 hours of walking, but you can also drive the car all the way up the mountain and walk the last 100 meters by yourself. Especially for parents with small kids, this is a great option. You have a beautiful 360-degree view of the landscape and the sea on this mountain.
Victoria Canada with kids #5: Visiting the Butchart Garden
Victoria’s most famous landmark is the
. This park has different gardens from different countries and this is a great activity for a few hours with kids. You can take beautiful pictures of your kids by the flowers here. We did find the entrance fee a bit on the high side for what you got to see.
Victoria Canada with kids #6: Visit Craigdarroch Castle
For those who love castles, this castle in downtown Victoria is another nice option. We found the tour of about half an hour/three quarters of an hour through the castle to be a fine activity to entertain us for a while, but if you have little time in Victoria Canada with kids it is best to skip it.
Activities Victoria Canada with kids in bad weather
In addition, we had a number of options on our list when the weather was bad, but fortunately we did not have to take advantage of them.
Victoria’s Bug Zoo
. Here they have all kinds of insects and kids can also hold these insects themselves such as spiders and scorpions.
. For those who love trains, this may be an option.
. A movie theater, where you can watch a movie with the family.
- Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park Victoria. For a day of jumping on the trampolines.
- A trip on the water. With this boat
you can tour around Victoria in a covered boat. The question is whether to do this in bad weather, though, since you may not see as much.
So Victoria Canada with kids is a great destination for a few days and easy to travel from Vancouver. You then drive about 1.5 hours by car and in between you cross the water by ferry (duration 1.5 hours). This ferry travels through the harbor and is also a wonderful trip.
where to sleep in victoria canada with kids?
We stayed in the apartment
Downtown, which sat in the middle of downtown Victoria. The apartment includes a small living room, kitchen and a bedroom for the parents. Our daughter slept on a sofa bed in the living room. There was also a small balcony where we could have a drink in the evening when our daughter was sleeping. The washing machine that came with the apartment was also a nice touch. Free parking was included for our rental car. We found this in Victoria Canada with kids a great place to stay for a few days!
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