One of the Northwest’s oldest cities and the capital of British Columbia, Victoria offers unique activities for travellers of all ages. If you’re looking for a convenient and comfortable way to travel to Victoria, take a trip on the V2V Empress, one of the premier ferries in BC offering Vancouver/Victoria return voyages. Once you’ve arrived, check out these five kid-friendly activities that might just spark adults’ interest as well.
1. Visit the Royal BC Museum
After your journey on the Vancouver to Victoria ferry is complete, head to the Royal BC Museum. Here, kids can view a giant, life-size woolly mammoth and explore a re-created seascape, which includes a tide pool. Parents can print out kids’ guide sheets, which offer information about the museum’s exhibits and artifacts.
2. Check Out the Bug Zoo
You may think a collection of bugs sounds creepy or crawly, but the Victoria Bug Zoo is a hit with children. The zoo hosts more than 50 species, including hairy tarantulas, giant walking sticks, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Feeling adventurous? You can get up-close-and-personal with a bug during a handling experience led by a knowledgeable entomologist.
3. Zipline Through the Trees
Active families will love the thrills offered by AdrenaLine Adventure Tours, located near Sooke on the region’s West Coast. You’ll take an ATV ride to the top of the zipline course, and then speed through the air on one of eight ziplines crossing the park. You’ll also find plenty of scenic views, perfect for taking that family photo during your trip.
4. Take a Stroll at Beacon Hill Park
Young children will enjoy Beacon Hill Park’s playground and duck ponds, as well as exploring its lush gardens. Families can also cool down at Beacon Hill’s water park during the warmer months or play a game of putt-putt on the park’s 18-hole green. If your child loves animals, be sure to check out the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, home to dozens of baby goats, pigs, and chickens.
v5. View Canada’s Oldest West Coast Lighthouse
At the Fort Rodd Hill historical site, families can explore meadows, beaches, and picturesque ocean views. You’ll also find century-old gun batteries and searchlight emplacements that were once critical to Canada’s defence. The country’s oldest lighthouse, the Fisgard Lighthouse, is also located on the site. Find a great picnic spot and take an afternoon reveling in Fort Rodd’s rich history.
The V2V Empress offers scenic views through beautiful islands, family-style seating, and food and beverages. Start planning your Victoria Vancouver journey today by giving us a call.