When visiting Victoria, BC with the family … it can be difficult to find things to do that will keep all of you interested and amused.  Here are some options for places to go and things to see that might interest the kids and the kids at heart!

  • Canada Day

CANADA DAY EVENTS

JULY 1, 2019 Canada Day Living Flag! Canada Day on Monday, July 1, 2019, will have an exciting line-up of live music and fun activities

VIC WEST FEST

July 6th, 2019 12:00-6:00PM 521 Craigflower Rd & Banfield Park The VWCA is excited to announce that Vic West Fest is back again this year!

  • Fisgard Lighthouse, Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Vcitoria, BC

CAMP IN MOVIE AT FORT RODD HILL

JUNE 22, 2019 Join us for a movie night at the fort, Parks Canada style: with the option to camp overnight! Come for popcorn and

  • Bed Races On Beacon, Sidney, BC

BED RACES ON BEACON

JULY 7, 2019 BEACON AVE, SIDNEY, BC Join us! And be part of this ZANY annual event This year’s benefactor is the Shoreline Medical Society’s Youth

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FERNFEST

JUNE 21 & 22, 2019   FREE!!! FERNWOOD SQUARE AND BELFRY THEATRE FernFest is a jam-packed, community-based, family, art, and music festival. Organized by Fernwood Neighbourhood

  • Canada Day

SIDNEY DAYS AND CANADA DAY

JULY 1, 2019 8:00 am Sidney Lions Pancake Breakfast Mary Winspear Centre  11:30 am Canada Day Parade Downtown Sidney 12:30 - 4:00 pm Family Fun

  • Esquimalt Outdoor Movies

ESQUIMALT OUTDOOR MOVIES

JULY 10 - AUGUST 21, 2019 Our popular summer movie series is back again for 2019! Check out our line-up for 2019: July 10 -

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MOSS STREET PAINT-IN

JULY 20, 2019 MOSS STREET The Paint-In is a community outreach initiative featuring over 100 invited professional and emerging artists from Victoria and surrounding areas.

  • Saanich Strawberry Festival

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

JULY 7, 2019 SAANICH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Free Admission BEAVER LAKE PARK From its start as a celebration of Saanich’s

  • Island Summer Games, Victoria, BC

ISLAND SUMMER GAMES

JUNE 21 - 23, 2019 TOPAZ PARK, VICTORIA, BC Vancouver Island's largest Amateur Sports & Entertainment Festival: Bocce, Basketball, Ball Hockey, Touch Football, Soccer, Dodgeball,

  • Car Free YYJ 2019

CAR FREE YYJ

JUNE 16, 2019  11:00 A.M.  FREE!!!! DOUGLAS STREET Held every year on Father’s Day and taking over nine city blocks,  our day long celebration includes

SUMMER CIRCUS CAMPS

Various classes throughout the summer. Join Island Circus Space for a one of a kind experience! Learn a variety of circus disciplines including aerials, group

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FREE PASSES TO ATTRACTIONS

Did you know that you can get free passes to several of the most popular attractions in Victoria - from the Greater Victoria Public Library?

  • Train at Heritage Acres, Saanichton, BC

TRAIN RIDES AT HERITAGE ACRES

Riding the Rails with the Vancouver Island Model Engineers One of Victoria’s least known attractions is the miniature railway run by the Vancouver Island Model

  • Butterfly Gardens, Victoria, BC

VICTORIA BUTTERFLY GARDENS

A Visit to Victoria Butterfly Gardens Victoria Butterfly Gardens isn’t just about butterflies; in fact, it is a complete tropical rain forest experience from the

  • Coles Bay Regional Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria, Parks in Victoria

COLES BAY REGIONAL PARK

A small park in a quiet neighborhood leading down to the Saanich Inlet - that's Coles Bay Regional Park! At just under 9 acres, this

  • Toy Museum in Victoria, BC

NATIONAL TOY MUSEUM

The National Toy Museum of Canada specializes in the preservation and history of old toys. 1410 Broad Street Victoria, British Columbia Hours:  Mon - Sat

  • Fisherman's Wharf Victoria, BC

FISHERMAN’S WHARF

Fisherman’s Wharf Park [4 ½ acres] Overlooking the wharf and on the new Harbour Pathway, the park is at Erie and St. Lawrence. A rehabilitated

  • Topaz Park in Victoria, BC

TOPAZ PARK

Topaz Park is located in the Hillside Quadra neighbourhood between Topaz Avenue and Finlayson Street, along Blanshard Street. It is Victoria's third largest park and includes a variety

  • Beckwith Park, Victoria, BC

BECKWITH WATER PARK

Beckwith Park has many features for the whole family. You can spend the day: Having a picnic. Splashing in the spray park. Playing on the

  • Mountain biking

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN VICTORIA

Victoria has many mountain biking trails - from moderate to challenging.  Check out these ideas: WESTIN BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT Highlands Valley Loop This family­-friendly loop

  • Scenic Rentals Victoria

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD RENTALS

If you'd love to try SUP-ing (stand-up paddleboarding) but you don't have your own equipment, here's a chance to not only try it out, but

  • Colquitz River Trail

COLQUITZ RIVER TRAIL

The Colquitz River Trail is perhaps one of Saanich's least-known public trails. Starting roughly at the western corner of Interurban Road and Burnside Road West,

ROCHE COVE REGIONAL PARK

Roche Cove Regional Park Hike along a cool creek at midday or paddle still waters in early morning light at this serene 163-hectare park. You’ll

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SWAN LAKE CHRISTMAS HILL NATURE SANCTUARY

Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary This park consists of two distinct areas:  marshy lowlands surrounding Swan Lake; and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill.

  • Carnavon Park

CARNAVON PARK

Carnavon Park A developed sports park (3.97 hectares), surrounded by residential housing, with playing fields for rugby, soccer, ball diamonds with score/concession building, tennis courts,

  • Centennial Park

CENTENNIAL PARK

Centennial Park is one of Langford's best 'all ages' park.  Located 1/2 way between downtown and Langford Lake, Centennial Park is the perfect place for

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BEACON HILL CHILDREN’S FARM

Beacon Hill Park - Childrens' Farm is an inexpensive and fun way to spend an afternoon outdoors with the kids.  The farms' goats, sheep, bunnies,

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MOTOCROSS

For something a little more exciting for the whole family, why not try motocross while you're in Victoria? Westshore Motocross Park is run by motorcycle

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CITY CENTRE PARK

Fun for the whole family! Location:  1089 Langford Parkway, Langford, BC City Centre Park is Langford’s “everything” active entertainment zone, designed and coordinated by the

SIDNEY SPIT NATIONAL PARK RESERVE

Sidney Spit National Park Reserve is located on Sidney Island, just east of the town of Sidney, BC Sidney Spit is accessible by kayak, canoe

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MOVIE THEATRES IN VICTORIA, BC

If you've got a taste for the latest block-buster ... or perhaps an independant film ... or a short but exciting IMAX film ... Victoria

  • Whales

WHALE WATCHING TOURS

Victoria and Vancouver Island is one of the best places in the world to see some of natures most magnificent creatures - whales! There are

  • Horse Drawn Carriage

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS

Horse Drawn Carriages - A Victoria Tradition! For an intimate tour of the city, consider a quaint ride in a horse-drawn carriage.  It's fun for

GYMS AND REC CENTRES

Gyms & Recreation Centres in and around Victoria (See map below for all locations!) 1.  Cedar Hill Rec Centre 3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria B.C.,

  • Pebble Beach at Devonian Regional Park Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

DEVONIAN REGIONAL PARK

Devonian Park Entrance and parking lot This great - tho small - park is about a 40-minute drive from Victoria and well worth

ESQUIMALT LAGOON

  Esquimalt Lagoon Esquimalt (pronounced 'Ess-KWI-malt') Lagoon features miles of breathtaking ocean Lagoon Side of the Road beachfront perfect for walks, beachcombing, sand

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ELK LAKE/BEAVER LAKE BEACHES

Elk Lake/Beaver Lake Trail Beaver Lake & Elk Lake are often spoken of together ... they're actually 2 lakes joined together with beaches

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WILLOWS BEACH

Willows Beach A developed waterfront park (1.17 hectare) with large grassed area, change rooms and washrooms, concession and tea room, picnic tables, benches, children’s play

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GYRO PARK

Cadboro-Gyro Park Cadboro-Gyro Park is designated a Community Park with a unique and substantial waterfront that appeals to residents throughout the region. The park is

  • esquimalt gorge park sign, Victoria, BC, YYJ, Vancouver Island, Visitor in Victoria

ESQUIMALT GORGE PARK

Not far from downtown Victoria is the community of Esquimalt where you'll find the lovely and tranquil Esquimalt Gorge Park. Shady Spot for a

  • British Columbia Aviation Museum, Victoria, BC

BRITISH COLUMBIA AVIATION MUSEUM

Attention all Aviation Enthusiasts! The British Columbia Aviation Museum is a major attraction on Vancouver Island, located next to the Victoria International Airport at 1910

  • Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

SHAW CENTRE FOR THE SALISH SEA

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a not-for-profit aquarium and marine education centre that focuses on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Exhibits

  • Mineral world & scratch patch, Sidney, BC

MINERAL WORLD AND SCRATCH PATCH

9808 SEAPORT PLACE, SIDNEY, BC HOURS:  Seven Days a Week  9:30am - 5:30pm Admission:  Free!  If you want to collect gemstones from the Scratch Patch, you can

  • Miniature World

Miniature World, Victoria, BC

Over 85 exciting miniature dioramas and displays. Welcome to Miniature World -- one of the most popular tourist attractions in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada. Your

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The Victoria Bug Zoo, Victoria, BC

Praying Mantis A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around

  • Horne Lake Caves

HORNE LAKE CAVES PROVINCIAL PARK

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located about 2.5 hours north of Victoria. (See map and directions at bottom of post) What to do at

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GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK

Massive trees, majestic waterfalls, a meandering river that meets the sea, flowers, birds and fascinating fish are but a few of the attractions that draw

GALLOPING GOOSE TRAIL

Victoria is a biker's paradise!  Many streets have dedicated bike lanes so getting around town is fast and convenient. If you'd like something different -

  • ORS Tours

PADDLING TOURS IN VICTORIA

If you'd like to explore Victoria and area from the water whether in a kayak or standup paddle board, here are some great ideas for

  • Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Visitor in Victoria

THE GARDENS AT HPC

There's a reason that Victoria is called "The City of Gardens" .... we've got a lot of them! Victoria is known for it's variety and

  • bowling

BOWLING IN VICTORIA

If bowling's your thing ... here's where to find it in Victoria: Langford Lanes  - 1097 Langford Parkway  Victoria, BC CLICK HERE FOR HOURS, SCHEDULES &

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Mini-Golf/Go-Karts in Victoria, BC

If you want something to do with the whole family, here's some suggestions: Fun for the whole family! All Fun Recreation 2207 Millstream Rd, Langford,

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Auto Racing in Victoria, BC

If you're a fan of car racing, Victoria has their very own track - Western Speedway! Western Speedway, 2207 Millstream Road, Victoria BC V9B 0J7 Telephone: 250-474-4546

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ZIP LINE AND BUNGY JUMPING

If you're into adventures that give you a thrill ... here's some things to consider in Victoria: Zip Line Adrena Line Adventure Tours Tour Facts

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ROYAL BC MUSEUM, VICTORIA, BC

A must-do for any visitor to Victoria is a trip to the Royal BC Museum. Located at 675 Belleville St., across from the Provincial Legislature

  • Hatley Castle, Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

HATLEY CASTLE

HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND ... A MOVIE STAR!   Hatley Castle James Dunsmuir commissioned Samuel Maclure, a Victorian architect, to design