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This 200-acre park lies just minutes from downtown and offers antsy kids of all ages a break from downtown crowds. The woodsy park features graceful landscaping and flower beds, ...
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Twenty minutes from Victoria, Butchart Gardens is world-renowned for its 55 acres of themed gardens, including a tranquil Japanese garden, Italian, Mediterranean, Rose Garden, and ...
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For visitors who don't get to see much old-growth forest, Cathedral Grove offers a rare opportunity to see a magnificent, ancient Douglas fir ecosystem, one of the last remaining ...
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Treat the kids to a fantastic live play at this family-friendly professional theater. There's usually at least one younger-kid-oriented production on the schedule--from Elf: The ...
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Swim in the surf, explore the caves along the rugged beach, collect shells, and just enjoy the feeling of your toes in the sand at this beautiful beach. During low tide, you can ...
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Renowned for being the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and second behind San Francisco's, this colorful district has a compact footprint of a couple city blocks, perfect for kid-sized ...
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Whale watching is one of Vancouver Island's best family activities, and Eagle Wing is one of the best companies to book a tour with. You'll be in the company of a knowledgeable, ...
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For a half-day jaunt to explore another cool natural attraction on the island, our family recommends Horne Lake Caves in Horne Lake Cave Provincial Park -- that is, if you don't ...
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Victoria's downtown hugs the contours of Inner Harbour with a pedestrian walkway that makes the waterfront not only accessible, but a must-visit. It's the focal point of the city, ...
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Spend a rainy afternoon at "the greatest little show on Earth," where there are over 85 exciting dioramas and exhibits to admire. Go back in time to see medieval knights at King ...
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It's always a fun experience to show kids where their food comes from--so take the family for a tour of this local dairy farm, home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry ...
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At the Pacific Rim National Park, you'll explore all types of scenery, from rainforests to beaches to hills and cliffs and islands. The park is comprised of three unique sections; ...
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Paradise Fun Park features two spectacular mini-golf courses, where you'll find a lighthouse, waterfall, or pirate ship around every turn. When you're done with the 18 holes, ...
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Known as Canada's Riviera, the strip of beaches on the east side of the island are as calm and warm as Tofino's ocean beaches are not. When the tide goes out, kids can spend all ...
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You'll be enchanted by immersive galleries of the three-story Royal BC museum, where life-sized replicas of Victoria's historic streets, gold rush exhibits, and the First Peoples ...
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On the wilder west side of the island, at the "end of the road," the small, funky town of Tofino (pop. 2,000) is the surf capital of Canada and offers outdoor activities galore, ...
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Admire the amazing marine life to be found at the Uculet Aquarium, where researchers study diverse, local sea creatures before returning them to their homes in the wild. You'll ...
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This small, but mighty hands-on museum will wow families who like bugs. The zoo specializes in tropical bugs from around the world, from Amazonian leaf-cutter ants, to tarantulas, ...
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The Wild Pacific Trail leads you along a stunning coastline with views of the ocean, rocks, and ancient, gnarled trees. Families, if you're looking for just a relatively short ...
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This outdoor elements park is a splurge, but it offers adrenaline-junky families with elementary-aged kids and teens an afternoon of oversized fun. For my kids, it was the highlight ...
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