Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 9811 Seaport Place Sidney, Vancouver Island, BC V8L 4X3
Phone: (250) 665-7511
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $15, Children – $8
See spectacular marine life up close at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center. This aquarium recreates the ocean environment filled with spectacular diversity. Young visitors will enjoy petting the sea urchins and sea stars in the touch pool. The Gallery of Drifters exhibit houses many species of jellyfish, plankton and algae to help visitors understand the food chain in the Salish Sea. The Ocean’s Heartbeat exhibit contains microscopes for visitors to view mini-ecosystems. The Gallery of the Salish Sea exhibit is home to hundreds of species of fish, invertebrates and marine plants. Visitors will be amazed by the Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf Eel, King Crab and many other fascinating marine animals.
Address: 1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC, V8M 1J5
Phone: (877) 722-0172
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $16, Children – $5 (This is a great place for a family adventure. Ask for your 10% family discount on admission!)
Observe hundreds of beautiful free-flying butterflies in an indoor tropical environment at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. The facility has over 75 species of butterflies, 200 species of tropical plants, several kinds of birds, fish, frogs, geckos, tortoises and chameleons. The indoor facility’s temperature, light, mist, cooling and humidity is all computer-controlled to create a rainforest atmosphere. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the amazing wildlife at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens.
Address: Langford, BC, Canada
Phone: (250) 474-1336
Hours: dawn – dusk
Hike, cycle, swim and enjoy British Columbia’s breathtaking views at Goldstream Park. It’s cascading waterfalls, massive trees, and beautiful flowers draw both visitors and residents to this spectacular park. There are numerous hiking trails ranging in difficulty and length. The easy trails are wheelchair accessible and the more advanced trails are steep and through forested uplands. The trails pass abandoned gold dig sites from the days of the Gold Rush. Guides are available at the Freeman King Visitor Center, offering information about the park and surrounding area.