Deciding on a family friendly location for Spring Break is always a challenge, especially when you are limited on time and money. So this year, we chose to go somewhere close to home that would feel like a world away. For us, that was Victoria British Columbia. Since we live in Washington State, driving up into Canada is a fairly easy journey but still a 10 hour one at that!
We chose Victoria for the family since there is so much to do that is easily accessible, a ton of history and a feel you just don’t find in other cities. It truly feels you stepped off the boat onto a different continent. Yes, I said when you step off the boat… Victoria is an island off the West Coast of Canada. There is an airport on the island but we found it easiest to hop onto the Coho Ferry from Port Angeles, Washington which makes the trip even more of a fun adventure!
Family Friendly Travel Victoria British Columbia
Once we arrived, we quickly learned that we did not need a car in this fabulous small city. It’s easy to walk almost everywhere and when it’s a bit too far, you can catch one of the water taxis that run continuously around the harbour to many locations.
We made our way to the Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resort and settled in. Of course the kids had to check out the pool immediately to see if this place was up to par! In addition to the large pool, they have a fully equipped fitness room, sauna, squash and tennis courts to enjoy. When you are done, you can head to the spa for some relaxation or enjoy a great meal at the in house restaurant and lounge, LURE. If you rather stay in, order some room service!
The hardest part of our trip was deciding where to explore with our few days we had. So much of our time we just spent wandering around the city streets exploring the local shops and culinary delights from Lure, Moxies on Yates, Ferris’ Oyster Bar & Grill and The Keg. You have to of course visit the Empress, if not for tea, just to see how beautiful this old building is. We walked by the Parliament Building which is so gorgeous but didn’t have time to tour.
You could chose to visit the Royal BC Museum, the Bug Museum, the world famous Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Garden, Craigdarroch Castle, the Maritime Museum, the Public Market and so much more. There is an endless possibility of things to do. You can find a great list on the Tourism Victoria site.
One of our favorite sites to visit as a family was grabbing lunch at Fisherman’s Warf which is a small marina with several food vendors settled among house boats. A few hungry Harbor Seals and River Otters call this their home and take some time to show off for the visitors in exchange for a fish snack!
It was a fantastic trip and over way too soon. We spent just a few days wandering around this amazing city learning about it’s history. It’s definitely a do not miss if you’re up in this neck of the woods and I would recommend giving yourself 3-4 days to truly have a chance to get out and enjoy this city (and that’s with a busy schedule I might add).
We can not wait to come back and even talked about how wonderful it would be to call Victoria BC home as everyone here was so pleasant, there truly was not one moment we didn’t enjoy during our stay!
We worked with Victoria Tourism and Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resort during our stay. We received complimentary accommodations and admission to some activities to better experience Victoria. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.