We love exploring BC with the kids and seeing as it was Spring Break, we decided to go to Victoria for a short family getaway. We had been to Victoria before, but this is the first time bringing our toddler. We stayed at Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites (https://www.chateauvictoria.com/) – the room was spacious, clean and they were central to attractions and restaurants. Our only nitpick would be their pool that was a lane pool with their shallowest being 5 feet, which is pretty deep for little children. We went swimming once and found that it was too difficult- even with life jackets. Otherwise, the room and service were great!
Everything in Victoria is close by within walking distance or 15 minutes driving distance. A few things I really liked was walking along the Wharf and exploring Chinatown. There were so many picturesque spots!
A few fun attractions during our 4 days and 3 nights stay were:
Royal British Columbia Museum – http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
This is our second time at the Royal BC Museum and we had a great time! You can seriously spend half the day there or more if you do the IMAX. There were many things to see from animals set up in scenery, First Nation’s history to old 1900’s style accessories and scenes.
Victoria Bug Zoo – http://www.victoriabugzoo.ca
It was smaller than we expected, but then again how much space do you really need for bugs. There were definitely a lot of different types of bugs to look at. There were usually two guides around, sharing information about the bugs. It was really neat how the guides would take out certain bugs for you to hold. The kids really enjoyed looking at their ant farm and watching the ants carry leaves from one end of the tube to the next. It’s a nice zoo to spend an hour or two, but don’t expect to spend the whole day as there are really two rooms full of bugs to explore.
Beacon Hill Children’s Farm – http://beaconhillchildrensfarm.ca
I found this little gem after my girl friend recommended it. It’s an adorable little farm with the cutest baby goats! They are open daily and their goat stampedes are at 10:10am and 4:10pm. I highly recommend going early to watch them. Even though it’s only for less than a minute, it was so cute watching them run from one gate of the farm to the other. After petting the goats and checking out the other animals, we walked around Beacon Hill Park. Just outside the farm is a pond with ducks. Don’t forget your birdseed to feed the ducks! The weather was still a bit chilly, so we didn’t stay too long. If the weather was warmer, the park is a gorgeous area to have a picnic and relax on the grass.
Me: “I loved walking around Victoria. They had so many cute shops and market place – I really enjoyed how everything were walking distance to each other. “
Husband: “Victoria Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinatowns – so I really enjoyed exploring Chinatown with the kids and showing them a bit of history.”
7 Years Old: “My favorite part was when we went on the boat (the ferry ride)”
2.5 Years Old: She loved petting the goats! I think she spent a good 20 minutes petting and brushing the goats – especially the baby goats!
Most Memorable Moment: Watching the kids pet the goats at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm & hold the bugs at Victoria Bug Zoo.
Tips: I love to travel, so I’m always on the look out for good deals. My friend told me that BC Ferries (http://www.bcferries.com/) has vacation and promotion deals. I was so happy to find a spring break promotion when I booked.