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Jan Chernoff
Central Victoria Vacation
524 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
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Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Victoria, BC - Family First Visit - Top 5 Activities

The Heart of Downtown Victoria!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled the world. In fact, I consider myself to be somewhat of a traveling connoisseur and am happy to give advice to anyone. My friends always ask me where my favourite child-friendly destination in Canada is and I always recommend Victoria, BC. In my opinion, it is the perfect getaway for families. Victoria offers great culture, activities, nature, food and exceptionally friendly people.

There are lots of natural wonders to Victoria, but where to begin? Travelling with a family can often be stressful, so finding accommodations that are centrally located to all the main activities and amenities, with room enough for a family, and at a reasonable cost can be critical to making your trip a success. Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) units are an ideal answer.  Central Victoria Vacation Rentals lofts are located at the heart of the Inner Harbour within walking distance of everything at fraction of the cost of hotels in the same area. You get more room, including a full kitchen to cook some meals when you don’t feel like eating out or just want to experience living like a local. The VRBO Vacation Rental units are operated by owners who travel just like you, so they are setup perfectly. One of our past guests explains, “Can tell you're used to staying in places yourselves, as your info book in particular was really helpful.” Now that you know where to stay, what should you do as a family on your first visit to Victoria, BC?

We’ve summed up the top 5 places to visit while on vacation as a family with kids in Victoria (in no particular order):

1. Be treated like the royal family.

The world famous and historic Empress Hotel is home to the Queen when she is in town and offers royal afternoon tea. The menu has options for Prince and Princess Tea for your little prince or princess, but they must be on their best behaviour. This is a very classy treat! It’s Victoria’s most exclusive, high class family attraction, so make sure you make your reservation two weeks out.  Afternoon tea can include scones with jams, fresh berries, tea sandwiches and pastries. Due to the exclusivity of the hotel and tradition, everyone must look the part. No flip flops, torn jeans or sweatpants. Dressing up is all a part of the fun!

Afternoon Tea

2. Learn more about British Columbia’s culture and history.

The Royal BC Museum is the largest museum in British Columbia! It is a wonderful place for families to explore Canada’s past and present. Spend the day on a guided or self-guided tour letting your imagination run free, but watch out for the life-sized woolly mammoth if you have small children. It may just be a bit too real! The IMAX in the museum is a great spot for educational and fun movies too. Don’t miss the tide pool exhibits, where the kids can touch real life star fish, sea cucumbers, and more wildlife found in the region.

Royal BC Museum Wooly Mammoth

3. Visit the animals living in Beacon Hill Park.

Voted one of the best activities for families in VRBO Victoria, this park is filled with so many marvels that will keep the family smiling throughout the entire visit! Beacon Hill features awesome playgrounds, ponds full of wild ducks that love to be fed, colorful peacocks and a Children’s Farm that has a seasonal petting zoo. Here, you can find miniature goats and horses, rabbits, pot belly pigs and more. Your kids will be delighted to feed them veggies and comb the horse’s coats. Beacon Hill provides an inexpensive day of fun for the whole family.

Petting Zoo at Beacon Hill

5. See the greatest little show on earth.

Located less than six blocks from Central Victoria Vacation Rentals is one of the most popular attractions amongst families, Miniature World. When you get arrive, it’s a requirement that you leave objectivity and any form of realism at the door. Let your family step into a world of childhood dreams and fantasy. The displays truly delight the young and young at heart. See photos from one of our past guests visit here.

Miniature World

6. Explore the ocean’s wildlife.

Whale watching tours are a unique experience if you’ve never seen these majestic, massive creatures in the wild. Season runs from May to October, and talk to the guides for the best time of day to give you the best chances of seeing whales. You’ll see sea lions and other wildlife for sure, but to see whales you’re best chances are to book a few days in advance and check their social media websites for Prince of Whales or Ocean Explorations for recent photos of sightings. The best option for families is the Ocean Magic Cruiser Tour through Prince of Whales as it is a larger 62 foot covered boat. If any in your family get motion sickness, be sure to take Gravol or we love those motion sickness wristbands you can buy at most any drug store. Our guest book in the suites has locations of the closest within walking distance.
If you travel for about half an hour up the coast of Vancouver Island, past Sooke, you will find beautiful beaches rich in history and ocean life. French Beach, China Beach, Mystic Beach and Botanical Beach are the best. These beaches are great for exploring, but not for swimming due to the large waves that come in from the open Pacific Ocean. Your family can wander the beaches for various rock formations, build sandcastles, picnic, and barbeque and watch out for nature’s finest wildlife.

Whale Sighting

 Botanical Beach

“My wife and I stayed in one of the suites last August with our infant son.  Being located so close to all the attractions was really convenient.  We were able to come back to the unit to refresh between outings.  The units themselves were spacious and airy; the internet connection was super and made it easy to stay connected.  The rooftop patio was really nice. I will definitely stay there again on my next trip to Victoria.”  Louis T. from Yelp review

We’re sure you will enjoy your stay as much as our past guests have too. View all the past guests testimonials and reviews on our website with links to the airbnb, Flipkey by Tripadvisor, Yelp and Google Places. We hope that you enjoy Victoria BC as much as we do, and that when you return for another visit with your family you try some of these adventures on our blog post for families on a return trip to Victoria, BC.

posted in Travel Tips at Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:35:00 -0600

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