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Central Victoria Vacation
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Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Victoria, BC - Family Vacation - Repeat Visit Must Dos

Discover Victoria Beaches With Your Family!

Returning to a vacation spot with the family always comes with a lot less anxiety. You already know that the kids love it and so do you! Victoria, BC, Canada is one of those spots. In a previous blog, I recommended 5 attractions that are a major hit with first time Victoria BC family visitors.

This time, I will add 5 more places that your family will enjoy on your return visit and stay at VRBO – Central Victoria’s Vacation Rental condo units (in no particular order).

1. Open your eyes to the skies.

Travel to the outer edges of the galaxy by visiting the Astronomy interpretive centre at the top of Observatory Hill in Victoria, BC. Your family will learn interesting astronomy facts through telescope tours and shows at the multimedia theatre and planetarium.

Explore Our Galaxy

2. Get a little gross while being entertained. 

The guides truly seem to be the best part of the adventure at the Victoria Bug Zoo. Their upbeat attitude and wealth of knowledge for creepy crawlers is very inviting. African millipedes, scorpions, tarantulas and exotic insects will mesmerize you, but don’t worry they won’t bite. Another great reason to visit the Bug Zoo is that it will take less than 10 minutes to walk there from Central Victoria’s Vacation Rental Loft!

3. Pan for gold!

The Mineral World and Scratch Patch in Sidney BC is perfect for children that love collecting things, like precious gemstones, shells and rocks. You can even pan for gold and fool’s gold (pyrite) in two pools! Older kids will love the gift shop and geological displays. A day of learning has never been more fun.

Gold Piece

4. Enjoy exotic butterflies in person.

Another family-friendly gem that Victoria, BC has to offer is the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Located nearby the Harbour in Saanich, the Gardens feature an indoor display of exotic birds, fish, plant life and beautiful butterflies. Transport your family to a lush tropical paradise. Make sure you bring your camera just in case a butterfly lands on your child’s shoulder.

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

5. If the weather permits, hit the beach!

Kids are thoroughly entertained making sandcastles and splashing in the water. Willows Beach is Victoria’s most popular beach and is a hit among parents because it has a playground and playing field for outdoor activities throughout the year.  Another popular beach in Victoria is Clover Point, along Dallas Rd. This beach is fantastic for watching kite surfers and flying kites.
If your children like road trips and you’re on the island for a week or two, heading up island for a few days to Parksville and Qualicum Beach is worth the two hour trip. The tide goes out for hundreds of meters, leaving hundreds of natural tide pools all over the dark sand beaches for kids to explore. I have fond memories of this from my childhood on the island, and it’s still great fun for all ages!

Victoria Beaches are Great Fun for All Ages!

There are a tonne of family-friendly things to do in Victoria for all ages and interests. The Tourism Board has an easily downloadable app to make the most of your visit on the go, or checkout our recommended videos including some recommended itineraries, or our Victoria BC Links page. Every time you visit Victoria, it will leave your family counting down the days until you can visit again and enjoy the city full of bustling family fun!

posted in Travel Tips at Sat, 01 Jun 2013 20:10:56 -0600

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