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Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is an ocean-going city, surrounded on three sides by water. Friendly and unhurried, Victoria is a fun city to visit with kids, especially in summer when it’s still daylight at 9:00pm. Traveling around Victoria couldn't be easier, so let the kids decide whether to ride the charming pint-sized harbour ferry, munch on muffins in a tea room, go whale watching, play in Beacon Hill Park or stroll around the Inner Harbour.
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Ferries to Victoria - A most pleasureable way to arrive in Victoria is to take the ferry. Ferries from Port Angeles and Seattle dock in the Inner Harbour at Victoria. The trip itself is fun - we took the car ferry from Port Angeles, a 90 min. trip. Click here for the Port Angeles and Seattle ferry schedules. Tip: When you travel from the U.S. to Victoria, everyone in the family will need a passport or birth certificate (kids under 16) to enter Canada.

   

Fun food

     

Afternoon tea is a delightful tradition in Victoria, complete with scones, crumpets, sandwiches, sweets and pastries. Here’s three different places to try:

     

James Bay Tea Room - The James Bay Tea Room (in an old fashioned black and white house) is just blocks from the Inner Harbour, on the corner of Menzies St. and Superior St. Along with the afternoon tea menu, there’s kid’s tea with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apple and orange juice instead of tea, plus scones and sweets.

   

Blethering Place Tea Room (Oak Bay) - The day we visited this charming tea room, it was full of grandparents and grandkids. The outside is decorated with flower pots and little figurines, inside the tea room there’s a collection of old fashioned dolls (reasonably priced, which you can buy). Have a full-fledged afternoon tea or just order a muffin or scone.

     

The Empress Hotel - This is the place for a dress-up afternoon tea. (When I was a kid, we had tea at The Empress Hotel, those three tiered dishes of sandwiches and pastries were memorable.) Afternoon tea includes scones with jam, fresh berries, pastries and tea sandwiches, children 6 -12 are half price. If kids aren't tea drinkers, hot chocolate can be substituted, but ask about it when you make your reservation. The Empress Hotel is a lovely location, so no sweatpants, flip flops, halter tops or torn jeans, and looking nice is part of the fun. Reservations are a good idea: 250.389.2727

family hotels victoria, bc

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Victoria, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels for Victoria, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore.

Victoria family hotels
kids books british columbia
     
Adventures with Sam, A Victoria Harbour Ferry  
Adventures with Sam, A Victoria Harbour Ferry
Judy Klinger, Gregory Klinger

Take a ride around Victoria with Sam, a zippy little ferry, picking up passengers, helping a lost baby orca, cruising between the big boats and seaplanes, carrying a jazz band, and joining in the Harbour Ferry water ballet. Fun illustrations! (Picture book)

 

     
Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World
Jo Ellen Bogart, Maxwell Newhouse

Discover one of Canada's best-loved artists, Emily Carr, who captured the majesty and mystery of British Columbia in her paintings. Immense cedar forests, shimmering sky, monumental totem poles, reflect Emily's kinship with her homeland (she was born and lived in Victoria). (Chapter book, illustrations)

 

 
Emily Carr
     
victoria with kids
 
Victoria with Kids
Lhasa Hetherington

Traveling to Victoria with toddlers and babies, this guidebook is ideal for the stroller set: outdoor activities, nature walks, playgrounds, where to get snacks, what to do on a rainy day, and more. (Chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other British Columbia pages)
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