Traveling to Victoria, Vancouver Island | Adventures of a Mum

I had wanted to travel to Vancouver Island for such a long time, inspired by tales of its majestic beauty, but it was always too deep into winter or we’ve been too far away each time we’ve been in the States to include it in our travels. But we finally made the easy trip from the mainland down to Victoria, Vancouver’s capital and I wanted to share some of the experiences we had and why it’s such a great place to travel with kids.

Vancouver Island boasts an incredible array of diverse experiences; rainforests, mountains, beaches, lakes and crystal clear rivers a plenty, with a whole host of activities for families and adventurers alike, from Whale watching to kayaking, city living and cycling, this East-Coast island might just have it all, and we couldn’t wait to arrive.

Traveling to Victoria, Vancouver Island. visiting the Empress hotel in the city

Traveling from the North we took the Pacific Coastline bus from Vancouver airport down to the ferry terminal, caught the 90 minute scenic ferry through Active Pass (I spent most of the time trying to spot whales!) and then drove down to Victoria. Really much simpler than I had worried about when trying to find out how we’d go about it. There’s some great information online to get you started. It’s well worth the effort when you get there.

Traveling to Victoria, Vancouver Island. downtown street market

One of the highlights of our stay in Victoria was a trip to Beacon Hill Park, downtown. The park is huge (200 acres), and there’s so much to see and do there, so allow plenty of time to view the entire park which will keep you occupied for a whole day. There’s a children’s farm with fascinating peacocks wondering around, alpacas, pigs, ponies and a petting area with goats and sheep too which the children loved.

a wild peacock in Beacon Hill park Victoria, British Columbia

Out of downtown Victoria there are a few lakes which you can picnic around, a great children’s park and of course lots of walking to be done. We arrived by a lake just as a wedding was ending which looked very romantic. We were so fortunate with the weather being about 22 degrees, a welcomed relief following our stay in snowy Banff. We blissfully strolled around under the trees soaking up the warmth and feeling so grateful to be there.

 Traveling to Victoria, Vancouver Island and visiting a park to watch a wedding

We blissfully strolled around under the trees with Henry racing around chasing after ducks.

There are many day trips you can do from Victoria, whale watching and Butchart Gardens being the most popular, but you can easily spend your days wondering around, taking in the scenery. Walking around Fisherman’s wharf looking at the floating homes and the hundred year old breakwater, or visiting the museums or miniature world, or simply whiling away the warm afternoons on the lawn of the stunning parliament building. It is so family friendly and offers such a diverse range of activities.

The impressive Empress Hotel. vancouver island

We really only scraped the surface as we were so short on time, but there is so much waiting for you on Vancouver Island. I love Canada for it’s happy and safe vibe and Vancouver Island was no exception to this. I’d really recommend taking a trip if you can to the mildest part of Canada and enjoy the laid back vibe of the city by the sea. I can’t wait to go back to explore more of Canada as a family of four, there really is so much to see and do for families and I’ll look forward to taking you with us on our next adventure!


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  1. May 17, 2018 / 11:28 am

    This looks like such a lovely place to visit with kids. My parents have been and its definitely somewhere I’d like to go too. Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes.

  2. May 12, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    I went on a backpacking trip prekids but unfortunately didn’t make it over to Vancouver Island. It’s on our list to visit with the boys. It looks like such a beautiful place. #MondayEscapes

  3. May 8, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    This looks like an amazing spot to visit with kids! Lots to see in a relatively small, contained area. I will have to look into this trip for our family!

  4. May 8, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    I have family on Vancouver Island so it was great to read your post and bring back some memories! Great photos, I’d love to take my kids there one day… #Mondayescapes

  5. May 7, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Beautiful photos! I went to Victoria years ago when my grandparents lived there, so this was a lovely trip down memory lane! Also on my list of places I want to take the kiddos.

  6. May 7, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    I have fond memories visiting Victoria as a kid. My family would drive up from Seattle and then take the ferry across. It was one of the only vacations we would take when I was a kid. #MondayEscapes

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