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Thunderbird Park, Victoria
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Victoria Family Vacation

Victoria is a top choice for family fun. Ride a double-decker bus, paddle kayaks in the Inner Harbour, learn about pirates, handle huge millipedes or see teeny-tiny miniature worlds. After all that excitement? Ride the harbour ferries and take some time out on Fisherman’s Wharf before setting out again.

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Royal BC Museum

See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never k...
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Whale Watching in Victoria

Fancy seeing a whale breaching in the wild? From the Inner Harbour, head out to sea to meet some of the Orca pods residing just offshore. Choose from a fast-moving inflatable Zodiac or comfortable covered boat; either way, you’ll probably see sea lions, seals and sea birds as well as whales in nearby waters.
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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is a 10-minute scenic walk from the Inner Harbour, or you can hop on a ferry from one of many Inner Harbour pick-up spots. It’s a good place to meet harbour seals, have fish and chips on the dock, and check out the houseboats and fishing boats.
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Miniature World

Visit with us & see the world's smallest operational sawmill, two of the world's largest doll houses. Also experience one of the world's largest model railroads, visit the wonderful world of the circus, take a spaceship to the stars, travel throug...
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More Family Fun in Victoria

Ride bikes on the Galloping Goose or Lochside regional trails. The trails connect and go all the... Read more way from Swartz Bay to Sooke. There are no cars and the trails are mostly flat, so the ride is super easy.  Head to the Beacon Hill Park petting zoo for a hands-on visit with baby goats. Hungry? The Beacon Drive-In is just steps from the park and features tasty ice cream treats that will impress both young and old. Burn off some energy exploring Beacon Hill Park’s playground – that giant watering can is a kid’s water park.

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Sidney's waterfront aquarium is home to over 3,500 marine animals from the unique local habitats of the Salish Sea. Come face-to-face with octopus and jellies, tickle a sea cucumber or shake hands with a sea star. Open daily from 10:00 am. Visit o...
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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers you a unique opportunity to experience the warmth, beauty & romance of a tropical jungle next door to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Stroll through our indoor tropical oasis where Caribbean flamingos walk ...
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Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park is an urban oasis that draws both locals and visitors alike with its open vistas of Juan de Fuca Strait and a wide variety of landscapes and activities. A favourite spot for stormwatching when the weather gets wet and wild, this park offers hours of exploration. Check out wildflower meadows, cliff-lined beaches and rare Garry Oak trees and totem poles; explore the kids water park and watch courtside activities like tennis, lawn bowling and cricket.
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Places to Eat

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Family Friendly Eating in Victoria

Sam’s Deli, in a cool old building near the Inner Harbour, has quick soup and sandwiches... Read more and huge chocolate chip cookies. At the Noodle Box everything from the Cambodian jungle curry to the kids’ plain noodles comes in little to-go cardboard boxes. Willie’s Bakery & Cafe has baked treats and huge pancake and French toast breakfasts. The kids may not like oysters, but Ferris’ Oyster Bar also has big burgers, sweet potato fries and a great kids’ menu, plus there’s a garden out back. Treats? The Soda Shoppe looks like an olden-days soda shop with cones, candies and sundaes.

Pizzeria Prima Strada

Lat: 48.41409
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Red Fish Blue Fish

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Fish & Chips, Food Stands, Seafood
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Blue Fox Cafe

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Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes
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Places to Shop

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Places to Stay

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Double Tree by Hilton, Hotel & Suites Victoria

Experience Victoria's newest downtown hotel. Located steps from the Inner Harbour & all that Victoria has to offer. We are 30 minutes from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) & BC Ferry port & five minutes from float planes & Washington State Fer...
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Hotel Zed

We're a ridiculously fun & eclectic hip hotel in Victoria BC that is so completely awesome your mind will be blown!

Ok, slight exaggeration, but we swear it's like nothing you've ever seen before. We have two '67 VW shuttles, free rental ...

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Inn at Laurel Point

Relax, take in views, contemplate sweeping architecture, design & oceanfront. From the moment you step inside, prepare to be hypnotized by the harbour views off your balcony & soothed by the privacy of your retreat. Decks give way to gardens, glas...
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Magnolia Hotel & Spa

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is Victoria's premier luxury boutique hotel, providing outstanding quality & service in the heart of downtown.

Just two blocks from the inner harbour, close to attractions & shopping; over 20 restaurants within fi...

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Victoria

Getting to Victoria is a big part of the adventure. From Metro Vancouver, choose from ferry,... Read more plane, floatplane, helicopter or whale watching boat. Options from Seattle include commercial flights direct to Victoria, floatplanes or the foot passenger-only Victoria Clipper ferry.  The journey, through the scenic Gulf or San Juan islands, can take 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on your mode of transport. Car ferry service is available from Port Angeles, a 2.5-hour trip.

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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Victoria Clipper

Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The Vi...
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Black Ball Ferry Line

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the MV Coho providing daily vehicle & passenger ferry service with a scenic 90 minute crossing between Victoria, BC & Port Angeles, WA. Enjoy the views from the Strait of Juan de Fuca & Olympic Peninsula from our exp...
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Flying to Victoria by Floatplane

Floatplanes, or seaplanes, provide harbour to harbour service and can be one of the most... Read more memorable parts of a trip to BC.  Floatplanes fly from downtown Vancouver, taking off from a dock near Canada Place, and from the Vancouver International Airport, where they moor in the Fraser River. Either way, the 30-minute flight to Victoria’s Inner Harbour offers a breathtaking eagle’s eye view of Vancouver, the North Shore mountains, and the island-dotted Strait of Georgia, before splashing gently down in front of Victoria’s grand Fairmont Empress hotel.  It’s an unforgettable way to arrive.

Harbour Air

Experience Victoria from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure! Enjoy a 20 minute Victoria panorama flight featuring unique views of the city & the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Day trip to the world-renowned Butchart Gar...
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Helijet

One of a kind, spectacular, scenic helicopter service.

While the Strait of Georgia reaches out below you, majestic mountains and towering skyscrapers beckon on the horizon, Helijet's spacious helicopters fly you to your destination in som...

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Kenmore Air

Fly with Kenmore Air from Seattle to over 45 spectacular Northwest destinations. Year round daily scheduled seaplane flights leave from Seattle's downtown Lake Union to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Our seasonal flights (April to September) fly from S...
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Victoria Harbour Ferry & Water Taxi

Get a whale’s eye view of Victoria on Victoria Harbour Ferries. This fleet of tiny foot passenger ferries criss-crosses Victoria’s harbour, with stops at the Fairmont Empress hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and more. Take a short hop, or stay aboard for a narrated tour of the waterways. The ferries run every few minutes, daily, year round; private water taxi service is also an option. On summer Sundays, the ferries, affectionately known as pickle boats, gather for a water ballet, manoeuvering to music in the Inner Harbour.
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Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10 busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights.

The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...

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