Family Activities

Visit Chemainus—Town of Murals

The town of Chemainus is known worldwide by their moniker “the little town that did”. It is a fine example of an Island town reinventing itself in the face of grave economic challenges. The town now boasts over forty spectacular open-air murals and the Chemainus Theatre Festival which offers year-round entertainment from a professional cast and crew plus guest artists from all over North America.

Popular Victoria Attractions

From castles to world class museums, Victoria has attractions aplenty to keep you busy. Must-see attractions include famous Butchart Gardens, and no trip would be complete without experiencing tea in the afternoon at one of Victoria's tea houses.

Outdoor Adventures in Victoria

If you are up to the challenge, abundant outdoor adventures in Victoria and surrounding communities are waiting in the wings, from adventures among the treetops to the bottom of the sea and everything in between. Surrounded by water on three sides, activities of the nautical type are a centre attraction in the capital city.

Activities for Children in Victoria

Victoria has numerous indoor and outdoor activities for children that will burn off energy and foster imagination. Craigdarroch Castle and the Royal BC Museum as mentioned in Popular attractions are indoor favourites. Outside fun includes Fort Rod Hill, numerous beaches and Wildplay Element Parks.

Victoria Gardens

Victoria is known as The Garden City for good reason. The secret recipe includes a temperate, moist climate making an ideal growing environment for many types of plants and trees, and a high percentage of retirees who love to garden. To view beautiful Victoria gardens, you don't necessarily need to go to a tourist attraction.

Cultural Activities in Victoria

When it comes to cultural activities in Victoria, the list is endless. From international visiting music and theatre productions, to numerous art galleries, artisans and local artist guilds. Four theatres provide the main theatre and music venues for the city.

Tofino: Sand, Surf and Emerald Forests

What is it about this small community of only several hundred residents that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year? Is it the dense, richly hued temperate rainforests covering steep slopes and rising into the mists? Or is it the rhythmic, soothing rollers hypnotically breaking against the beaches...

Cowichan Valley Trail & Kinsol Trestle

The Cowichan Valley Trail is truly a gem amongst the easily accessible trails on Vancouver Island. One of the big draws of the Cowichan Valley Trail is the Kinsol Trestle that spans the Koksilah River several kilometres north of Lake Cowichan. The trail was on my bucket list, so when one of my riding buddies suggested we tour it with our cyclocross bikes, I was all in.


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Things to do on Vancouver Island

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Hot Springs Cove: 49.361799, -126.265334
Kinsol Trestle: 48.668880, -123.693953
Juan de Fuca Trail—China Beach Terminus: 48.433717, -124.093323
Juan de Fuca Trail—Botannical Beach Terminus: 48.532700, -124.443984
Meares Island Big Tree Trail: 49.149422, -125.875168
Bamfield: 48.832959, -125.141273
Tofino: 49.152423, -125.905937
Victoria: 48.442655, -123.359276
Chemainus: 48.926620, -123.722528
Telegraph Cove: 50.545032, -126.833552

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