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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. 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.

Inner Harbour
Downtown - Museums
Oak Bay
Greater Victoria

Around Victoria
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

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in Victoria :

Victoria family hotels

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