Places to Explore

Our family has many places around town that we love exploring together! Here is an in-progress list of some of our favorites:

(If you have any favorites not listed here, please let me know, and I will add them to the list!)

Animals & Nature:

  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens: Visit the butterflies, flamingos, turtles, and more.
  • Beacon Hill Park: Explore the park, playground, and Children’s Petting Zoo. And don’t forget to try some of the best soft-serve ice cream in town at the Beacon Drive-In.
  • Victoria Bug Zoo: Meet insects, arachnids, and other multi-legged friends.
  • Butchart Gardens: Wander around the beautiful grounds, and take a ride on the indoor carousel (ask about the punch pass). Visit at Christmas time for a magical experience!
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: Enjoy some of the best Fish n Chips around, and meet the local seals.
  • Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea: Search for the octopus, explore the touch pools, or enjoy crafts and activities during Tot Tuesdays.
  • Island View Beach: Play in the sand and water in summer, or go for a walk (bike ride for your toddler!) on the paths.
  • Dallas Road Waterfront Trail: Go for a walk along the water, and take your kite if the wind is up!
  • Gyro Park/Playground: Enjoy the octopus slide, zip line, swings, and much more! There’s also a beautiful sandy beach!
  • Mystic Vale hike: This is a great little hike, suitable for toddlers, through the gorgeous forest!
  • The Playground Buddy App: This app has a map marked with playgrounds all over town. Each Playground lists the features, and many include photos.

Arts & Crafts:

History & Exploration:

Indoor Play Time:

  • Panorama Recreation Centre: Go for a swim or skate at the local rec centre on the Peninsula.
  • Greenglade Kindergym: Enjoy toys, games, a bouncy castle and more during drop-in Kindergym time.
  • Mothering Touch: Try out a drop-in class such as Family Yoga, Yoga with Toddlers, and many more options!
  • Playzone: Our girls love the climbing structures, slides and other fun activities at Playzone. It’s a favourite place on a rainy day!
  • Parent-Child programs through PCEC: Information about Mother Goose, Strong Start, Baby Talk, and other excellent programs for new families.

Sports & Adventure:

  • Falcon Gymnastics: Try out a new sport and explore trampolines, foam pits and more at their Parent & Tot Drop-in times.
  • Harbour Cats game: Catch a Harbour Cats baseball game on a sunny day.
  • Victoria Royals game: Take in a Royals hockey game at the Save on Foods Arena.
  • AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventures: If you have older kids and are looking for something more adventurous, try out Vancouver Island’s only canopy zipline tour.