This beautiful city is located on Vancouver Island, just a ferry ride away from Downtown Vancouver and Richmond BC. Our kids have never been so we opted on taking them to experience what I like to call, "little England." It was their mid-winter break and we wanted to take them away to some place new.
When I was a child, my family used to take us and it always reminded me of Europe - fast forward to many years later and I find that Canada actually falls under the British monarchy (if you know me personally, I've always been fascinated by them).
Unfortunately, for the first half of our trip, I caught a nasty bug. So, while I was bedridden, my family was able to enjoy some of the sights as well as the fresh air. Luckily, I prepped a list of places for them to visit beforehand. Thanks to my husband, he was able to take some photos of their excursions while I was wasting away in bed. ;-P Can't lie that I was feeling a little jealous and bummed.
Places to go
This building is located across from the marina and is just as beautiful at night...you'll see photos down below during the evening - it's definitely one to check out. Tours are available here M-F, but, since the building was closed, it's needless to say that there was no money spent here. Just admiring its grand beauty was enough for them.
Still, the kids wanted to check it out and even though many would see it as a waste of money, we decided to embrace it for what it was at the moment - a winter wonderland!
Just a side note...what you see on their website is what you see in real life so you'll be able to get an idea of how different the gardens look between seasons!
For more information, check out fishermanswharfvictoria.com/
A large group of us met up and were split into two groups. Our tour guide was a character and you could tell she loves what she does. For every stop we made, she'd tell us a ghost story specific to the building or area. Some of it interesting, some hard to believe. Whatever your beliefs are in the supernatural (or if you like to listen to stories, this is a fun and unconventional family activity.
Prices range from $10 - $20, again, depending on your age. Not too bad, so, if you're into ghost stories like we are, check out discoverthepast.com/ghostly-walks/ for something a little different.
This was probably the cherry on top of our vacation - at least for the kids and I. My husband opted out because it just wasn't his cup of tea (pun intended)!
I've wanted to have tea here for a while now and thought we'd jump on the opportunity. Once I told my children about it, they wanted to try it as well (since they've never gone) - my oldest is 16 and, surprisingly, he was the most excited.
With the dress code being "smart casual", each kid took care in choosing their outfits, checking in with me for approval and we later realized that the colors they chose coordinated with one another so I guess you could say they were all on the same page!
I'm kind of glad my husband didn't go because I got to spend some quality time with the kids. No cell phones allowed during the meal (except for taking some photos) - so it was quite the bonding time we needed after I was bedridden for half the trip.
Prices are $78/adult and $39 for children ages 6-12. Pricing includes tea and a tower of goodies (and there is a LOT of it). Expect to spend about 1.5 - 2 hours here. Trust me when I say you get what you pay for so, in my honest opinion, the price was worth it. We all enjoyed it so hopefully hubs will tag along the next time we ever do tea.
For more info, visit www.teaattheempress.com
Until NEXT TIME BC!
Canada will always be one of our fave countries to visit. The kids enjoyed themselves and asked to come back when the weather gets better.
There were so many other things we could have done but either it wasn't the right season (whale watching) or the venue was closed to the public (Craigdarroch Castle)...plus we simply ran out of time to do the other things on our list.
Of course this only means we will HAVE to be back to experience all that Victoria has to offer.
No doubt we'll be back again!