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Attractions FAMILY FUN

Miniature World – More than 80 attractions in miniature. Excellent for children. Open daily. 649 Humboldt St, in The Empress Hotel, 250-385-9731 or 250-953-9000 ext. 4555, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea – aquarium of the Salish Sea, 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, 250-665-7511, Victoria Bug Zoo – Discover more than 50 fascinating species of live giant tropical insects and arachnids. Open daily. 631 Courtney St, 384-BUGS (2847), West Shore Family Fun Park – Mini-golf, water park, playzone, bowling and more, 1089 Langford Pkwy, 
 250-391-1738, Wildplay Element Parks – Monkido aerial adventure park, 1767 Island Hwy, behind Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1-855-595-2251, Also in Nanaimo.


Abkhazi Garden – Exquisite heritage home and garden near downtown Victoria, 1964 Fairfield Rd, 778-265-6466, Butchart Gardens – 55 acres of gorgeous gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-5256, Butterfly Gardens – exotic butterflies flying free in an indoor tropical paradise, 1461 Benvenuto Ave, 250-652-3822, Government House Gardens – beautiful year-round public gardens, 1401 Rockland Ave, Horticulture Centre of the Pacific – beautiful demonstration gardens, 505 Quayle Rd, 250-479-6162,


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – 1040 Moss Street, 250-384-4101, Bateman Centre – discover the legacy of Canada’s premier nature artist, 470 Belleville St, 250-940-3630,

BC Aviation Museum – 1910 Norseman Rd, near Victoria International Airport, 250-655-3300, CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum – at Naden in Esquimalt, off Admirals Rd, 250-363-4312, Craigdarroch Castle – built in the 1890s and furnished in Victorian-era splendour, 1050 Joan Cres (off Fort St), 
 250-592-5323, Emily Carr House – the artist’s childhood home, open May through September at 207 Government St, 250-383-5843, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites – On-site accommodations available. Open daily. Located off Ocean Blvd, in Colwood, 250-478-5849, Hatley Park Castle and Museum – forest, gardens and castle at Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Rd, 
 250-391-2666 or 1-866-241-0674, Point Ellice House – an historic 1867 home offering Victorian house tours, afternoon tea in the heritage garden, 2616 Pleasant St, 250-380-6506, National Geographic IMAX Theatre – Find a rotating selection of IMAX and feature films. 675 Belleville St. (inside the museum), 250-480-4887, Royal BC Museum – outstanding museum of human and natural history; National Geographic IMAX Theatre is also on-site. 675 Belleville St, 250-356-7226 or 1-888-447-7977, Saanich Historical Artifacts Society Heritage Acres – artifacts from our rural past on 29 acres, 7321 Lochside Dr, 250-652-5522, St. Ann’s Academy – an exquisite historic treasure, 835 Humboldt St, 250-953-8829, Sidney Museum – 2423 Beacon Ave, 250-655-6355, Sooke Region Museum – First Nations and early settlers, gold rush, logging, farming and fishing, 2070 Phillips Rd, Sooke, 250-642-6351,


AdrenaLine – guided forest zipline tours, 5128C Sooke Rd, 250-642-1933 or 1-866-947-9145,

VICTORIA 250-386-6367


Capital Regional District Parks – nature outings and special events in Victoria-area parks, 250-478-3344, 
crd. Kelp Reef Kayak Tours – Explore Victoria’s scenic coastline and surrounding islets. Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Dallas Rd. Victoria, 250-386-7333, Prince of Whales – whale watching with hourly departures from the lower Causeway, 812 Wharf St, 250-3834884 or 1-888-383-4884, SpringTide Whale Tours – marine mammal and whale watching, 1119 Wharf St, 1-800-470-3474, The Raptors – landscaped discovery centre and daily flight demonstrations, 1877 Herd Rd, Duncan, 250-746-0372,

TOURS Discover the Past – Award-winning Ghostly Walks, Chinatown Walks and historical walking tours, 250-384-6698, Victoria Carriage Tours – private horse-drawn carriage tours; 30- to 90-minute downtown-area tours year-round, 250-383-2207 or 1-877-663-2207, West Coast Brewery Tours – Three craft brewery tours to choose from, 250-516-4402,

COWICHAN VALLEY BC Forest Discovery Centre – the past, present and future of forestry, 2892 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan, 250-7151113, Chemainus Theatre – Exceptional destination theatre, 9737 Chemainus Rd, 250-246-9820 or 1-800-565-7738, Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre – unique maritime museum along a pier, 1761 Cowichan Bay Rd, 250-746-4955, Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives – in the old train station, 130 Canada Ave, Duncan, 250-746-6612, Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre – 200 Cowichan Way, Duncan, 250-746-8119 or 1-877-746-8119,

SIDNEY 250-656-5544 PARKSVILLE 250-248-2055

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