So, you’ve finally settled on a vacation destination this summer – you and your family are all headed to Vancouver Island. All that remains is to plan out your itinerary – if you are a bit stuck, allow us to help you out with some suggestions regarding things to do in this beautiful corner of the world.
1) Beacon Hill Park and Children’s Farm
Start your family holiday on Vancouver Island by taking your little ones to Beacon Hill Park and Children’s Farm. Sitting just minutes from the downtown core of Victoria, this 200-acre park will give your children a wide open space to run around.
Once they have expended all their excess energy, proceed to the farm located within its bounds. Here, you will find goats, donkeys, pigs, and chickens, all animals which are adorable and make for a good practical lesson for those who haven’t seen these creatures in the flesh before.
However, the weather doesn’t always play nice – due to this city’s position close to the Pacific Ocean, it often is subject to rain storms which roll off of it. On days like this, you’ll need to find alternative modes of entertainment.
If your partner has taken the kids to a movie or somewhere else, fill your spare time with a few rounds of online gaming. There are plenty of casinos out there on the web where you can try your luck by spinning a virtual roulette wheel, hitting on 16 in blackjack, or crossing your fingers in the hopes the slots will pay off.
If you are unsure where to play, we heard that Microgaming had easter bonuses that were well-received earlier this year, so we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to look there first.
2) Cathedral Grove
Want to watch your kid’s jaws drop in real time? Take them to Cathedral Grove. Stop here while traveling on the Ucluelet-Tofino Highway – located near Potraveling, this 800-year old stand of Douglas Fir boast trunks which measure 30 feet in circumference.
Watch in amusement as they jokingly try to wrap their arms around these behemoths – make sure you bring a camera tripod or gorilla pod so you can get an epic selfie together in front of one of these miracles of nature.
3) Learn how to surf in Tofino
Have a troupe of athletic kids? When you arrive in Tofino, don’t just walk alongside the ocean searching for seashells – get in touch with a surf school in town and learn how to ride the waves which crash upon its shores as a family.
Exposed to the open waters of the Pacific, the surf here is consistent year-round, but is more accessible to novices and families in the summer, as the swells are tamer at this time.
That being said, the barrels are big enough that when the first of your children manage to catch one, the look of accomplishment on their face will be a sight that will forever be seared into your memory banks.
After a long day of exploring Vancouver Island, you’re going to need a little rest. There are many Tofino campgrounds to choose from. Spend the night telling stories and roasting marshmallows. After a night of camping, get up and explore all the things you missed the day before.