Vacnouver Island Canada vacation

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.

Vancouver Island Beacon Hill Park and Childrens Farm sign


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.

Vancouver Island Beacon Hill Park and Childrens Farm


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.

Vancouver Island Beacon Hill Park and Childrens Farm duck pond
Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

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.

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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.

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2) Cathedral Grove

Vancouver Island Cathedral Grove
By Aaron Carlson from Menomonie, WI, USA (Cathedral Grove – Vancouver Island) [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
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.

Vancouver Island Cathedral Grove British Columbia Canada
Photo courtesy of Frye Meal via Flickr

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.

Vancouver Island Cathedral Grove Douglas Fir Tree largest in Canada
Colin W CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


3) Learn how to surf in Tofino

Vancouver Island Tofina British Columbia Ocean Sunrise


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.

Vancouver Island Tofino British Columbia Ocean


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.

Vancouver Island Tofina British Columbia Ocean


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.

Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada Tofina Ocean Sunrise
Photo Courtesy of Colin Knowls via Flickr


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.

Vancouver Island British Columbia camping roasting marshmallows campgraound



Vancouver Island British Columbia


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I'm Brandi from suburbs of Memphis, TN. I enjoy trying new products & services, and sharing my experience with others. My blog consists of my "Theory" on products and everyday life from a babe born on Easter.

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21 thoughts on “Best Things To Do On A Family Vacation To Vancouver Island”

  1. I’ve never been to Vancouver, but these all sound fun! My boys would love the open park to run. I’ve done surf lessons in Hawaii but I’m sure it’s a completely different experience here!

  2. I love Vancouver Island! So beautiful there. Never would have thought o learn how to surf in Tofini though, definitely will have to remember that.

  3. It all looks so beautiful out there. I would love the cathedral garden out there. Such beautiful and amazing trees. Reminds me of the Sequoias out here. So beautiful.

  4. There looks like there are so many great things to experience for the entire family. I love the idea of the campground to unwind!

  5. It looks like a fantastic vacation, gives you a chance to get in tune with all the sights of the island.

  6. What a beautiful place, I would absolutely love to be able to visit! I love that there is so much to do as a family as well, and your pictures are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. What do I think of Vancouver Island? I think it should be called Paradise Island 🌴 I now have added Vancouver Island to my bucket list. I have heard of Vancouver before, but I knew nothing about the place, except for the name. I would love to visit the 800-year old Douglas Fir & try to put my arms around it! Those pictures are gorgeous and I would love to be in one of them! They look like painted portraits! I pinned this review. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Imps and Ramblers

    I also enjoy touring the gulf Islands whenever I am visiting Vancouver Island. Saltspring Island has a great market Saturday morning. Thanks for sharing your experiences. #fearlessfamtrav

  9. I hadn’t really considered Vancouver as a surf destination! I want to visithe island as never made it that far before #fearlessfamtrav

  10. Your photos are incredible!! Vancouver Island looks perfect for kids and what better way to finish a day exploring that around a campfire with marshmallows.

    Thanks for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav

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