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Family-friendly places in Jasper and Victoria
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It’s no wonder people stay here for months. The hotel location in the James Bay area is superb. You’re only steps away from the inner harbour, the Visitor’s Centre, downtown, the Royal BC Museum and much more.
One bedrooms average $149, check the website for upgrades and specials.
For the kids, all ages: Kidfriendly spots are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Victoria’s busy inner harbour.
Half a block down the street, exotic insects from all over the planet can be carefully handled as their habits are lovingly explained by docents at The Bug Zoo.
Across the street at Miniature World, recreations of famous battles, Canada from sea to sea and dozens of other tiny worlds entice visitors large and small.
The Royal BC Museum one block away is a must see for all little princes and princesses.
Ages 12-plus: Older kids will be mesmerized by John Adams’ Ghostly Walks tours (discoverthepast.com). John has a deadpan delivery that brings the past back to life. His torrid tales of gold rush ghosts and star crossed lovers have been keeping people up at night since 1971 and have been featured on OLN’S Creepy Canada.
Restaurant splurge: The Pink Bicycle Gourmet Burger Joint, 1008 Blanshard St.
Voted Best Burger in the city for three years running, the Pink Bicycle offers up healthy, handmade organic burgers made with the finest and freshest ingredients possible. Portions are generous.
One burger would be plenty for two small appetites. Side dishes flirt with more upscale ingredients; the french fries can be truffle fries and the house salad is topped with fresh shaved parmesan and candied walnuts. Weekends are busy so consider take out to your home away from home.
Maligne Canyon is a great place for a hike, especially in winter. After a day on the trails, you can head back to a cosy accommodation like the Maligne Lake Lodge.
Feel right at home at the Royal Scot in Victoria, B.C, which is close to several attractions, including Miniature World, below.