Family activities

Tours of the dome hosting the Plaskett telescope are included in admission to the Centre of the Universe. Black Press Media file photo

Centre of the Universe reopens for astronomy enthusiasts in Saanich

Release of first images from James Webb Space Telescope has people excited

 

Greater Victoria is a hiker’s paradise, and one of the favourites for locals? Mount Douglas in Saanich, whose shady trails through dense coastal forest give way to open, rocky areas and stunning views at the summit. Justin Samanski-Langille/Victoria News photo

Hike like a local: Victoria hikers share their top 3 destinations

With its scenic West Coast location, boasting a unique mix of ocean…

 

Strolling the shoreline at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, east of Sidney. Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programming at various locations within the reserve over the summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck photo

Parks Canada launches new programs at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programs at Gulf Islands National Park…

 

One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

Your go-to guide: 8 ways to enjoy Parksville Beach Festival this August!

Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

  • Aug 1, 2022
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival
Thousands of spectators are expected for this year’s return of the Northwest Deuce Days car show to the Inner Harbour on Sunday (July 17). More than 1,000 vehicles are in town for the event. (Black Press Media file photo)

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Find your favourites and enjoy the outdoors across the region

Thousands of spectators are expected for this year’s return of the Northwest Deuce Days car show to the Inner Harbour on Sunday (July 17). More than 1,000 vehicles are in town for the event. (Black Press Media file photo)
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.

Sun, sand + celebrations: Festival brings international sand sculptors to Parksville

Parksville Beach Festival returns July 14 to Aug. 21 with activities for all ages

  • Jun 13, 2022
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.
The Best Coast Big Band performs previously at Beckwith Park in the North Quadra neighbourhood. The group is among the performers slated for the upcoming community picnic and barbecue May 15 in the park. (Courtesy of Trevor Barry)

Community connections coming for Saanich’s North Quadra neighbourhood

Beckwith Park picnic/barbecue event May 15 sandwiched by smaller local gatherings

The Best Coast Big Band performs previously at Beckwith Park in the North Quadra neighbourhood. The group is among the performers slated for the upcoming community picnic and barbecue May 15 in the park. (Courtesy of Trevor Barry)
The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)

B.C. family of 5 set to fly around the world over the next year – and raise $1M for charity

The Porters plan to take 14 months to see 50-plus countries and support SOS Children’s Villages

The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)
The Gardens at HCP in Saanich is having a spring plant sale this Saturday and Sunday (April 23 and 24). (Black Press Media file photo)

Full range of events coming up this weekend around Greater Victoria

From plays, to plant sales to classical concerts, April 23 and 24 full of options

The Gardens at HCP in Saanich is having a spring plant sale this Saturday and Sunday (April 23 and 24). (Black Press Media file photo)
Family Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of reading through a variety of games and virtual events. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Literacy)

Family Literacy Week in Greater Victoria reminds of the importance of reading

Family friendly events and activities take place Jan. 23 to 30 around the region and online

Family Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of reading through a variety of games and virtual events. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Literacy)
The IMAX Victoria theatre is set to debut a new director’s cut of Saving Luna on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum)

IMAX Victoria films showcase British Columbia wildlife

The Royal B.C. Museum has debuted a new directors’ cut of award-winning…

The IMAX Victoria theatre is set to debut a new director’s cut of Saving Luna on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum)
The Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season. Jen Blyth photo

12 days, 12 ways to celebrate Christmas around the Capital

Snow may be a rarity in British Columbia’s capital city, but the…

The Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season. Jen Blyth photo
Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria trails light up for post-Halloween walk in Summit Park

Organizers encourage visitors to help fund pumpkin removal for composting

Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)
Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Salvation Army has a spacious new home in downtown Langford

Former nightclub space gives organization opportunities to provide more services

Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
The 152nd Saanich Fair will officially take place on Labour Day weekend while adhering to provincial health orders. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fair getting set for return on Labour Day Weekend

Residents can once again look forward to the annual Saanich Fair, scheduled…

The 152nd Saanich Fair will officially take place on Labour Day weekend while adhering to provincial health orders. (Black Press Media file photo)
Family Feud is hosting an open casting call, looking for families across Canada to compete in the popular game show. (Courtesy of Family Feud Canada)

Family feuds take centre stage in Canada

Open casting call for families looking to compete on popular TV game show

Family Feud is hosting an open casting call, looking for families across Canada to compete in the popular game show. (Courtesy of Family Feud Canada)
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Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

(Metro Creative photo)
B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend returns June 18 to 20

Get ready with a free Family Fishing Webinar Series June 12

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.
Bennett Dean turns two on May 28 and his family has planned a surprise car parade the following afternoon at 3 p.m. on Garnet Road in honour of his big day. (Photo courtesy Cameron Dean)

Saanich family plans car parade for toddler’s second pandemic birthday

Vintage car owners, truck drivers commit to making Bennett Dean’s second birthday special

Bennett Dean turns two on May 28 and his family has planned a surprise car parade the following afternoon at 3 p.m. on Garnet Road in honour of his big day. (Photo courtesy Cameron Dean)
The long, sandy beach at Sidney Spit offers a family-friendly getaway surrounded by great scenery. Parks Canada photo

Sidney Spit passenger ferry opens for the season

The passenger-only ferry to one of southern Vancouver Island’s favourite daytrip destinations…

The long, sandy beach at Sidney Spit offers a family-friendly getaway surrounded by great scenery. Parks Canada photo