Fairmont Empress Family Fun at The Empress

Family Fun at The Empress

If you are looking for family fun in British Columbia, why not take a trip to Victoria's most fabled castle on the coast.

Your visit begins with a scavenger hunt around the property. Find the honeybees, explore the city and end with an in-room movie complete with refreshments.  In the morning take the family for breakfast before starting another exciting day in BC's capital city!

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Hotel Onsite Activities
- Scavenger Hunt
- Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea
- Marmot watching
- Honey Bee watching
- BMW cruiser bike rentals

- Child-sized bathrobes available upon request
- Children's menus
- On demand film selection
- Children's scavenger hunt
- Babysitting services


Victoria, BC enjoys the mildest weather in all of Canada; this makes it arguably the most ‘spring-like’ destination for your family all year long. Not sure what there is to do here? We’ve curated a list of our top picks. 


Beacon Hill Children’s Farm 

Beacon Hill Park is an easy 15 minute walk from the Empress. Along with great playgrounds for both big and small children, a duck pond and beautiful walking trails, the park is also home to Beacon Hill Children’s FarmThe farm which features goats, llamas, peacocks and more has been in operation since 1985 and operates with a goal of encouraging children’s compassion for animals.  


Not to be missed is the famous “running of the goats” at 10:10am and 4:10pm when the gate is opened and the jubilant little goats make an (often hilarious) run for it. Bring your kids to see these kids from early March to early October. 



Rain, Rain, Go Away 

Though it’s the most temperate city in Canada, there are some rainy days. Not to worry! There are plenty of amazing indoor places to explore for the whole family. Just next door, you’ll find the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum featuring the history and culture of British Columbia as well as popular travelling exhibitions. Down the road (20 minutes) in beautify seaside Sidney, you’ll find the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. This not for profit aquarium and learning centre offers an interactive, informative and hands-on experience with more than 160 species of marine life.  


Cadboro-Gyro Park 

Featuring a log-strewn beach, a zipline, picnic areas, tennis courts and a playground that features a giant octopus, this popular place is just 20 minutes from the Empress. Legend has it that a sea monster was spotted here back in the 1930’s. ‘Caddy’, short for Cadborosaurus hasn’t been seen lately, but you can visit the concrete, climbable version of the mythical monster in the park. 


Dallas Road 

This scenic stretch is a great spot for all members of the families – including the furry ones. Lined with beaches, one of the most popular spots is located at the Bottom of Cook Street, between Clover Point and Beacon Hill Park. These beaches are perfect for flying kites, enjoying a picnic and for your four-legged family member(s), Dallas Road is off-leash year round. 


Find a Book for the Trip Home 

 Munro’s Books has been in the neighborhood for more than 50 years.  Founded by famous Canadian author Alice Munro and her husband, the store is in a beautiful landmark building in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town. At the back of the store, is a large children’s section where you’ll find a fabulous selection of old classics and new favorites.