Victoria and Whistler ?

Jul 5th, 2009, 06:08 PM
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Victoria and Whistler ?


We are all excited to visit Vancouver this month end. We have a todal fo 5 days to spend in BC. So we will be spending 3 days in Vancouver.

Of the remaining 2 days we were planning on 1 day (and night) each at Victoria and Whistler.

We are a family of 4 (kids are aged 6 and 2).

I am looking forward to hearing from the experts -

1) If Victoria and Whistler are the right choice for a family trip?
2) If not, alternatives around Vancouver.
3) If yes, recommendations on places to stay and sight seeing spots.

Thanks so very much.


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Jul 7th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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pick one or the other and stay two nights at one place.
victoria - the ferry ride is beautiful assuming no one gets sea sick.
whistler - beautiful drive up assuming the road is in good shape. VERY expensive to stay in whistler.
basically, you are picking mountain scenary, hiking, etc or ocean and small city.
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Jul 7th, 2009, 10:48 AM
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Apart from the scenic beauty I don't think there's much to do in Whistler. I might kust land up spending both days in Victoria rather than making it a hectic drive.

Thanks for your inputs.

Any other suggestions (not to miss spots) in victoria?

thanks again.
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Jul 7th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Things to do in Victoria, all kid based:
- visit Fisherman's Wharf, have fish & chips at Barb's and feed the harbour seals (you can purchase tubs of food for them)
- Visit Butterfly Gardens, which is on the same road as Butchart Gardens.
- walk around Beacon Hill park and visit the petting zoo.
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Jul 7th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Victoria would make a great overnight. The ferry is spectacular and makes the journey over there all the more special. Just a head's up re: the ferries, the BC Ferries route between Tsawwassen (the ferry terminal 45 minutes south of Vancouver) and Swartz Bay (the ferry terminal 45 minutes north of Victoria) is not known for people being sea sick. I thought I'd mention that because ltt mentions sea sickness, but that ferry route is one of the smoothest - you're not on open ocean.
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Jul 7th, 2009, 10:52 AM
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BTW - the Royal BC Museum would be a must-see for Victoria. Expect to spend 2 hours there, minimum:
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Jul 7th, 2009, 11:27 AM
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I agree with Carmanah re being sea sick. It is a beautiful calm sail so I wouldn't worry about that!! I would spend the extra day in Victoria and forget about Whistler. Just walking around the inner harbour there is so much to see and of course again as Carmanah mentioned the museum is a must. It is world class and is very entertaining for the kids as well. If your 6 year old is a boy he would love the bug zoo which is downtown as well.
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