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  1. Hmmm, not sure I agree with Martincath on a few points. There is a lot more to see in Victoria other than Butchard Gardens. (Rated best garden in Canada by Tripadvisor) Butchard is a great place for kids, in fact, it’s full of kids! I also wouldn’t agree that there is SO much more to see and do on the mainland. I think there are amazing sites to see in each city (I spent the first of my 20 years on the mainland and the past 20 in Victoria). Victoria can be accessed from Vancouver by a number of different methods. All have pros and cons. The ferry is a gorgeous 2 hour sailing from 2 different areas of Vancouver-Victoria. Often porpoises, and whales can be seen while sailing. You can either walk in the ferry, or drive. sea-planes this is a uniques way to see both cities from the sky. It’s a 20 minute flight from downtown Vancouver-downtown Victoria. Fare run in the $100CAD range when booked in advance and often children are free. I don’t with to get into a dispute over which city is better- both are fantastic! I’m a proud British Columbians and love both cities. If you would like more information on either Ovation with kids,or either Victoria or Vancouver with kids, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
  2. If they love science museums, then Science World in Vancouver is easily an all day affair. It’s right on the sky train route as well. Sky train is the easiest way to navigate around in my opinion and you can purchase an all day pass
  3. parkside hotel. I think I mentioned it above. It’s walking distance to all thr things I mentioned that are downtown Victoria. It’s kind of tucked away, so tends to be quiet. Lots of families.
  4. We have to drag our teens to dinner with us! There are so many activities for them on-board. From climbing walls, teen discos, movies, skating, teen club, ping pong, all designed for only teens.
  5. As for Vancouver. science world is not to be missed with a 4&8 year old. also the Vancouver aquarium is within Stanley park. The park is free, often outdoor concerts going on, local artisans selling their wares. You can feed the ducks in the park, there’s an outdoor splash park and an outdoor pool. The beaches are really beautiful.
  6. Victoria -miniature world https://miniatureworld.com -bug zoo https://miniatureworld.com -royal BC museum https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/ - Beacon Hill Park https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/parks/beacon-hill.html These are all downtown and within walking distance from each other. The museum is a must, you could spend half a day there, very interactive for kids. They also have an IMAX theatre inside that plays various Hollywood and educational films. -fisherman’s wharf is one of my family’s favourites. It’s an area specifically for houseboats that also has whale watching boats that leave from. It has the BEST fish and chips (can’t come to B.C. and not have good salmon and halibut. There is a kiosk that you can purchase sardines to feed the resident sea lion. https://gvha.ca/marinas-facilities/fishermans-wharf/ - Butchard gardens is also one of my favourites ( I have a seasons pass). September is a beautiful time to explore. There is a carousel for kids and wide open spaces for them to run. The also have a kids scavenger hunt. Be warned, it is a big pricy. Lovely ice cream. Downtown there is lots to see and do for free. It’s a great walking city, with May markets. The Parkside Hotel & Spa -great for family’s. Lovely pool, the have nightly movies in the theatre room and you can book a 2 bedroom condo with kitchen facilities let me know if you need further ideas.
  7. Hello, I have sailed on Ovation twice with my children. There is so much for them to do, you will have a hard time choosing. Between the pools, kids club, sea plex, North Star, roller skating, ping pong, games, Shows, movies-well you get my drift. Alaska is gorgeous. There Is so much to see I am from Victoria,Canada. If you have any questions about things to do in Port with kiddos I’m happy to help.
  8. Forgive me, I’m new here. Did I do something incorrectly?
  9. I am trying to see if there are any upgrades on our March 12 Ovation cruise. When I log into Royal up and enter last name and booking ID- a message saying “Please ensure your sailing is within the next 30 daysPlease ensure there are no errors in the information you entered“ All info is correct and we sail in 25 days. Ideas?
  10. Hello all, I am wondering what currencies people would suggest for Noumea and Mystery Island. thanks.
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