Looking for a quick spring getaway with the fam? A visit to British Columbia will not only leave you and your crew refreshed, but a little smarter. Victoria, BC has a rich and rugged history that began with First Nations people, the original inhabitants of Vancouver Island, and later evolved into a popular trading post and site of the gold rush. So pack up your littlest travelers, leave your car behind and hit this popular tourist destination where you can see the influence of the people throughout the city.

Wander Through Chinatown

Wander through Victoria’s Chinatown too fast and you might think you’ve missed it. It stretches less than two blocks, making it easy for little ones with the short legs and short attention spans. With Chinese lanterns overhead, the traditional and intricate Chinatown gate known as the Gate of Harmonious Interest and noodle and dim sum restaurants galore, you can easily spend a pleasant afternoon eating and browsing the shops. Psst... be sure to wander through several of the narrow alleyways just for curiosity's sake, Fan Tan Alley and Dragon Alley being among the most well-known.

Fun Fact: Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada!

500-600 block of Fisgard St. (bordered by Store St. & Government St.)
Victoria, BC
Online: chinatown.library.uvic.ca

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Will you be planning a trip to Victoria, BC this spring? Where will you visit? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Natalia Dotto