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.

Savor Tea Time

Want to take things down a notch and get in something a little more refined. How about afternoon tea? Options for teacups and tiny sandwiches abound in this former British Colony. And after a day of touring about, nothing beats a pot of tea and three tiers of delicious treats. Even your pickiest eater will find something to devour. Among the mainstays of the tea are crustless sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and pastries. Encourage the Littles to start with the sandwiches on the first tier, although it might be hard to keep them from those delicate pastries on the top. And yes, manners are a must, but please refrain from sticking out your pinky when drinking your cuppa.

Good to Know: Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel has been a tradition for 107 years. Kids 12 and under can either enjoy the regular afternoon tea at 50% off the adult price or enjoy a special Prince and Princess Tea Menu.

721 Government St
Victoria, BC
Call for Reservations: 1-250-389-2727
Online: fairmont.com/empress-victoria/dining/afternoontea

Prices: Vary
Dress Code: Casually elegant

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