Family activities

Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

An octopus named Wanda will soon say goodbye to Sidney

Wanda’s personality is ‘complete opposite’ of previous octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry

 

Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bounty of mysterious pirate treasure being found along Vancouver Island beach

Kids on a mission to search for wares left behind in Crofton by generous pirates

 

The Royal BC Museum’s much-anticipated feature exhibition, <em>Orcas: Our Shared Future</em>, welcomes guests from April 16 through Jan. 9. Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum.

Royal BC Museum exhibition dives into the world of orcas

Prepare to take a deep dive into the world of the West…

 

Barbara, left, and Marissa Barnartt pose for a photo outside their condo building in Thornhill, Ont. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

COVID-19 brings some families closer together, as bonds strengthen in times of crisis

‘I didn’t realize how much all these people meant to me’

Barbara, left, and Marissa Barnartt pose for a photo outside their condo building in Thornhill, Ont. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The Sidney Museum hosts the Lego Exhibition at the Sidney Museum until March 31. Wolf Depner photo

Family Day in Victoria: Your bubble-friendly planner

Like many things this year, Family Day long-weekend will likely look a…

The Sidney Museum hosts the Lego Exhibition at the Sidney Museum until March 31. Wolf Depner photo
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens this holiday season.…

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
Reserve your Super Pass at Galey Farms to wander the corn maze, ride the train, pick a pumpkin and try your luck in the kid-friendly haunted house!

Halloween’s haunts are here! Just make sure you pre-order online

New Super Pass for corn maze, railroad and pumpkin patch at Galey Farms

  • Oct 19, 2020
Reserve your Super Pass at Galey Farms to wander the corn maze, ride the train, pick a pumpkin and try your luck in the kid-friendly haunted house!
Reserve your Super Pass at Galey Farms to wander the corn maze, ride the train, pick a pumpkin and try your luck in the kid-friendly haunted house!

Halloween’s haunts are here! Just make sure you pre-order online

New Super Pass for corn maze, railroad and pumpkin patch at Galey Farms

  • Oct 19, 2020
Reserve your Super Pass at Galey Farms to wander the corn maze, ride the train, pick a pumpkin and try your luck in the kid-friendly haunted house!
Have fun, get messy and explore!

Have fun, get messy and explore!

10 top tips for learning outside with children

  • Sep 7, 2020
Have fun, get messy and explore!
A discarded syringe found in Rutledge park in January. More safe disposal options are needed for discarded syringes, says SOLID operations coordinator Fred Cameron, after another needle was found, this time after poking a 15-year-old Sooke boy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke mother calls for action after 15-year-old poked by discarded syringe in Saanich park

Discarded needle poke in Saanich park points to need for safe disposal options: SOLID

A discarded syringe found in Rutledge park in January. More safe disposal options are needed for discarded syringes, says SOLID operations coordinator Fred Cameron, after another needle was found, this time after poking a 15-year-old Sooke boy. (Black Press Media file photo)
V-E Day celebrations, Bay Street, May 8, 1945 by John H. Boyd/City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 96241. The Snapshots of Canada exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History and Canada’s History Society is at the Sidney Museum through Dec. 24, 2020.

Sidney Museum showcases Snapshots of Canada

Travelling exhibition continues to Dec. 24, 2020

V-E Day celebrations, Bay Street, May 8, 1945 by John H. Boyd/City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 96241. The Snapshots of Canada exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History and Canada’s History Society is at the Sidney Museum through Dec. 24, 2020.
Photo Submitted by RVezy.

Make your RV adventure this Ezy!

Rent an RV and adventure away.

Photo Submitted by RVezy.
Your Saanich beach day begins here!

Your Saanich beach day begins here!

Here in Saanich, virtually any day makes for a good beach day,…

  • Jul 27, 2020
Your Saanich beach day begins here!
Sweeping landscapes like Dune Za Keyih Provincial Park beckon visitors to BC’s northern reaches. Taylor Burk photo.

Experience BC’s Northern Wild, Nature on a Whole New Scale

Discover glacial valleys, soaring mountain peaks and wildlife parks in BC’s northern reaches

  • Jul 6, 2020
Sweeping landscapes like Dune Za Keyih Provincial Park beckon visitors to BC’s northern reaches. Taylor Burk photo.
Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services has launched an online clue contest, with prizes valued at up to $1,000. (Unsplash)

Amateur Saanich detectives can dig into online clues

Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services launches clue contest

Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services has launched an online clue contest, with prizes valued at up to $1,000. (Unsplash)
Your day trip to Victoria awaits

Your day trip to Victoria awaits

Must-see local attractions from whale-watching to a back-alley shops

Your day trip to Victoria awaits
Outdoor explorations for adventure-lovers

Outdoor explorations for adventure-lovers

Southern Vancouver Island is build for adventurers

Outdoor explorations for adventure-lovers
Photo by Baneet Braich (Black Press Media)

25 Things to do in Victoria

As one British Columbia’s post popular visitor destinations, Victoria offers no shortage…

Photo by Baneet Braich (Black Press Media)
The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)

Not to become bored the game plan for COVID-19

Board game with an Island map developed by Island family just the remedy for filling time at home

The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)