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Beacon Hill Park’s Children’s Farm

Beacon Hill Park is an easy 15 minute walk from the Empress. Along with great playgrounds for both big and small children, a duck pond and beautiful walking trails, the park is also home to Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. The farm which features goats, llamas, peacocks and more has been in operation since 1985 and operates with a goal of encouraging children’s compassion for animals.

Not to be missed is the famous “running of the goats” at 10:10am and 4:10pm when the gate is opened and the jubilant little goats make an (often hilarious) run for it. Bring your kids to see these kids from early March to early October.

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Parks Guide

Victoria is home to dozens of gardens and provincial, regional and municipal parks, including some of the most famous in Canada.
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The Empress Gardens & Lawn

Unwind with a leisurely stroll through our famous flower- filled grounds, lined with blooming beds flitting with butterflies and well-manicured greenery, maintained year-round by our hardworking gardening team.
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Honeybees

Within the rose garden, just north of the main entrance, you’ll find 10 bee colonies during the summer months. Each one has 50,000 bees. They help pollinate the flowers in the garden, the herbs in our rooftop garden and they produce nearly 700 pounds of honey every year!