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Family Fun at the Empress

Victoria is a wonderful destination for getting out and about with the kids. At The Empress, we put on lavish Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea, plus scavenger hunts (ask at the front desk) and special festive holiday activities. There’s also marmot and honey bee watching on the property, and our cuddly resident golden lab, Winston. Go swimming in our indoor heated pool, or take out our BMW cruiser bikes and tour town and trails. Another favourite is the running of the goats at Beach Hill Park’s Children’s Farm and the nearby Bug Zoo. Or take them on a flightseeing tour (children fly free on Helijet) or to Fisherman’s Wharf, a short water taxi ride departing across the street from the hotel. Head out of town to a Saanich Peninsula farm for sheep petting, picnicking in the fields and u-pick. We have family films for movie nights, In-Room Dining with snacks like milk and cookies, kid- and baby-sized robes, and babysitting services for a parents’ day out or date night. Take advantage of our popular kids’ menu, including healthy options and cleverly hidden veggies! (Children under five eat free at meals with their parents; the under-12 set dines for half off.) Our Concierge Team is delighted to help you plan activities and make arrangements.

Two little girls enjoying their tent at the Empress


Experience our signature Gold floor with lounge access, snacks and canapes or our connected rooms and suites for the perfect family stay.

Two young girls reading a book


At all Fairmont hotels, kids aged 5 and under eat free off the children’s menu while kids aged 6-11 eat for half price off the regular menu in our restaurants and through in room dining.

Two little girls enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Empress

dining with kids

Babysitting services are available at Fairmont Empress. Please reserve at least 12 hours before services are required.


Father and daughter enjoying the pool

year-round pool days

Splash around in our indoor pool and children’s wading pool. Pool towels and children’s robes available.


2 children smiling


Family-focused amenities include: Children’s robes, Cribs, Stepping stools, Diaper Genies and potties, Highchairs, Children’s shampoo.

Daughter on father's shoulders on the Inner Harbour, Victoria

Family fun in Victoria

Victoria, BC enjoys the mildest weather in all of Canada; this makes it arguably the most ‘spring-like’ destination for your family all year long. Not sure what there is to do here? We’ve curated a list of our top picks.


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