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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 children’s Young Royals 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 is ready to meet and greet you.

For a more active family vacation, work up an appetite for dinner at our Q at The Empress restaurant: Go swimming in our indoor heated pool, or take out our BMW cruiser bikes and tour town and trails. Another favourite activity is the running of the goats at Beach Hill Park’s Children’s Farm and a visit to the nearby Bug Zoo.

Victoria and Vancouver Island offer an abundance of exciting and fun sightseeing tours for the whole family to enjoy: Why not take everyone on a flightseeing tour (children fly free on Helijet) or hop on a short water taxi ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, 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.

At the end of an exciting day, we offer family films for movie nights, In-Room Dining with snacks like milk and cookies, kid- and baby-sized robes to cuddle up, and babysitting services for 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 any activities and make arrangements to create unforgettable family memories.

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.

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

Two little girls enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Empress

dining with kids

At all Fairmont hotels, kids aged 5 and under eat free off the children’s menu while kids aged 6-12 eat for half price off the regular menu in our restaurants and through in room dining.


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.


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

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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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