Family activities

One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

Your go-to guide: 8 ways to enjoy Parksville Beach Festival this August!

Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

  • Aug 1, 2022

 

Thousands of spectators are expected for this year’s return of the Northwest Deuce Days car show to the Inner Harbour on Sunday (July 17). More than 1,000 vehicles are in town for the event. (Black Press Media file photo)

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Find your favourites and enjoy the outdoors across the region

 

At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.

Sun, sand + celebrations: Festival brings international sand sculptors to Parksville

Parksville Beach Festival returns July 14 to Aug. 21 with activities for all ages

  • Jun 13, 2022

 

The Best Coast Big Band performs previously at Beckwith Park in the North Quadra neighbourhood. The group is among the performers slated for the upcoming community picnic and barbecue May 15 in the park. (Courtesy of Trevor Barry)

Community connections coming for Saanich’s North Quadra neighbourhood

Beckwith Park picnic/barbecue event May 15 sandwiched by smaller local gatherings

The Best Coast Big Band performs previously at Beckwith Park in the North Quadra neighbourhood. The group is among the performers slated for the upcoming community picnic and barbecue May 15 in the park. (Courtesy of Trevor Barry)
The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)

B.C. family of 5 set to fly around the world over the next year – and raise $1M for charity

The Porters plan to take 14 months to see 50-plus countries and support SOS Children’s Villages

The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)
The Gardens at HCP in Saanich is having a spring plant sale this Saturday and Sunday (April 23 and 24). (Black Press Media file photo)

Full range of events coming up this weekend around Greater Victoria

From plays, to plant sales to classical concerts, April 23 and 24 full of options

The Gardens at HCP in Saanich is having a spring plant sale this Saturday and Sunday (April 23 and 24). (Black Press Media file photo)
Family Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of reading through a variety of games and virtual events. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Literacy)

Family Literacy Week in Greater Victoria reminds of the importance of reading

Family friendly events and activities take place Jan. 23 to 30 around the region and online

Family Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of reading through a variety of games and virtual events. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Literacy)
The IMAX Victoria theatre is set to debut a new director’s cut of Saving Luna on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum)

IMAX Victoria films showcase British Columbia wildlife

The Royal B.C. Museum has debuted a new directors’ cut of award-winning…

The IMAX Victoria theatre is set to debut a new director’s cut of Saving Luna on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum)
The Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season. Jen Blyth photo

12 days, 12 ways to celebrate Christmas around the Capital

Snow may be a rarity in British Columbia’s capital city, but the…

The Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season. Jen Blyth photo
Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria trails light up for post-Halloween walk in Summit Park

Organizers encourage visitors to help fund pumpkin removal for composting

Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)
Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Salvation Army has a spacious new home in downtown Langford

Former nightclub space gives organization opportunities to provide more services

Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Family Feud is hosting an open casting call, looking for families across Canada to compete in the popular game show. (Courtesy of Family Feud Canada)

Family feuds take centre stage in Canada

Open casting call for families looking to compete on popular TV game show

Family Feud is hosting an open casting call, looking for families across Canada to compete in the popular game show. (Courtesy of Family Feud Canada)
(Metro Creative photo)

Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

(Metro Creative photo)
B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend returns June 18 to 20

Get ready with a free Family Fishing Webinar Series June 12

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.
Bennett Dean turns two on May 28 and his family has planned a surprise car parade the following afternoon at 3 p.m. on Garnet Road in honour of his big day. (Photo courtesy Cameron Dean)

Saanich family plans car parade for toddler’s second pandemic birthday

Vintage car owners, truck drivers commit to making Bennett Dean’s second birthday special

Bennett Dean turns two on May 28 and his family has planned a surprise car parade the following afternoon at 3 p.m. on Garnet Road in honour of his big day. (Photo courtesy Cameron Dean)
The Malahat SkyWalk will open to visitors in July 2021. (Malahat SkyWalk photo)

Malahat SkyWalk to welcome visitors this July

Highly anticipated attraction will take guests 250m above sea level

The Malahat SkyWalk will open to visitors in July 2021. (Malahat SkyWalk photo)
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

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)
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

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

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.
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