British Columbia

Seaing Science & Culture in Action: Victoria with Your Grandchild

Step into the shoes of past explorers as you uncover scientific secrets and historical highlights behind coastal life in beautiful British Columbia.
Program No. 23822RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD

At a Glance

As one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a wealth of history and interesting places to discover — and we’ve mapped out the coolest ways to learn about them both on land and in the water! Together with your grandchild, team up with a local engineer to design, construct, and test sails for a boat. Set off on a scavenger hunt of Victoria’s historic downtown, filled with unique architecture. Explore Victoria Harbor by either kayak or sailboat and Brentwood Bay by paddleboard, spotting local wildlife along the way. Learn about the social construction of maps – the areas they depict, the people who created them, and their ongoing historical significance — then put your own cartography skills to the test. Point your compass north to colorful Victoria on this fun-filled adventure perfect for making memories with your grandchild.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to 2-3 miles a day on pavement and indoors and standing for short periods of time. Paddling on a stand up paddleboard for 1.5 hours on calm waters. Some departures will include a kayak activity (up to 90 minutes on protected waters) and others will include sailing (up to 3 hours on calm waters.)
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the importance of map making at the Royal British Columbia Museum, then hone your own cartography skills as you map out your upcoming adventure in Victoria
  • Explore the fundamental concepts of wind energy and aerodynamics with a local engineer, then put what you’ve learned to the test as you design and construct a sail to race boats along a track!
  • Study the complex system of environment, plants, and animals that make up the surrounding waters of Brentwood Bay, then explore them by paddleboard!
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John Adams
John Adams is the author of “Old Square-Toes and His Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas.” Part historian and part storyteller, John has turned a passion for the past into a long career in history. His family-owned business, Discover the Past, provides a variety of historical educational programs for the community. His natural, lively, humorous and clear style makes his presentations both informative and memorable.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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