Vancouver Island – a natural playground

Family Discovery on Mt Tolmie

Mystic beach in low tide, forests of streams, waterfalls and giant trees, winding trails to mountain views – these are the places on Vancouver Island, that make it a natural playground.    At the beginning of Juan de Fuca trail: wilderness hiking.  Nature is at hand. Up Southern #Vancouver Island, close to the city of #Victoria, I venture out with guests each spring, summer and fall to enjoy and share the great outdoors.

An exhilarating hike in Provincial Park

Visiting children live a sense of new freedom in #Victoria, BC, on #Vancouver Island.  Both kids and adults get to spend much needed time in nature.  There are infinite ways to interact with outdoor environments here, from hiking in Goldstream Provincial Park to visiting a small Gulf Island where they can run freely on the beach. At one of our marinas #kids feed friendly seals.  At #Beaconhill Park’s #Children Farm they love brushing and interact with animals.

Gentle goats love to be brushed

A natural    playground to discover, we ventured to  waterfalls with a family of 4 kids on my Family Discovery Tour.  When first I arrived, I had gone hiking in Gold Stream Park and learned about the salmon run and in the fall, I return to witnessed the amazing spectacle of salmon    spawning in estuaries along the stream.  I noticed that once the families were away from their cruise ship terminal and from the city of Victoria, and outdoors, how the kids seemed so much happier, in a great mood and the parents I noticed, couldn’t look more pleased.

The #children got more confident exploring the outdoors on our hike in the forests and up a mountain for exhilarating views.  The green, unstructured style of play really appeals to kids and of course adults too.  The natural playground keeps everyone moving, interacting, excising, and having loads of fun.  Some of my most treasured tours were those with the young children you see here.

And it is true that exercise and being outdoors has always energized me.  After being cooped up in winter, I see how in  a natural environment joy is effortless for both kids and adults in my groups, and   fun and stimulating for me as well.

 

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