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Things to See and Do on Vancouver Island, British Columbia 
by Mary M. Alward August 12, 2005

Miniature Word

Miniature World will delight everyone in the family. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Victoria. As you step through the doors, you enter a world of fact, fiction, fantasy and wonder.

See the World’s Largest Working Railroad, a replica of the Great Canadian Railway that was the wonder of the 1880’s. If you enjoy the circus, you will love the Grand City Parade, the Big Top, the Wild Beasts and the death defying High Wire Act.

The World’s Smallest Operational Sawmill was years in the making and is a spectacular exhibit. Kids will enjoy taking the Avian 1 spaceship into the cosmos and visiting 2201 A.D.

Miniature World displays two of the World’s Largest Dollhouses. They are magnificent with over fifty rooms that are furnished with fabulous miniature antiques. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or wander the Enchanted Valley of Castles before exploring the great Castles of Europe.

Other exhibits include Frontierland, the World of Dickens, the Fields of Glory, the Olde London Tower and Fantasyland.

Miniature World is located in downtown Victoria. It includes 85 exhibits, most of which are animated. It is open year ‘round, offers family rates, group rates and is wheelchair accessible.

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm

If your kids love animals, be sure to visit Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. It is much more than a petting zoo. Visitors experience a hands-on experience feeding the farm animals. This attraction is loved by both the very young and the young at heart. The farm is entirely an outdoor attraction. Parking is available and the farm is exciting and educational, especially for kids raised in the city. Washroom facilities are available and the farm is wheelchair accessible.

Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio

Stop by and have your family’s portrait taken at Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio. The entire family will enjoy dressing in period costumes for the photo.

Antique portraits are finished in full color, black and white or in old fashioned sepia tones; it’s your choice. Visit the rogue’s gallery, decide on a theme and choose from a wide variety of quick-change costumes, hats and other props. Whether you choose a Victorian, Old West or Roaring Twenties theme, your photo will be taken and ready to go within 10 short minutes. Be sure to stop by for a beautiful memento of your visit to Victoria. Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio is wheelchair accessible.

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