Grab your towels everyone because tis the season for water parks in Victoria! Here are a list of free water parks throughout Greater Victoria that your kids will love. They operate seasonally so take advantage this summer if you want to check out a new playground and cool down at the same time.
Our list is now updated for 2017!
Carnarvon Park, Henderson Road, Oak Bay BC
Rotary Water Park is surrounded by tennis courts and playing fields but is an enclosed area. Like most community water parks, this one features various structures that spray water – a hit with toddlers and younger kids. Another popular attraction with kids is a large zipline in the upgraded playground adjacent to the water park. There is also a set of swings for kids who want to dry off a bit. The downside is that there isn’t a lot of green space for parents to pull out a blanket. The picnic tables are often in the shade so parents covet any sunny green space they can find. Go early to stake a spot if you plan to make a day of it or meet a group.
At Beckwith Avenue & Quadra Street, Saanich BC
Beckwith Water Park, located within Beckwith Park in Saanich, is a wonderful place to spend a sunny day. The playground was recently upgraded and offers activities for the whole family. The playground has a big kid structure in addition to one for smaller kids’. There are three slides (slides are always a hit it seems) and a water spray feature called ‘The Frog Pond’. There are picnic tables, benches, parking, and washrooms. This is a good location for summer play dates or a large family picnic with young children because there is a variety to do and you can cool off in the Frog Pond.
Beacon Hill Park, Circle Drive, Victoria BC
Beacon Hill Park, situated just outside downtown Victoria, is known for its’ petting zoo, duck ponds (feeding the ducks is another fun activity to do with kids), a putting green and terrific playground. A couple of years back, one of the most recent additions to the park was (to the chagrin of some), a humungous watering can known as ‘Watering Garden’. Given the crazy unpredictable Victoria weather we have it seemed a bit extravagant for the city; however on a hot day it is the perfect way to spend an afternoon cooling down especially with the infamous Beacon drive-thru was ice cream is a stone’s throw away. The watering can is well suited for younger children and toddlers. There’s also a water spray feature in the playground so plan to get wet if you visit Beacon Hill park in the summer (thanks Laura S for the tip).
Open now through September, 10am- 8pm daily
535 Fraser Street, Esquimalt BC
This brand new Adventure Park is the talk of the town! The splash park will have play structures suitable for ages 2 to 16, and equipped with a picnic area, shady spots, and change facility.
We'll update with more information as soon as it's available, here's a small sneak peak:
Open May 20 - Sept 3 from 10am - 4pm (note that it's only open on weekends until June 30th)
1089 Langford Parkway, Langford BC
$3.10 per child, and free for Langford residents (bring ID)
City Centre Park in Langford is an “everything” active entertainment zone. In addition to the water park, City Centre Park offers an 18-hole mini-golf course of pirates, Aztec ruins, and buried treasure. Little kids can then climb and crawl through the Gold Rush-themed PlayZone, the biggest and brightest indoor playground on southern Vancouver Island. During the winter, City Centre Park features an outdoor skating rink and in the summer, the Splash Park is the place to be to beat the heat, featuring a pirate ship that kids will love, palm trees, and of course, plenty of ways to get wet.
Open now through September, 11am - 5pm daily
Shore View Drive, Langford BC
Open now through September, 9am - 6pm daily
Carlow Road, Langford BC
Centennial Park has four baseball diamonds, two tennis courts, concession, two playgrounds, and now this new water park to entertain the kids! Let's just say, this place has got a lot going for it. One of the best things to do on a summers day is grab something with the kids at the concession stand, watch a baseball game, and then cool off at the spray park. The playgrounds were built in mind of children with physical challenges, so it's a great place for all ages and abilities.
Open now through September, 11am - 5pm daily
Leigh Road, Langford BC
Confirmed to be opening Spring of 2017, no dates or hours yet set, but typically 10am- 7pm (will update as we find out!)
Fifth Street & Ocean Avenue, Sidney BC
Iroquois Park includes a water spray park, a change room and washrooms, sports court, putting green, refurbished pond with waterfalls and walkways. The reviews on the park are very well received and I can’t wait to take the family to beautiful Sidney for an outing. I am hoping to tie the day trip into the night market Sidney holds on Thursday evening from 5:30 – 8:30 on Beacon Street.
3440 Saanich RD, Saanch BC
Does this count as a spray park? Ok ok, admittedly we weren't entirely sure. Situated in the heart of the outdoor shopping centre is a small water feature that allows kids to run, play, and get a little wet! While it may not be a destination spot to spend a day, it's a fun way to cool down while out shopping with the kids. Shopping and happy kids? Sounds pretty perfect to me!
Like most parents, I spent most of the winter cleaning up my bathroom floor from all the splishing and splashing in the bath (my kids, not me) so I will race you to the water park where our kids can splash to their hearts’ content, let off some steam and get fresh air! Sounds like the perfect summer day.
Don't forget to check out what fun events and festivals are happening this summer, Victoria puts on some amazing family-friendly events that you won't want to miss out on!